Hairdryer treatment: An expression used to describe how Sir Alex Ferguson (see Fergie) angrily shouts at players at half-time if they are under-performing.
(the) Group stage: The earlier rounds of a competition or tournament when teams play each other to determine which sides progress to the next round.
(to be) Gutted: To feel completely down; be absolutely shattered for example after a last-minute goal or dramatic defeat
(the) Gunners: Nickname of Arsenal Football Club
(to) Go down: To be relegated, to move down a division.
Goalless: When a game finishes without any goals being scored (0-0 / nil-nil).
On this week’s football podcast for learners of English, Damian looks back at the English League Cup, while Damon introduces the phrase ‘to hit form’ before we finish up with our weekly predictions battle which this week includes the Milan derby, the League Cup final and another clasico.
It is the final of the League Cup this weekend so on this week’s main report we take a look at the third trophy of English football: The League Cup.
Goal: When a team scores this is known as a goal
We also sometimes refer to the net or place where players have to score as the goal
In this week’s review section we look back at some of the big stories from the world of football to help learners of English improve their vocabulary. This week we congratulate AC Milan on defeating Barcelona, report on Arsenal’s cup troubles and Spurs fans in France.
Some huge matches this week including a big London derby, the League Cup final, a Clásico in the Copa del Rey and the Milan derby.
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Giantkilling: When a lower-placed team beats a higher-ranked or ‘better’ team, particularly in a cup competition
(a) Foul: When an opponent stops a player by illegal means (e.g. a push or trip)
FIFA stands for Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) and is the organising committee of world football
Fergie: Nickname of Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
Fans: Supporters of a team; those who follow a club
(to) Fall through: When a transfer or deal does not go ahead despite looking like it would do for a long time.
FA Cup: English knock-out competition for club sides. The oldest football tournament in the world. It is organised by the Football Association (FA).
The FA: The Football Association, the organisers of the Premier League and the England national team.