Vocabulary: Week 11

Here are some words and phrases you can hear on languagecaster’s Podcast’s Good, Bad and Ugly section – a review of the footballing news. For more English practice check out our worksheets, football glossary and English for football phrases.

  • Spectacular: Amazing, wonderful, fantastic

Example: There were two spectacular overhead kicks on show in the Liverpool – Wigan game last week.

  • Feast of: A lot of, a surplus of

Example: Fans at the Liverpool – Wigan game were treated to a feast of spectacular goals last week.

  • Come-from-behind victory: When a team wins after having been losing earlier in the match.

Example: Liverpool had another come-from-behind victory against Wigan last week.

  • Bicycle-kick: An overhead kick; a scissors kick

Example: Amir Zaki scored against Liverpool with a spectacular bicycle-kick.

  • A strike: Another word for a shot

Example: Zaki’s strike was a shot from the edge of the penalty area.

  • To applaud: To clap

Example: The Fenerbahce fans applauded the performance of Arsenal in the Champions League after their team had been thrashed.

  • Jail: Prison

Example: Joey Barton the Newcastle player has been released from jail and is hoping to play this weekend.

  • Sluggish: Tired, out of practice

Example: Joey Barton expects to be a bit sluggish after being out of the game for four months.

  • To be rooted to the bottom: To be stuck at the bottom of the table, to be last in the league (by a long way!)

Example: Tottenham are rooted to the bottom of the Premier League after their defeat against Stoke City.

  • To be stretchered off: To be taken off on a stretcher after a heavy injury.

Example: Vedran Corluka was stretchered off after being kicked in the head by his own goalkeeper.

  • Ominously: Threateningly; dark clouds are approaching!

Example: Ominously for Tottenham only one team has ever survived relegation after such a bad start to the season.

  • To top it all off: Added to the fact; to make matters worse

Example: To top it all off star forward David Bentley has been dropped following negative comments about the team.

  • Bonkers: Completely mad, crazy

Example: Damon thinks the proposed move by David Beckham to Milan is absolutely bonkers.

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