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Here are some words and phrases you can hear on this week’s 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.


  • Cast off: Someone or thing that has been let go

Example: Damon says that Juande Ramos is a Tottenham cast off.

  • A step up: A promotion, a move up

Example: It is a step up for Ramos having left Tottenham for Real Madrid.

  • Arch-rivals: Huge rivals, footballing enemies

Example: Barcelona play their arch-rivals Real Madrid in this week’s big game in Spain

  • To book a place: To reach the next round

Example: Gillingham booked a place in the third round of the FA Cup after beating Stockport.

  • To land a tie: To earn the right to play

Example: Gillingham landed a tie against Aston Villa in the next round

  • Unprecedented: Never done before, something new or unique

Example: Sao Paolo won an unprecedented third Brazilian title in a row last week.

  • Relegated: To move down a division after performing poorly.

Example: Vasco da Gama were relegated from the top Brazilian division after losing at home to Vitoria.

  • Fallen giants: Teams or players that were once big stars but are now not so good.

Example: Ronaldo and Corinthians are examples of two fallen giants that may be on the verge of comebacks.

  • Farce: A joke

Example: Damon reckons that the Champions League group stage is a farce.

  • To be touted: To be promoted, to be called something good

Example: The Champions League is touted as the best competition in the world.

  • A revamp: A change in a tournament.

Example: Damon is looking for the Champions League to be revamped.

  • Off the ball: Away from the referee’s view, the referee cannot see it.

Example: Rooney hit a Danish player in an off the ball incident.

  • To stamp: To hurt an opponent by putting your foot on them.

Example: Wayne Rooney stamped on a Danish defender.

  • To turn a blind eye: To not really watch closely

Example: The French referee turned a blind eye to Wayne Rooney’s off the ball antics.

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