Vocabulary: Week 12

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

  • Unbeaten run: When a team does not lose a game for a while

Example: Chelsea’s 86-match unbeaten run at home was broken by Liverpool last week.

  • Morale boosting: To help someone or something improve, to help the confidence

Example: Liverpool had a morale-boosting win over Chelsea last weekend.

  • To be fired: To be sacked, to lose their job

Example: Juande Ramos was fired by Tottenham after a disastrous start to the season.

  • To cap it off: When all is said and done, on top of everything else (usually positive)

Example: To cap it all off, Tottenham are planning to build a new stadium – a good week.

  • To turn the corner: To improve (slightly)

Example: Tottenham are unbeaten in two matches – maybe they have turned the corner this season?

  • Hats off: To admit that someone has done well, admire

Example: Damon said ‘hats off’ to Joey Barton for performing well this week.

  • Inspired: An amazingly good choice, very positive

Example: I think Maradona’s appointment as manager of the Argentinian team is an inspired decision.

  • To hack it: To be able to work under pressure

Example: Damon does not think that Maradona can hack it as manager of Argentina.

  • Powerhouse: A very strong team

Example: Argentinian powerhouse River Plate are last in the Apertura campaign.

  • The foot of the table: To be last, at the bottom

Example: Tottenham are still at the foot of the Premier League table.

  • To be jeered: To be booed, to shout negative things at a player.

Example: Joey Barton was jeered by Sunderland fans as he warmed up last week.

  • To be incensed: To be extremely angry

Example: Diego Simeone was so incensed at his team’s performance that he broke his hand.

  • A dug out: The place where the coach and substitutes sit during the game.

Example: Diego Simeone broke his hand after punching the dug out as his team failed to win yet again.

  • A Derby: A match between two local rivals

Example: The north-east derby between Sunderland and Newcastle is always a tense affair.

  • To cover in glory: To act in a good way

Example: Sunderland fans did not cover themselves in glory after invading the pitch against Newcastle.

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