Each week on languagecaster’s podcast we feature a main listening report and on this week’s show we ask a couple of football fans what they think of the ‘new look’ Fabio Capello’s England team. You can listen to the report by clicking the link below and can also read the transcript. Explanations of vocabulary in bold appear at the foot of the post.
Damian: Right, it doesn’t seem so long ago since we were watching the World Cup, now, of course, we’ve got a new tournament, the European Championships kicking off and England are playing Bulgaria and Switzerland. There’s been a real movement in the English press at the moment about the manager Fabio Capello, so we’ve asked a couple of England fans their thoughts on the manager. Jonathan, how are you doing?
Jonthan: Very well Damian thank you.
Damian: OK, the European Championships are about to start this weekend, what’s your feeling on the new England?
Jonathan: The new England? Well, hopefully they will have bounced back from their World Cup – not a very successful World Cup I guess for a number of reasons … and my opinion of Capello as manager? Well, I think it would be foolish to get rid of him now but I think there was a point when most English fans were quite disappointed by the fact that he was… seemed to be quite stubborn, especially in selecting formations and players.
Damian: Are you hopeful of this campaign?
Jonathan: Yes, I think we tend to do quite well in qualifying… tend to. So, yes, I am sure we’ll get through to the Championship itself.
Damian: So this weekend England play Bulgaria and then Switzerland on Tuesday, confident of six points?
Jonathan: Definitely, yes.
Matt: To be honest, I’ve not really very much confidence in Capello anymore. I think he should have left after the World Cup, he should have resigned but the FA, foolishly in my opinion, kept him on. Since then the press have crucified him, especially the tabloid press, so he’s going the way of England managers of the past. Maybe his reason for staying on is the money – £6 million a year is a lot but actually I don’t think so, I think he does actually believe he has a point to prove and can try and win it. But I really don’t see how he’s going to win it with the players he’s got available and with his position essentially being undermined.
kicking off Starting, beginning (a competition)
they will have bounced back from : England will have recovered from the World Cup, they will play better this time around
to get rid of him: To sack or fire Capello
quite stubborn: To be inflexible, refuse to change an opinion, hard-headed
he should have resigned: He should have left, Capello should not be the current manager
foolishly: Stupidly, ridiculously
the press have crucified him: The media in the UK have attacked Capello in a strong, aggressive manner
his position essentially being undermined: His position as manager has been weakened