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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 phrase the table doesn’t lie. 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.

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This week’s English for football phrase is ‘The Table Doesn’t Lie‘, which is often used to confirm or ‘prove’ how well or badly a team is performing, that is, the position of a team in the league table is a true reflection of the ability of that team. Recently Bolton manager Owen Coyle protested that his team had been playing well and deserved to be in a higher position in the league but we could argue that the table does not lie – his team are near the bottom of the table for a reason, namely they recently lost 6 games in a row. The Table Doesn’t Lie

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