A term used in Scottish soccer newsgroups to indicate
unwarranted hyperbole attributing special
skills or qualities, especially to soccer players, with little evidence to support them.
Origin: Christian Nerlinger, a German soccer player who signed for Glasgow
Rangers with great anticipation of his being an exceptional
player but who later proved to be a grave disappointment.
"This boy may only
have played for half an hour but I've seen enough to suggest we have landed a future great."
"No, you are just afflicted with Nerlingers."