Weekly Football Phrase: Curtain raiser

curtain raiserThis week, languagecaster.com introduces the English for football phrase ‘Curtain raiser’. You can understand more about this phrase by reading the transcript below. You can also find many more examples of soccer vocabulary by going to our football cliches page here and our huge football glossary here.

Curtain raiser

To start the new season, we look at the phrase ‘curtain raiser’, a phrase which is used to introduce the first match of a new season. The ‘curtain‘ in the phrase curtain raiser comes from the world of theatre, and refers to the curtain on the stage that is raised at the start of the performance. As the curtain is lifted, the drama begins, so this noun phrase, curtain raiser, is the perfect phrase to describe the excitement and anticipation that the first game of a new season brings. In England, traditionally, the curtain raiser of the new season is the Community Shield, a game between the previous season’s title winners and the FA Cup winners. This year, Wigan and Manchester United will take part in the season’s curtain raiser.

Check out more football phrases by visiting our huge glossary page, where you can find hundreds of words, phrases and cliches connected to the world of football. If there is a phrase you need explaining send us a comment or email and we will try to explain it for you.

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