Every week during the 2010-11 season, the languagecaster team explain a football phrase or cliche for learners of English who love the sport. Click on the link below to hear the word or phrase and you can also read the transcript below. You can find many more examples by going to our football phrase page here football cliches here and our huge football glossary here.
Listen here: El Clásico.mp3
This week’s English for football phrase is ‘El Clásico‘. Now, this expression is, of course, not English but actually Spanish – it literally means ‘the classic’ – and refers to the games played every year between Barcelona and Real Madrid. However, the phrase is now used in English when talking about these matches, such is their importance. It should not be confused with el Superclásico which is the game between Buenos Aires’ rivals River Plate and Boca Juniors. Over the next three weeks the two sides (Real and Barca) will meet four times: in the league, in the Spanish Cup final and then home and away in the Champions League semi-final meaning that there will be four clásicos for world football fans to get excited about.