A few of my favorite examples (surely dreary cliches to regular followers of English soccer, but still charmingly full of life to this once-every-couple-years fan):
"Menace"/"menacing" - A goal is at risk of being conceded. Less obviously striking than "talisman," I still love it when one of the British commentators says, "And now he's given up a free kick in a position of some menace." I think the concept of 'danger' and its cousins have a place in most sports vocabularies, but they're most pronounced in soccer, where scoring is a divine apotheosis but being scored on is an event akin to death.
I also enjoy the species of (again, presumably genteel/middle class/Oxbridgean) cliches that analogize the game to a kind of high-stakes academic seminar:
"Out of ideas"/"Bereft of ideas" -- the converse of the above: a team that is has no questions to ask, and is applying no pressure, i.e., "And England, at the moment, look completely bereft of ideas agains this rugged Algerian defence." I love that there's no more fatal indictment of an entire soccer team than to say that they have no ideas. I want to apply that to American sports, where it is desperately needed. Do you know who was truly bereft of ideas? JIM FUCKING ZORN. The entire Washington Redskins offense. I hope they've spent all offseason reading Hegel, Emerson, Kierkegaard and other folks high in the idea-density department, because they need to load up.