Learn English Through Football Podcast: 2019-20 Final Day of the Season: This week’s football-language podcast looks ahead to the final day of the 2019-20 season – almost a year after the season kicked off last August. We look back at some of the key final fixtures that took place over the weekend in our predictions section, we also explain some football language that has emerged from the week including the phrase, ‘Golden Boot‘. There is also a review of the football week, a football-language quiz question and some new polls. Listen to the podcast by clicking on the file below – you can also subscribe and listen to all our football-language podcasts – there are hundreds of them dating from way back in 2006! Improve your English by reading the transcript as you listen, or if you are a teacher of English you can use the transcript to make several listening and/or reading activities for your learners. If you have questions or comments then you can email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org (Damon=DB; Damian=DF).
Learn English Through Football Podcast: 2019-20 Final Day of the Season
DF: You are listening to languagecaster.com. Hello everyone, we hope you are all safe and well and welcome to the podcast for fans of football who wish to improve their English language skills. My name’s Damian and I’m based in a cloudy but dry London the day after the final fixtures of the Premier League season. Now, I wonder what the weather is like in Tokyo for Damon?
DB: Well, it’s a bit boring here. We’ve had rain, rain, rain for the past two months it seems. It’s not too heavy in Tokyo but further west in the country they are really suffering from flooding. So, not the best weather, but there’s always been the football to take our minds of things. What have you seen this week?
DF: I’ve seen a lot of football this week including the Liverpool win over Chelsea, West Ham’s draw away at Manchester United, which my Hammers-supporting brother enjoyed, Aston Villa’s victory over Arsenal and also some drama from the final day of the Championship – West Brom won direct promotion to next season’s Premier League, while Brentford, Fulham, Swansea and Cardiff all made the play-offs. I also watched games from the final game of the season in the Premier League – I saw Spurs finishing 6th after drawing with Crystal Palace, while I also had one eye on the relegation battle involving games with Aston Villa, Watford and Bournemouth.
DB: Yes, the final day certainly shaped up to be interesting at the top and bottom of the table in the Premier League and elsewhere.
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DF: Now, what’s on the rest of the show, Damon?
DB: Right, we start with a quick look at some of the new polls we have on our site, then we review some of the football stories from the week in our good, the bad and ugly section. After that we explain some football language and this week we look at Golden Boot. Then there is a football-language question and we finish off with some predictions from the final day of the Premier League season.
DF: OK, we have a couple of new polls this week – we want to know which teams are going to win the end of season tournaments: The FA Cup final, which is between Arsenal and Chelsea, takes place next weekend, the Champions League and the Europa League both of which re-start at the beginning of August.
- Who will win the 2020 Champions League?
- Who will win the 2020 Europa League?
- Should the drinks break continue?
- Should football continue with 5 substitutions?
DB: Listeners, let us know what you think and keep your eyes out for these polls or come along to the site at languagecaster.com. Which team is our listeners’ favourites for the Champions League so far?
DF: Well, Manchester City have the most votes so far – just ahead of Barcelona and Atlético Madrid and Juventus. And FC Basle are currently the most popular team to win this season’s Europa League.
Right, next up we review the football news from the week and don’t forget that you can read along while listening to the podcast by coming along to languagecaster and accessing the transcript to the show – complete with vocabulary support. Right, here’s Damon with some of the good news from the last few days in football.
Football News: Good
DB: A really good week for 2019-20 Premier League champions Liverpool (sorry about that!) as they defeated Chelsea 5-3 before lifting the Premier League trophy. Then at the end of the week their captain Jordan Henderson won the Player of the Year award as voted by journalists and then the team won again (their 32nd victory of the season) 3-1 away at Newcastle.
DF: Well done to all at Liverpool. It was also a good week for Juventus who won their ninth Italian title in a row after defeating Sampdoria 2-0 on Sunday – this is a record among the top five leagues in Europe. Congratulations also to PSG who completed a domestic double after winning the Coupe de France 1-0 over St Etienne. Neymar scored the winner but there will be some anxious moments for the French side as Kylian Mbappé was injured and may be out of the upcoming Champions League knock-out rounds.
DB: How about some of the bad news from the week?
Football News: Bad
DF: Watford were relegated after five years in the Premier League when they were thumped, that’s thrashed or heavily defeated by Manchester City in midweek and then the Hornets lost again against Arsenal on Sunday. They had fired their manager with two games to go and ended up losing both of those matches – a strange decision indeed. Another team that was unable to avoid the drop was Bournemouth as they were also relegated to the Championship and this despite winning their final fixture against Everton. Like Watford, the south coast club had spent five years in the top flight but will find themselves in the second tier when the new season starts in September. Anything else, Damon?
DB: Bad also for Leicester. They had got off to such a great start and at one point were the closest challengers to Liverpool. Then at the beginning of the year they still looked comfortable in the top four, so they will feel a real sense of disappointment at losing that Champions League spot in the last few weeks of the season. A tame 2-0 loss to Manchester United sealed their fate.
Football News: Ugly
DF: Well, in our ugly story this week, unfortunately we have to report on yet another racism story from football – this time it is about Crystal Palace star Wilfred Zaha who has told the BBC that he is afraid to check social media as he receives so much racist abuse on platforms such as Twitter. That’s pretty ugly indeed.
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DB: And next, it’s some football language.
Football Language: Golden Boot
DF: OK, it’s the end of the season and this means that trophies are being handed out to the best team (Liverpool), the player of the year award (Jordan Henderson), the best goalkeeper (that’s…The Golden Gloves award went to Manchester City’s Ederson) and the league’s top scorer and this award is known as the Golden Boot. This season it was won by Leicester’s Jamie Vardy with 23 goals which was one ahead of Southampton’s Danny Ings and Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The Golden Boot award is also the name of the trophy given to the top scorers in the World Cup and European Championships. Damon, do you remember which players won the Golden Boot awards in the last World Cup in Russia? How about the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France?
DB: Harry Kane and Megan Rapinoe.
DF: Ha, yes, well done!
Football Language: Slate wiped clean
DF: Now one of our regular listeners, José, from Brazil, emailed us to ask about how the idiom ‘the slate wiped clean‘ is used when speaking about football and in particular the link to yellow cards in the group stages in a cup or tournament.
Well, thank you for the question José and yes, ‘wiping the slate clean‘ means to start something again – maybe after something bad has happened. Imagine an old blackboard in a clas sroom – these were made of slate – and to clean them means to start again. Now, the phrase ‘wipe the slate clean‘ in football is used, as you mentioned, when talking about yellow cards and cautions. If a player has been yellow carded twice in a tournament group game then that player will have to miss the next game – they are suspended – but these cards are wiped clean from the player’s record when the next stage begins and means the player will not be suspended if they receive another caution. Hope that answers the question José and thanks for the question and the kind words about the show.
Football Language: Rocket
DF: We also had another message from a football fan in Brazil this week – this time on Instagram – from Amadeu who asked about the word ‘rocket‘ in football and in particular this sentence, ‘Trezeguet rocket bursts Gunners’ bubble and lifts Villa out of drop zone.’ Well, a rocket in football is usually associated with a really hard shot – an unstoppable shot – and so here the sentence means that the Aston Villa player Trezeguet has scored against Arsenal (The Gunners) with an unstoppable shot. By the way, to burst someone’s bubble here would be to shatter or break their dreams and of course his goal meant that Aston Villa moved out of the bottom three – the relegation zone. By the way, other words for a really hard shot in football include thunderbolt, screamer or a sweet strike.
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DF: Next up we have a football language quiz.
Football Language Quiz: Worldy
DB: In this week’s football language quiz we look at the noun ‘worldy‘ and want to know which of the following is the closest meaning. Is it:
- A really bad tackle
- A really bad injury
- A really bad decision
- A really good goal
DF: And we’ll have the answer at the end of the show.
DB: Next up we look back at some of the big games in our predictions section from the final week of the season. Remember that it’s three points for a perfect score and one for the correct score.
Premier League: Leicester City vs Manchester United
DF: OK, let’s start with the battle to qualify for next season’s Champions League. Leicester had been in poor form for a while and were missing a lot of players through injury and suspension so even though United had also not been playing well they ran out 2-0 winners – a result I actually predicted!
DB: I thought that it might be a draw, enough for Manchester United. But Leicester really had a nightmare in this game with all the problems you mentioned before the game too.
Premier League: West Ham vs Aston Villa
DF: West Ham were safe but Aston Villa travelled to the London Stadium just above the relegation zone on goal difference so I thought this game would finish 2-2. The game finished 1-1 which gave me a point and of course kept Aston Villa in the top flight for a second successive season.
DB: I thought Villa would easily win this one. The cliche ‘on the beach’ came to mind thinking about West Ham, who were safe and had nothing to play for and were probably thinking about their holidays. So, I was surprised it was a competitive 1-1 draw.
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Football Language Quiz Answer: Worldy
DB: Right, it’s time for the answer to our football language quiz question and we wanted to know the meaning of the word ‘worldy’. Was it:
- A really bad tackle
- A really bad injury
- A really bad decision
- A really good goal
Damian, what’s the answer?
DF: Well, it’s number 4 – a really good goal. To score a worldy means to score a world class goal – a worldy.
DB: Well done if you got that right and we’ll have another question next week.
DF: Now just before we go, we’d like to say well done to the ‘Crazy Old Man’ team that won our Fantasy Football League – congratulations Dan who edged out Patrick’s ‘Baresi’s Babes’ and ‘Brendan Rovers’ by a slender margin: only 6 and 13 points respectively. We’ll have another Languagecaster Fantasy Football League season coming up very soon – in about 7 weeks to be precise! Thanks to everyone who took part and congratulations again to Dan.
OK, that’s it for this week’s show. See you next week when we’ll be talking about the FA Cup final. Come along to our site, say hello, participate in the polls, ask or answer some of the questions on our forums and just generally let us know what you think of the show. Bye bye.