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English Through Football Podcast: 2018 Liverpool vs Man United

2018 Liverpool vs Man United

Learn English Through Football Podcast: 2018 Liverpool vs Man United

Premier League leaders Liverpool take on Manchester United in the big game this week and of course this will feature in our predictions at the end of the show. We’ve also got a football quiz question about being booked, as well as an English for football expression that describes a style of football. If you’d like the transcript to the show – great for learners and teachers of English – please show your support by becoming a patron (through Patreon) and if you have questions or comments, email us at: (Damian=DF, Damon=DB).

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Transcript of the show (18th December 2018)


DF: Hello everyone, this is Damian from the languagecaster team and we’d like to apologise for the delay in posting this week’s podcast – after last week’s live show from Tokyo we had a host of unlucky technical issues this week which meant that we were unable to put the show together until today, Tuesday. But we are back and the delay means that we can mention the fact that Premier League side Manchester United are now looking for a new manager after Jose Mourinho was sacked today. The former Chelsea, Inter and Real Madrid boss won two trophies at United but the Red Devils currently find themselves 19 points behind leaders Liverpool.

Right, Jose’s gone but we’re still here – apologies again – and here’s this week’s show.

Learn English Through Football Podcast: 2018 Liverpool vs Man United

DF: You are listening to’s football-language podcast. Hello and welcome. You are listening to the podcast for all those who love the beautiful game of football and who want to improve their English language skills. My name is Damian and I am back in London after my short trip to Hong Kong and Japan where of course I met Damon – we recorded last week’s show together for the first time in over three years! Damon, how are things?

DB: Hi Damian. things are good here in Tokyo. It was good to see you over here last week. I hope the flight back wasn’t too long! I’m guessing you were back in time for the Champions League fixtures. What did you watch?

DF: Well, the flight is a long one, I’ll tell you that! But I did manage to watch the Spurs game against Barcelona on Tuesday evening in the Champions League – Oh, what drama!

DB: Yes

DF: I was so nervous as I was not just watching Tottenham’s match but I also had one eye on the Inter vs PSV game – both of these teams were also in the same group. Now, both games finished 1-1 which meant that Tottenham went through to the last-16 knock-out stage on a better head-to-head record than the Serie A side Inter.

DB: What do you mean by ‘head-to-head record‘, Damian?

DF: Well, there are different ways to separate teams when they have the same points in a group or in a table, so for example, goal difference, goals scored or how the teams did when they played each other and this is the ‘head-to-head record‘.

DB: So, Tottenham had a better head-to-head record than Inter when they played each other?

DF: Yes but only just. Spurs came above Inter on away goals which means that the two teams both won their home matches against each other but Spurs scored an away goal which counts double when teams are tied.

DF: All nice language to describe ways of dividing teams, or separating teams, who finish on the same points. Now, Damon, what about you, did you watch the Liverpool-Napoli game?

Quiz Question – Booked

DB: Right, it’s time for our weekly football-language quiz question and I think this week it is all about being booked, is that right?

DF: Yes, Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk was booked in the Champions League game against Napoli after a tackle on Belgian forward Dries Mertens which means he will miss the next game in the competition. So, we want to know which of the following words and phrases does not mean to be booked:

  1. To be cautioned
  2. To be suspended
  3.  To be carded
  4. To receive a yellow

DB: Good stuff and we’ll have the answer at the end of the show.

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DB: Now, we’d like to point you in the direction of if you’d like some more football-language content and you also want to support what we are doing. You can come to our site at and there you can click on the Patreon button to learn how you can access extra posts and resources, including worksheets and of course you can get the transcript for this report.

DF: Yes, you can access a worksheet on a review of the Champions League group stages and we will also be posting one on the FIFA Club World Cup that has just kicked-off in the UAE, as well as some extra football language and we’ll have our end of year football quiz too. And thanks of course to all those who do support us through Patreon.

DB: Yes indeed, now it’s time for our football review of the week in our good, the bad and the ugly section.

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