Week 40: The Copa Libertadores

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It’s the 50th anniversary of the biggest football competition south of the equator. and languagcester takes a look at the Copa Libertadores and makes a bold prediction.

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The latest football news – The good, the bad and the ugly

Domestic cup winners from around Europe, the Player of the Year announced in England, crisis at Arsenal, fans on the pitch, drunken fights and stroppy behaviour off it, all feature in this week’s look at the footballing news in the good, the bad and the ugly section of languagecaster’s football podcast. Click on the link above to read more about the stories from last week, complete with explanations of key vocabulary.


Weekly football phrase (audio and text) – English for Football

To Lose Your Grip

This week’s English for football is to lose your grip. To grip is the action of holding something with your hand tightly, or firmly. If you have a strong grip, you have a strong hold, you control something. To lose your grip means you lose control. In football, teams can lose their grip of the game, which means they have lost control and the other team has become stronger. If you are a manager and you lose your grip, you have lost control of the direction of the team, you do not know what to do. Many people think that Arsene Wenger, the manager of Arsenal, has lost his grip and his team have started to lose direction. He has no idea how to stop their bad results, he has lost his grip.


And finally…

This week’s QUIZ QUESTION:

How many players have been sent off (got a red card) after tackling Liverpool’s Xabi Alonso this season?

a) 4

b) 5

c) 6

d) 7

Answer next week.

(The answer to last week’s question, ‘The Bundesliga started in 1964. Which team won that first title?’ was a) FC FC Köln)


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