Argentinian football, Premier League new faces and some sad news from Spain all feature in this seasons first good, the bad and the ugly section of languagecaster’s football podcast. Click on the links below to find out more on all of these stories. Explanations of key vocabulary (in bold) can be found at the foot of the page.
Well done to Argentinian star Juan Sebastian Veron who has taken a 40% wage cut so that his club San Lorenzo can look after their younger players. After making the gesture, the ‘Little Witch’ suggested that players who have made money in Europe should now help out those coming through in Argentina during these tough economic times.
The Premier League’s newly promoted teams hopes are like a breath of fresh air – Wolverhampton Wanderers, Birmingham and Burnley’s managers will all believe they can stay up and compete in the top flight. They will give positive interviews about how they are just glad to be in the league and what a fantastic chance it is for the lads in the dressing room, etc. Then in December around Christmas time they will have hunched shoulders, bags under their eyes, grey hairs and will be talking about how it’s going to be a scrap from now on to survive and how the next game is vital. It’s like watching a car crash in slow motion.
Scotland’s World Cup qualification hopes hang by a thread after crashing to a 4-0 defeat in Norway. The Scots had a player sent off in the first half and never looked like getting back into the game after that. It will take a miracle for them to get through the group now and the pressure on manager George Burley is bound to increase.
Turmoil in Argentina as the Apertura‘s start is suspended because of clubs’ financial problems. The Argentinian Football Association (AFA) president recommended that the season be delayed until a solution can be found for the spiraling debt amongst the clubs. Fans reacted angrily to the news and over a hundred threw stones at the AFA headquarters. The clubs are asking for more money from TV deals to help, but it looks like this story will run a few more weeks.
The game was only a meaningless friendly but 15 football fans were arrested in Amsterdam before the England vs Holland match last night. Authorities have stated that the incidents were not serious and suggested this could be down to the fact that more than 3000 England fans are banned from travelling outside the UK when the national team is playing overseas. Rather than congratulating themselves on this measure surely questions need to be asked about why European nationals are forbidden from travelling to another EU country? Restrictive at best and possibly even illegal. Pretty ugly.
Espanyol and football fans were shocked and saddened by the sudden death of the Spanish team’s captain, Daniel Jarque. The 26 year old midfielder died in pre-season training of a heart attack. A reminder at the start of the season that football is not everything.
Here are some of the words and phrases from the good, the bad and the ugly section from this week’s show. You can download the podcast here.
a breath of fresh air: Something new, something positive
stay up: not be relegated, stay in the division
hunched: drooping, not straight, curved down
top flight: The Premier league; the top division
bags under eyes: dark area under the eyes when you are tired or stressed
scrap: (a messy) fight
vital: very important
hang by a thread: be in a dangerous or risky position
turmoil: chaos, confusion
be suspended: be stopped, be cancelled until a later date, stopped from playing
Apertura: the first of two seasons in Argentina each year.
restrictive: Not allowing, limiting