park the bus

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park the bus

In football (soccer), to employ all (or nearly all) of a team's active players in defending its own side of the pitch. Protecting a narrow one-point lead, it looks like the home team has parked the bus for the remaining minutes of the match.
See also: bus, park
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When United will attack, I hope all my players are involved in defending to be honest and if somebody says then 'that was parking the bus' in that moment then we park the bus.
If someone says that is parking the bus in that moment then we park the bus.
And when United will attack, I hope all my players are involved in defending to be honest, and if somebody says then 'that was parking the bus' in that moment, then we park the bus.
If we were to park the bus constantly in home games people would whistle us out of the stadium because they think that's not what we want to watch, and we don't win anything.
No, we won't go and park the bus - I haven't tried to park the bus anywhere," said McCarthy, who only had 15 fit and available first team players for one training session this week.
A video posted by Benjamin Mendy's friend on Instagram showed them chanting 'park the bus, park the bus, Man United.
IAN RUSH believes that Wales could face a different type of challenge in the future - conquering opponents who will "look to park the bus.
It will be hard yes, West Brom will have no great ambitions and they will park the bus with those big defenders who won't move.
But beware if Stoke try to "park the bus" - the last team to do so, Crystal Palace, were not only able to park the bus but also to get out and take a few rewarding strolls through the City defence.
IT WAS fortunate that it was a League I fixture where the visiting players were reportedly asked to stump up to park the bus.
With rivals Manchester City in the rear-view mirror, United boss Sir Alex Ferguson will be tempted to park the bus when the two sides clash at the Etihad tomorrow night.
The visitors are going to park the bus and have no shame in trying to stop Lyon, who will need to be patient.
WOJCIECH SZCZESNY has warned Ipswich they can park the bus or as many tractors as they want in front of goal at Emirates Stadium tonight, but eventually Arsenal will break them down and reach the Carling Cup final.
We didn't park the bus, we parked the airplane," he said.
IPSWICH manager Mick McCarthy has promised not to park the bus when he returns to former club Wolves hoping to dent their Championship title quest.