MUTU wrote:Does anyone know what "leg" means in football? As in, why the choice of the word "leg" specifically and its history.
Not sure, but the word "leg" used to mean "a part of something" has a history in sports. I used to do athletics and in a relay race, the distance run by a single runner is called a "leg". I believe it's also used in cycling and swimming, and probably in other sports too. In fact, although not so common, "leg" is used for travelling in stage in general. Say you're flying from Malta to Australia; your flight from Malta to Dubai would be the first leg of your journey.
Can't say I know how this meaning started but it seems to be an old one that probably predates its use in football. The earliest example in relation to sports/football given by the Oxford English Dictionary (you made me curious
) is "1899 Sunday Post (Boston) 5 Mar. 19/6 The Hub rollers won the first leg of a series of three matches." So it's actually not limited to just two games.