There’s trouble brewing at Old Trafford this week, a manager leaves his club gracefully, and disgraceful behaviour in Italy all make our Good the Bad and Ugly review section. Also on this week’s languagecaster.com’s football podcast, we have a main report looking at how the face of international teams is changing. For more football news come to our site, read the posts, listen to our main reports and check out our links section.
This week’s featured match sees Manchester City take on Arsenal – these two teams are many people’s tips to challenge Chelsea for the premier League title. Below are Damon and Damian’s prediction – what do you think?
This week’s football phrase for English is the verbal phrase ‘to stake a claim‘. This phrase is made up of the noun ‘stake‘ and the verb ‘to claim‘. A stake is a piece of wood that is used to mark out an area of land. The word can also be used as a verb, so if you have staked out some land, you say it is yours. To claim also means to say something is yours, or that you deserve something. Combined as ‘to stake a claim‘, this phrase is used in football to describe a player, usually not a regular first team player, that has played so well that they deserve to be in the first team, they stake a claim to a place in the team. This week, Liverpool face Napoli and Hodgson, the manager, is resting his big name players like Torres and Gerrard. The manager said it was a chance for other players to stake a claim for a regular position.
This week’s QUIZ QUESTION:
Wayne Rooney’s first goal in the Premier League in 2002 (for Everton) was a match winner – against which team?
d. Manchester United
Answer next week.
The answer to last week’s question was B – Everton last won the League title in 1987
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