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.
Serie A: The Italian top league / division. The equivalent in Germany is the Bundesliga and in England is the Premier League.
One-way traffic: When only one team is doing all the attacking – the direction of play is going in one direction only.
(to) Seal a deal: To complete a deal or transaction. In football we use it when talking about player transfers; the movement of players between clubs.
This week, languagecaster.com introduces the English for football phrase ‘Centre stage’
The 2014 World Cup qualifiers continue this week and we feature games from Europe, South America, Africa, Central America and Asia.
Scudetto: Name for the Italian league title (Serie A). It refers to a the winning shield. Teams in Serie A play for the Scudetto.
In the doldrums: To be at a low point; to be in a bad way
(to be) In the bag: Looking to be safe; the result of the game does not appear to be in danger.
International: Used when describing a game between two countries or to describe a player who has played for his/her country.
Injury time: The time added on by the referee after 90 minutes (See also: stoppage/added time)
This English for Football phrase is to be in with a shout and it means to have a chance of doing well in something even though you may not be expected to do so.
Injury: When a player is hurt during the match
An inept performance: A performance showing no skill; one that is clumsy or poor
The English for Football expression to stamp your authority on something has a basic meaning of showing who is in charge or demonstrating control over someone.