A-League Men’s teams as Love Island phrases

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There are plenty of phrases that can be used to describe A-League Men’s teams.

From the words used after being thrashed, to describing your team after a sensational win, no doubt they have heard it all. But if you could summarise each club by one phrase what would it be?

For ease of convenience, we have gone ahead and labelled each club according to the iconic English television show, Love Island, and the phrases used throughout it.

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‘Grafting’ – Western United

Western United have grafted their way into ladder leaders after finishing tenth last season. The grafting will continue as they work to make an impression in the ALM to get what they want.

‘Sauce’ – Melbourne City

You either have it or you do not. Melbourne City have that certain charisma often associated with confidence. It’s something which makes them stand out from the rest.

‘My type on paper’ – Sydney FC

Sydney have all the qualities and talent you would want in a team on paper, but at the end of the day, you do not actually end up with them.

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‘Head turned’ – Melbourne Victory

Victory’s eyes have wandered away from last place and have become interested in making a connection with the top four.

After winning the FFA Cup, they have seen something better that they like, meaning they have mugged off last place and intend to crack on for a spot at the top of the ladder.

‘Can I pull you for a chat?’ – Adelaide United

Adelaide want to share this season and have had deep, one-on-one chats in private. Probably not by a fire pit or beanbag though, and are willing to do the work.

Their communications within the club and to fans has been transparent and supportive.

‘Crack on’ – Macarthur FC

After some stadium mishaps earlier in the season, Macarthur chose to look beyond the flaws and continue to crack on to try and make a connection for a position above mid-table.

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‘I’ve got a text’ – Wellington Phoenix

Forget what you think know, something is about to go down.

Travelling Victory and Nix away fans felt the brunt of this, a message to inform them they’ve been dumped from the villa, also known as their game being played behind closed doors.

‘Where’s your head at?’ – Central Coast Mariners

We are trying to figure out what the Mariners are thinking and are planning to do, especially after falling just shy of FFA Cup Champions.

They have claimed victories over a team within the top three but lose out against teams just above themselves on the table. So, all in all, we are not too sure where their heads are at.

‘Dead ting’ – Western Sydney Wanders

This phrase is used to describe someone who is unattractive or boring, and the same can be said for the claims against this club’s toxic environment.

While their fans are amongst the best when it comes to game day culture, their lack of identity as a club just is not pretty.

‘It is what it is’ – Newcastle Jets

Not a bad phrase to use to deflect feelings of embarrassment, rejection and disappointment when it comes to their season.

Familiar with the bottom of the table, they’ve had a ‘you win some, you lose some’ season so far, making them the perfect candidates for ‘it is what it is’.

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‘Mugged off’ – Brisbane Roar

It could be said that Roar have been played for as a fool, starting their season at the bottom of the ladder and having not moved far from it.

Considering they finished third last season, they have essentially been made muggy.

‘Vibes’ – Perth Glory

Glory have issues that are out of their hands but continue to put energy and personality out there while trying to find their place in the season.

There is little to no pressure and they are just enjoying their time together, it’s vibes.

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Ash Ramos
Ash Ramos
Journalism student at Curtin University covering Perth Glory for the 2021/22 A-leagues season. Siuuu

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