Learn English Through Football Podcast: 2016-17 Season Week 1 – Dig Deep
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DF: You’re listening to languagecaster’s football podcast
DB: Hello everyone and welcome to the show for all football fans who wish to improve their English language skills. My name is Damon and I am here in my hometown in Chester in the northwest of England.
DF: And I am Damian and I am also here in Chester – up visiting Damon here – where the weather is, well, glorious. It’s great to be back for a new season of languagecaster’s football podcast. How are you getting on Damon?
DB: I’m doing very well; it’s nice to be back in the UK. As most of our listeners know I live in Japan so yeah, I’m feeling pretty good. and you?
DF: Really, really good. We’ve missed the football though, haven’t we?
DB: We have indeed, but it’s back.
DF: Yes, though we did have some interesting summer football. We had Chile winning the Copa America.
DB: And then there was Portugal, of course, winning their first major title in the European championship…
DF: … and we currently have the Olympic football tournament going on as well; both for men and for women.
DB: Well, this is the 10th season of our football language podcast – Can you remember our first season Damian?
DB: Oh, I can. I remember some very interesting places where we recorded the show – I think we did one in a car, is that right?
DB: Yes, we did. And some of our favourites, however, were probably in bars.
DF: That’s right… Now, we started with the World Cup in Germany in 2006 and then in our first full season – 2006-07 – we did our first season of podcasts and this brings me to our quiz question for today’s show; our first quiz question of the season. Damon, which team won the Premier League in the 2006-07 season?
DB: Good question, I know it wasn’t Liverpool…
DF: And I know it wasn’t Tottenham! We’ll have the answer to that question at the end of the show.
DB: OK, what else do we have on today’s show?
DB: Well, we’ll be looking ahead to the new Premier League season and we’ll be taking a look back at some of the good, the bad and the ugly of this week in football – the first week of the Premier League in football. And, of course, some of the football language that’s emerged.
DB: So, what was a good from the first weekend of matches?
DF: Well, Damon, I think it’s been a good start for Hull City in the Premier League as the newly-promoted side defeated champions Leicester City 2-1 on the opening day. Many people have tipped the Tigers – that’s Hull – to go down this season so this was a great win for them – not so good for the Foxes of Leicester though. Damon, what about bad?
DB: Yes, it was indeed a bad day at the office for Leicester who, as current champions of the Premier League, would have expected to beat Hull City. In particular, it was a bad day for their England striker Jaime Vardy who missed a sitter. A bad day for Leicester who were defeated only three times last time out. What about ugly?
DF: For ugly Damon, I’m going to talk about the women’s Olympic tournament and in particular the US goalkeeper – the shot stopper – Hope Solo who made some unsporting remarks about their opponents Sweden who defeated the US team on penalties in the quarter-final. She called them ‘cowards’ for not trying to play attacking football but her sour grapes have been criticised on social media. Poor stuff from the USA keeper.
DB: Yes, indeed.
DF: Now, next up we are going to focus on an English football phrase from this weekend’s Premier League matches and this time Damon will explain the expression ‘to dig deep’.
DB: Yes, to dig deep is a phrase which means a player of a team has to try their hardest to either defend against their opponent to avoid defeat or to go on the attack and win the game. Either way, it involves courage and looking for extra reserves of energy. Now, in the first weekend’s action we talked about Hull and Leicester and in that game, Hull dug deep to defend their lead and bagged three points against the champions, Leicester. To dig deep.
DB: Any more language that caught your eye or ear this weekend?
DF: Yes, and this is a question from one of our listeners, Jose, and he asked about the phrase ‘ball hog‘. Now, a ‘ball hog‘ is someone who keeps the ball for a long time; someone who doesn’t pass to another colleague. The verb connected to this is ‘to hog the ball‘. Damon, any players on the Liverpool team who are ‘ball hogs‘?
DB: Sometimes Coutinho has been accused of being a bit of a ‘ball hog‘ – he doesn’t pass the ball quite as quickly as maybe he should do. But that’s a bit harsh I think.
DF: Yes maybe. Thank you for that Jose. And remember, if you come along to Languagecaster.com you can find a huge collection of more football terms, phrases, expressions, vocabulary and football cliches in our language glossary and we are always looking for more words and phrases so if you know of any football phrase then let us know by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DB: You can also follow us on Facebook – Learn English Through Football – or on twitter @languagecaster. We’d like to say a big hello to all of those who are now following us or liked our recent posts or re-tweeted some of our things from the website, so thanks a lot to all of you out there.
DB: Next up we have our predictions battle in which Damian and myself will try and predict some of the big games from the Premier League. Now this year we are going to focus on the Premier League solely. And this season we have something new as listeners to the show can also participate in our predictions battle. Simply come along to our site at languagecaster.com, sign in (for free) to the predictions competition – you can see that at the top of the menu bar on our site and make your choices. Do you think you can beat either Damian or myself?
Now, it’s 3 points for a correct score and one for the right result. Damian what are the standout matches this week?
DF: Well Damon as everyone knows there are ten league matches in the Premier League each week and we are going to focus on three: Everton against Spurs; Arsenal against your team Liverpool and Bournemouth against Manchester United. Now Everton-Spurs, what did you go for?
DB: I went for a nil-nil (0-0) draw.
DF: And I went for a Spurs win so you got yourself a point for that because it finished 1-1, right?
DB: That’s the correct score, yes, and how did you feel about that… your team in their first game away?
DF: I was a little disappointed but according to the highlights which we watched last night it really was a game of two halves. Everton playing well in the first half and Spurs coming back in the second half.
DB: Right, the second game we’ve got is coming up later on this afternoon actually it’s Arsenal, a London team, and Liverpool from the northwest of England. What score do you have for this one?
DF: Erm, I think this is going to finish in a draw. These two teams are tipped to do very well this season. It will be interesting to see how your side Liverpool do with a full season under their manager Jurgen Klopp but for me I’m going for a 1-1 draw. What do you reckon?
DB: Well, this game usually has lots of goals. Usually quite an exciting fixture but I think as it comes… it’s the first one of the season that might not be the case. But I’ve got a feeling Liverpool are going to win this one: 2-1.
DF: Nice. Now the last game we’re going to highlight this weekend is Bournemouth against Manchester United. Now, lots of changes at Manchester United this season Damon, what do you think?
DB: Well, I think Bournemouth won a lot of hearts last season for the way they played and staying up but Manchester United have spent big… very big and I’ve got a feeling they could steamroller Bournemouth 3-0.
DF: Wow. I’ve gone for a 2-0 victory for Manchester United and you’ve gone for three-nil. OK, let’s see ho that one pans out later on.
DF: Now, don’t forget you can join our predictions competition on our site as Damon mentioned here at Languagecaster.com and we already have an early leader, Damon, Aung Kyaw has 9 points and rooneytunes has 7; I have got 4 and yourself and Cole and a few others have 2.
DB: Early days.
DF: Early days… it’s a marathon not a sprint.
DB: Now, you can come along to our site for language support, ask a question on our forum, we also have a fantasy football league that you can join – so go along to the Premier League Fantasy Football site and sign in to the languagecaster league by using the code 968273-255268. Damian, how are you doing after the first day?
DF: Not too bad, I’m about halfway down the league. Aguero from Manchester City scored me some points but Harry Kane’s my captain so nothing special for me there this week. How about yourself?
DB: Erm, I’ve still to enter my fantasy football team.
DF: Oy oy oy!
DB: Now, just before we go, let’s give you the answer to our question – we asked you to name the winners of the 2006-07 Premier League and the answer was?
DF: It was Manchester United with Chelsea coming second. I wonder if that will be a similar case this season?
DB: I don’t think so but I think it’ll be Man…City followed by Man United and then Chelsea. How about you?
DF: Yes, I think you can’t look too far away from the two clubs from Manchester. I agree, I think City first maybe United second, I think Chelsea and Arsenal will complete the top four. How about Liverpool Damon, what do you think?
DB: Of dear, Liverpool? Top 6 maybe and a good cup run – it’s such a cliche.
DF: Thanks. Remember, you can also sign up to our newsletter for football language news, and fantasy football, and our prediction updates or simply get in contact with us and let us know what you think of the show or our football language site at languagecaster.com. Enjoy all the football and see you next week
DB: Bye – see you next week.