In this football language podcast for learners of English who love the beautiful game, we look at some of the words and phrases from the Champions League group game between Manchester City and Paris Saint Germain and we use a report from the Guardian newspaper to do this. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Head off the line – Learning English Through Football Podcast: 2021 Champions League Man City vs PSG
DF: Hello everyone, this is Damian from the Languagecaster.com team here in a rather cold London – we might even have snow this weekend! I hope you are all doing well and that you enjoyed the football this week. The fifth set of fixtures in the Champions League took place and there were some big results, including AC Milan winning away at Atlético Madrid, former West Ham striker Sébastien Haller scoring his ninth Champions League goal of the season as Ajax won their fifth straight game; something that Liverpool also did after defeating Porto 2-0 – no doubt Damon will be happy with that result. He of course is in Tokyo – I wonder did he get up in the middle of the night to watch the game live?
OK, on this podcast we take a look at another one of the big games from the Champions League, perhaps the biggest in fact, as beaten finalists Manchester City took on Paris Saint Germain to see which side would top the group. We use a Guardian newspaper match report to help us look at some of the language used to describe the win for the Manchester side.
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Head off the line & Goal line clearance
Mahrez’ shot went past the keeper but the Paris defender Hakimi stopped the ball from going into the net by heading clear – he headed the ball off the line. This kind of block by a defender is also known as a goal line clearance because the defender prevents the ball from crossing the line. Hakimi’s header off the line (‘off’ of course means to send the ball away from the line) was the second goalline clearance as another defender, Presnel Kimpembe, ‘was in the right place to head away, with Navas beaten’ earlier on in the game. Head away here means to head off the line – two goal line clearances early on in the first half showed which team was piling on the pressure (City) and which team was under the cosh (PSG).
Cut back/Ram home
Ice cool finish
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DF: Yes, you are listening to languagecaster.com – that message was in Irish. Don’t forget that there’s a transcript to this podcast and lots of vocabulary support which you can access by coming along to our site. We also have a football language forum where fans of the beautiful game can ask and answer questions on all kinds of football language – come along and join in the football language discussion.
OK, that’s it for this week’s podcast in which we looked at the phrases ‘ice cool finish‘, ‘cushioned pass‘, ‘cut back‘ and ‘ram home‘ from Manchester City’s win over PSG in the Champions League. Don’t forget you can also come and find lots more football language on our site here at languagecaster.com, including our football glossary and of course over ten seasons of podcasts too! Enjoy all the football this week and we’ll see you again soon. Bye.
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