Happy New Year to all our subscribers. Apologies for the slight delay in the arrival of the newsletter and the fact that many of the links from last week’s missive were missing 🙁 but like many of the European leagues the languagecaster team also had a short winter break. that may have enjoyed some partying! On this week’s show we look back at some FA Cup memories as this weekend sees the 3rd Round of the oldest cup competition in the world. We also look back at the football news of the past week, offer a new English for Football phrase, as well as the answers to our huge end-of-the-year bumper quiz (below). Come along to the site at languagecaster.com to read more.
This week’s featured match is Manchester United v Leeds United from the FA Cup 3rd Round – a huge rivalry indeed.
This week’s English for Football is the expression a plum tie which is used to describe a game that fans really look forward to in a cup competition. Tie is another word for a game or match and plum here means something good or the best. We often use this expression when a lower league side are drawn against a bigger, more glamourous team as there could be a chance of an upset, or some giant killing. It can also be used when two big clubs face each other – a game that everyone wants to watch. So, in this weekend’s FA Cup matches huge rivals Leeds and Manchester United is a plum tie while non-league club Barrow’s visit to Premier League side Sunderland is also an example of a plum tie. A plum tie.
This week’s QUIZ QUESTION:
Which was the last team from outside the top division in England to win the FA Cup?
a. West Ham
Answer next week.
The answer to last week’s question, ‘only one team that has finished bottom at Christmas has managed to survive relegation, which one? C. West Brom
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1. a. Banfield | b. Flamengo | c. Kashima Antlers | d. Real Salt Lake
2. Newcastle, Middlesbrough and West Brom
3. Barcelona, Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal
4. Kick It Out
5. Two – Serbia and Slovakia
7. Fiorentina, Lazio and Inter Milan
8. Eight – Redknapp (Spurs); Allardyce (Blackburn); Megson (Bolton); Hodgson (Fulham); Sunderland (Bruce); Stoke (Pulis); Hull (Brown) and Wolves’ manager Mick McCarthy who though representing Ireland is from Yorkshire, England.
9. a. Barcelona | b. Inter | c. B. Leverkusen | d. Braga
10. Shaktar Donetsk (Ukraine)
11. 6 – Club World Cup; Champions League; European Super Cup; La Liga, Copa del Rey and the Spanish Super Cup.
12. 17 – 11 Premier League; 4 FA Cup and 2 League Cups
13. Mexico, USA, Honduras, Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, NZ, Holland, Spain, England, Ukraine, France, Greece, Slovakia, Slovenia, Portugal, Germany, Denmark, Italy, Switzerland, Serbia, Japan, Australia, S. Korea, N. Korea, Ghana, Cameroon, S. Africa, Nigeria, Egypt
14. Germany 6-2 England | In Germany
15. Claudio Ranieri (Ciro Ferrara), Jurgen Klinnsmann (Louis Van Gaal), Felipe Scolari (Guus Hiddink)
16. Germany vs England WC s/f Italy 1990
17. They all qualified for the 2008 European Championship but failed to make the 2010 World Cup finals.
18. Pohang Steelers from Korea beat Al Itihad from Saudi Arabia
19. He is 22
20. Cape Town