neat and tidy on the ball

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bearfreak

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Javanese
What does "neat and tidy on the ball" mean?

Scheweini was neat and tidy on the ball and struggled to keep pace in the second half.
 
  • Barque

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    Tamil
    The full caption under the photograph is "Schweinsteiger was neat and tidy on the ball but struggled to keep pace in the second half".

    I interpret it as: Schweinsteiger played reasonably well, without too much fuss or flair and his lack of fitness showed in the second half.
     

    Glenfarclas

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    English (American)
    "Neat and tidy" refers to his style of playing soccer when close to the ball: organized, efficient. It's metaphorical; if you think of the difference between a tidy room and a messy room, then you will have some idea of how a "tidy" player differs from a wilder player.
     
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