Football Language Podcast: Second debutOn today’s football language listening post we take a look at the phrase ‘second debut‘ and explain how we use it in football. In this audio report we have a transcript which is great for learners and teachers of English. If you have questions or comments about this, or any other football phrase, you can email us at:

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Football Language Podcast: Second debut

DF: Hello everyone, this is Damian from the Learning English Through Football team – we hope you are all well. And in this short football language podcast, I am going to explain the phrase ‘second debut‘. The word debut means to do something for the first time; so in football it is used when a player plays their first game for a new club and can be used as a noun or a verb: To debut for the club or to make their debut for the club.

Sometimes a player returns to a club that they had previously played with and so we can use the phrase ‘second debut‘ when that player makes another new start with this club. Recently, two big stars have returned to their previous clubs: Theo Walcott returned to Southampton after 14 years away at Arsenal and Everon and made his second debut against Chelsea, while Welsh player Gareth Bale returned to Tottenham after seven years at Real Madrid and he made his second debut against West Ham. To make a second debut.

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