Another busy week in the world of football with a full programme of mid-week Premier League matches, the Copa del Rey semi-finals in Spain, the ongoing saga of Portsmouth’s possible demise and the 2012 European Championship draw that took place in Poland last weekend. On this week’s podcast we turn our attention to the Champions League as the knock-out stage begins. There are 4 games from the round of 16 taking place next week and they will all feature in our regular predictions battle, as well as the 5th Round of the FA Cup and the big games in Spain and Germany. We also have another English for football phrase. Come along to the site at languagecaster.com to read more.
This week’s featured match is AC Milan v Manchester United
This week’s phrase for football is ‘I’ve seen them given’. This phrase is used when there is a tackle in the box, or a ball hits a player’s arm. It looks like the referee might give a penalty but decides not to. This is when commentators use the phrase – ‘I’ve seen them given’ meaning they would not have been surprised if the referee had given a penalty. There is a further nuance. A person who says ‘I’ve seen them given’, perhaps also feels it would be a ‘soft’ penalty, perhaps an unfair one.
This week’s QUIZ QUESTION:
How many different countries are represented in the last 16 of the Champions League this year?
Answer next week.
The answer to last week’s question, ‘How many points did WBA have when escaping relegation in 2005 – the lowest ever?’ The answer was 34.
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