World Cup 2014 Spain vs Netherlands: In this short podcast the languagecaster team look back at the 2014 World Cup and in particular the game between Spain and the Netherlands which was recently broadcast on FIFA.com.
Non-English Words in Football: How much do you know about non-English words and expressions used in English football? Try our football-language quiz below and find out about these different types of words and phrases.
March the 24th 2016 saw the passing of one of the greatest footballers ever – Johan Cruyff. To remember this great player, this week’s listening practice report is an adapted report from our archives. The post was originally published on May 1, 2011 as part of our World Cup Stars series. You can find explanations of key vocabulary (in bold) at the end of the post. You can listen to the podcast by clicking on the file below – you can also subscribe and listen to all our football-language podcasts – there are hundreds of them!
March 2020 Update: Currently there is hardly any football being played around the world but the learn English through football team will continue to produce our football language podcast – a great resource for learners and teachers of English who love soccer.
Football Language Podcast – 2020 Manchester Derby: On this podcast we explain some of the football language that emerged from the past week including the word ‘blunder’, while we also have a football-language question about the phrase ‘to rally’ and look ahead to the Manchester derby.
Languagecaster Predictions – 2020 Manchester Derby: Manchester City travel to rivals United on Sunday in the big game in the Premier League this weekend and we feature this match in our predictions this week. We also look ahead to a big London derby between Arsenal and West Ham, see whether Barcelona can bounce back from […]
MLS 2020: This weekend sees the start of the 2020 Major League Soccer season – the 25th season – so we thought we’d take a look at how MLS is doing at 25. We also look ahead to the upcoming season and look at the favourites and the dark horses and of course some of the language used to describe Major League Soccer 2020.
City sit in a league of their own: In this football language post we explain a newspaper headline from the Guardian on March 2nd 2020 and reports on the League Cup (Carabao Cup) win for Manchester City over Aston Villa at Wembley.
Languagecaster Predictions – 2020 Carabao Cup Final and el Clasico: The first piece of silverware – a trophy – is up for grabs this weekend in England when Manchester City take on relegation-threatened Aston Villa at Wembley Stadium. It should be an easy victory for City who are fresh from defeating Real Madrid in Spain in their Champions League last-16 first leg match but we all know that the cup is special and form can go out the window.
In this football language post we explain a newspaper headline from the Telegraph from February 27th 2020 and reports on Manchester City’s win at Real Madrid in the last 16 first leg tie. Don’t forget we have hundreds more explanations of football language in our football glossary. If you have questions or comments about this […]
2019-20 Real Madrid vs Manchester City: The second set of Champins League last 16 matches take place this week and we feature three of the games including Manchester City’s trip to Real Madrid and Chelsea hosting Bayern Munich in this predictions post.
Languagecaster Predictions: 2019-20 Chelsea vs Tottenham: The Premier League’s winter break is over and returns this weekend with a full round of fixtures. We feature some of the big games from the weekend including a London derby between Chelsea and Tottenham – teams in fourth and fifth positions in the league. We also look at […]
2019-20 Champions League last 16 Predictions: More big games this week as the Champions League returns with the first last 16 games taking place. We feature some of the big games from that competition as well as two other Premier League games involving both Manchester clubs.
Newspaper Headline: Valentine’s Day Massacre – In this football language post we explain a newspaper headline from the Daily Mirror which is about UEFA’s decision to ban Manchester City from the Champions League over the next two seasons. This decision was made public on 14th February which is of course Valentines Day!
2019-20 Norwich vs Liverpool and Lazio vs Inter: The Premier League is still on a mid-winter break but there are four games taking place this weekend and we feature the leaders against the team in last place – Norwich hosting Liverpool – and Tottenham’s trip to Aston Villa.
This week’s football phrase is specific to the game in England and is ‘The Everton Cup’.
Losing it: In this football language post we explain a newspaper headline from the Times newspaper about the game between Tottenham…
2019-20 FA Cup 4th Round Replays: The Premier League takes a mid-winter break over the next couple of weeks – the first time that this league has done this – though each side only actually gets one weekend off. There are two matches next week including a relegation six-pointer between Watford and Brighton. The FA Cup fourth round replays also take place this week with Tottenham hosting Southampton and minnows Shrewsbury Town travelling to Liverpool.
Fernandes Finally Announced: In this football language post we explain a newspaper headline from the Independent newspaper which is all about Portuguese international Bruno Fernandes’ transfer to Manchester United.
It’s Chinese New Year and so on this week’s listening report we take a look at football in China.