It’s the weekend before the Premier league season starts so the traditional pre-season game between last season’s FA Cup and Premier League winners takes place at Wembley: The Community Shield
The transfer window for the 2014-15 European football season is open which means that clubs are busy trying to buy and sell players. Today’s football expression looks at the phrase ‘to line up a bid for someone’
This week’s football phrase is ‘terrace’
In honour of Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement from Manchester United this week after more than a quarter of a century in charge we look at five Fergie-inspired posts from the Languagecaster.com archives.
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.
In today’s look at the language of football newspaper headlines we feature the Champions League match between Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid and the headline: ‘Robert Lewandowski slams four past Real Madrid as Dortmund take control’
Sometimes on languagecaster.com we take a look at some of the headlines from the football world and today we feature the Champions League match between Bayern Munich and Barcelona and the headline: ‘Bayern Munich crush Barcelona with Thomas Müller leading the rout’
Overcome: To beat another side; to defeat.
This week, languagecaster.com introduces the English football phrase and cliche ‘Roy of the Rovers stuff’.
To not admit defeat; to refuse to give up; to have a great fighting spirit. What cliche describes this attitude? Check our Football glossary.
‘To be on loan’ – When a team lends a player to another team for no money. A new football phrase in languagecaster’s glossary
On this week’s football podcast for learners of English, we look at the match ups in this year’s Champions League quarter-final first legs, while in our English for football section Damon introduces the phrase ‘to play off the park’.
To sign a player: When a club buys a new player from another club.
What do you call a small team that has little chance chance of winning? Check out ‘minnow’ in our football glossary.
Retain: To win a cup, league or title again – usually the following year or season
This week languagecaster.com introduces the football phrase ‘to ship goals’.
Serie A: The Italian top league / division. The equivalent in Germany is the Bundesliga and in England is the Premier League.
Season: The time it takes for each team to twice play all the other teams in the league (home and away). The season in England lasts from August till May with 38 games in total.
This week’s English for Football is to be in the running. If you say a team is in the running, you mean that they have a chance of winning…
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.
Surprise package – In football this expression refers to a team that unexpectedly does well despite the fact that not many people think that they will do well in a competition.
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.
What phrase often follow ‘to hit form’? Find out with our Weekly Football Phrase.
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.