Defender: A member of the defence, a player who protects his/her team’s goal.
Defence: The group of players that try to protect a team’s goal.
New Year Premier League Fixtures: More games from the Premier League festive season. This time we feature both top-of-the-table clashes and relegation six pointers from two sets of matches over the New Year holidays.
(to/a) Defeat: To beat another team. When a team loses a game they suffer a defeat.
Debut: To play for the first time, e.g. a debut game or a debut season
Dead ball: A free kick, corner or penalty. A dead ball specialist is a player that is good at taking free kicks or corners
To register (a win): This expression means to accomplish or to attain and in football usually collocates with the words win or victory.
(to) Get off to a flier: This simply means that a team has started a match or the season very well indeed
Dead man walking: This refers to a manager who everyone knows will soon be sacked; will soon be fired. He will soon lose his job.
Days are numbered: We use this expression to describe a situation in which a manager (or player) is about to lose their job: they are under intense pressure
On this week’s football podcast for learners of English, we discuss the winter tradition in the UK of having fixtures all through the Christmas and New Year period.
To Crush an opponent: To beat a team heavily, to thrash another team
The crowd: The fans or supporters in the stadium who watch the game.
(to/a) Cross: To pass the ball from a wide position into the centre (usually an attacking ploy) Sometimes known as a centre.
(to) Crash out of: When a team is badly beaten in a cup competition. It is usually a surprise defeat or a heavy defeat.
A cracker: A very exciting match, usually with lots of goals OR a great goal
Counter attack: A style of playing football that allows a team to attack quickly. It occurs when a team breaks quickly from any part of the pitch when the ball has been recovered.
Football Glossary: Corner – A set play (set piece) that is taken from the corner of the pitch. It often results in an a