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Weekly Football Phrase: Favourites

fergeThis week’s English for football phrase is the expression ‘favourites‘. 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. This post also features in our podcast show, along with a main report and our weekly predictions.
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This week’s English for football phrase is ‘favourites’. Earlier this week England captain Steven Gerrard admitted that England are not among the favourites to win the World Cup next summer, that is, they are not expected to win in Brazil 2014. When we talk about favourites we mean the team that most people think will win and sometimes we use the adjectives ‘strong’ or ‘hot’ before the word favourites to show that the team is really expected to win. So, for example, Brazil are strong favourites to win the World Cup as they are the hosts, while Spain are also many people’s hot favourites to retain the trophy they won in 2010. Favourites.

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