Top-of-the-table clash: A match between two sides from the top of the league; a game between two of the best teams in the division.
Line up: This expression is used to describe a team’s starting members and their position (to line up). The starting XI.
Leg – Tie, match, game. ‘Leg’ is used usually in competitions when teams play each other twice, over two legs.
La Liga: The Spanish top division, the Spanish League
On this week’s football podcast for learners of English, we focus on the ‘romance of the cup’ and look at some of the language associated with the English FA Cup. Damon also introduces the phrase ‘to line up a bid for’ before we finish up with our weekly predictions battle which this week includes games from the African Nations Cup, England and of course the FA Cup 4th round.
On this week’s main listening report we look at some of the language of the FA Cup.
(a) Jinx: A curse or something that brings you a run of bad luck.
Jinking run: When a player dribbles with the ball to beat the opposing defenders. To jink means to move from side to side or to often change direction.
Referee: The person who is in charge of the game, he or she controls the match (‘The man in black’ / ‘The man in the middle’)
How good is your knowledge of the 2013 African Cup of Nations? This is languagecaster.com’s weekly football quiz with six questions for you to answer and this week we look at some of the nicknames of those taking part.
The word ‘scapegoat’ is used as a metaphor for someone who is blamed for something bad happening.
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 underdogs Bradford City, worry about Barcelona and a Swansea City ball boy.
More games from the 2013 African Cup of Nations, possible giant killing games from the FA Cup 4th Round, as well as some crucial Premier League games.
To Lose the Dressing Room: This expression is used when a manager (or captain) has lost the respect of the rest of the players
This weekend sees the start of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations that takes place in South Africa. On this week’s main listening report the languagecaster team previews the four groups and even dares to make a prediction.
Rival: An opponent that is either challenging your team in the league or is a team that you do not like much
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 look at two new managerial appointments and note that Luis Suarez is in the news again.
This week, languagecaster.com introduces the football phrase ‘cup replay’
African Nations Cup 2013: It’s the start of the 2013 African Nations Cup and we focus on the hosts opening game, as well as big matches from England, Italy, Spain and France.
Unsettled: When a player is unhappy at a club and wants to move somewhere else he is unsettled.