During the Euro 2012 tournament the languagecaster team will be looking at some of the words and phrases that emerge from the competition. Today we explain the word ‘a showdown‘. You can understand more about the word or phrase by listening to the mp3 and reading the transcript below. You can also find many more examples by going to our football cliches here and our huge football glossary here.
Listen here: A showdown.mp3
Today’s Euro 2012 football word is ‘a showdown‘ which means a test or a confrontation – usually one that may have some controversy involved – between two teams. It is sometimes used to describe a final meeting between teams but this week it is already being used to talk about two huge games that are taking place in Euro 2012. Co-hosts Poland take on Russia while Holland play against Germany. The word showdown has been used to describe these games not just because of the rivalry involved between each of the sides but because Poland and Holland face elimination from the tournament if they lose. These are big showdown games indeed. A showdown.