This weekend sees one of the big rivalries in English football renewed: Liverpool v Manchester United. – Liverpool travel to Manchester United for the North-West derby hoping to open up an eight point lead over the Red Devils. We try to predict the score for this game and others on this weeks show. We also have some English for football, and this week we explain the phrase ‘to sit up nicely‘ and one or two other phrases. To start the show, however, we’ll review some of the footballing news in our good, the bad and the ugly section, and the African Cup of Nations will feature. You can read the transcript for the show in our post below (Damian = DF, Damon = DB).
Learn English through Football Podcast: 2017 Liverpool v Manchester United
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Transcript of the show
DB: You’re listening to languagecaster’s football language podcast. Hello everyone! My name is Damon and I am based here in Tokyo and today has been a little cloudy and chilly outside – a nice day for watching re-runs of your favourite football matches. Now, Damian is in London and I hope he is down the line and ready to join us. Damian? How are things?
DF: Hi Damon. Good to hear from you! There has been snow and wind in some parts of the UK but here in London we have managed to escape that but it is still freezing here in London so a perfect day for watching football – and I am going to be cheering on my favourite team Spurs from the sofa later on this afternoon! What do we have on today’s show?
DB: Well, on this week’s podcast we start by taking a look back at the football news in the good, the bad and the ugly and this week we congratulate Real Madrid, feature a story from the African Cup of Nations, where there is trouble in Gabon, and remember a true football man who sadly passed away this week. After that, we take a look at the football expression ‘to sit up nicely‘ and answer a languagecaster follower’s question about the words ‘round, round up and fixtures‘. Then, we will have our regular weekly quiz question and look ahead to three of the big Premier League games taking place this weekend.
DF: OK, let’s kick off with some of the good news from the world of football.
DF: Well done to Real Madrid who came back to draw 3-3 with Sevilla in the second leg of their Copa del Rey game to break Barcelona’s record of 39 games unbeaten. The leaders of La Liga have now won 30 and drawn 10 of their last 40 matches and this has not only seen them claim a new unbeaten record but also go five points clear in Spain, qualify for the knock-out stages of the Champions League, reach the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey and of course win the Club World Cup in December. Great stuff for Real Madrid! What about bad Damon?
DB: Well, it’s always bad when a cloud hangs over a tournament, and the political situation in Gabon, hosts of the 2017 African Cup of Nations, is certainly not ideal. It is not just the usual complaints of money being wasted on new stadia – a new one is being built in Libreville, the capital, but bizarrely it won’t be ready for the matches; instead a previous one from the 2012 will be used – it is the fact that there is genuine opposition to the president of Gabon, Ali Bongo, which has seen violent protests resulting in demonstrators’ deaths. The only reason Gabon is hosting the competition is because of unrest in Libya, which was initially chosen as host. It’s a shame the focus can’t be just on the football. And ugly?
DF: Not ugly Damon, but sad news. Graham Taylor, best known as the Watford manager between 1977 and 1987 and England manager in the early 1990s has passed away. His international career as a manager was not a success, but England have not tasted success since the ’60s anyway, so that shouldn’t really be thought of as a black mark. His record at Watford will really live on though. He took the then fourth division side (now confusingly the Second Division in England) to the top flight in five seasons. And his side managed to finish second in the old First Division and also reached the FA Cup final. He also won promotion with Aston Villa and then helped them to finish runners-up in the league in 1988. Taylor was a professional player for Grimsby and Lincoln, a manager of distinction, and finally an intelligent and honest football pundit!
DF: Yes, you are listening to languagecaster.com, and that was in Welsh. We’re always looking for different languages to feature on our show. As it’s the African Cup of Nations it would be great to get an African language sent in, so if you can or you know someone who can, send in your version of the message, ‘You are listening to languagecaster.com’ to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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DB: OK, it’s time for our weekly quiz question and this week our question is about the African Cup of Nations. We want to know can you name the finalists from the last African Cup of Nations in 2015? This was held in Equatorial Guinea and the final was decided by a penalty shoot out. We’ll have the answer at the end of the show.
Next up we explain some football language that has emerged from the week.
Football Language: To sit up nicely
Damian, I believe we had a question about a few words with similar meanings?
Fixtures and Round
DB: Thanks Damian. Now it is back to our regular Premier League predictions after a break for the 3rd round of the FA Cup. Now, Damian you are way ahead of me on 149 points to my 113. I don’t know what is going on there but I’m going to do my best to catch up. It looks like it is between you, me and Jose Levy who is third on 94 points. Listeners, remember you can try your luck in our monthly predictions or for the whole season by coming along to the site languagecaster.com, clicking on the link at the top to the predictions league and making a free account.
OK. let’s start, and we’re going to start with the early game today – Tottenham v West Brom.
Tottenham v West Bromwich Albion
DB: Now, the Baggies, that’s West Brom, have got a good record against your side at White Hart Lane with three draws and a victory. I’m going to go for another draw, 1-1. What are your thoughts?
DF: You could be right. An early Spurs goal could open up the game but I’m not so sure about how we can break them down. Maybe 1-0 to Spurs.
Everton v Manchester City
DB: OK, next it is the Toffees, Everton, hosting Manchester City, who bounced back from their defeat at the hands of Liverpool to beat Burnley 2-1. Everton, meanwhile, also had a good result last time out with a 3-0 win versus Southampton. I think this one’s going to be 1-1, too. You?
DF: No. I saw City dismantle West Ham last week in the FA Cup and I think that result will boost their confidence – a 3-1 away win for me.
Manchester United v Liverpool
DF: OK. Our last game is a Sunday match featuring your team Liverpool visiting Old Trafford, the home of Manchester United, sometimes called the Theatre of Dreams. Will your dreams be crushed Damon, or will a victory put you in dreamland?
DB: Well, most people have been pointing out that Liverpool have been poor this January, but I think they’ve missed Coutinho and Henderson, who have both been out for several games, and a visit to their big north-west rivals should bring out the best in them. It hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for a while and Mourinho has finally got Manchester united clicking, but I still back the Reds to win 3-1.
DF: 1-1 for me in a feisty game with maybe a red card (or two)!
DF: Just before we go here is the answer to our quiz question. We asked you to name the finalists in the 2015 African Cup of Nations. The teams were Ghana and Ivory Coast, with Ivory Coast being crowned champions for the second time after the game finished 0-0 and they won on penalties. We’ll have another question next week.
DB: That’s it for this week. Don’t forget to input your predictions during the week for our January competition and we’ll be back again next week. Ta-rah!
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