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.
Today’s English for Football expression is a classic footballing cliche – football is a funny old game.
The football phrase ‘to set your sights on’ means to have a goal, to decide you want to do something.
On this week’s football podcast for learners of English, we look at the language associated with setting up goals, while in our English for football section Damon introduces some phrases connected to football shots. We also continue our predictions battle…
When a plan goes wrong, is not successful, and it results in a disaster you can use the phrase ‘go pear-shaped’
(a) Two-horse race: A close or tight battle between two teams for the title (three teams would be a three-horse race, and so on).
Hooligan: Football supporters involved in violence; yob (hooliganism).