Languageacster newsletter: Week 23

The FA Cup third round games and the appointment of Kenny Dalglish as Liverpool’s manager dominated the football news in England, while in other news Messi was awarded the Ballon d’Or, the Asia Cup got underway and Inter returned to form in Serie A under new manager Leonardo. Check out’s review section to read more about the footballing news. We also try to predict who will come out on top in some of the big games in our weekly predictions. For more football news come to our site, read the posts, listen to our main reports and check out our links section.


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    This week’s featured match sees Liverpool take on Everton in the Merseyside derby in the Premier League. Here are Damon and Damian’s predictions: what do you think?

  • Damon 3-0  | Damian: 0-0
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    This week’s English for football phrase is ‘to be in the dark‘. A few days ago on we had a new football phrase ‘by mutual consent‘, used when managers leave a club or are sacked. This week’s phrase is also used when talking about managers of clubs, usually before they lose their job or move to a new job. When you are ‘in the dark‘, literally, you cannot see, so this phrase means you do not know what is going to happen because you do not have enough information. Managers are often asked if they think they will be sacked. When they say they do not know, or are unsure the newspaper’s headlines often say that they are in the dark – they do not know what their boss is thinking. Recently, Avram Grant of Premier League side West Ham has been under a lot of pressure and many people believe he will lose his job soon. Headlines said he was in the dark about his future.
    To be in the dark

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    This week’s QUIZ QUESTION:

    Kenny Dalglish played for two clubs in his professional career – Celtic and Liverpool. He also managed Celtic and Liverpool. Which 2 other teams did he manage?

    a. Blackburn Rovers

    b. Leeds United

    c. Newcastle United

    d. Fulham

    Check the answer next week. The answer to last week’s question – Carlos Tevez has played for 3 Premier League clubs. Manchester City, Manchester United and…a) West Ham

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