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banana kick

a football shot that curves

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GOOGLE INDEX banana kick: approximately 4,000,000 Google hits

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IN THE PRESS

The real masters of the BANANA KICK can also get the ball to change angle during its flight.

(Daily News and Analysis)

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They can actually pass the ball back and forth without the ball touching the sand, then head the ball over the net, or kick it over with a sidewise swap or BANANA KICK.

(New York Times)

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banana kick

- a football kick that curves as it travels

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For football fans who watch matches on English TV channels and wonder what a banana kick is, it's not an exotic cocktail that players drink after the game. It's when a player kicks the ball and makes it curve.

The "aim" is to get the ball around an obstacle such as a goalkeeper or defender. One of the best banana kickers in recent years has been English star David Beckham. His banana kicks became so famous, that a 2002 film about a rebellious Indian girl who runs off to Germany with an American football team was titled "Bend it like Beckham."

Other football terms that one might hear while watching a match on television include:

- feint = movement that is intended to deceive an opponent

- backheel = to kick the ball behind you

- hacking = to kick an opponent's leg(s), which can lead to a yellow or red card depending on how flagrant the action was

- nutmeg = to kick the ball through an opponent's legs

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