Languagecaster review of the 2011 summer football

The European football season gets under way this month but that did not mean there was no football taking place. In this post, languagecaster takes a brief look back at some of the highlights from the summer of 2011.

 

The European football season gets under way this month but this does not mean that no football has taken place during July and August. The Copa America, The Women’s World Cup, World Cups at U-17 and U-20 levels, as well as major domestic leagues including Brazil, Argentina, the MLS and the J-League have all seen football action this summer. In this post, languagecaster takes a brief look back at some of the highlights from the summer of 2011.

The main soccer event of the summer took place during the Argentinian winter as Uruguay won their record-breaking 15th Copa America title after thrashing Paraguay 3-0 in the final at the Estadio Monumental in Buenos Aires. Coach Oscar Tabarez showed that his team’s performance at last year’s World Cup in South Africa was no fluke as they fully deserved the trophy. La Celeste, or the Sky Blues, had the player of the tournament in Luis Suarez, they did not lose a match and also knocked-out hosts and favourites Argentina. Remarkably, striker Diego Forlan’s winners medal means that three generations of his family have now won South America titles. Well done to Uruguay.

While Uruguay’s win could be described as being somewhat surprising in that neither Brazil nor Argentina featured in the latter stages of the tournament, Japan’s victory in the Women’s World Cup that took place in Germany was a monumental shock. Pre-tournament favourites were the US, Brazil and of course hosts Germany. The Japanese were seen as a team that played attractive football but would probably struggle to get out of their group. How wrong the pundits were! Japan, though beaten by England in the group stage, managed to qualify for the knock-out rounds where they defeated hosts Germany after extra-time. The semi-finals saw a comfortable victory over another European powerhouse, Sweden but despite having the whole country behind them, few expected the Japanese side to beat the mighty US team. Indeed, they had failed to beat them in over 30 previous attempts but after a thrilling 2-2 draw Nadeshiko Japan won on penalties. A marvelous end to a marvelous tournament.

Vocabulary

record-breaking: the team has won more trophies than any other country

thrashing: A heavy defeat

fluke: luck or chance

three generations of his family have now won South America titles: Forlan’s grandfather and father have also won Copa America tournaments.

a monumental shock: A huge surprise

to get out of their group: To qualify for the knockout rounds

powerhouse: A strong team with a long tradition

Nadeshiko: The nickname of the female Japanese team

thrilling: Exciting

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