Languagecaster’s season may have come to an end but football continues and this week has been a busy one with lots of World Cup Qualifiers, the Confederations Cup in South Africa and Real Madrid signing Kaka and Cristiano Ronaldo. The fact that these two players have won the last two Ballon d’Or awards means that on this week’s featured podcast from our back catalogue, we take a look at the European Player of the Year Award.


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Though the predictions battle between Damon and Damian is over we will be featuring one big game a week over the summer period in order to offer you our expert views. The Confederation Cup starts this weekend and hosts South Africa take on Asian champions Iraq.
Damian’s prediction: S. Africa 2-0 Iraq – a home banker
Damon’s prediction: S. Africa 1-1 Iraq – a return to Asian-Championship winning form



This week’s featured cliche is to be over the moon which means to be overjoyed; elated; very, very happy – especially after scoring or winning. This cliché is not as popular as it used to be in the 1970s when it seemed that every player mentioned it at least once when being interviewed. The opposite is, of course, to be as sick as a parrot.

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This week’s QUIZ QUESTION:

Which country won the first ever FIFA Confederations Cup in 1997?

a) Mexico

b) Brazil

c) France

d) Germany

Answer next week.

The answer to last week’s question about which was the first team to qualify for the 2010 World Cup was – Japan.


This week’s POLL

This week’s poll asks which team do you think will win the 2009 Confederations Cup that is taking place in South Africa? Go to the site, click on your choice in the side bar and leave a comment.


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