This week, introduces the English for football phrase ‘Centre stage‘. You can understand more about this phrase by reading the transcript below. The list of weekly football phrases from 2006-07 can be found here. You can also find many more examples of soccer vocabulary by going to our football cliches page here and our huge football glossary here.

This week I want to introduce the phrase to take centre stage. To take centre stage means to be the focus of attention, to be something that is the main news, the most interesting thing, person, or in team for example. At the moment, the Champions League is taking centre stage in Europe, with the final eight big teams all hoping to win the competition. But in each country soon the relegation battles, or the race to be champions will soon take centre stage. I wonder if the UEFA Cup will ever take centre stage? Whether it does or does not, let’s hope Tottenham can win it. Second thoughts, maybe not – Damian would never shut up if they did!

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