The big match this weekend is Liverpool v Tottenham – not just because of the battle for the top four but it’s also the languagecaster derby! We will try to predict the score for that game along with Arsenal against Everton and Chelsea v Watford in our predictions battle. We’ll also describe some football language and ask a quiz question. You can see the transcript for the show below and if you have questions or comments, email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org (Damon= DB; Damian DF).
Football Language Podcast: 2018 Liverpool v Tottenham
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Transcript of the show
DB: You are listening to Languagecaster’s football-language podcast. Hi there everybody. My name’s Damon and I live in Tokyo. The football season is over in Japan, but there’s plenty of football going on around the world. I wonder if Damian has been watching any recently? Damian, how are you and what football have you been watching this week?
DF: Hi Damon. I’m doing well. As for football, well I managed to watch Tottenham v Manchester United on Wednesday evening and was happy to see my team Spurs put in a strong performance against second-placed Manchester United. Hopefully they can continue that good form this weekend…
DB: Yes, they were very, very impressive. And as for this weekend, you must be talking about the Languagecaster derby, Liverpool v Tottenham. Well, we’ll talk about that at the end of the show in our predictions section. What else is on the show?
DF: Yes, and just before I give you the run down, don’t forget that listeners can read the transcript of the show by coming along to our site or by following on their phones. So, we’ll start with some news from the footballing world this week including stories about loanees and horror tackles. We’ve got some football phrases to explain for those wanting to learn more about footballing English and this week we’ll talk about ‘take one for the team‘ and the cliche ‘play football the right way.‘
DB: And have we got a quiz question?
DF: Yes we do, and this week it is about goal scorers, strikers – players who find the back of the net.
DB: Interesting! And that’ll bring us to predictions at the end of the show, right?
DF: Yes, that’s right!
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DB: And thanks for that message from Izzy in London! And we’d love more of you to send us a message like that with the team you follow and where you are from in English or your own language – just include ‘you are listening to languagecaster.com.’ Right, now, the good, the bad and the ugly, the footballing news. What was good Damian?
DF: Well, it was good for two players who were let go by their clubs in the transfer window. Chelsea sent Batshuayi out on loan to Dortmund, after failing to impress this season with the Blues. He promptly bagged a brace, that’s two goals, and set up the winner for his new club against FC Köln. Another player to make an immediate impact at his new club was Theo Walcott, who left Arsenal for Everton. The winger, who never seemed to fully fulfill his potential at the London club also scored twice, as the Toffees beat Leicester. Good to see two players enjoying success after their moves.
DB: What about bad Damian?
DF: Well Manchester City players were in the wars this week as two of their opponents: Cardiff City in the FA Cup and West Brom in the League tried to kick them off the park. Leroy Sane was carried off after a horror tackle by Cardiff’s Joe Bennett and will miss seven weeks of action, while Matt Phillipps and James McClean’s tackles on City players in the West Brom game also made the headlines – I wonder if teams are trying to target City players? How about ugly, Damian?
DB: Yes, terrible tackles. An ugly week for West Ham as the club faces problems off the pitch. Now, the head of player recruitment, Tony Henry, was sacked after making racist comments; he said that West Ham would limit the number of African players as some ‘have a bad attitude’ and they can be disruptive in the dressing room. Perhaps more troubling is that Henry said his position was supported by senior management, which suggests that this attitude is not that of one individual. The club did the right thing by sacking Henry quickly but still an ugly story.
DF: It’s unbelievable that in this day and age there… you know, that kind of thinkng still exists, doesn’t it Damon?
DB: It’s amazing yes.
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DB: Yes, just do that!
DB: OK, time for a quick quiz question. We’d like to know who are the top strikers in Spain, England and Italy before this weekend’s games. Which three players are the top scorers in those three leagues?
DF: Mmm, interesting – I know one of them! Right, next, we’ve got some English for football phrases.
DB: Yep, and here’s our first phrase, take one for the team.
Football Language: Take one for the team
DF: OK, this verb phrase refers to a situation when a player deliberately fouls an opponent to stop a very dangerous attack. ‘One‘ means a yellow card, so the player knows that their tackle will mean a yellow card. They also think if they don’t foul the opponent the attack may result in a goal, so they decide a foul is a good option. They do it to help the team. When pundits use this phrase it often has a positive meaning: the pundits think it was a logical thing to do, even though it is against the laws of the game. Damon, anything else?
Football Cliché: Play football the right way
DB: Yes, play football the right way. This is a football cliché. A cliché is a phrase that is overused. They often talk about the obvious, for example in football ‘It was a game of two halves‘; or the impossible, ‘They gave 110%‘. Now, the cliché to play football the right way is often heard in discussions comparing teams and the style they play. Usually the speaker will be talking about their own team, using the phrase to show they believe their team plays positive, entertaining, passing football. In contrast, the other team is negative, unskilled and plays basic football, maybe involving long balls and hard tackles. Of course the phrase has no meaning, as there is no correct way to play football; that’s why it is such a great game. There are many styles and approaches. Still, this cliché is heard a lot. Variations include: ‘they play the game the right way,’ ‘They try to play football how it should be played,’ ‘They play the right way.’
DF: Damon, do your team, Liverpool, play the right way?
DB: Of course they do! How about Tottenham do they play the game in the right way?
DF: Spurs have always had a reputation for playing the game the right way but particularly when they’re winning, yes!
DB: Talking about winning. Next is our last section on the show, predictions.
Arsenal vs Everton
DB: OK, Arsenal versus Everton. This was the first of this weekend’s London vs Merseyside ties. Arsenal are of course from north London, while Everton are from the city of Liverpool on Merseyside. Neither side’s form has been great, although Arsenal did beat Chelsea last weekend and Everton beat Leicester last time out. Arsenal have bought well in the transfer window and being at home will be a big advantage, so I went for a 2-0 home win. Damian, what did you go for?
DF: I felt that as Everton manager Sam Allardyce has always enjoyed facing up against Arsenal manager Wenger and I thought that Everton would win 0-1. A late, controversial goal! But that all went out the window after Arsenal scored four times in the first half to eventually run out 5-1 winners. One point for you Damon, no points for me and no points for Everton.
Liverpool vs Tottenham Hotspur
DB. OK, next is the big one! The languagecaster derby, Merseyside vs London, red against white – Liverpool FC versus Tottenham Hotspur FC. On their day, both sides can beat anybody, but Liverpool will be desperate to get revenge for a 4-1 pasting at Spurs earlier in the season. Tottenham will be confident, though, after a great win against Man United. My head says 1-1 draw, but Tottenham have poor form at Anfield and so my heart says a 2-0 Liverpool win! What do you reckon?
DF: I think it could be a draw too – 1-1 for me.
DB: Is that it?
DF: Yes. I’m worried about this one.
Chelsea vs Watford
DB: OK, our last game is Chelsea v Watford. The Blues really have been poor recently by their standards, but Watford are even worse. A comfortable 2-0 home win. Damian?
DF: Yes, Chelsea are not playing well but they will have too much for Watford on Monday – maybe 3 or 4 nil. 3-0.
DB: Before we go, what was the answer to the quiz question, Damian? Did you get the three top scorers, one each from Spain, England and Italy?
DF: Well, I had to think a bit but I got them in the end. In Spain, Messi is leading the goal ranking with 20 goals from 21 games. In Italy, Lazio striker Immobile has the same number 20, but from only 19 games, while in England, Harry Kane leads with 21 goals from 24 matches. All very impressive!
DB: Hopefully Harry Kane won’t be leading for too much longer. Well, well done Damian and we’ll have another question next week.
DF: Right. That’s it for the show this week. Enjoy all of the football. Next week we’ll take a look at the North London derby – it neer stops does it?
DB: Never! Ta-rah! Come on Liverpool!
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