Learn English Through Football Podcast: Bayern Hunt Treble – 2020. This week’s podcast takes a look at Bayern Munich’s hopes of securing a treble and other news from the week of football. The show is full of football language, with a quiz and phrases explained. At the end of the show, we look ahead at some big games from the world of football. 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: Bayern Hunt Treble – 2020
DB: 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, especially those wishing to improve their English language skills. This show has been explaining the language of football since 2006, nearly 15 years ago, so we are a safe pair of hands when it comes to explaining the meaning of the words, phrases, and cliches used in football. My name is Damon and I am based here in Tokyo, Japan, where football also started a few weeks ago. The windy, rainy, and hot and humid weather, though, isn’t ideal for playing the game.
Damian, the other half of languagecaster.com, should be down the line in London. Damian, how are you, what’s the weather like, and what’s the best weather to play football in?
DF: Hi Damon and hello to all our listeners from a very, very windy London – definitey not my favourite type of weather to play football in – I much prefer a little bit of rain to play football as it helps with quick and accurate passing.
DF: Now, I’ve watched a fair bit of football this week, including the Bayern Munich vs Bayer Leverkusen German cup final yesterday; Manchester City versus Liverpool on Thursday evening; the terrible performance of my favourite team Tottenham against Sheffield United, and I also have been watching La Liga as Real Madrid move closer to their record-breaking 34th title. And many of these games will feature in our review of the football news this week.
DB: Do we have to talk about the City v Liverpool game?
DF: I’m afraid we do, Damon. And we’ll then switch focus to some football language connected with some of those matches.
DB: Yes, we’ve got lots of language for football and we’ll also have a football language quiz question. We’re going to test your knowledge of football phrases.
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DB : Yes, and thank you to those that already have and do support us! Right, let’s turn to the footballing news and start with good.
DF: Very good news for three champions from some of Europe’s top leagues this week. First, Bayern Munich beat Bayer Leverkusen in the German Cup – 4-2 in a really exciting game. They had already sewn up the title and a win in the upcoming Champions League would land them a treble! This is something they did not so long ago in 2012 – and by treble, we mean THE treble, the domestic title, the most prestigious domestic cup, and the European Cup/Champions League. A brace by Robert Lewandowski, taking him past half a century of goals this season, saw them power to victory.
DB: Brilliant stuff from the German side. They look on fire and a big threat to others’ in the Champions League. One of those is Manchester City, last season’s English Champions, who easily overcame Liverpool, who have just been crowned champions, 4-0 at the Etihad. They laid down a marker for next season and for the Champions League. They clearly wanted to remind Liverpool that they were still a force to be reckoned with and they bossed this game, dominated Liverpool.
DF: Another dominant team, and the third Champion from last season is Juventus. They will be confident of wrapping up the Serie A title after beating city rivals Torino comfortably 4-1 at home and also seeing their closest challengers, Lazio, taken apart by AC Milan 3-0 – also at home. Juve now have a seven point lead with eight games to play. Is it all over?
DB: It definitely looks like an uphill climb for Lazio, but they’ll hope they can stay in Champions League places after finishing way back in eighth last season.
DB: Right, let’s turn to some football language and we have two phrases taken from the games we have just talked about. The first is to spill. Damian.
DF: Yes, to spill. Now, I was reading a BBC report of the Bayern Munich vs Bayer Leverkusen game and saw this sentence:
‘For the first, he (that’s Lewandowski) controlled a long Manuel Neuer kick before shooting from at least 30 yards, with the goalkeeper spilling his shot over the line.’
Now, to spill usually means to drop some water or liquid accidentally, but in football it describes when a goalkeeper drops or fumbles the ball – the keeper saved the ball but could not hold on to it and this often means a nearby opposition player can put it in the net – score – or in this case, the ball rolls out of the keeper’s arms into the net. It really was a terrible howler from the keeper.
And our next phrase is – sucker punch, Damon.
DB: Right, this was a phrase used in the Guardian to describe the last of Man City’s goals against Liverpool:
‘Liverpool were rallying as would be expected yet now came the sucker punch from the irresistible Sterling.‘
Now, the phrase sucker punch originally comes from boxing and means to hit or punch someone when their guard is down, when they are not ready. In football a sucker punch means a goal that is scored when the other team wasn’t prepared, or in this case, when they had no defense, as they lost the ball while attacking with lots of players. It allows the other team to score easily, maybe three or four attackers outnumbering the defenders. I’m sure as an ex-Liverpool player who gets a lot of stick, that’s criticism, from Liverpool fans, Sterling will have enjoyed scoring that sucker punch!
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DB: Right, it’s time for a football language quiz question.
Football Language Quiz
DB: Yep, this week’s football language quiz is about the last game we talked about in our review of the football news last week – Juventus and Torino. What word finishes the following sentence from a match report from goal.com describing Torino’s goal just before half time? Juventus were leading 2-0 and then ‘Torino —— one back on the stroke of half-time’.
- found one back
- pulled one back
- created one back
- caught one back
And we’ll have the answer at the end of the show.
DF: We will indeed. But before that, it’s our last section – predictions.
DF: Let’s look at some games now in our predictions section. Come along to our site at languagecaster.com and join the post-lockdown mini predictions league we’ve got going and see if you can beat myself and Damon.
Three points for a perfect score; one for the correct score and let’s focus on the upcoming mid-week fixtures from the Premier League and in particular a couple of games that will affect next year’s Champions League qualification.
Arsenal vs Leicester City
DF: First up Arsenal versus Leicester City
DB: An interesting game this one – Arsenal versus Leicester City. Leicester still in the top four and Arsenal with an outside chance of getting there but mostly likely Europa League spot. I think this could be a 1-1 draw.
DF: Both these sides had really good wins at the weekend and both know that they need to win again to maintain their top four challenge. I think this will end up in a 1-1 draw.
Aston Villa vs Manchester United
DF: Next up is relegation-threatened Aston Villa who take on in-form Manchester United on Thursday evening. Villa desperately need the points to help with their fight for survival but they have only picked up 2 points from a possible 15 and are fresh from another defeat against, this time, champions Liverpool. United will win this easily – 2-0.
DB: Yeah, but I don’t think it will be as easy as you say. Aston Villa are desperate for points, but so are Manchester United. Maybe a 1-0 win for the Red Devils.
Football Language Quiz Answer
DB: OK, let’s turn to our football language quiz question and its answer. We wanted to know, which word finishes the following sentence from a match report from goal.com describing Torino’s goal just before half time against Juventus who were leading 2-0: ‘then ‘Torino —— one back on the stroke of half-time’.
- found one back
- pulled one back
- created one back
- caught one back
Damian, Which one is it?
DF: OK, this one is pulled one back, Torino pulled one back. If a team is losing by more than one goal and score, we can say they have pulled a goal, one, back. Well done if you got that right and we’ll have another football language quiz question next week.
DB: Nice one, and that brings us to the ned of the show. Ta-ra from me!
DF: Yes, see you next week. and remember to drop us a line at languagecaster through our various social media platforms or just give us some likes, retweets, and generally spread the word – we’re on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. See you next week. Bye.