During the Euro 2012 tournament the languagecaster team will be looking at some of the words and phrases that emerge from the competition. Today we explain the phrase ‘the group of death‘. You can understand more about the word or phrase by listening to the mp3 and reading the transcript below. You can also find many more examples by going to our huge football glossary here.
Listen here: Group of death.mp3
Today’s Euro 2012 football phrase is ‘the group of death‘ which means that one of the groups in a tournament is much stronger than the others, that is, it contains high-ranking teams and will be difficult to qualify from. In this year’s Euro tournament, everyone agrees that Group B is the group of death with outsiders Denmark ranked at 10 by FIFA. Portugal are 5th in the world, The Netherlands are 4th in the rankings and Germany 2nd which means that is very difficult indeed to predict which teams will qualify from Group B – the group of death.
Example: ‘Euro 2012: Germany feel they can stay alive in the group of death‘ (The Guardian.co.uk, June 2 2021)