Languagecaster Newsletter: Week 25

The Asia cup is reaching its climax, Liverpool have finally won two games in a row, Inter stumble, as do Dortmund. But the big news in the UK is all about ‘Can women understand the offside rule?’ – sexism rears its ugly head.  Check out’s review section to read in more detail about some of these stories. 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 is the Asia Cup final between Japan and Australia. Here are Damon and Damian’s predictions: what do you think?

  • Damon 2-1 | Damian: 1-0
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    This week’s English for football phrase is to be in ‘acres of space‘. An acre is a measure of land used commonly in the UK. It is approximately 4,000 square meters, nearly the size of a football pitch. If a player receives the ball with no opposing player near them, you can say they are ‘in space‘ – they have time to move, pass or shoot. If a player has the ball with a lot of space, you say they are in ‘acres of space‘. When this happens you usually expect the player to make a great pass or have a shot on goal. To be in acres of space.

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    This week’s QUIZ QUESTION:

    Australia used to play in the Oceania confederation on FIFA? In 1997 they qualified as leaders of the Oceania group for a play off  for a place in the  World Cup in France 1998. Who did they play and did they win or lose?

    a. Blackburn Rovers

    b. Leeds United

    c. Newcastle United

    d. Fulham

    Check the answer next week. The answer to last week’s question – was a) and c) Kenny Dalglish managed both these clubs.

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