Word of the Week: SCHWALBE
Only 86 days to go till the next FIFA World Cup! Time to look at a piece of football/soccer terminology: the (blatant) dive, known in German as Schwalbe (swallow) - apparently because a diving player's splayed arms and legs are reminiscent of a swallow's wings and tail. The Dutch have taken over this term (as evidenced by the above still from an interview with Arjen Robben who, according to Wikipedia, is infamous for his dives.) For those of you who speak Dutch: somebody seems to have come up with a Dutch equivalent, the fopduik.
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