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Every week during the 2010-11 season, the languagecaster team explain a football phrase or cliché for learners of English who love the sport. Click on the link below to hear the word or phrase and you can also read the transcript below that. You can find many more examples by going to our football clichés here and our huge football glossary here.

Listen here: On aggregate.mp3 

This week’s English for football is the phrase on aggregate which simply means the total or the sum of something. In football it is common to use this word with the preposition ‘on’ and is usually used when there are two-leg matches, that is when two teams play each other home and away to decide the winner. This week’s Champions League matches saw Chelsea, Man United and Real Madrid all qualify for the last eight of the competition. Chelsea won 2-0 on aggregate, United 2-1 on aggregate while Madrid beat Lyon 3-0 on aggregate. On aggregate.

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