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A busy week in football saw Brazil reach the Confederation Cup final where they will meet outsiders, the USA after they ended Spain’s amazing unbeaten run in the semi-final 2-0. I think you’ll find one of our correspondents here at languagecaster tipped the US side to make the final! Meanwhile, Estudiantes and Gremio hold the advantage after the first legs of the Copa Libertadores semi-finals and transfer gossip continues as clubs in Europe prepare for the new season.


Check out this week’s featured post – The Copa Libertadores semi-finals

And listen to something from our back catalogue – Review of last year’s European Championship finals

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Last week we both went for a Tunisian home win in the World Cup qualifiers from the African zone. The game, however, finished 0-0 which will have pleased the away team’s fans but not those who rely on the tipping team here at languagecaster.

This week’s prediction features the Confederations Cup final between Brazil and the USA

Damon: Brazil 1 – 0 USA (Brazil won’t let the US pull off another upset)

Damian: Brazil 1-1 USA (America to win on penalties)



This week’s featured cliche is  football is a funny old game and it means football is unpredictable: that we just don’t know what is going to happen, or that anything could happen in football. In Spain they use the expression ‘El Futbol Es Asi‘ which means football is like that, i.e. there is nothing you can do about it, while in American football, commentators often use the expression ‘that’s why we play the game’ to convey the same meaning.

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This week’s QUIZ QUESTION:

Michael Jackson passed away this week but do you know what English football team he famously turned up to see with friend Uri Geller a couple of years ago?

a) Leicester City

b) Manchester City

c) Exeter City

d) Bristol City

Answer next week.

The answer to last week’s question about when North Korea last qualified for the World Cup final – 1966.


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? Brazil or the USA? Go to the site, click on your choice in the side bar and leave a comment.


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