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.
- In a row: consecutively
Example: Gamba Osaka are the second Japanese team in a row to win the Asian Champions League title.
- Aggregate: Total, the added score over two games
Example: Gamba defeated Adelaide 5-0 on aggregate.
- Class act: Someone or something special
Example: Yasuhito Endo from Gamba Osaka is a class act indeed.
- Thrashing: A huge defeat of another team
Example: Barcelona gave Valladolid a thrashing last weekend.
- Battling: A word to describe a team (or player) that works hard and does not lose easily.
Example: Malaga lost 3-4 to Real Madrid last week in a battling performance.
- (a) Thriller: A really exciting game.
Example: Malaga lost a 3-4 thriller against Real Madrid last weekend.
- To be Dumped (out of): To be beaten (usually by a smaller team
Example: Real Madrid were dumped out of the Spanish Cup by Real Union last night. A real shock indeed.
- To not have a clue: To have no idea, be completely lost
Example: Real Madrid coach Schuster said he did not have a clue why his side keep letting in goals.
- a Brawl: A huge fight between many people
Example: A brawl broke out between Bolivian team Aurora’s players and local police.
- a Stand off: When two sets of groups get ready to fight each other
Example: Tear gas had to be used to break up the stand off between the players and police.