Low centre of gravity: Sometimes in football we use this phrase to describe a player – not usually a tall one – who has really good balance and can turn very easily.
This week’s English for football phrase is ‘play-offs’
This week’s football phrase is ‘take a knock’
What does ‘head-butt’ mean?
Our Football Phrase for this week is ‘to be out injured’
This week’s Learn English Through Football Podcast focuses on Damon’s favourite football team, Liverpool.
This week’s English for football phrase is the expression crunch game – do you know what this means?
What does a ‘one-two’ in football mean?
On this week’s football podcast for learners of English we feature the language of football badges as well as look back at some of our predictions and we also explain a new football expression.
Weekly Football Phrase: To start the new season, we look at the phrase ‘curtain raiser’, a phrase which is used to introduce the first match of a new season.
This week’s languagecaster podcast brings you more ‘language of predictions’ plus all our usual features.
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.
How many different kinds of shots are there in football – here we explain one of them – to lob
Languagecaster’s football glossary – Do you know what The Miracle of Istanbul’ refers to?
This week, languagecaster.com introduces the football phrase ‘to take a point’.
On this week’s main report, look at some of last weekend’s articles from the respected Guardian newspaper in the UK to show the ways journalists and fans describe how goals are scored.
On this week’s football podcast for learners of English, Damian looks at what makes the North-London derby such a big game while Damon introduces the phrase ‘to be in the running’,
Squad – Another word for team; usually refers to the first team, substitutes and maybe the reserves.
Stalemate – When the score is 0-0; a situation where neither team is winning nor do they want to risk losing; often collocates with the verb ‘to break’.
Stalwart – This refers to player that has stayed at a club for a long time; someone who has been in the team for many years.
Football glossary – The time added on by the referee after the 90 minutes have finished (injury/added time): See also squeaky bum time.
Sweeper – A position in defence – usually behind the centre halves; a sweeper’s job is to ‘sweep up’ the loose balls and add cover in defence.
Languagecaster’s football glossary – Table: The table shows the position of the teams in each division. Also used in the cliche ‘the table never lies.’
Languagecaster’s football glossary – When a team easily beats an opponent they ‘take them apart’: also crush, heavily defeat, hammer, dismantle
Football glossary – Tap in – A simple chance to score, usually from close distance.
Target Man: A big strong centre forward that can hold up the ball
Team – A group of 11 players form one team. Which team do you follow?
To beat another team easily by scoring a lot of goals. This is most often used in the passive – to be thrashed, to lose by a lot of goals.
Throw in – When the ball leaves the pitch at the side, the team that did not touch the ball last can restart the game by throwing the ball in.