masterclassThis week, introduces the English for football phrase ‘Masterclass‘. 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.

Today’s English for football phrase is to give a masterclass. Now, a masterclass is usually a class given by a master musician, a top musician, to students The teacher is admired for his or her skill and is an example of what a great musician should be. In football, if a team gives a masterclass it means that they ‘teach’ the other team how to play football. It means that they are so good that we should admire their skill and style. It also means that the other team are made to look like students, learners, amateurs. This week, AC Milan gave Manchester United a masterclass in how to play a European cup tie. They destroyed the English team with their passing, speed, and attacking flair. They gave them a masterclass in how to play football. Liverpool also beat Chelsea in the Champions League and Benitez out-thought his rival Mourinho. He gave him a masterclass in tactics. Masterclass.

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