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This Week: Things are looking up

This Week: Things are looking up

Welcome to This Week from Premier Skills English, a weekly review of football action for learners of English from across the globe. In This Week, Jack talks about three stories from this week in the Premier League and there are lots of football English words and phrases for you to learn.

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Hello my name’s Jack and welcome to the weekly round-up called This Week on Premier Skills English.

In This Week, we’ve got lots of interesting words and phrases to help you talk about football in English.

If you are listening to this podcast on Apple Podcasts or Spotify you can also visit the Premier Skills English website at britishcouncil.org/premierskillsenglish where you’ll be able to download the podcast.

This week, I’ve got three stories for you. I’m going to talk about Arsenal’s remarkable comeback, Brighton’s dominant performance and Manchester United’s disastrous trip to Liverpool.

The words and phrases from the stories that I’m going to talk about this week are: looking good, looking up and look like, take on, bring down, take apart, to take the initiative, cheeky and reflexes.

But before I get to this week’s stories, I want to give you the answer to last week’s football phrase. If you didn’t hear it last week, here’s one more chance to guess now.

Last week’s football phrase was *****. This is a list of players that every Premier League club needs to submit to the league from which the club manager can select a team. In the Premier League, clubs are limited to 25 players per *****.

Congratulations to Denis2000 from Belarus, Shikabala from Egypt, Vietnguyenngo form Vietnam, Hasan from Turkey, Cezario Abrantes from Brazil, Nilmar from Russia, Well done Nilmar, this was your first football phrase, Congratulations to Linas from Lithuania, Pouyasharifi from Belgium and Isshin from Japan. There were also some good guesses From Ryohei from Japan, Ketom from Indonesia, and Takeee from Japan. The word I was looking for was squad.

I was really happy to read your responses to the task last week. I enjoyed reading about some very talented footballers and listening to some talented musicians as well so thank you for your tasks.

There will be a new football phrase and task for you to complete after the stories and vocabulary.

Before I get to this week’s first story, Cezario has asked a question about a hamstring injury. You’re right Cezario, I’m not a doctor, but as I understand it, the hamstrings are actually tendons behind the knee that run up the back of the thigh. However, people also use the word to refer to a group of muscles in the same area and when someone talks about a hamstring injury, they mean damage to the muscles or tendons on the back of the thigh. I think that sports people frequently suffer from muscle damage caused by over extending the hamstring muscles. On the UK National Health Service website, there is advice about treating a hamstring injury that relates to muscle tears so I think that’s the most common type of hamstring injury.

Now it’s time for this week’s first story. When you listen, I’d like you to try to answer the following question:

Which super sub saved Arsenal?

Arsenal comeback maintains title lead

When Bournemouth scored the fastest goal in the Premier League this season, the second fastest goal ever in the history of the Premier League, after 9.1 seconds, things were not looking good for the Gunners.

Arsenal dominated possession and rained shots on the Bournemouth goal but couldn’t get through. And then things went further downhill when Joe Rothwell fired Bournemouth’s only corner of the match perfectly into the path of Marcos Senesi who scored with a header and the home side were two goals down.

In previous seasons, a 2 goal deficit would have seemed like a mountain to climb, but Arteta’s Arsenal never gave up.

After 62 minutes, Muarara Neto tried to punch the ball clear but it fell for Emile Smith Rowe who headed it down for Thomas Partey who punted it into the goal off Neto’s knee.

Moments after being brought on as a substitute, Reiss Nelson set up Ben White who equalised with a crisp strike which streaked past the keeper and things were looking up for Arsenal.

As the minutes ticked by, it looked like Arsenal were going to have to settle for a draw. Until, in the final seconds of the match, Odegaard fired in their 17th corner which was headed away from goal by Senesi but only as far as Nelson who controlled the ball with his chest before delivering a scorcher of a half-volley that made a corner of North London go wild.

Final score: Arsenal 3 - AFC Bournemouth 2

Before the story, I asked you:

Which super sub saved Arsenal?

The answer is: Reiss Nelson who was brought on in the 67th minute and contributed to the equaliser and then scored the last gasp winner.

The phrases from the story that I want to talk about are: looking good, things are looking up and look like.

We use the phrase looking good to say that we think that something is going to have a good result. There are lots of phrases with look that are based on the evidence that we can see or on how we judge things based on what we can see.
So if someone applies for a job and they have a really good interview, they might say, I don’t know if I’ve got the job, but it’s looking good. In the story, I said that things were not looking good for the Gunners after they conceded the fastest goal of the season. This meant that I didn’t think that the result would be good. I didn’t think that the match was going to end well for Arsenal.

However, when the situation changed, I said that things were looking up for Arsenal. If things are looking up, then their prospects, the way their future looks have improved. So if you have a run of bad luck, perhaps you lose your job and your car breaks down and you have to move out of your flat and then you get a new job, you might say that things are looking up. I think we only use the phrase when we think someone’s in a bad position or situation. When the situation starts to improve, you can say that things are looking up.

The third phrase from this story is to look like. We often use this phrasal verb to say that something is similar to another thing. So you can say my friend looks like Tom Cruise or perhaps you might see a cloud in the sky that looks like an animal. However, this wasn’t the way I used the phrase in the story. I said that it looked like Arsenal were going to settle for a draw. That meant I thought that it was likely, that it was probably going to happen. So you can use looks like to make predictions, based on what you can see. For example: It looks like it’s going to rain or it looks like he is going to sign for the club.

Now it’s time for this week’s second story. When you listen, I’d like you to try to answer the following question:

Who looked like they might score for West Ham?

West Ham overwhelmed at Brighton

West Ham United travelled to Brighton on Saturday to take on the Seagulls. High flying Fulham had beaten Brighton at home the week before but Brighton bounced back and West Ham never really looked much of a threat.

The first goal came when Bowen brought down Mitoma in the penalty area. Alexis Mac Allister stepped up to the spot and converted the penalty with conviction.

The Argentinean was responsible for the second goal when a cheeky back heel almost got the better of the West Ham defence but in the end was cut out for a corner. When the corner kick was played, Mac Allister headed the ball towards the goal where Joël Veltman deflected the ball into the net with his chest.

West Ham had moments when they looked dangerous, especially when Bowen got the ball, but they were second best all over the pitch and looked careless in possession.

After 69 minutes, Mitoma made the game safe when he stabbed home from a low cross from Pascal Groß.

In the closing minutes of the match, Danny Welbeck made it four with a fine goal struck from outside the area.

Final score: Brighton and Hove Albion 4 - West Ham United 0

Before the story, I asked you:

Who looked like they might score for West Ham?

The answer is: Well, nobody looked that great for West Ham, but Bowen looked the most dangerous.

The phrases and word from the story that I want to talk about are: to take on, to bring down and cheeky.

If you take something on, you try to do something. If you take a person on, you try to beat them in some sort of competition. I said that West Ham travelled to Brighton to take on the Seagulls. They tried to beat Brighton. You might also take on a challenge. For example, you might take on a marathon if you decide to train for a marathon.

If you bring someone down, you make them fall over. In football, if you bring someone down it’s almost always a foul. I suppose there are times when you could get to the ball first so bringing someone down might not always be a foul, but normally it is. We also use the term figuratively to say that someone caused an important or powerful person to lose their position or lose their power. So politicians are brought down by journalists who expose their bad behaviour.

The last word from this story that I want to talk about is cheeky. Cheeky is a fun word. It means disrespectful or rude, but in a funny way. So children are often cheeky if they try to make fun of their teacher. One of my sons is very cheeky and often tries to make fun of me ... he has no respect. I said that Mac Allister tried to score with a cheeky backheel. A backheel is a subtle shot that is often a bit sneaky. It’s a bit of a tricky shot and that’s what makes it cheeky. If Mac Alister had scored with that backheel, it would have been a bit like playing a trick on the goalkeeper. It’s normal in football to try to trick your opponent, to try to make them think you’re going one way to send them in the wrong direction, but for some reason, a backheel is seen as cheekier than other moves.

Now it’s time for this week’s third story. When you listen, I’d like you to try to answer the following question:

What was the score at half time?

Manchester United taken apart at Anfield

When Manchester United travelled to Liverpool on Sunday, fans of both sides were confident. Liverpool have been struggling this season and United were 10 points ahead in the league at the start of the match. Nobody could have predicted what was about to happen.

Even after kick off, Manchester United looked good and in the first 20 minutes, the visitors created golden opportunities for Anthony, Fernandes and Rashford, but United’s attackers didn’t manage to take advantage.

But then ... something happened.

It started with a perfectly timed through ball. Cody Gakpo set himself up beautifully before unleashing a powerful strike that started the scoring.

At half-time, United were only a goal down.

When play restarted, Liverpool took the initiative right away. Following a terrible series of defensive blunders that pin balled the ball around the area until Harvey Elliot found some space and crossed the ball for Nunez to head home.

Three minutes later, Mohamed Salah made a brilliant run on the counter, and held the ball long enough for Gakpo to catch up. A sweet cross set up Gakpo who chipped the keeper from the tightest of angles for a fine finish.

Salah scored his first following another lightning counter attack. Again, United’s defence failed to stop or control the ball. When a slightly lucky deflection off a United defender fell to Salah he took advantage and scored with a magnificent volley.

Darwin Nunez got his second with a well placed header and then Salah became Liverpool’s all time Premier League record goalscorer when another messy rebound fell to his feet. With incredible reflexes, he fired the ball past De Gea.

The seventh goal came when Firmino found a way through but was already past the goal. Somehow, he turned and fired the ball back. I would have called the goal the icing on the cake, but by this stage of the match, there was way more icing than cake.

Final score: Liverpool 7 - Manchester United 0

Before the story, I asked you:

What was the score at half time?

The answer is: 1-nil to Liverpool I said that United were a goal down. If a team is a goal down, the score might be 1-nil or 2-1 or 3-2, but without any other information, I think it means the team is losing 1-nil.

The phrases and word from the story that I want to talk about are: to take apart, to take the initiative and reflexes .

If you take someone apart in a sport of game, you defeat them really easily. The literal meaning of to take apart is to disassemble. So if you take something apart, you take all the screws out and separate all the pieces. In sports, it means to defeat someone’s defence and score points as easily as if you were able to disassemble their team or tactics.

To take the initiative means to act positively to achieve your goal when there’s an opportunity, without having to be told or directed. If you take the initiative, you normally act first. So it’s really important in most jobs. If you see a problem, if you try to fix it right away, that would be taking the initiative. If you first report the problem to your manager and wait to be asked to fix it, that’s not taking the initiative. I think that when people take the initiative, they often do more than they have been asked to do because they understand there’s a bigger objective. So in football, if a player sees an opportunity to set up a goal, even if it means breaking the tactics that they have practised, that is taking the initiative.

The last word I want to talk about today is reflexes. Reflexes are a person’s ability to react quickly. Some people have really fast reflexes. Normally, footballers, especially goalkeepers need to be able to react very quickly. If a goal keeper sees the ball streaking towards the goal, they need to be able to react to get their hands into the right place to block the shot. When the ball rebounded to Mohamed Salah’s feet, he struck the ball right away. He didn’t hesitate at all. I could barely track the ball as it was knocked about the area, but Salah’s reactions were so fast, he must have incredible reflexes.

OK, that's 9 words and phrases from the stories today. The words and phrases were: looking good, looking up and to look like, to take on, to bring down, to take apart, to take the initiative, cheeky and reflexes.

Listen to the stories one more time to hear the words and phrases in context.

Arsenal comeback maintains title lead

When Bournemouth scored the fastest goal in the Premier League this season, the second fastest goal ever in the history of the Premier League, after 9.1 seconds, things were not looking good for the Gunners.

Arsenal dominated possession and rained shots on the Bournemouth goal but couldn’t get through. And then things went further downhill when Joe Rothwell fired Bournemouth’s only corner of the match perfectly into the path of Marcos Senesi who scored with a header and the home side were two goals down.

In previous seasons, a 2 goal deficit would have seemed like a mountain to climb, but Arteta’s Arsenal never gave up.

After 62 minutes, Muarara Neto tried to punch the ball clear but it fell for Emile Smith Rowe who headed it down for Thomas Partey who punted it into the goal off Neto’s knee.

Moments after being brought on as a substitute, Reiss Nelson set up Ben White who equalised with a crisp strike which streaked past the keeper and things were looking up for Arsenal.

As the minutes ticked by, it looked like Arsenal were going to have to settle for a draw. Until, in the final seconds of the match, Odegaard fired in their 17th corner which was headed away from goal by Senesi but only as far as Nelson who controlled the ball with his chest before delivering a scorcher of a half-volley that made a corner of North London go wild.

Final score: Arsenal 3 - AFC Bournemouth 2

West Ham overwhelmed at Brighton

West Ham United travelled to Brighton on Saturday to take on the Seagulls. High flying Fulham had beaten Brighton at home the week before but Brighton bounced back and West Ham never really looked much of a threat.

The first goal came when Bowen brought down Mitoma in the penalty area. Alexis Mac Allister stepped up to the spot and converted the penalty with conviction.

The Argentinean was responsible for the second goal when a cheeky back heel almost got the better of the West Ham defence but in the end was cut out for a corner. When the corner kick was played, Mac Allister headed the ball towards the goal where Joël Veltman deflected the ball into the net with his chest.

West Ham had moments when they looked dangerous, especially when Bowen got the ball, but they were second best all over the pitch and looked careless in possession.

After 69 minutes, Mitoma made the game safe when he stabbed home from a low cross from Pascal Groß.

In the closing minutes of the match, Danny Welbeck made it four with a fine goal struck from outside the area.

Final score: Brighton and Hove Albion 4 - West Ham United 0

Manchester United taken apart at Anfield

When Manchester United travelled to Liverpool on Sunday, fans of both sides were confident. Liverpool have been struggling this season and United were 10 points ahead in the league at the start of the match. Nobody could have predicted what was about to happen.

Even after kick off, Manchester United looked good and in the first 20 minutes, the visitors created golden opportunities for Anthony, Fernandes and Rashford, but United’s attackers didn’t manage to take advantage.

But then ... something happened.

It started with a perfectly timed through ball. Cody Gakpo set himself up beautifully before unleashing a powerful strike that started the scoring.

At half-time, United were only a goal down.

When play restarted, Liverpool took the initiative right away. Following a terrible series of defensive blunders that pin balled the ball around the area until Harvey Elliot found some space and crossed the ball for Nunez to head home.

Three minutes later, Mohamed Salah made a brilliant run on the counter, and held the ball long enough for Gakpo to catch up. A sweet cross set up Gakpo who chipped the keeper from the tightest of angles for a fine finish.

Salah scored his first following another lightning counter attack. Again, United’s defence failed to stop or control the ball. When a slightly lucky deflection off a United defender fell to Salah he took advantage and scored with a magnificent volley.

Darwin Nunez got his second with a well placed header and then Salah became Liverpool’s all time Premier League record goalscorer when another messy rebound fell to his feet. With incredible reflexes, he fired the ball past De Gea.

The seventh goal came when Firmino found a way through but was already past the goal. Somehow, he turned and fired the ball back. I would have called the goal the icing on the cake, but by this stage of the match, there was way more icing than cake.

Final score: Liverpool 7 - Manchester United 0

Right, now it’s time for you to think about the language again.

Your challenge this week is to complete the gaps in the following sentences with the correct forms of the words and phrases that I’ve spoken about in this podcast. I have taken all of these sentences from news websites and edited them slightly.

Number 1. Lots of students were noticing a decline in wellness because of COVID so a group of students _________________ to try to introduce more wellness activities.

Number 2. Things are ___________ for the Toffees since the arrival of the former Burnley manager but they remain in the bottom three on goal difference.

Number 3. A group of young footballers are planning to ________ an epic Premier League challenge to visit all 20 club grounds in 24 hours to raise money for charity.

Number 4. One Sheffield United fan reflected on a momentous match 30 years ago: “They had all these players, like Teddy Sheringham and Darren Anderton... a lot of internationals, and we _______________.”

Number 5. The ex-Liverpool star who now works as a TV pundit made a _______ dig at his colleague who used to play for Manchester United.

Number 6. It __________ the retired commentator is coming back to the commentary box for one more match.

Number 7. Formula 1 drivers are thought to have __________ that are three times faster than the average person.

Number 8. When the manager was asked when the defender would be back from injury, he replied. It’s not ____________ at the moment. We’ll just have to wait and see.

Number 9. There was an appeal for a penalty when the midfielder made his way into the penalty area and was ____________ by a clumsy challenge.

Leave your answers to the language challenge in the comments section on the Premier Skills English website.

Your task this week is a bit different. In the last few weeks, I’ve asked you to share your ideas about people with talents and things that you have mastered, but today, I want you to share more humble stories. You see, this week, Manchester United were completely humiliated at Anfield and so that’s what I want you to share; times when you have been humiliated or at least very embarrassed or you could share a story about someone you know, perhaps you have a story about a friend. I’m hoping you have some funny stories that you can share.

Share your ideas in the comments section on the page for this podcast on Premier Skills English.

Now it’s time for this week's football phrase.

This week’s football phrase is to ****** *** * ****. There are two parts of this phrase. The first part means to be ok with something happening, even though it wasn’t what you really wanted. So if you’re trying to do something but you can’t quite do it, you may have to accept something that’s less than you had originally wanted. And the second part is what you call the result of a game when both sides score the same number of goals.

If you know the answer, be sure to leave it in a comment on the page for this podcast on Premier Skills English.

Before I finish, I am going to go through the answers to last week’s language challenge.

Number 1. The young couple enjoyed a trip to the theatre and then wrapped up the night with a romantic dinner at a local restaurant.

Number 2. Barcelona winger Raphinha picked up an injury by kicking a fridge in anger during a Europa League clash with Manchester United.

Number 3. A Wrexham fan is excited to watch Kings of Leon play at the Racecourse saying: "I love their songs so much. I hope Rob and Ryan come as well. That'll be the icing on the cake."

Number 4. City had the better of the chances in the opening 45 minutes, but were unable to break the deadlock.

Number 5. A new cultural exchange scheme has opened to provide young talent in the UK and India with the opportunity to travel and work.

Number 6. The effects of the extreme weather have left New Zealand scrambling to assemble their team; five players in all have not yet been able to join up.

Number 7. The young couple has been shut away in their hotel room due to the bad weather but took advantage of a break in the rain on Sunday to go for a walk in the gardens.

Number 8. United were left short of a striker when Cristiano Ronaldo's contract was terminated by mutual consent late last year.

Number 9. A couple of investment bankers have ditched their high-flying nine-to-fives to live on a narrowboat with their toddler and have plans to open a café on the canal.

And that’s all I have time for today. Before I finish, I just wanted to say that I hope you found this podcast useful, and I hope all of you stay fit and healthy and safe.

Bye for now and enjoy your football.

Headline 1

Arsenal comeback maintains title lead

Arsenal players and staff celebrate Reiss Nelson's winning goal against AFC Bournemouth

When Bournemouth scored the fastest goal in the Premier League this season, the second fastest goal ever in the history of the Premier League, after 9.1 seconds, things were not looking good for the Gunners.

Arsenal dominated possession and rained shots on the Bournemouth goal but couldn’t get through. And then things went further downhill when Joe Rothwell fired Bournemouth’s only corner of the match perfectly into the path of Marcos Senesi who scored with a header and the home side were two goals down.

In previous seasons, a 2 goal deficit would have seemed like a mountain to climb, but Arteta’s Arsenal never gave up.

After 62 minutes, Muarara Neto tried to punch the ball clear but it fell for Emile Smith Rowe who headed it down for Thomas Partey who punted it into the goal off Neto’s knee.

Moments after being brought on as a substitute, Reiss Nelson set up Ben White who equalised with a crisp strike which streaked past the keeper and things were looking up for Arsenal.

As the minutes ticked by, it looked like Arsenal were going to have to settle for a draw. Until, in the final seconds of the match, Odegaard fired in their 17th corner which was headed away from goal by Senesi but only as far as Nelson who controlled the ball with his chest before delivering a scorcher of a half-volley that made a corner of North London go wild.

Final score: Arsenal 3 - AFC Bournemouth 2

Headline 2

West Ham overwhelmed at Brighton

Alexis Mac Allister scores Brighton & Hove Albion's first goal during the match with West Ham United

West Ham United travelled to Brighton on Saturday to take on the Seagulls. High flying Fulham had beaten Brighton at home the week before but Brighton bounced back and West Ham never really looked much of a threat.

The first goal came when Bowen brought down Mitoma in the penalty area. Alexis Mac Allister stepped up to the spot and converted the penalty with conviction.

The Argentinean was responsible for the second goal when a cheeky back heel almost got the better of the West Ham defence but in the end was cut out for a corner. When the corner kick was played, Mac Allister headed the ball towards the goal where Joël Veltman deflected the ball into the net with his chest.

West Ham had moments when they looked dangerous, especially when Bowen got the ball, but they were second best all over the pitch and looked careless in possession.

After 69 minutes, Mitoma made the game safe when he stabbed home from a low cross from Pascal Groß.

In the closing minutes of the match, Danny Welbeck made it four with a fine goal struck from outside the area.

Final score: Brighton and Hove Albion 4 - West Ham United 0

Headline 3

Manchester United taken apart at Anfield

Mohamed Salah scores Liverpool's fourth goal against Manchester United

When Manchester United travelled to Liverpool on Sunday, fans of both sides were confident. Liverpool have been struggling this season and United were 10 points ahead in the league at the start of the match. Nobody could have predicted what was about to happen.

Even after kick off, Manchester United looked good and in the first 20 minutes, the visitors created golden opportunities for Anthony, Fernandes and Rashford, but United’s attackers didn’t manage to take advantage.

But then ... something happened.

It started with a perfectly timed through ball. Cody Gakpo set himself up beautifully before unleashing a powerful strike that started the scoring.

At half-time, United were only a goal down.

When play restarted, Liverpool took the initiative right away. Following a terrible series of defensive blunders that pin balled the ball around the area until Harvey Elliot found some space and crossed the ball for Nunez to head home.

Three minutes later, Mohamed Salah made a brilliant run on the counter, and held the ball long enough for Gakpo to catch up. A sweet cross set up Gakpo who chipped the keeper from the tightest of angles for a fine finish.

Salah scored his first following another lightning counter attack. Again, United’s defence failed to stop or control the ball. When a slightly lucky deflection off a United defender fell to Salah he took advantage and scored with a magnificent volley.

Darwin Nunez got his second with a well placed header and then Salah became Liverpool’s all time Premier League record goalscorer when another messy rebound fell to his feet. With incredible reflexes, he fired the ball past De Gea.

The seventh goal came when Firmino found a way through but was already past the goal. Somehow, he turned and fired the ball back. I would have called the goal the icing on the cake, but by this stage of the match, there was way more icing than cake.

Final score: Liverpool 7 - Manchester United 0

Vocabulary

Task

Your task this week is a bit different. In the last few weeks, I’ve asked you to share your ideas about people with talents and things that you have mastered, but today, I want you to share more humble stories. You see, this week, Manchester United were completely humiliated at Anfield and so that’s what I want you to share; times when you have been humiliated or at least very embarrassed or you could share a story about someone you know, perhaps you have a story about "a friend". I’m hoping you have some funny stories that you can share.

Language challenge

Complete the gaps with the words and phrases from the podcast.

Number 1. Lots of students were noticing a decline in wellness because of COVID so a group of students _________________ to try to introduce more wellness activities.

Number 2. Things are ___________ for the Toffees since the arrival of the former Burnley manager but they remain in the bottom three on goal difference.

Number 3. A group of young footballers are planning to ________ an epic Premier League challenge to visit all 20 club grounds in 24 hours to raise money for charity.

Number 4. One Sheffield United fan reflected on a momentous match 30 years ago: “They had all these players, like Teddy Sheringham and Darren Anderton... a lot of internationals, and we _______________.”

Number 5. The ex-Liverpool star who now works as a TV pundit made a _______ dig at his colleague who used to play for Manchester United.

Number 6. It __________ the retired commentator is coming back to the commentary box for one more match.

Number 7. Formula 1 drivers are thought to have __________ that are three times faster than the average person.

Number 8. When the manager was asked when the defender would be back from injury, he replied. It’s not ____________ at the moment. We’ll just have to wait and see.

Number 9. There was an appeal for a penalty when the midfielder made his way into the penalty area and was ____________ by a clumsy challenge.

Leave your answers in the comments section on the Premier Skills English website and I will go through them next week.

Football Phrase

Now it’s time for this week’s football phrase.

This week’s football phrase is to ****** *** * ****. There are two parts of this phrase. The first part means to be ok with something happening, even though it wasn’t what you really wanted. So if you’re trying to do something but you can’t quite do it, you may have to accept something that’s less than you had originally wanted. And the second part is what you call the result of a game when both sides score the same number of goals.

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Chen Meng Tso
15/03/2023
TW
21
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settle for a draw is the phrase


Chen Meng Tso
15/03/2023 14:51
Taiwan
Manchester City
21

settle for a draw is the phrase

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Jack Radford
15/03/2023
GB
22
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Well done Chen Meng Tso - I've just published this week's podcast so missed being able to congratulate you.


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Jack Radford
15/03/2023 23:38
United Kingdom
Arsenal
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Well done Chen Meng Tso - I've just published this week's podcast so missed being able to congratulate you.

anas@2013
14/03/2023
EG
13
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Hi....
My name is Anas Haitham


anas@2013
14/03/2023 15:31
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Liverpool
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Hi....
My name is Anas Haitham

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cezario.abrantes
13/03/2023
BR
49
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Hello Jack!

Football Phrase: TO ****** *** * ****

About a humiliating story, I can tell you about once, back in 2008, Botafogo (BRA) was playing against Estudiantes (ARG) and the brazilian team had a defender called André Luís who was well-known for being quite impatient. It turns out that after 68 minutes, he was shown a yellow card by the chilean referee Carlos Chandía, but he couldn't accept it. He made a run into referee's direction, took the yellow card from his hands and started showing the card to the referee, complaining a lot. Then the referee showed him the red card, but André never gave up and kept complaining. Shortly after that, Carlos Alberto (the same who played for Porto and scored a goal in 2004 Champions League final) managed to get André Luís away from the referee and it was all over. I think it was very humiliating for André Luís as nobody approved his behavior, and he is always remembered as the guy who took the card out of referee's hands. That's one of the best football stories I've ever seen. If you want to see the real video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ge9i41vu308

I would also like to tell you a curiosity about names in Brazil. You mentioned the goalkeeper Neto in Bournemouth story, but you might not know what Neto means. Neto, in Portuguese, is the same of grandson. As Neto's full name is Norberto Murara Neto, we presume his grandfather is called Norberto as well. In Portuguese we also use Filho (means son) and Junior (means junior) to name kids that have the same name of their fathers. For example, if I had a kid and his name was Cezario (I would never do that, as Cezario is quite an old, uncommon name - Norberto too), he would be named Cezario Abrantes Filho or Cezario Abrantes Junior. That's pretty common in Brazil. I have a brother that has the same name of our grandfather (Joaquim Mariano Rezende Neto).

Number 1. Lots of students were noticing a decline in wellness because of COVID so a group of students TOOK THE INITIATIVE to try to introduce more wellness activities.

Number 2. Things are LOOKING UP for the Toffees since the arrival of the former Burnley manager but they remain in the bottom three on goal difference.

Number 3. A group of young footballers are planning to TAKE ON an epic Premier League challenge to visit all 20 club grounds in 24 hours to raise money for charity.

Number 4. One Sheffield United fan reflected on a momentous match 30 years ago: “They had all these players, like Teddy Sheringham and Darren Anderton... a lot of internationals, and we TOOK APART.”

Number 5. The ex-Liverpool star who now works as a TV pundit made a CHEEKY dig at his colleague who used to play for Manchester United.

Number 6. It LOOKS LIKE the retired commentator is coming back to the commentary box for one more match.

Number 7. Formula 1 drivers are thought to have REFLEXES that are three times faster than the average person.

Number 8. When the manager was asked when the defender would be back from injury, he replied. It’s not LOOKING GOOD at the moment. We’ll just have to wait and see.

Number 9. There was an appeal for a penalty when the midfielder made his way into the penalty area and was BROUGHT DOWN by a clumsy challenge.


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cezario.abrantes
13/03/2023 14:51
Brazil
Liverpool
49

Hello Jack!

Football Phrase: TO ****** *** * ****

About a humiliating story, I can tell you about once, back in 2008, Botafogo (BRA) was playing against Estudiantes (ARG) and the brazilian team had a defender called André Luís who was well-known for being quite impatient. It turns out that after 68 minutes, he was shown a yellow card by the chilean referee Carlos Chandía, but he couldn't accept it. He made a run into referee's direction, took the yellow card from his hands and started showing the card to the referee, complaining a lot. Then the referee showed him the red card, but André never gave up and kept complaining. Shortly after that, Carlos Alberto (the same who played for Porto and scored a goal in 2004 Champions League final) managed to get André Luís away from the referee and it was all over. I think it was very humiliating for André Luís as nobody approved his behavior, and he is always remembered as the guy who took the card out of referee's hands. That's one of the best football stories I've ever seen. If you want to see the real video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ge9i41vu308

I would also like to tell you a curiosity about names in Brazil. You mentioned the goalkeeper Neto in Bournemouth story, but you might not know what Neto means. Neto, in Portuguese, is the same of grandson. As Neto's full name is Norberto Murara Neto, we presume his grandfather is called Norberto as well. In Portuguese we also use Filho (means son) and Junior (means junior) to name kids that have the same name of their fathers. For example, if I had a kid and his name was Cezario (I would never do that, as Cezario is quite an old, uncommon name - Norberto too), he would be named Cezario Abrantes Filho or Cezario Abrantes Junior. That's pretty common in Brazil. I have a brother that has the same name of our grandfather (Joaquim Mariano Rezende Neto).

Number 1. Lots of students were noticing a decline in wellness because of COVID so a group of students TOOK THE INITIATIVE to try to introduce more wellness activities.

Number 2. Things are LOOKING UP for the Toffees since the arrival of the former Burnley manager but they remain in the bottom three on goal difference.

Number 3. A group of young footballers are planning to TAKE ON an epic Premier League challenge to visit all 20 club grounds in 24 hours to raise money for charity.

Number 4. One Sheffield United fan reflected on a momentous match 30 years ago: “They had all these players, like Teddy Sheringham and Darren Anderton... a lot of internationals, and we TOOK APART.”

Number 5. The ex-Liverpool star who now works as a TV pundit made a CHEEKY dig at his colleague who used to play for Manchester United.

Number 6. It LOOKS LIKE the retired commentator is coming back to the commentary box for one more match.

Number 7. Formula 1 drivers are thought to have REFLEXES that are three times faster than the average person.

Number 8. When the manager was asked when the defender would be back from injury, he replied. It’s not LOOKING GOOD at the moment. We’ll just have to wait and see.

Number 9. There was an appeal for a penalty when the midfielder made his way into the penalty area and was BROUGHT DOWN by a clumsy challenge.

Ryohei
11/03/2023
JP
27
points

I can’t figure out this week’s phrase at all. The task for the week, I think it’s a bit of a cliche, I remember that my friend called our teacher “mummy” at school.


Ryohei
11/03/2023 14:01
Japan
Brighton and Hove Albion
27

I can’t figure out this week’s phrase at all. The task for the week, I think it’s a bit of a cliche, I remember that my friend called our teacher “mummy” at school.

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Jack Radford
13/03/2023
GB
22
points

I did that once when I was 7. I remember it so clearly. I was mortified! (extremely embarrassed)


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Jack Radford
13/03/2023 15:30
United Kingdom
Arsenal
22

I did that once when I was 7. I remember it so clearly. I was mortified! (extremely embarrassed)

shikabala
11/03/2023
EG
26
points

Task ( about me)
while i was in secondary school, there was a football competition between classes.
And i was not a member in my class team because i wasn`t good at football.
However, in our team game, our goalkeeper was absent and our team needed a goalkeeper.
I took the initiative to be the goalkeeper and my friends accepted.
In the first half i was anxious and had butterflies in my stomach but by the time i started finding my feet and made some good saves and finished first half 0-0.
In the second half it was different like chalk and cheese, and i made some silly blunders and received three goals.
final result we lost 3-0
I felt blue and i was in the doldrums, but my friends were friendly with me .


shikabala
11/03/2023 12:45
Egypt
Liverpool
26

Task ( about me)
while i was in secondary school, there was a football competition between classes.
And i was not a member in my class team because i wasn`t good at football.
However, in our team game, our goalkeeper was absent and our team needed a goalkeeper.
I took the initiative to be the goalkeeper and my friends accepted.
In the first half i was anxious and had butterflies in my stomach but by the time i started finding my feet and made some good saves and finished first half 0-0.
In the second half it was different like chalk and cheese, and i made some silly blunders and received three goals.
final result we lost 3-0
I felt blue and i was in the doldrums, but my friends were friendly with me .

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Jack Radford
12/03/2023
GB
22
points

I'm so happy to read your embarrassing story. Fantastic language use!


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Jack Radford
12/03/2023 15:19
United Kingdom
Arsenal
22

I'm so happy to read your embarrassing story. Fantastic language use!

shikabala
12/03/2023
EG
26
points

I must admit that all these phrases in my comment I`ve learned it from your podcast
blunders
feel blue
like chalk and cheese
take the initiative
Thank you, Jack, you always made my day while i was listening to you on spotify


shikabala
12/03/2023 16:03
Egypt
Liverpool
26

I must admit that all these phrases in my comment I`ve learned it from your podcast
blunders
feel blue
like chalk and cheese
take the initiative
Thank you, Jack, you always made my day while i was listening to you on spotify

shikabala
11/03/2023
EG
26
points

Hi Jack
I have a question
while i am listening to you, i notice something in pronunciation.
Words like ( are - however- where ) i noticed that you dropped the R letter.
Is it common in the UK accent? because i don't notice that in American accent


shikabala
11/03/2023 12:28
Egypt
Liverpool
26

Hi Jack
I have a question
while i am listening to you, i notice something in pronunciation.
Words like ( are - however- where ) i noticed that you dropped the R letter.
Is it common in the UK accent? because i don't notice that in American accent

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Jack Radford
12/03/2023
GB
22
points

Hi Shikbala

That's a good question - well done for noticing the difference. You're right. Generally, textbooks talk about British English and American English, but these categories are not great. I speak British English and my accent is a bit muddles but it's mostly from the South of England. In most of England, people don't pronounce the 'r' at the end of words unless the following word starts with a vowel. However, in Shropshire (and other western parts of the country), people do pronounce the 'r' and also in Scotland, people normally prounounce the 'r', I think. So it's not just a 'British English' pronunciation issue. I'll reposnd a bit more about this in the podcast next week.

Thanks

Jack


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Jack Radford
12/03/2023 15:26
United Kingdom
Arsenal
22

Hi Shikbala

That's a good question - well done for noticing the difference. You're right. Generally, textbooks talk about British English and American English, but these categories are not great. I speak British English and my accent is a bit muddles but it's mostly from the South of England. In most of England, people don't pronounce the 'r' at the end of words unless the following word starts with a vowel. However, in Shropshire (and other western parts of the country), people do pronounce the 'r' and also in Scotland, people normally prounounce the 'r', I think. So it's not just a 'British English' pronunciation issue. I'll reposnd a bit more about this in the podcast next week.

Thanks

Jack

shikabala
12/03/2023
EG
26
points

the reason for the question is I've heard that to improve my English speaking skills is to imitate and copy someone
and i in fact i am copying you in your pronunciation.


shikabala
12/03/2023 17:46
Egypt
Liverpool
26

the reason for the question is I've heard that to improve my English speaking skills is to imitate and copy someone
and i in fact i am copying you in your pronunciation.

shikabala
11/03/2023
EG
26
points

this week’s football phrase : ACCEPT THE ****


shikabala
11/03/2023 12:24
Egypt
Liverpool
26

this week’s football phrase : ACCEPT THE ****

Tom Nguyen
10/03/2023
VN
2
points

This week's football phrase is "** ******* *** * ****". The first part, "** ****** ***", means to be okay with something happening, even though it wasn't what you really wanted. In football, this means accepting a result that is less than a win. The second part of the phrase, "* ****", is the result of a game when both sides score the same number of goals, and neither team wins.


Tom Nguyen
10/03/2023 16:12
Vietnam
Manchester City
2

This week's football phrase is "** ******* *** * ****". The first part, "** ****** ***", means to be okay with something happening, even though it wasn't what you really wanted. In football, this means accepting a result that is less than a win. The second part of the phrase, "* ****", is the result of a game when both sides score the same number of goals, and neither team wins.

Tom Nguyen
10/03/2023
VN
2
points

1Lots of students were noticing a decline in wellness because of COVID so a group of students got together to try to introduce more wellness activities.
2Things are looking up for the Toffees since the arrival of the former Burnley manager but they remain in the bottom three on goal difference.
3 A group of young footballers are planning to undertake an epic Premier League challenge to visit all 20 club grounds in 24 hours to raise money for charity.
4 One Sheffield United fan reflected on a momentous match 30 years ago: “They had all these players, like Teddy Sheringham and Darren Anderton... a lot of internationals, and we beat them.”
5 The ex-Liverpool star who now works as a TV pundit made a sly dig at his colleague who used to play for Manchester United.
6 It appears the retired commentator is coming back to the commentary box for one more match.
7 Formula 1 drivers are thought to have reaction times that are three times faster than the average person.
8 When the manager was asked when the defender would be back from injury, he replied. It’s not clear at the moment. We’ll just have to wait and see.
9 There was an appeal for a penalty when the midfielder made his way into the penalty area and was brought down by a clumsy challenge.


Tom Nguyen
10/03/2023 16:10
Vietnam
Manchester City
2

1Lots of students were noticing a decline in wellness because of COVID so a group of students got together to try to introduce more wellness activities.
2Things are looking up for the Toffees since the arrival of the former Burnley manager but they remain in the bottom three on goal difference.
3 A group of young footballers are planning to undertake an epic Premier League challenge to visit all 20 club grounds in 24 hours to raise money for charity.
4 One Sheffield United fan reflected on a momentous match 30 years ago: “They had all these players, like Teddy Sheringham and Darren Anderton... a lot of internationals, and we beat them.”
5 The ex-Liverpool star who now works as a TV pundit made a sly dig at his colleague who used to play for Manchester United.
6 It appears the retired commentator is coming back to the commentary box for one more match.
7 Formula 1 drivers are thought to have reaction times that are three times faster than the average person.
8 When the manager was asked when the defender would be back from injury, he replied. It’s not clear at the moment. We’ll just have to wait and see.
9 There was an appeal for a penalty when the midfielder made his way into the penalty area and was brought down by a clumsy challenge.

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Denis2000
10/03/2023
BY
684
points

Language challenge
1. took the initiative
2. looking up
3. take on
4. were looking good
5. cheeky
6. looks like
7. reflexes.
8. take apart
9. brought down


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Denis2000
10/03/2023 11:39
Belarus
Tottenham Hotspur
684

Language challenge
1. took the initiative
2. looking up
3. take on
4. were looking good
5. cheeky
6. looks like
7. reflexes.
8. take apart
9. brought down

pouyasharifi
10/03/2023
BE
16
points

Hi Jack. Today's football phrase is "to ****** *** * ****".


pouyasharifi
10/03/2023 09:09
Belgium
Tottenham Hotspur
16

Hi Jack. Today's football phrase is "to ****** *** * ****".

vietnguyenngo
10/03/2023
VN
107
points

Number 1. Lots of students were noticing a decline in wellness because of COVID so a group of students __ took the initiative _______________ to try to introduce more wellness activities.
Number 2. Things are __ looking up _________ for the Toffees since the arrival of the former Burnley manager but they remain in the bottom three on goal difference.
Number 3. A group of young footballers are planning to _ take on _______ an epic Premier League challenge to visit all 20 club grounds in 24 hours to raise money for charity.
Number 4. One Sheffield United fan reflected on a momentous match 30 years ago: “They had all these players, like Teddy Sheringham and Darren Anderton... a lot of internationals, and we __ took apart._____________.”
Number 5. The ex-Liverpool star who now works as a TV pundit made a _ cheeky dig ______ dig at his colleague who used to play for Manchester United.
Number 6. It _ looks like _________ the retired commentator is coming back to the commentary box for one more match.
Number 7. Formula 1 drivers are thought to have __ reflexes ________ that are three times faster than the average person.
Number 8. When the manager was asked when the defender would be back from injury, he replied. It’s not ___ looking good _________ at the moment. We’ll just have to wait and see.
Number 9. There was an appeal for a penalty when the midfielder made his way into the penalty area and was ___ brought down _________ by a clumsy challenge.


vietnguyenngo
10/03/2023 03:21
Vietnam
Manchester City
107

Number 1. Lots of students were noticing a decline in wellness because of COVID so a group of students __ took the initiative _______________ to try to introduce more wellness activities.
Number 2. Things are __ looking up _________ for the Toffees since the arrival of the former Burnley manager but they remain in the bottom three on goal difference.
Number 3. A group of young footballers are planning to _ take on _______ an epic Premier League challenge to visit all 20 club grounds in 24 hours to raise money for charity.
Number 4. One Sheffield United fan reflected on a momentous match 30 years ago: “They had all these players, like Teddy Sheringham and Darren Anderton... a lot of internationals, and we __ took apart._____________.”
Number 5. The ex-Liverpool star who now works as a TV pundit made a _ cheeky dig ______ dig at his colleague who used to play for Manchester United.
Number 6. It _ looks like _________ the retired commentator is coming back to the commentary box for one more match.
Number 7. Formula 1 drivers are thought to have __ reflexes ________ that are three times faster than the average person.
Number 8. When the manager was asked when the defender would be back from injury, he replied. It’s not ___ looking good _________ at the moment. We’ll just have to wait and see.
Number 9. There was an appeal for a penalty when the midfielder made his way into the penalty area and was ___ brought down _________ by a clumsy challenge.

vietnguyenngo
10/03/2023
VN
107
points

This week's phrase is ****** *** * ****


vietnguyenngo
10/03/2023 03:07
Vietnam
Manchester City
107

This week's phrase is ****** *** * ****

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hsn
09/03/2023
TR
5522
points

Language challenge
1. Lots of students were noticing a decline in wellness because of COVID so a group of students took the initiative to try to introduce more wellness activities.
2. Things are looking up for the Toffees since the arrival of the former Burnley manager but they remain in the bottom three on goal difference.
3. A group of young footballers are planning to take on an epic Premier League challenge to visit all 20 club grounds in 24 hours to raise money for charity.
4. One Sheffield United fan reflected on a momentous match 30 years ago: “They had all these players, like Teddy Sheringham and Darren Anderton... a lot of internationals, and we took apart.
5. The ex-Liverpool star who now works as a TV pundit made a cheeky dig at his colleague who used to play for Manchester United.
6. It looks like the retired commentator is coming back to the commentary box for one more match.
7. Formula 1 drivers are thought to have reflexes. that are three times faster than the average person.
8. When the manager was asked when the defender would be back from injury, he replied. It’s not looking good at the moment. We’ll just have to wait and see.
9. There was an appeal for a penalty when the midfielder made his way into the penalty area and was brought down, by a clumsy challenge.
Task
One of politician who was a religious person was making a political speech at a symposium in Ramadan. TV channel were broadcasting lively.There were a filled glass of water on the lectern. He forgot that he was fasting and drank water in front of cameras.
Sentence
• Things went further downhill when he had been fired from company. He tried to find a new job but couldn't get through it . However things started to look up when he married with a rich lady:-) It was looked like a dream that came to real.
Joke
• The phrase "Looking good" have to be followed by this proverb"Nothing seems as it looks"
Notes
• A team that concedes fastest goal of season has no chance end well the term.
• Here people says "Kept its opponent rain of goal"


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hsn
09/03/2023 17:52
Turkey
Tottenham Hotspur
5522

Language challenge
1. Lots of students were noticing a decline in wellness because of COVID so a group of students took the initiative to try to introduce more wellness activities.
2. Things are looking up for the Toffees since the arrival of the former Burnley manager but they remain in the bottom three on goal difference.
3. A group of young footballers are planning to take on an epic Premier League challenge to visit all 20 club grounds in 24 hours to raise money for charity.
4. One Sheffield United fan reflected on a momentous match 30 years ago: “They had all these players, like Teddy Sheringham and Darren Anderton... a lot of internationals, and we took apart.
5. The ex-Liverpool star who now works as a TV pundit made a cheeky dig at his colleague who used to play for Manchester United.
6. It looks like the retired commentator is coming back to the commentary box for one more match.
7. Formula 1 drivers are thought to have reflexes. that are three times faster than the average person.
8. When the manager was asked when the defender would be back from injury, he replied. It’s not looking good at the moment. We’ll just have to wait and see.
9. There was an appeal for a penalty when the midfielder made his way into the penalty area and was brought down, by a clumsy challenge.
Task
One of politician who was a religious person was making a political speech at a symposium in Ramadan. TV channel were broadcasting lively.There were a filled glass of water on the lectern. He forgot that he was fasting and drank water in front of cameras.
Sentence
• Things went further downhill when he had been fired from company. He tried to find a new job but couldn't get through it . However things started to look up when he married with a rich lady:-) It was looked like a dream that came to real.
Joke
• The phrase "Looking good" have to be followed by this proverb"Nothing seems as it looks"
Notes
• A team that concedes fastest goal of season has no chance end well the term.
• Here people says "Kept its opponent rain of goal"

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hsn
09/03/2023
TR
5522
points

I think football phrase is ****** *** * ****.


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hsn
09/03/2023 15:29
Turkey
Tottenham Hotspur
5522

I think football phrase is ****** *** * ****.

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Denis2000
09/03/2023
BY
684
points

In continuation of my previous story about a talented footballer, I will add about humiliation. It was in a cup game when a team from my hometown played at their stadium against BATE Borisov with Vitaly Kutuzov as a striker. My team was very modest compared to BATE, but it seems to me then that game was the most humiliating for my team in my memory. The score of the match speaks for itself 9:0 in favor of BATE. It was then that I watched Kutuzov as he mocked our defenders, making fools of them. Moreover, that day it was constantly raining, the whole field was in puddles and the players of my team, running after the ball, tried to run around the puddles, while the BATE players ran through the puddles without any problems and always turned out to be the first to hit the ball. Well, the icing on the cake was the lack of gloves from our goalkeeper. And it was just hysterically funny to watch how, when the game went to the opponent's half, he constantly ran up to the puddle outside the goal and washed his hands there)


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Denis2000
09/03/2023 14:56
Belarus
Tottenham Hotspur
684

In continuation of my previous story about a talented footballer, I will add about humiliation. It was in a cup game when a team from my hometown played at their stadium against BATE Borisov with Vitaly Kutuzov as a striker. My team was very modest compared to BATE, but it seems to me then that game was the most humiliating for my team in my memory. The score of the match speaks for itself 9:0 in favor of BATE. It was then that I watched Kutuzov as he mocked our defenders, making fools of them. Moreover, that day it was constantly raining, the whole field was in puddles and the players of my team, running after the ball, tried to run around the puddles, while the BATE players ran through the puddles without any problems and always turned out to be the first to hit the ball. Well, the icing on the cake was the lack of gloves from our goalkeeper. And it was just hysterically funny to watch how, when the game went to the opponent's half, he constantly ran up to the puddle outside the goal and washed his hands there)

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Jack Radford
09/03/2023
GB
22
points

I love this story. Though, I think that the biggest humiliation in football was probably Gary Lineker who's admitted to having had an accident when playing for England against Ireland in the 1990 World Cup. I have no idea how he picked himself up and kept on playing.


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Jack Radford
09/03/2023 17:58
United Kingdom
Arsenal
22

I love this story. Though, I think that the biggest humiliation in football was probably Gary Lineker who's admitted to having had an accident when playing for England against Ireland in the 1990 World Cup. I have no idea how he picked himself up and kept on playing.

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Denis2000
10/03/2023
BY
684
points

Оh yes, this case is probably the most humiliating, but also the most extraordinary of all that I know. Harry was too resourceful and did not lose his head in that situation


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Denis2000
10/03/2023 07:00
Belarus
Tottenham Hotspur
684

Оh yes, this case is probably the most humiliating, but also the most extraordinary of all that I know. Harry was too resourceful and did not lose his head in that situation

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Denis2000
09/03/2023
BY
684
points

Hello Jack. Today Football Phrase is: ****** *** * ****


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Denis2000
09/03/2023 14:02
Belarus
Tottenham Hotspur
684

Hello Jack. Today Football Phrase is: ****** *** * ****

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