On this week’ s Learn English Through Football Podcast we look back at some of the Champions League games and look ahead to the 2018 FA Cup 5th Round. We’ll also be explaining lots of football language in the show and try some predictions as well. You can see the transcript for the show below and if you have questions or comments, email us at: email@example.com (Damon= DB; Damian DF).
Football Language Podcast: 2018 FA Cup 5th Round
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Transcript of the show
DF: You are listening to Languagecaster’s football-language podcast. Welcome to the show for all those who love the game of football and who want to improve their English skills too. My name’s Damian, and I’m talking to you from a sunny London. I hope you’re well, and have enjoyed the football this week as much as I did. Damon, did you enjoy this week’s games?
DB: Hi Damian! Yes, I did! I managed to watch three of the first legs in the Champions League last 16 and thoroughly enjoyed them, all for different reasons. Now, are we going to be talking about those games in our review section later?
DF: Yes we will, Damon. We’ll start our show in just a moment with the good, the bad and the ugly – the news section, but will follow that with a quiz question before discussing some football language and this week the phrase to spill the ball features. And as it’s the 5th round of the FA Cup over here in England, we’ve got three games to look at at the end of the show in our predictions.
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DF: Yes – more languages the better! Right, next it’s the good, the bad and the ugly – the news from the footballing world. And don’t forget, by the way, that the transcript for the show can be found at our website here at languagecaster.com.
DF: OK, I’m going to start with Champions League and the last 16 knock-out stage. This week saw eight teams playing in four first-leg matches. Now, remember there are five English teams in the last 16, so they’ve done pretty well to all qualify for this stage, but this round of matches reinforced the fact that the English teams mean business this year. Tottenham started things by pulling off a fantastic come-from-behind draw; 2-2 away at Juventus. Remember the Italian giants had only conceded 1 goal in the last 16 matches and raced to a 2-0 lead only to see Spurs turn the whole fixture around with intense pressing football leading to two goals, one each for Kane and Eriksen, and that stunned the Italians. Elsewhere, Manchester City and Liverpool put a combined nine goals past Basel and Porto respectively, away from home, without conceding. Manchester City winning 4-0 and Liverpool 5-0. This ties look over already. I should also mention that Arsenal eased past Ostersunds FK 3-0 to add to the English teams good performances this week. English clubs have definitely laid down a marker in European football this week.
DB: Yes, brilliant stuff and you’ll fancy Tottenham to clinch the tie now, Damian?
DF: Not at all! Juventus are an experienced side in Europe and will have players back for the second leg – it will be tense. How about bad Damon?
DB: Well, while it was good for the English sides in the Champions League knock out first legs, it was a terrible first leg for French outfit PSG – Paris Saint-Germain. The Parisian side looked to be on course for a good away win or at least a draw as they struck early, but then they fell to pieces allowing Real Madrid to come from behind and beat them 3-1, with a brace from Cristiano Ronaldo. PSG’s superstar, Neymar, came in for particular criticism, as many thought he was selfish and didn’t function well with his teammates, trying to win the game on his own. It just goes to show that money can’t buy you everything, although we’ll have to see what PSG can produce in the return leg. Now, how about ugly, Damian?
DF: Well, this is a very ugly story indeed and for many of the victims it is an extremely sad one. In Britain this week a former football scout – that’s someone who finds talented young players for clubs – has been found guilty of over 50 counts of sexual abuse against young players dating back to the 1980s. This scandal has led to many questions about how clubs check on its employers and safe guard its young players – very ugly indeed.
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DB: Now, of course you can get in touch with us by coming along to our site at languagecaster.com, while we also have a twitter and Facebook account. And this week we have had questions and comments from Amadeu and Ahmed. Amadeu asked about the verb ‘to spill‘ which we feature in this week’s football language slot and Ahmed asked about reducing the size of the podcast – we’ll have a check about that to see what we can do there. Now, listeners to the show can also follow us on Instagram – thanks to all the comments and likes after the posts from earlier in the week – and if you want to contact us by email you can do so by writing to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d also love to hear from you. Don’t forget to subscribe to our weekly podcast – you can do this with i-tunes, tunedin, stitcher or any other podcast player and make sure you also tell your friends who are interested in learning more about football language.
DF: OK, it’s time for our weekly quiz question
DB: Yes it is. And we want to know how many Premier League sides remain in ths season’s FA Cup fifth round – that’s the last 16 by the way – how many top-flight sides remain in the competition? And we’ll have the answer at the end of the show. And next up we explain some football language. Damian?
Football Language: To spill
DF: Yes, I am going to talk about the verb ‘to spill‘ and this phrase was brought to our attention from Amadeu in Brazil. Now, if a goalkeeper makes a save and then allows the ball to escape his or her hands we say that the ball has been spilled, that the keeper has spilled the ball. This could mean that a forward who is following in can take advantage and score with a tap in.
Now Amadeu asked about the phrase ‘to spill‘ from the following example: “Bale took a shot that was spilled by Sociedad goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli, and Ronaldo then managed to finish off the chance.”