Learn English Through Football Podcast: 2022 Women’s Euros – England v Spain

On this football language podcast for learners of English, we look at some of the words and phrases from the first of the four quarter-finals beween hosts England and Spain and in particular how the winning goal was described. 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.

Learn English Through Football Podcast: 2022 Women’s Euros – England v Spain

DF: Hello again everyone and welcome to Languagecaster.com – the football-language podcast for learners of English who love the beautiful game of football. I’m Damian and I’m here in an extremely hot London and I’m one half of the languagecaster team, the other member of course is Damon who’s based in Tokyo, in Japan.

Now, regular listeners will have noticed that we’ve had a short break over the summer – we could describe it as our close season – as we wait for the 2022-23 seasons to start up again. But there is a huge football tournament taking place in England over the summer: the 2022 Women’s European Championship and we’ve been posting some explanations of football language from this ournamnet here on our website at languagecaster.com, including ‘to drill’; ‘to seal’ and ‘to turn the tables on’.  And so on today’s podcast we take a look at some of the words and phrases from the first of the four quarter-finals beween hosts England and Spain. And we’ll be look at how the winning goal from England’s Georgia Stanway was reported (from the BBC and from the Guardian newspaper).

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Thumped in the winner

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Georgia Stanway sent the Amex Stadium into delirium when she thumped in the winner (BBC.co.uk)
The winning goal came in extra time when England’s attacking midfielder Georgia Stanway scored with a long-range shot to seal a come-from-behind win over Spain. The BBC described the shot as being thumped which means the ball was hit really hard indeed; Stanway thumped the ball into the net. The headline goes on to say that the England player thumped in the winner – she thumped the ball into the net and she scored with a thumping shot – and this goal proved to be the winning goal; she thumped in the winner.

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Stunner

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Stanway stunner fires England into semis after extra time win over Spain (Guardian.co.uk)
So, another word to describe a really hard shot that results in a goal is ‘stunner‘ – sometimes it’s used… the adjective form also: a stunning goal or a stunning shot  and this is a beautiful goal or beautiful shot. Stanway collected the ball and as she moved forward to just outside the opposition penalty box she realised that the defence had stood back and was not pressing her so she hit (or thumped, or smashed or smacked) the ball into the net. The Guardian report goes on to say that the goal – the stunner – has fired England into the semi-final (or the semis). Here the verb ‘fires into‘ is used to describe how England qualified for the semi final with this stunning goal.

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Goodbye

DB: Yes, you are listening to languagecaster and that message was in Dutch and we’d love to hear from anyone else who might like to share this message, ‘you are listening to Languagecaster.com‘. Don’t forget that there’s a transcript to this podcast and lots of vocabulary support which you can access by coming along to our site – it’s a great resource for those learning and teaching the language.

OK, that’s it for this short football-language podcast in which we looked at some of the language used to describe the winning goal for England in the 2022 Euro quarter-final: thunder in; stunner and fire into. We’ll be back soon with some more football language and until then enjoy all the football, especially those European Championships. Bye bye.

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