"...Wales make changes to face bogey team Italy
...Coach Warren Gatland's selection gamble will be put to the test when his unbeaten Wales host bogey team Italy
in the Six Nations on Saturday (3 p.m.).
That has left Wales sitting alongside France at the top of the table and favourites to remain so after this weekend's match at the Millennium Stadium, despite not having beaten the Azzurri for three years
"Any outfits with designs on becoming a bogey team have to nurture the ability to trip up the same opponent on a regular basis
, regardless of their status in the global pecking order, personnel and form. And who better to have a psychological hold over than the all-powerful Brazilians, who have not one but two adversaries they would rather not come up against?...One European outfit with more than their fair share of bogey sides are Portugal
. France grabbed a place in the final of the 1984 UEFA European Championship at the expense of the Lusitanians and repeated the trick in 2000. Luis Figo and Co hoped to exact revenge when the two met in the last four at Germany 2006 but that man Zidane had other ideas, stroking home a penalty to see Les Bleus through.
Portugal's record against the Italians is even less impressive. In the 11 meetings since the Portuguese last tasted victory on 22 December 1976, the Azzurri have racked up 10 wins and a draw..."
(dieser Artikel geht um "bogey teams" im Allgemeinen und verwendet entsprechend mehrere Synonyme "bete noire", "dreaded adversary", "eternal tormentors". Kein "(most) feared enemy" jedoch.)http://www.wilmslowexpress.co.uk/sport/rugby_...
"Wolves' bogey team awaits
WILMSLOW can clinch the league title this weekend if they beat bogey team Hoylake at Pownall Park.
Hoylake are one of only two teams to beat the league leaders all season, and their 100 per cent home record is also at stake. "