Each week the languagecaster team will explain a football phrase or cliche for learners of English who love the sport. On this week’s show we feature the word talisman, which is used to describe an important player from a team. Click on the link below to hear the word or phrase, while you can also read the transcript below that. You can also find many more examples by going to our football cliches here and our huge football glossary here If you have any suggestions or questions then you can contact us at admin@languagecaster.com.

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This week’s English for football phrase is, talisman. A talisman is a lucky charm, or an object that brings good fortune. A talisman, in football,  is a player that brings  a team luck. When a talisman plays the team is stronger, and when the team doesn’t have their talisman, their fans and pundits wonder if they will be able to play well. A talisman often scores important goals, or creates lots of chances, and generally lifts the team’s spirits. Recently, Liverpool have been interested in buying Dortmund’s talisman, Mario Götze, but the German club doesn’t want to lose him. Who is your team’s talisman?

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