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Week 14: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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Have Liverpool turned the corner? Will all clubs leave their old grounds for new shiny stadia? Is Lee Cattermole, the new Joey Barton? These stories all feature this week in languagecaster’s review of the footballing news from around the world. Explanations of key vocabulary (in bold) can be found at the foot of the post.


Last week it was great for Tottenham, so Damian was happy, this week it was a fantastic result for Liverpool, so I’m happy. The Reds hosted the league leaders and most pundits’ choice for champions, Chelsea, on Merseyside and comfortably beat the Blues 2-0. Their performance was powered by Lucas Leiva and Steven Gerrard in midfield, who were too combative for the Chelsea central midfielders, Mikel and Zhirkov. But it wasn’t just those two, all the Liverpool players were up for this one. A bit of good fortune also played its part as Johnson and Cole were injured, both have been pretty poor recently particularly the former, so in came Kelly at right back and Maxi Rodriguez was switched to the left – and it worked perfectly. Oh yes, and Torres showed that form is temporary and class is permanent! Well done Liverpool.


This week news has come out of Chelsea FC that they’re considering moving out of Stamford Bridge to a new location in Earl’s Court. They join Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham, both of which seem interested in a move from White Hart Lane and Upton Park respectively to the 2012 Olympic Stadium being built in East London, and Liverpool, whose new owners may consider moving away from Anfield to a new site nearby. While everyone knows we all live in a new world where football clubs have to make as much money as possible it seems a shame that so many clubs – and the ones mentioned here are just high profile clubs in England – seem to need to move away from their roots. It would be a bad day indeed when clubs are franchised out to the highest bidder and leave their historic heartland in search of money.

We used to give Joey Barton a hard time here at languagecaster thanks to his on and off the field antics but Joey seems to have cleaned up his act and so we’ve had to look for a new pantomime villain. To tell the truth, we didn’t have to look too far to find him. Sunderland’s captain – how has that happened? – Lee Cattermole, is in the news again, this time for a very reckless challenge on Spurs player Luka Modric that could have broken the Croatian’s leg. Modric and Spurs boss Rednapp wanted the Sunderland player to have been sent off, which would have been the third time this season for the combative player. He was also involved in an incident on Saturday that could have seen him red-carded, when he clearly handled the ball twice on the goal line to prevent Stoke City from scoring. Lee Cattermole, an ugly week indeed.


Stamford Bridge: Home stadium of Chelsea

White Hart Lane: Home stadium of Tottenham

Anfield: Home of Liverpool

up for: To be really prepared for it

on and off the field antics: He had a bad reputation as a player on the pitch and had some trouble away from it as well

have cleaned up his act: To become a better person

pantomime villain: Someone who the general public do not like very much

combative: Likes to tackle hard in games

Upton Park: Home of West Ham United


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  • Thanks for the comments. Language for bad tackles? Here are a few things:
    a lunge/ to lunge: like a dive and sometimes with two feet.
    Two-footed tackle: This kind of tackle is regarded as being very dangerous and almost always results in a red card
    A stamp/To stamp: This is when a player jumps on an opponent
    Dangerous tackle/challenge: Challenge is another word for tackle
    Over-the-top tackle (Over the ball tackle): When the player tackles an opponent too high – usually above the shin
    To trip / A trip: To deliberately make an opponent fall over (using the feet)

    Some collocations with the word tackle/challenge
    Also tackle from behind

  • I agree – Cattermole should have been red carded. Bad tackles from Fellaini of Everton and Chelsea’s Essien too. Maybe the languagecaster guys can tell us what kind of language is used for these kind of bad tackles?

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