Learning English Through Football Podcast Euro 2020 Quarter-final: Tally

In this football language podcast we look at the phrase ‘tally‘ from the UEFA.com report on the quarter-final between Ukraine and England. You can read a 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.

Learning English Through Football Podcast Euro 2020 Quarter-final: Tally

DF: Hello everyone, this is Damian from the Languagecaster.com team – I hope you are all doing well. As you know, we are posting a football expression from the Euro 2020 tournament every day. and today I’m going to look at the word ‘tally’ which was used in the UEFA.com report on the England versus Ukraine quarter-final game.

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Tally

…Harry Kane took his tally to three for the finals (UEFA.com July 3 2021)
The word ‘tally‘ is related to the idea of total and in football is often used to describe the amount of goals a player, usually a striker, has for a game or even for the season. In this example from the match against Ukraine, Harry Kane scored his second goal of the match (he scored or notched a brace) so we can say that he added to his tally (or total) of goals in the game. As Kane had already scored a goal against Germany in the previous round we can also say that he added to his tournament tally – he now has three goals in total for the competition. Expressions that can be used with this word include: take their tally to 10 goals for the season or she added to her tally both of which mean that the player increased their goal totals. Here’s an example about Polish striker Robert Lewandowski who broke the Bundesliga goal-scoring record this season for Bayern Munich [2020-21].

Example: ‘…he scored in the last minute of the last match, a 5-2 win over Augsburg, to take his tally to 41 goals (Guardian online, 22 May 2021).

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DF: Yes, you are listening to languagecaster.com – that message was in Italian. Don’t forget that there’s a transcript to this podcast and lots of vocab support which you can access by coming along to our site. OK, that’s it for this short podcast – we hope you enjoyed our look at the word ‘tally‘ from the 2020 Euros quarter-final between England and Ukraine – and we’ll be back with more soon. Don’t forget you can also come and find lots of football language on our site here at languagecaster.com. Enjoy all the football and we’ll see you again soon. Bye bye.

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