Holders: The current champions of a competition or cup (they hold the trophy)
Hat-trick: To score three goals in one game
To hammer: (a) To thrash, crush, beat another team heavily.
(b) To hit the ball hard; to strike the ball with power
This week, languagecaster.com introduces the football phrase ‘to take a point’.
Half-time: The break between the first and second half of a match.
The languagecaster team explain a new football phrase or cliche for learners of English who love the sport. Click on the link below to learn about the phrase ‘men against boys’, that also comes with a transcript.
This weekend sees the second North London derby of the season – one of the biggest derbies in English football – between Tottenham and Arsenal. In this report we feature five important things about the North London derby.
Top-of-the-table clashes in Italy, a North London derby, another Clásico and Man United vs Real Madrid in the Champions League. Wow!
Hairdryer treatment: An expression used to describe how Sir Alex Ferguson (see Fergie) angrily shouts at players at half-time if they are under-performing.
(the) Group stage: The earlier rounds of a competition or tournament when teams play each other to determine which sides progress to the next round.
(to be) Gutted: To feel completely down; be absolutely shattered for example after a last-minute goal or dramatic defeat
(the) Gunners: Nickname of Arsenal Football Club
(to) Go down: To be relegated, to move down a division.
Goalless: When a game finishes without any goals being scored (0-0 / nil-nil).
On this week’s football podcast for learners of English, Damian looks back at the English League Cup, while Damon introduces the phrase ‘to hit form’ before we finish up with our weekly predictions battle which this week includes the Milan derby, the League Cup final and another clasico.
It is the final of the League Cup this weekend so on this week’s main report we take a look at the third trophy of English football: The League Cup.
Goal: When a team scores this is known as a goal
We also sometimes refer to the net or place where players have to score as the goal
In this week’s review section we look back at some of the big stories from the world of football to help learners of English improve their vocabulary. This week we congratulate AC Milan on defeating Barcelona, report on Arsenal’s cup troubles and Spurs fans in France.