During the Euro 2012 tournament the languagecaster team will explain a football headline that has appeared in the English-speaking press. Today’s headline is Karagounis avoids Greece exit and makes Russia pay. You can also find many more examples of football phrases here, as well as football cliches here and our huge football glossary here.
Euro 2012 Headline of the Day: Karagounis avoids Greece exit and makes Russia pay
Today’s headline is from the Guardian newspaper and is all about the Group A match between Russia and Greece which saw a surprising win for the Greeks that eliminated the Russians. The captain of the Greek side is Girorgis Karagounis and he scored his side’s only goal to ensure progress to the quarter-final – they did not exit from the tournament. The newspaper makes reference to the fact that the Greek economy is in a poor state and that they are looking for financial help, they are making Russia pay. This phrase also means that the Greeks will make the Russians get into trouble for making mistakes – they will pay dearly for failing to win. In other words this headline can be re-written as ‘the captain of Greece keeps his side in the competition and helps to eliminate Russia’.