Learn English Through Football Podcast: 2020 Champions League Final Preview: This week’s football-language podcast looks ahead to the Champions League final between PSG and Bayern Munich which takes place this weekend. We also explain some football language from the week and we finish up with some predictions. 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 (Damian=DF).
Learn English Through Football Podcast: 2020 Champions League Final Preview
DF: You are listening to the Learn English through Football Podcast. Hello everyone, we hope you are all well, my name is Damian and welcome to another podcast for fans of football who wish to improve their English language skills. Now, regular listeners to the show will know that I am based in London while our other host Damon is in Tokyo – and…but it is just me today as I preview the Champions League final. Damon will be back early on in the week to look back at the big game between PSG and Bayern Munich.
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Right, on today’s show we are going to review some of the language from the past week in football, we also look ahead to the Champions League final between Paris and Bayern Munich and we also have some predictions.
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DF: Now, just before we start our football review of the week, a quick reminder about some of the polls we are running this week, including which teams are going to win the Champions League for both men and women – you can also see how well (or not) our listeners did with their predictions for the Europa League.
DF: OK, 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.
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Football News: Good
DF: Well done to Spanish side Sevilla who won their sixth Europa League title after defeating Serie A runners-up Inter Milan 3-2 in the final on Friday night in Cologne. Sevilla came from behind – just as they did in the semi-final against Manchester United – with a brace from Dutch striker Luuk de Jong and an own goal by Inter striker Romalu Lukaku. Sevilla won their first UEFA Cup title in 2006 and since then have won it again in 2007, 2014, 2015 and 2016 – an amazing feat indeed.
Football News: Bad
DF: It’s been a really bad week for Barcelona football club – they were thrashed 8-2 by Bayern Munich last Friday which led to their manager Quique Setién to be sacked, while the under pressure President of the club has suggested that a whole host of experienced players are now up for sale. Oh and rumours suggest that Leo Messi wants to leave. Troubled times for the Catalan club ahead.
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DF: Remember that you can drop us a line here at languagecaster through our various social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. We also have a football language forum and thanks to those who have joined in those conversations and answered some of the football-language quizzes there. And you can also use the comments on any of our posts which is what Sandara has done recently when asking about the phrase, ‘picturebook goal‘. Well, if something is a ‘picturebook‘ it suggests that it is something very beautiful and so a ‘picturebook goal’ would be a beautiful goal. Thanks again for the question Sandara.
Just to remind you about some of the other football language posts that have recently been added to our site – we have discussed the phrases ‘telegraph a pass‘ and ‘open goal’ and also looked at the cliche ‘a game too far’, while we have also posted some listening practice around the Women’s 2020 Champions League.
2020 Champions League Final Preview in Numbers
OK next up we are going to take a look at the 2020 Champions League final between Bayern Munich and Paris Saint Germain that will take place in the Estadio da Luz in Lisbon in Portugal and we are going to look at some of the numbers behind the biggest match in club football.
This is the number of days since the 2019-20 Champions League season started when teams from Gibraltar, San Marino, Andorra and Kosovo took part in the first qualifying round way back in June 2019.
The number of goals that Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski has scored so far in this season’s Champions League which is two behind Cristiano Ronaldo’s record from 2014. Serge Gnabry has nine for the season while the top scorers for PSG this season are Kylian Mbappé and Mauro Icardi with five each.
The number of goals that Bayern Munich have scored in this season’s tournament, while PSG have the second highest number of goals with 25.
The number of wins that Bayern Munich have registered in this tournament – they have won all their Champions League matches this season. PSG have won 8, drawn one and lost one of theirs.
The number of European Cup or Champions League titles that Bayern Munich have won; the last of which came in 2013 when they defeated Borussia Dortmund 2-1 at Wembley. The German side have also lost the final on five occasions, while this is PSG’s first final appearance in this competition.
This is the score that I think Bayern Munich will win by in the final. What about your prediction? What do you think the final score will be? Let us know in the link below.
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DF: OK, thanks everybody for listening in to this shorter podcast about the Champions League final. Come along to our site, say hello, participate in the polls, let us know your predictions, or ask or answer some of the questions on our forums and just let us know what you think of the show. Enjoy the final and remember that Damon will be here in a couple of days with a review of the 2020 Champions League final. Bye bye.