Some huge matches this week including a big London derby, the League Cup final, a Clásico in the Copa del Rey and the Milan derby.
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Giantkilling: When a lower-placed team beats a higher-ranked or ‘better’ team, particularly in a cup competition
(a) Foul: When an opponent stops a player by illegal means (e.g. a push or trip)
FIFA stands for Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) and is the organising committee of world football
Fergie: Nickname of Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
Fans: Supporters of a team; those who follow a club
(to) Fall through: When a transfer or deal does not go ahead despite looking like it would do for a long time.
FA Cup: English knock-out competition for club sides. The oldest football tournament in the world. It is organised by the Football Association (FA).
The FA: The Football Association, the organisers of the Premier League and the England national team.
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 Nigeria for winning the Africa Cup of Nations tournament, wonder what is going wrong at Manchester City and share the Inter Milan president’s disappointment at racist chants.
We feature two matches from the English FA Cup fifth round this weekend and the remaining first-leg last 16 Champions League matches.
Dribble: To beat a player while having the ball at your feet; to go around an opposing player
Dressing room: The place where the players prepare for a match
Cup draw: To decide which teams play which in a cup competition. Teams are sometimes seeded but usually this decision is random
To draw a game: When there is no winner in a match we call it a draw, e.g. 0-0 or 1-1 (In the US it is known as a tie)
On this week’s football podcast for learners of English, Damian looks ahead to the knock-out stages of the 2013 Champions League while Damon introduces the phrase ‘Hang up your boots’ before we finish up with our weekly predictions battle which this week includes the final from the African Nations Cup, as well as big games from the Premier League and La Liga.
The 2012-13 Champions League knock-out stage starts next week with 16 teams battling it out to try and reach the final that takes place on 25th May at Wembley Stadium. The two-legged ties promise to be mouth-watering affairs and so on this week’s main football report the languagecaster team looks ahead to some top European club action.