Over the next 40 days, lanagugecaster will start to focus on the 2014 World Cup. On this week’s main listening report, we have two football fans talking about their World Cup memorable moments. This listening report is a shortened version of the regular weekly podcast. You can listen to the report by clicking on the link above and you can read the transcript below with key vocabulary explained at the bottom of the post. If you have any suggestions or questions then you can contact us at admin@languagecaster.com.

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Listening Report: World Cup Memorable Moments

The World Cup comes around every 4 years, and when it does a huge chunk of the world’s population are engrossed in the drama. All football fans have their favourite World Cup memories. Here are Joe and Tim talking about theirs.

Damon: OK, I’m here with Joe, from Milwaukee, USA, and Joe can you tell us one of your best World Cup memories.

Joe: Well it’s not really a best it’s a memorable experience during the World Cup, It was 2010 in South Africa and the US was playing Ghana, the USA had gotten through the group stage which was a rarity. And they were playing Ghana and this guy named Ricardo Clark was starting, who I had never heard of before. He was playing for the USA he lost the ball at midfield. And even before Ghana scored it was pretty obvious that they had a great opportunity because Ricardo Clarke got his pocket picked. And this was the first time that my fiancée to be had ever seen me get angry during a sporting event, so that’s why it’s so memorable, because this guy Ricardo Clark just gave up the ball so easy at midfield and even before they scored you knew Ghana had a goal
Damon: And it was game over?
Joe: Yeah, yeah, So um me and my wife now laugh about that quite a bit. So I’ll never forget that name and that play during the World Cup. And unfortunately the US ended up losing in overtime 2-1 to Ghana.
Damon: Thank you very much, Joe!

Damon: OK, I’m here with Tim, a regular contributor. Tim is from the UK, a Liverpool fan. World Cup moments…
Tim: Well, I think the World Cup is all about pleasure and pain. And there’s one match that sums it up perfectly for an England fan, it’s very obvious example, it’s the 1986 game against Argentina. England vs Argentina. And I learnt, I was 12-years old when I watched that game, and I learnt at that age about the injustice that happens in the game. And of course I’m referring to the Hand of God that Maradona scored. And I was so outraged that I kind of really overlooked the brilliant goal he scored a few minutes later, and even the great stirring come back when Barnes was put on the pitch and we almost grabbed the 2-2 draw – just this feeling of this is not right, just kept through the whole rest of the tournament and actually for the next 20 years.
Damon: Thank you!


pocket picked: to have your pocket picked means to lose the ball, usually because you are not concentrating or carefully looking around
give up the ball: lose the ball tamely, easily
injustice: unfairness
The Hand of God: the controversial goal scored by Argentinian player Maradona against England – Maradona used his hand to punch the ball into the goal, but this wasn’t spotted by the referee.
stirring: exciting, thrilling

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