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2022 World Cup Language Podcast Day 9: Scoop – Cameroon vs Serbia

Day 9 of the 2022 World Cup and Cameroon and Serbia had a cracker. We look at a football phrase from the game, ‘to scoop‘. You can read the transcript for this podcast below, while you can also check out our glossary of footballing phrases here and visit our site to access all our previous posts and podcasts. If you have any suggestions or questions then you can contact us at

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2022 World Cup Language Podcast Day 9: Scoop – Cameroon vs Serbia

DB: Hello football fans. You’re listening to – the football-language podcast for learners and teachers of English. My name is Damon and I am based in Tokyo. Damian the other half of the languagecaster team is in London, where the kick off times for the World Cup are better than they are here in Japan I am sure. It’s getting hard to keep up with the games as the last one kicks off at 4.00 am!

But, everyone loves the World Cup, especially when there is an action-packed game, and on Day 9, Cameroon and Serbia served up a six goal thriller in their 3-3 draw in Group G. And we will focus on one football phrase in particular from that game.

Make sure you check out our previous World Cup 2022 football phrases, including the first hurdle, a game of two halves and more.

Stinger: You are listening to (from French)

Day 9: Scoop

Cameroon’s Vincent Aboubakar scores ‘outrageous’ scoop ( November 29 2022)

DB: Yes, you are listening to languagecaster and that message was in French.

Right, let’s turn to today’s phrase – to scoop. This is a headline from the BBC: ‘World Cup 2022: Cameroon’s Vincent Aboubakar scores ‘outrageous’ scoop‘. And this is another headline from the Guardian: Aboubakar scoop and Kudus strike add to World Cup goalfest – Football Daily’

So, what is a scoop or to scoop Well, it is like a dink, which is a shot or a pass where you strike hard under the ball, but you don’t follow through. Stopping the kicking motion quickly. This causes the ball to lift high but soon drop down. If you scoop the ball, you continue with the kicking action, so that your foot and the ball are still in contact. The ball is raised by the foot and finally pushed up.

In the Cameroon versus Serbia game, the Cameroon player, Aboubakar, was one-on-one with the keeper; he only had the keeper to beat. The keeper came out of the goal and Aboubakar scooped the ball over the keeper. He struck the ball, lifted it, and flicked, pushed, it over the keeper in a big loop.

And it can be used as an adjective as in ‘scoop shot‘, ‘scoop goal‘, and so on.

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To be honest, I had never heard a goal or shot described like this. I have heard lob, chip, dink – check out our glossary for explanations – but never scoop. A scoop shot is often seen in cricket, but Aboubakar has brought it to football!

Stinger: You are listening to (from The Netherlands)


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DB: Right that brings us to the end of this short World Cup 2022 football language podcast. I recommend you do a search for Aboubakar, goal, World Cup and see the scoop for yourself. Ta-ra!

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