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 ‘to be stripped of the captaincy’. Click on the link below to learn about the word or phrase, while you can also read the transcript. You can also find many more examples by going to our football phrase page here football cliches here and our huge football glossary here.
Listen here: Stripped of Captaincy.mp3
This week’s football phrase is ‘to be stripped of the captaincy’ which means that the captain of a team has lost this particular role, he or she has been demoted, has had the armband taken away from him or her. The noun captaincy refers to the position of captain of the team, while the passive verb form to be stripped means to have something completely taken away. This week the England defender John Terry was stripped of the captaincy after allegations of racial abuse against another player. He is no longer the England captain. ‘To be stripped of the captaincy’.