Learn English Through Football Language Podcast: 2023 Winners

In this football language podcast, Damon and Damian explain some of the language used to describe the winners of leagues and cups – they look back at some of the winners of trophies from the European club season. You can read the transcript for this podcast below, while you can also check out our glossary of footballing phrases here and visit our site to access all our previous posts and podcasts. If you have any suggestions or questions then you can contact us at admin@languagecaster.com.

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Learn English Through Football Language Podcast: 2023 Winners

DF: Hello again everyone and welcome to Languagecaster.com – the football-language podcast for learners and teachers of English. I’m Damian and I’m here in a very, very sunny London and it’s the day after West Ham United had their victory parade through the local streets after winning the Europa Conference League earlier in the week – 43 years after their last silverware and so the locals are very happy indeed!

DB: Hi Damian. Yep, congratulations to West Ham there’s nothing better than winning some silverware. It sounds very nice over there in London, by the way, my name is Damon everybody and I’m based in Tokyo which is pretty rainy at the moment I’ve got to say. So, again congratulations to West Ham but it’s not just the London team that’s been winning in Europe, is it Damian?

DF: Hi Damon and yes, you’re right, it’s not just been West Ham who’ve been winning. We recently posted a football language podcast on the Europa League final between Sevilla and Roma which of course Sevilla won on penalties, while we have also looked at some of the language describing other wins: West Ham’s victory parade of course and some newspaper headline language describing Manchester City’s title win in England (it was called ‘Coronation Day‘). So, on this week’s podcast Damon and myself will be looking at some of the language that described some of the teams that won some of the trophies this season.

Stinger: You are listening to languagecaster.com (in Italian)

DB: Yes, that message was in Italian and yes, you are listening to Languagecaster.com. Now, remember that in addition to this podcast, you can also access all of our other football-language podcasts – we have hundreds of them that date back over 15 years. So, come along to our site here at Languagecaster.com.


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DF: So, many of the domestic leagues and cups in Europe have now finished so we thought it would be an idea to congratulate some of the winners over the past [2022-23] season. Of course, my favourite team Tottenham did not win anything (and indeed have not lifted a trophy in 15 years) and apologies to those teams we do not mention in this show but here are some of the winners from the 2022-23 season.

Stinger: You are listening to languagecaster.com (West Ham fan)

http://gty.im/1493775281DB: Well done to Manchester City on winning the Premier League title – that’s their fifth win in the past six years – and the FA Cup and if they win the Champions League, they will have the treble, which of course has only once been won in England and that was their city rivals Manchester United in 1999. One team that has won a treble this season is Scottish side Celtic who won all three domestic trophies in Scotland – that’s the League Cup and FA Cup and the League. In Italy, Napoli thrillingly won their third Serie A title – it’s been over 30 years since the last one when Diego Maradona was in their team, while Inter won their second Coppa Italia in a row and are hoping for a cup double as they’ll face Manchester City in the Champions League final. In Spain, Barcelona easily won La Liga – their first title in four years, while Real Madrid won the Copa del Rey after defeating Osasuna in a thrilling final. Benfica were also crowned champions for the first time in four years, while Porto defeated Braga to win the Cup and in the Netherlands, Feyenoord won the Eredivisie for the first time in six years, with PSV winning the Dutch Cup. Any more European news Damian?

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DF: In France PSG won again – that’s their ninth in 11 years – although they only won by one point from Lens and their fans were not happy with the season at all. Toulouse won the French Cup after they thrashed Nantes 5-1 to win their first ever cup. In Germany, Bayern Munich won their 11th straight Bundesliga title after a dramatic final day collapse from Dortmund, while Leipzig won their second cup in a row. There was an amazing end to the season in Belgium where Royal Antwerp FC won their first title since 1957 and they capped off a wonderful season by winning the double. Galatasaray won the Süper Lig in Turkey and this was their 23rd title win, which is the most in Turkish football.

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DB: How about in the women’s game? Well, in England Chelsea won their fourth WSL title in a row to go along with their FA Cup and League Cup wins means they have won the domestic treble. Barcelona won the title in Spain, while Bayern Munich won the Frauen-Bundesliga in Germany and Olympique Lyonnais won in France.

DF: Well done to everyone. I know that we have left out many more winners so why don’t you drop us a line here at admin@languagecaster.com and let us know what other teams have been crowned champions or lifted the trophy or won silverware?



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DF: OK, if you have any questions or comments then drop us an email at admin@languagecaster.com and you can also look out for us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – we posted some pictures of the victory parade from West Ham yesterday. We also have a football-language forum where you can ask and answer any questions you have on the language of football – we’ve had lots of new questions and comments as we have been updating a few new things on there. Come along and say hi or ask or indeed answer a question on football language. Recently, we’ve had questions on the phrase ‘a rasping shot‘; ‘to pick it out‘ and also ‘to get in behind the defence‘. Some great questions there and come along and have a look at some of the discussions around those phrases.

Stinger: You are listening to languagecaster.com (in French).


DB: Yes, you are listening to languagecaster and that message was from a French football fan. Don’t forget there’s a transcript for this short podcast and there’s lots of vocabulary support – we explain lots of the meanings of these words in the transcript, which you can access by coming along to our site.

DF: OK, that’s it for this podcast in which Damon and myself looked back at some of the language used to describe some of the winning teams in European club competition this season. Let us know if you hear any of the phrases that we’ve used – in any language of course. And enjoy all the football and we’ll see you again soon. Bye bye!

DB: Yes, thanks for listening. Ta ra!

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