In this football language post we look back at some of the language that was used to describe some of the drama in the European qualification matches for the 2022 World Cup. We will focus on some of the newspaper headlines from these matches and look at phrases such as ‘leapfrog‘; ‘to confirm‘; ‘to secure‘ and ‘demolition‘. There is a transcript with this listening activity along with some vocabulary practice and you can also check out our football glossary and football cliches pages for hundreds more explanations of the language of soccer. If you have questions or comments about this or any other phrase then email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learning English Through Football Podcast: World Cup 2022 – European Qualifiers
DF: Hello everyone, this is Damian from the Learning English Through Football team. I hope we are all doing well and enjoying the football. Did you watch any of the recent World Cup qualifiers? How did your side do? Well, my country Ireland were already eliminated from the tournament – they could not qualify for the finals next year – but it was still nice to see them pick up four points and two clean sheets in matches against Luxembourg and Portugal – more on them later!
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OK, so the latest set of World Cup qualifying games is over and what an action-packed set of fixtures it has proved to be, particularly in the European section where the final group matches have now all been completed. The ten group winners have been decided but to find out the remaining three sides who will play in the 2022 finals, we will have to wait until next March when a series of play-offs take place. Now, the play-off route will be a tricky one – teams will have to win a semi-final and a final in one-off games which meant that finishing second in their qualifying groups would not be ideal.
So in this football language podcast we take a look at how newspaper headlines have described some of these final group matches that decided which teams would qualify for Qatar 2022, which ones would go into the play-offs and which ones would be eliminated.
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Now, don’t forget there is of course a transcript to go with this podcast – it’s great for teaching and learning English – and if you have any questions or comments about any of the football language in this report then you can contact us at: email@example.com or ask a question on our football language forum.
Portugal 1-2 Serbia
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Spain 1-0 Sweden
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Northern Ireland 0-0 Italy
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Netherlands 2-0 Norway
San Marino 0-10 England
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DF: Yes, that message is in German – another side who demolished a World Cup qualifying opponent this week (Liechtenstein 9-0) – but if you’d like to send a message in any language for our podcast then contact us here at languagecaster.com – we’d love to hear from you.
OK, that’s it for this short podcast in which we’ve looked at some language connected to World Cup qualifying, particularly from the European section, including, leapfrog‘; ‘to confirm‘; ‘to secure‘ and ‘demolition‘. Let us know if you know any other words to describe World Cup qualification – in any language – by adding a comment below our post or by dropping us a line at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don’t forget that you can also come along to our forum where you can ask or answer any questions you have on football language. Now, recently we have looked at the phrases, ‘scorcher‘ and ‘blockbuster‘ – so come along and participate in our football language community on the forums.
And don’t forget there is a transcript for this report and of course we have a huge glossary of football language here at languagecaster.com – hundreds and hundreds of entries, including many of the words and phrases from today’s show. OK, myself and Damon, who is of course watching all of his football in Tokyo, will be back soon with some more football language. Enjoy all the football this week as domestic football returns; so club football comes back and we’ll see you again soon. Bye bye.
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