The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Iceland, Holland and Malaysian Fans

In this week’s football review we congratulate Iceland, are puzzled at the demise of the Dutch and wonder what happened with the Malaysian fans. To help with understanding you can find explanations of key vocabulary in bold below.[print_link] | Subscribe: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

This week’s football review – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Iceland, Holland and Malaysian Fans


Congratulations to England, Austria, the Czech Republic and Iceland for making it through to the European Championship finals taking place in France next summer. Iceland will be making their major tournament debut which is an amazing achievement for a country with only 330.000 inhabitants – the smallest population of a country to have ever qualified for a European finals.


Just over a year ago the Dutch finished third in the World Cup but after two successive defeats in their group they now face the prospect of not making it to France next summer. They have already lost one manager, Guus Hiddink, but current boss Danny Blind is also under huge pressure after losses against Iceland and Turkey and it looks like the Dutch may not be playing in France next summer.


There were ugly scenes at Malaysia’s World Cup qualifier against Saudi Arabia on Tuesday as the home fans showed their displeasure of their team by throwing flares on to the pitch, causing the referee to abandon the game. It has been a tough week for Malaysian football after a 10-0 thrashing by the UAE a few days earlier – an ugly start to their World Cup qualifying campaign.


making it through to: Qualify

inhabitants: The amount of people who live in a place

two successive defeats: Two defeats in a row

face the prospect: Their future is …

losses: Defeats

flares: Similar to fireworks

thrashing: Heavy defeat

Welcome to the website that helps students interested in football improve their English language skills. Soccer fans can enhance these skills with lots of free language resources: a weekly podcast, football phrases, explanations of football vocabulary, football cliches, worksheets, quizzes and much more at

Google | Facebook | Twitter | Mail | Website

Join the discussion

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

The Good, The Bad, The UglyEpisode 272