(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
The Language of Predictions: On this report we feature some of the language Damian and Damon use when describing football predictions.
Pundit: An expert on football usually on TV or radio and quite often a former professional player.
We are approaching the business end of the season and in this week’s predictions we feature games from the top and bottom of the Premier League, the Bundesliga and a classic Italian face off.
Promotion race: Towards the end of the season when a group of teams still have a possibility of moving up a division (to be / get promoted)
When a player changes from one club to another club; a transfer.
On this week’s languagecaster predictions we feature big games from England’s Premier League, as well as the two semi-finals from the English FA Cup.
Midfielder: Someone that plays in the middle of the field; usually an all-round player.
This week’s main report discusses some of the language of referees.
Equaliser: The goal scored to tie a game; to draw level in a match
Do you know what the phrase ‘on paper’ refers to in football? Listen to our weekly football phrase to find out.
Signing: The new player at a team as she/he has come from another team on a transfer; they have been signed
On this week’s languagecaster predictions we feature derbies from England and Italy as well as the three second leg quarter-finals from the Champions League.
Skipper: The captain or leader of the team.
On this week’s football podcast for learners of English, we look at the match ups in this year’s Champions League quarter-final first legs, while in our English for football section Damon introduces the phrase ‘to play off the park’.