Some huge matches this week including a Champions League final rehearsal, derbies from london and Merseyside as well as el Superclásico from Argentina.
In today’s look at the language of football newspaper headlines we feature the phrase: ‘Gareth wins the douBale’ from The Sun newspaper
This week’s main report we look back at the 2013 Champions League semi-final first leg matches that saw the two German side come out on top against the best of Spain. We also ask whether they can hang on to make it to Wembley in May?
In today’s look at the language of football newspaper headlines we feature the Champions League match between Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid and the headline: ‘Robert Lewandowski slams four past Real Madrid as Dortmund take control’
Some big games in Europe this week including derbies in Italy and France as well as a relegation battle in England and of course the Champions League semi-final second legs.
Sometimes on languagecaster.com we take a look at some of the headlines from the football world and today we feature the Champions League match between Bayern Munich and Barcelona and the headline: ‘Bayern Munich crush Barcelona with Thomas Müller leading the rout’
Overcome: To beat another side; to defeat.
Outfit: Another word for team.
Opponent: This is a member of the other team or the team you are playing against.
Qualify: To progress to the next round. In order to play in important tournaments or rounds teams have to play and win a set of preliminary matches.
Loss: A defeat; the opposite of a victory.
Off target: When the ball is wide or goes over the bar we say it is off target.
To be on target: We use this expression to describe when a forward shoots and the keeper has to make a save or a goal is scored.
To be on a roll: When a team has a succession of good results; to be doing well over many games.
(to) Lose: To not win a game; to be defeated
Pipped at the post: This means to be beaten at the last moment; just before the end of the race or game. In football, we use this to talk about a team who loses the race to be champions at the last minute.
Offside: When an attacking team’s player is beyond the last defender, the game is stopped and there is a free kick for the defensive side
Promotion: When a team moves up a division (the opposite of relegation).
Premier League: The top division or league in England, which replaced the old Division 1 in 1992.
Playmaker: A player on a team that controls the tempo of the side and is usually regarded as the one to break down opposing defences