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 stun. 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 phrase page here football cliches here and our huge football glossary here.

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This week’s English for football phrase is ‘To stun‘, which can mean to overcome, to knock out or to make someone feel overwhelmed or dazed. In football we frequently use this word to describe a situation when one team surprisingly defeats another. This week there were very surprising results involving two top Premier League sides: first Tottenham lost at home to Greek side PAOK in the Europa League, they were stunned by the Greek team. On the same night, Manchester United lost at home to Championship side Crystal Palace in the Carling Cup – they were stunned by Palace, Palace stunned United. To stun

Example: Atlético Madrid and Llorente stun Anfield to end Liverpool’s reign (The Guardian, March 11th 2020)

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