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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. For more English practice check out our worksheets, football glossary and English for football phrases.

  • To get under way: To start, to begin

Example: The oldest cup competiton in the world got under way last week.

  • Minnows: A small team

Example: The minnows from the lower divisons in England join with the stronger teams at the third round stage.

  • To overcome: To win, to beat

Example: Many smaller clubs overcame their bigger rivals on a day of shocks.

  • Second-tier: From a lower division, the division below the Premier League

Example: Though forest are from the second-tier their eprformance against city was still a shock.

  • To be held: To not win, to draw (usually with a smaller side)

Example: Chelsea were held by lowly Southend in the cup.

  • Odds-on favourite: Hot favourite

Example: Mark Hughes is odds-on favourite to be sacked.

  • Transfer window: The time or period when teams can buy and sell players.

Example: Mark Hughes is hoping that he can make some good buys during the transfer window.

  • Second leg: The second of two games in a knock-out tournament.

Example: Can Derby hold on to their lead in the second leg at old Trafford?

  • Brawl: Fighting

Example: Stevie Gerrard has been accused of brawling in the streets after a party last week.

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