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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’.
Quarter-final: The last 8 of a knock-out or cup competition, i.e. there 8 teams left in the tournament.
To sign a player: When a club buys a new player from another club.
Slump: A bad run of form, a time of bad luck or bad results. It can also be used as a verb – to slump.
On this week’s languagecaster predictions we feature big games from Italy and England as well as the four first leg quarter-finals from the Champions League.
(to) Send someone off: The referee has to send off a player for bad conduct on the pitch. When a player receives a red card he has to leave the pitch; he is sent off.
Practice the use of English prepositions with this football language quiz
Retain: To win a cup, league or title again – usually the following year or season
When a team has to move down a division because of poor results. The club is generally occupying the bottom two or three positions.
This week languagecaster.com introduces the football phrase ‘to ship goals’.
Qualifier: Games played to decide which teams progress to the main tournament or knock-out stages of a competition. A game to qualify for something.
La Selección: Nickname (In Spanish) for the Spanish international football team.