Second string: Those players who are not usually in the starting XI; not the strongest members of the squad; the B-team
Confederations Cup: A FIFA-run tournament that started in 1997 and which is held in the year before every World Cup.
To field: When used as a verb this means to choose or pick the starting XI or the team; the players who start the game (on the field).
Scout: These are people employed by a club to look at or check on other teams or players. It can also be used as a verb – to scout.
You can poach an egg, but what does poach a player mean? Check out the latest Weekly English for Football phrase from languagecaster.com
This week, languagecaster.com introduces the English for football phrase ‘to cause an upset’.
http://media.blubrry.com/footballlanguage/p/languagecaster.com/wp-content/uploads/eff.110513.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 0:52 — 410.7KB) | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | TuneIn | RSS | More This week, languagecaster.com introduces the English for football phrase ‘out of their hands‘. You can understand more about this phrase by reading the transcript below. […]
This week, languagecaster.com brings you a common football cliche – ‘They wanted it more’.
This week’s main report we look back at the 2013 Champions League semi-final first leg matches that saw the two German side come out on top against the best of Spain. We also ask whether they can hang on to make it to Wembley in May?
Languagecaster’s glossary of footballing phrases – to mark – An action to prevent an opposing player from receiving the ball; staying close to an opposing player.
Languagecaster glossary – To pull the strings – To control the game; usually by a midfielder who creates chances, passes the ball, and keeps possession for his or her team.
Some big games in Europe this week including derbies in Italy and France as well as a relegation battle in England and of course the Champions League semi-final second legs.
Overcome: To beat another side; to defeat.
Outfit: Another word for team.
Opponent: This is a member of the other team or the team you are playing against.
Qualify: To progress to the next round. In order to play in important tournaments or rounds teams have to play and win a set of preliminary matches.
Loss: A defeat; the opposite of a victory.
Off target: When the ball is wide or goes over the bar we say it is off target.
To be on target: We use this expression to describe when a forward shoots and the keeper has to make a save or a goal is scored.
To be on a roll: When a team has a succession of good results; to be doing well over many games.
(to) Lose: To not win a game; to be defeated
Pipped at the post: This means to be beaten at the last moment; just before the end of the race or game. In football, we use this to talk about a team who loses the race to be champions at the last minute.
Offside: When an attacking team’s player is beyond the last defender, the game is stopped and there is a free kick for the defensive side
Promotion: When a team moves up a division (the opposite of relegation).
Premier League: The top division or league in England, which replaced the old Division 1 in 1992.
Playmaker: A player on a team that controls the tempo of the side and is usually regarded as the one to break down opposing defences
On this report we feature some of the language Damian and Damon use when describing football predictions.
How many different kinds of shots are there in football – here we explain one of them – to lob
Pundit: An expert on football usually on TV or radio and quite often a former professional player.
Promotion race: Towards the end of the season when a group of teams still have a possibility of moving up a division (to be / get promoted)