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can anyone tell me where the term 'cap' comes from, when it is used to describe how many football (soccer) games someone has played for their country?

& no we didn't beat germany in yesterday's friendly.
but the good news is, they didn't win either..


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Aug. 18th, 2005 04:20 am (UTC)
i think it means captain
Aug. 18th, 2005 04:38 am (UTC)
How about "10 Sports. An appearance by a player in an international soccer game, traditionally rewarded with a hat."

From here: http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=cap
Aug. 18th, 2005 09:08 am (UTC)
heh. It probably doesn't work this way, but it should:

"Ooh, remember that game in England? Yea, the fans were rowdy, but how cool is this bowler hat?!?"
Aug. 18th, 2005 09:45 am (UTC)
Back in the 19th century football players wore caps just like cricketers. New caps were given for each international game and the custom persists even though the caps aren't worn anymore.
Aug. 19th, 2005 02:14 am (UTC)
Well, I may be olde
but not that olde. I was told by a Spanish youth team manager (only Hispanic I've met with a English accent ) we played years ago (and got our colony asses kicked) that he would like to trade caps after the match. Asked him why, and he stated that at the turn of the century players weren't paid well or at all, but they received actual caps to register how many international matches they played in.
Aug. 19th, 2005 02:21 am (UTC)
Speaking of.....
not cuzz you are a hot lil dutch lass, but cuzz he was, Johann was one of my fav footballers, but never did get to see him live, but we use to get re-broadcast english broadcasts of soccer & for some reason Ajax was on often. His over the shoulder catch & score was trully above human capabilities
Aug. 26th, 2005 03:25 am (UTC)
And other sports use the term as well ... I've played rugby against guys that would (love to) tell you about the 3 caps they earned. But it sounds like you already got a good basic definition.
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