Another good week for Lionel Messi and Barcelona, my team Tottenham enjoy a come from behind victory over Fulham to make the FA Cup semi-finals, while the MLS starts up again this weekend after the threat of a strike was averted. Bad news for Celtic in Scotland and Sevilla in Spain as both clubs fire their managers, while West Ham manager Zola remains under fire and looks ever increasingly like a dead man walking. These and many other news stories all feature in this week’s languagecaster.com’s football podcast. For more football news come to our site, read the posts and check out our links section.
This week’s featured match is Arsenal v Barcelona from the Champions League quarter-final first leg
This week’s English for football phrase is ‘to break the deadlock‘. The noun deadlock is a combination of ‘dead‘ and ‘lock‘ – it describes a lock in a door that has no spring and remains locked until you move it with a key. As long ago as the 18th century it was used to talk about a dispute or argument when it is impossible to find a solution. In sport a ‘deadlock‘ means a drawn game, a tie, when both sides have the same score (in football, usually 0-0). ‘To break the deadlock‘ means, therefore, to stop the stalemate, the situation where there is no movement, or no score, and to make a breakthrough, and in football to take the lead. It is usually used with a player’s name or a team as the subject. Here is an example from 2001 in The Observer (A UK Sunday newspaper): ‘A minute later, Larsson crashed a right-foot effort over the bar, and it seemed only a matter of time before Celtic broke the deadlock.’
To break the deadlock
This week’s QUIZ QUESTION:
Which team has won most Mexican titles since the championship was reformed in 1996?
b. Club América
d. Cruz Azul
Answer next week.
The answer to last week’s question, ‘Which French team has won most French titles?’ The answer is b – Saint-Étienne.
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