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 Learn English Through Football Podcast focuses on Damon’s favourite football team, Liverpool.
Managers have yet again been in the news this week so on this week’s main listening report we take a look back at one of our 2009 posts that looks at some of the language used to describe the the role of the football manager.
In this week’s podcast for learners of English who love football, we have our three regular features: our main report about football controversies, a new football phrase and our weekly predictions battle.
Some huge matches this week including a Champions League final rehearsal, derbies from london and Merseyside as well as el Superclásico from Argentina.
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?
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.
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.
Pundit: An expert on football usually on TV or radio and quite often a former professional player.
We are approaching the business end of the season and in this week’s predictions we feature games from the top and bottom of the Premier League, the Bundesliga and a classic Italian face off.
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)
When a player changes from one club to another club; a transfer.
On this week’s languagecaster predictions we feature big games from England’s Premier League, as well as the two semi-finals from the English FA Cup.
Midfielder: Someone that plays in the middle of the field; usually an all-round player.
This week’s main report discusses some of the language of referees.
Equaliser: The goal scored to tie a game; to draw level in a match
Do you know what the phrase ‘on paper’ refers to in football? Listen to our weekly football phrase to find out.
To spark (a comeback / trouble): To start, to incite. To cause something to happen (usually quite quickly).
Signing: The new player at a team as she/he has come from another team on a transfer; they have been signed