Man Utd legend Sir Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho’s iconic phrases have been added to the dictionary

A variety of football phrases have been added to the Oxford English Dictionary, including lines made famous by Jose Mourinho and Sir Alex Ferguson.

The pair won’t make it in England anymore, but both have left a lasting mark on the Premier League.

Jose Mourinho and Sir Alex Ferguson now both have phrases in the Oxford English Dictionary

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Jose Mourinho and Sir Alex Ferguson now both have phrases in the Oxford English DictionaryPhoto credit: Getty – Contributor
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The “Cruyff turn” was also included in the dictionary

And alongside the memories they leave behind, some of the idioms they used have entered the lexicon of almost every football fan.

Mourinho’s famous phrase “park the bus” has been added to the dictionary.

The 59-year-old Portuguese coined the term to describe Tottenham’s tactics in a goalless draw against their Chelsea side in 2004.

The new dictionary definition describes the phrase as follows: “Playing very defensively, typically with the majority of outfield players close to their own goal and showing little attacking intent.”

Mourinho revealed that it’s a phrase common in Portugal that has been used to describe some of his teams in the past.

The phrase ‘squeaky bum time’ can also be applied to specific stages of Mourinho’s career – but it was Ferguson who invented the term.

The former Manchester United manager used it to describe his team’s title challenge towards the end of the season.

But the phrase is sometimes used by fans to describe holding onto a win in the final minutes of the game.

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“Squeak-bang time” is defined in the dictionary as “A particularly tense time, particularly before the culmination of a competition or event.”

The famous “Cruyff turn” was also included in the dictionary along with “Panenka”.

Both designations are named after brilliant individual skills – Johan Cruyff’s clever turn at the 1974 World Cup and Antonin Panenka’s spot-kick in the 1976 European Championship final.

Other terms include “Row Z”, “Outfield”, “Over the top”, “Tiki-taka”, “Top scoring”, “trequartista”, “Zone marking” and “Total football”.

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