Vocabulary – Week 32

Here are some of the words and phrases that we used on this week’s show.
You can practise the vocabulary with our online crosswords and quizzes here
Also, check out the BBC’s football vocabulary page here

  • Controversial – strong disagreement, not everyone agrees with the decision.

Manchester United were controversially beaten in the FA Cup by Portsmouth.

  • To crush – to beat a team by a big score

Kashima Antlers crushed the Thai challengers in the AFC.

  • To be gutted – to feel really bad about losing

Damian was gutted after Tottenham’s defeat in the UEFA Cup.

  • To be in tatters – to be in a mess, to be destroyed.

Bordeaux, Barcelona and Bremen all lost last weekend leaving their title hopes in tatters.

  • To be in free fall – to not be able to stop losing, continue to lose

Newcastle are in free fall at the moment with no wins in 8 games.

  • To face closure – To close down or become bankrupt

Gretna face closure as they have no money at all.

  • To be docked points – to lose points because of bad behaviour

Gretna may be docked points for not paying thir players.

  • To rant – to become angry and complain about something.

Alex Ferguson ranted at the referee after the defeat at home to Portsmouth.

  • To bundle out of – to defeat, to beat

Liverpool bundled Inter out of the Champions League.

  • Petulant – childish

Roberto Mancini’s behaviour after the Champions League defeat was petulant.

  • To be nip and tuck – two or three teams keep changing positions at the top.

It is nip and tuck this season as three teams have a chance of winning.

  • To play (be) up and down – to not be consistent

Both teams have been up and down recently so it is hard to predict.

  • A two horse race – two teams battling for the championship.

Last year Manchester United and Chelsea were involved in a two-horse race.

  • To run away with it – to be completely in control, to win easily.

Last year Manchester United ran away with the Premier League last year.

  • A game in hand – to have played a game less than your rivals

Chelsea have a couple of games in hand over their rivals.

  • To have the edge over – to have a small advantage

Manchester United have the edge over Arsenal in terms of experience.

  • Disharmony in the camp – not a good feeling among the players in a squad.

There are accusations of disharmony in the Chelsea camp

  • To kick start – to give a boost to

This victory will kick start Arsenal’s title run in.

  • To bounce back – to come back

Bremen are looking to bounce back after their UEFA Cup defeat.

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