In this football language podcast we look at the phrase ‘send a team home‘ which has been used at the 2020 European Championships to describe when a team is knocked out of the tournament. You can read a 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

Football Language Podcast Euro 2020: Send a team home

DF: Hello everyone, this is Damian from the Learning English Through Football team – I hope you are all doing well. As you know, we are posting a football expression from the Euro 2020 tournament every day, Damon looked at words and phrases connected to ‘woodwork’ in yesterday’s podcast and today I am looking at a phrase that is used when a team is knocked out of a tournament: To send a team home.

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Stinger: You are listening to (in Turkish).

So, in the Group A game between Switzerland and Turkey both sides knew that a win was necessary to maintain their hopes of qualifying for the last 16. Turkey had been many people’s dark horses but after yesterday’s 3-1 defeat they return home without any points at all. There are many ways to describe when a team does not qualify for the knock-out stages of a competition such as eliminate or knock out. Sometimes if a fancied side (that’s a team that many expect to win) is defeated by a weaker or lower ranked team we might hear the phrase ‘dumped out of the competition‘ though this is usually used in knock-out football rather than in tournaments. In the Group A match yesterday both teams knew that if they lost they’d be out of the Euros and would have to go home. So when Switzerland easily defeated Turkey 3-1 we can say they sent Turkey home – the Turkish team were sent home by the Swiss. I wonder whether Ukraine will send Austria home in today’s games?

Stinger: You are listening to (in Dutch).

Good Bye

DF: Yes, you are listening to – that message was in Dutch. Don’t forget that there’s a transcript to this podcast and lots of vocab support which you can access by coming along to our site. OK, that’s it for this short podcast – we hope you enjoyed our look at the phrase ‘send another team home‘ from the 2020 Euros and we’ll be back with more tomorrow. Don’t forget you can also come and play in our predictions competition, vote in our Euro 2020 poll and find lots of football language on our site here at Enjoy all the football and we’ll see you again soon. Bye bye.

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