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Entry from August 21, 2017
“Why is Spain so good at soccer?"/"Because no one expects the Spanish in position.”

"The Spanish Inquisition” is a series of sketches in the British comedy series Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Series 2 Episode 2, first broadcast September 22, 1970. “Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!” is the famous catchphrase.

The joke—slightly changed—has applied to soccer. “But, you know what they say—Nobody expects the Spanish in position” was posted on the newsgroup rec.sport.soccer on June 15, 1998. “Nobody expects the Spanish in position. #worldcup” was posted on Twitter on July 11, 2010.


Wikipedia: The Spanish Inquisition (Monty Python)
“The Spanish Inquisition” is a series of sketches in Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Series 2 Episode 2, first broadcast 22 September 1970, parodying the real-life Spanish Inquisition. This episode is itself entitled “The Spanish Inquisition”. The sketches are notable for their principal catchphrase, “NO-body expects the Spanish Inquisition!” The end of the sketch uses music from the composition Devil’s Galop by Charles Williams.

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‘The Spanish Inquisition Compilation” is a series of sketches from “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” Series 2, Episode 2, first broadcast on 22 September 1970. The sketches parody the Tribunal of the Holy Office of the Inquisition, commonly known as the Spanish Inquisition, and are notable for their principal catchphrase, “Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!” These recurring sketches are always predicated on an unrelated sketch in which one character mentions that they “didn’t expect a Spanish Inquisition”, often in irritation at being questioned by another, at which point the Inquisition - Cardinal Ximénez (Michael Palin) and his assistants Cardinal Biggles (Terry Jones) and Cardinal Fang (Terry Gilliam) burst into the room to the sound of a jarring musical sting and Ximénez shouts: “Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!”.

Google Groups: rec.sport.soccer
USA 13 Germany 6
wilhelp
6/15/98
Like Nigeria with several quick punches to the Spanish national esteem.

(But, you know what they say—Nobody expects the Spanish in position, to rebound from a tough loss like that!)

Twitter
Gary Turner‏
@garyturner
Nobody expects the Spanish in position. #worldcup
1:42 PM - 11 Jul 2010

Twitter
Trish Fontanilla‏
@trishofthetrade
Replying to @emilysteers
@emilysteers I saw someone tweet...No one expects the Spanish in position. Haha
3:43 PM - 11 Jul 2010

Twitter
Matt Kinson‏
@Matt_Kinson
Nobody expects the Spanish in position! #bbcworldcup
2:42 PM - 18 Jun 2014

Reddit—Jokes
I’ve finally worked out why Spain is so good at football.
submitted September 11, 2016 by TheCommieDuck
Nobody expects the Spanish in position.

Twitter
Joke Authority‏
@JokeAuthority
I’ve finally worked out why Spain is so good at football. Nobody expects the Spanish in position.
2:25 PM - 25 Sep 2016

Reddit—Jokes
Prick2g January 14, 2017
why are Spaniards so good at soccer? Nobody expects the spanish in position

Reddit—Jokes
Why is Spain so good at football (soccer)?
submitted August 21, 2017 by Paricia
Because no one expects the Spanish in position!

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CitySports/Games • Monday, August 21, 2017 • Permalink