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Listen to a referee's Day.

The referee

The referee

Listen to the referee's match day and try to answer these questions:

 

 

  1. When does the referee start his day?
  2. Who works with the referee?
  3. Is it going to be an easy match for the referee?

Improve your listening

 
Activity 1: In this activity, you have to match the pictures to some of the football phrases you heard in the listening.
Can you match the football words to the picture?
 
Activity 2: In this activity, you have to complete the gaps in the sentences. Listen again if you're not sure of the answer.
Listen again and put the words in the correct part of the text.
 

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What do you think?

Was the listening easy or difficult?
Does the referee have a difficult job?
What qualities does a good referee need?
Do you always agree with the referee?
 

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AndrewJfk
22/01/2024
ES
66
points

This audio was very easy to understand.

Being a referee is a bit complicated, he always has to be from one side to the other controlling everything that happens in the match and when he shows his red or yellow cards the fans booing him because they don't agree with him, on the other hand, the referee need to be in good shape to run around the field like the players, so hard in a match during 90 minutes.
A good referee has to have tolerance, to be able to hear, to accept and understand some situations of differences during the match and the most important quality is to deal with a hight level of stress.


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AndrewJfk
22/01/2024 12:02
Spain
Chelsea
66

This audio was very easy to understand.

Being a referee is a bit complicated, he always has to be from one side to the other controlling everything that happens in the match and when he shows his red or yellow cards the fans booing him because they don't agree with him, on the other hand, the referee need to be in good shape to run around the field like the players, so hard in a match during 90 minutes.
A good referee has to have tolerance, to be able to hear, to accept and understand some situations of differences during the match and the most important quality is to deal with a hight level of stress.

AlexBaek
09/12/2023
KR
130
points

Today, I learnt about the referee and I now know that 3 hours before kick off the he arrives at the stadium, to check everything is ok.


AlexBaek
09/12/2023 01:34
South Korea
Tottenham Hotspur
130

Today, I learnt about the referee and I now know that 3 hours before kick off the he arrives at the stadium, to check everything is ok.

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Kazimierz
01/10/2023
PL
42
points

Nice quizz


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Kazimierz
01/10/2023 17:17
Poland
Arsenal
42

Nice quizz

Ronal
12/04/2023
ES
40
points

It was difficult for me to undertand some part. No, it's her job and he make the right choice. In my opinion, you need determination, comunication skills, confidence in your self and in your team, etc. I respect your work and I understend that it is difficult to make decision so quickly.


Ronal
12/04/2023 17:26
Spain
Manchester City
40

It was difficult for me to undertand some part. No, it's her job and he make the right choice. In my opinion, you need determination, comunication skills, confidence in your self and in your team, etc. I respect your work and I understend that it is difficult to make decision so quickly.

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Victhor
26/03/2023
CL
37
points

There was a ambiguous question, because there were 2 facts in the first 10th mnts.


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Victhor
26/03/2023 12:43
Chile
Liverpool
37

There was a ambiguous question, because there were 2 facts in the first 10th mnts.

Suraj Gunner
24/01/2023
GH
37
points

There wasn't any difficulties in listening. It seem the referee had a difficult moments. A good referee should know how to calm down the players when there is tension on the pitch and also be dramatic in making decisions.
I agree with the referee


Suraj Gunner
24/01/2023 12:48
Ghana
Arsenal
37

There wasn't any difficulties in listening. It seem the referee had a difficult moments. A good referee should know how to calm down the players when there is tension on the pitch and also be dramatic in making decisions.
I agree with the referee

Suraj Gunner
24/01/2023
GH
37
points

The referee needs to be dramatic in making decisions on the pitch because he will be the one to receive most of the bully by fans and even players


Suraj Gunner
24/01/2023 12:36
Ghana
Arsenal
37

The referee needs to be dramatic in making decisions on the pitch because he will be the one to receive most of the bully by fans and even players

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Nicesite
03/01/2023
IT
38
points

The listening was quite easy to understand. The referee has a pretty difficult job. He needs to be very focused on the game. He must never allow himself to be distracted by the noise and all the shouting and the booing of fans, nor by protesting players. He needs to be quick at making decisions and never change his mind after he whistle. I usually agree with the referee because I understand how difficult it is being in his position, and I think he tries to do his best.


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Nicesite
03/01/2023 19:00
Italy
Chelsea
38

The listening was quite easy to understand. The referee has a pretty difficult job. He needs to be very focused on the game. He must never allow himself to be distracted by the noise and all the shouting and the booing of fans, nor by protesting players. He needs to be quick at making decisions and never change his mind after he whistle. I usually agree with the referee because I understand how difficult it is being in his position, and I think he tries to do his best.

Adauto
22/11/2022
BR
399
points

The listening wasn't that difficult. It was quite clear.
I think the referee has really a difficult job, especially in the early stages of his carreer.
A good referee needs to be calm, to know how to deal with people but at the same time he must be confident and take his own decision, otherwise the players will walk all over him.
No, I do not always agree with the referee.


Adauto
22/11/2022 22:05
Brazil
Manchester City
399

The listening wasn't that difficult. It was quite clear.
I think the referee has really a difficult job, especially in the early stages of his carreer.
A good referee needs to be calm, to know how to deal with people but at the same time he must be confident and take his own decision, otherwise the players will walk all over him.
No, I do not always agree with the referee.

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Taha Gashout
28/03/2022
LY
492
points

It was an easy one. Ofcourse, referee has one of the most difficult job. One of the most important qualities that referees shoud have is to be calm and act properly. Actually not always specially when my favourite team is playing :).


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Taha Gashout
28/03/2022 22:03
Libya
Liverpool
492

It was an easy one. Ofcourse, referee has one of the most difficult job. One of the most important qualities that referees shoud have is to be calm and act properly. Actually not always specially when my favourite team is playing :).

Tomáš Sobota
03/02/2022
SK
91
points

It was preety clear. In my opinion it is verry difficult job. Especially when you start your career. You don´t have any experience and fans don´t accept mistakes. Good referee must be strong person, he must be fit mentaly and physically. Of course that sometime I don´t accept their decision, however they are people and people make mistake.


Tomáš Sobota
03/02/2022 17:14
Slovakia
Leeds United
91

It was preety clear. In my opinion it is verry difficult job. Especially when you start your career. You don´t have any experience and fans don´t accept mistakes. Good referee must be strong person, he must be fit mentaly and physically. Of course that sometime I don´t accept their decision, however they are people and people make mistake.

Chris OM
04/12/2021
FR
53
points

My name is Chris OM, it's not so easy. Yes he does. he needs to be quiet and in a good form. Yes I did.


Chris OM
04/12/2021 17:21
France
Manchester United
53

My name is Chris OM, it's not so easy. Yes he does. he needs to be quiet and in a good form. Yes I did.

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julietthor
24/05/2021
MY
222
points

Was the listening easy or difficult? The listening was a bit difficult.
Does the referee have a difficult job? Yes, he does.
What qualities does a good referee need? He needs to be patient, fair and disciplined.
Do you always agree with the referee? Uh, sometimes I agree with the referee.


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julietthor
24/05/2021 05:25
Malaysia
Chelsea
222

Was the listening easy or difficult? The listening was a bit difficult.
Does the referee have a difficult job? Yes, he does.
What qualities does a good referee need? He needs to be patient, fair and disciplined.
Do you always agree with the referee? Uh, sometimes I agree with the referee.

Jacek-Poland
18/04/2021
PL
513
points

It was an easy lesson for me. Yes, it is a difficult job. Qualities you need to be a referee are always focused, responsible, mentally strong, good physical fitness. I don't always agree with the referee but I know that everyone might make mistake. Players make mistake and referee do also. I know this because I am a referee in the amateur league.


Jacek-Poland
18/04/2021 14:01
Poland
Liverpool
513

It was an easy lesson for me. Yes, it is a difficult job. Qualities you need to be a referee are always focused, responsible, mentally strong, good physical fitness. I don't always agree with the referee but I know that everyone might make mistake. Players make mistake and referee do also. I know this because I am a referee in the amateur league.

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Gabriel Amaral
06/03/2021
BR
1512
points

Easy and helpful. Yes he does! They need to be very focused all the time, got to have full understanding about the game rules, be respectiful with the players and managers. Not always, but I'm used to respect their decisions.


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Gabriel Amaral
06/03/2021 15:34
Brazil
Arsenal
1512

Easy and helpful. Yes he does! They need to be very focused all the time, got to have full understanding about the game rules, be respectiful with the players and managers. Not always, but I'm used to respect their decisions.

Furkaninho
17/02/2021
TR
8
points

To be referee must have take a responsibility. I will be able to understand ant think as a referee.


Furkaninho
17/02/2021 12:18
Turkey
Liverpool
8

To be referee must have take a responsibility. I will be able to understand ant think as a referee.

Furkaninho
17/02/2021
TR
8
points

We can understand and think as a referee.


Furkaninho
17/02/2021 12:05
Turkey
Liverpool
8

We can understand and think as a referee.

Davis1727
11/02/2021
PE
76
points

Good.


Davis1727
11/02/2021 15:42
Peru
Wolverhampton Wanderers
76

Good.

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kayboy19
13/10/2020
KH
95
points

Easy, yes, to have the ability and self-confidence to handle a match


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kayboy19
13/10/2020 17:21
Cambodia
Liverpool
95

Easy, yes, to have the ability and self-confidence to handle a match

MengA
13/06/2020
GE
-312
points

Wow, great little referee podcast. I didn't know the referee speaks to the captains before the match. I think, this profession takes the nerves, though top ones have a chance to meet famous footballers. Great!


MengA
13/06/2020 10:25
Georgia
Liverpool
-312

Wow, great little referee podcast. I didn't know the referee speaks to the captains before the match. I think, this profession takes the nerves, though top ones have a chance to meet famous footballers. Great!

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oscar.flores92
06/06/2020
SV
32
points

The listening was easy, and I think the referees have a good job but sometimes the game was too difficult and they have a big problem with the players and fans, The referees need to take a good position about the ball, and stay to connect whit his assistant and four official, and my last answer sometimes, I don't agree with the referees because they have a little mistake.


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oscar.flores92
06/06/2020 02:21
El Salvador
Manchester United
32

The listening was easy, and I think the referees have a good job but sometimes the game was too difficult and they have a big problem with the players and fans, The referees need to take a good position about the ball, and stay to connect whit his assistant and four official, and my last answer sometimes, I don't agree with the referees because they have a little mistake.

Vitor Augusto
13/05/2020
BR
62
points

The listening was easy. I think the referees have a difficult job because they are always under pressure during a match. A good referee need to be calm, atentious and staunch.
Actually, sometimes I don't agree with the referee. They also make mistakes in some matches.


Vitor Augusto
13/05/2020 17:29
Brazil
Manchester United
62

The listening was easy. I think the referees have a difficult job because they are always under pressure during a match. A good referee need to be calm, atentious and staunch.
Actually, sometimes I don't agree with the referee. They also make mistakes in some matches.

Gergő Nagy
24/03/2020
HU
3396
points

All of the referees have a difficult job because every people hate the referees. If you have a favourite team you think that the referee is not correct.


Gergő Nagy
24/03/2020 13:08
Hungary
Chelsea
3396

All of the referees have a difficult job because every people hate the referees. If you have a favourite team you think that the referee is not correct.

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jjosebadillo
21/11/2019
MX
435
points

Easy
it´s a difficult job
good eyesight, speed and good decisions
no, if it's against my team


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jjosebadillo
21/11/2019 06:15
Mexico
Wolverhampton Wanderers
435

Easy
it´s a difficult job
good eyesight, speed and good decisions
no, if it's against my team

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josegsalass
05/11/2019
VE
581
points

It was easy.
Of course, being a referee is not easy. They have to decide immediately inside the pitch and sometimes they cannot see easily the actions because they are far or some players stand in front of the ball movements. Most of the fans hate referees.
A referee must but fit, and in good shape, they need to read the rules of the game in order to make up their minds.
I do. Their job is not easy.


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josegsalass
05/11/2019 17:04
Venezuela
Liverpool
581

It was easy.
Of course, being a referee is not easy. They have to decide immediately inside the pitch and sometimes they cannot see easily the actions because they are far or some players stand in front of the ball movements. Most of the fans hate referees.
A referee must but fit, and in good shape, they need to read the rules of the game in order to make up their minds.
I do. Their job is not easy.

stevewankou
08/09/2019
US
97
points

the listening was easy
being referee is very difficult. you have the pressure of fans who are booing.you must be more fair when you blow the whistle in the game.
the referee need to be very fast, never being left intimidate by the players.
not always agree with the referee it's being human who make error like everyone


stevewankou
08/09/2019 19:51
United States
Liverpool
97

the listening was easy
being referee is very difficult. you have the pressure of fans who are booing.you must be more fair when you blow the whistle in the game.
the referee need to be very fast, never being left intimidate by the players.
not always agree with the referee it's being human who make error like everyone

Tee
05/09/2019
JP
309
points

Referee need confidence and judgement.


Tee
05/09/2019 00:27
Japan
Manchester City
309

Referee need confidence and judgement.

Torofootball
14/06/2019
MX
120
points

All right about the listening.
Yes, the referee has the most difficult job in football.
The referee needs to control the run of the and fans behaviour in a way so the managers Ned character and skills to deal with mean and grumpy people.
Of course I don’t always agree with te referee, they make mistakes.


Torofootball
14/06/2019 04:49
Mexico
Manchester United
120

All right about the listening.
Yes, the referee has the most difficult job in football.
The referee needs to control the run of the and fans behaviour in a way so the managers Ned character and skills to deal with mean and grumpy people.
Of course I don’t always agree with te referee, they make mistakes.

Tatiane
02/05/2019
BR
154
points

The listening was quite easy, just some words that I didn't recognize...
I think the referee's job it's the most difficult in a play match, 'cause it's impossible to please both sides, they're always under pressure, and a good referee needs to be the more fair possible and never be influenced by the fans or the players.
I admit that I don't use to agree with the referee always, especially when he decides against my futebool team!!


Tatiane
02/05/2019 15:41
Brazil
Everton
154

The listening was quite easy, just some words that I didn't recognize...
I think the referee's job it's the most difficult in a play match, 'cause it's impossible to please both sides, they're always under pressure, and a good referee needs to be the more fair possible and never be influenced by the fans or the players.
I admit that I don't use to agree with the referee always, especially when he decides against my futebool team!!

tammam naama
08/03/2019
SO
44
points

I think that listening was not difficult and very cleared but i think the most difficult thing in the matches is referees job because the stress and pressure in that situation especially in the final matches.
regard less wither referees decisions true or false they are human and maybe have some mistakes


tammam naama
08/03/2019 16:28
Somalia
Manchester City
44

I think that listening was not difficult and very cleared but i think the most difficult thing in the matches is referees job because the stress and pressure in that situation especially in the final matches.
regard less wither referees decisions true or false they are human and maybe have some mistakes

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Achilles
01/03/2019
GR
69
points

The listening activity was easy.
The referee does have a difficult job because he must be very careful.
The quality a good referee needs is that he should not make mistakes.
I don't agree with the referee sometimes :(


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Achilles
01/03/2019 19:08
Greece
Chelsea
69

The listening activity was easy.
The referee does have a difficult job because he must be very careful.
The quality a good referee needs is that he should not make mistakes.
I don't agree with the referee sometimes :(

DNLA
01/02/2019
GB
24
points

The listening was easy, the referee spoke and described his routine very clear.
The referee and his team have a difficult job because they have a lot of responsibility during the matches and the need to take a decision very quickly.
I don't agree always with the decisions of the referee, when we play football we always see the actions we make different.


DNLA
01/02/2019 15:01
United Kingdom
Fulham
24

The listening was easy, the referee spoke and described his routine very clear.
The referee and his team have a difficult job because they have a lot of responsibility during the matches and the need to take a decision very quickly.
I don't agree always with the decisions of the referee, when we play football we always see the actions we make different.

VanessaG
17/07/2018
MX
334
points

Easy!


VanessaG
17/07/2018 21:21
Mexico
Chelsea
334

Easy!

Maks Poland
05/05/2018
PL
823
points

I loved this!


Maks Poland
05/05/2018 08:20
Poland
Manchester United
823

I loved this!

leon90
03/05/2018
CO
321
points

the liten was a litte difficult

yes, he does. it's very hard

by be referee need to ber cam man

I am not always agree whit the referee, he have very mistake

 


leon90
03/05/2018 23:09
Colombia
Manchester City
321

the liten was a litte difficult

yes, he does. it's very hard

by be referee need to ber cam man

I am not always agree whit the referee, he have very mistake

 

nikola.mr
07/04/2018
RS
68
points

Easy listening.


nikola.mr
07/04/2018 15:42
Serbia
Manchester United
68

Easy listening.

Saandra
12/02/2018
RS
51
points

The listening was easy. The referee have a difficul job. The good referee should be fast,good observer, calm etc. I do not always agree with the referee.


Saandra
12/02/2018 11:38
Serbia
Arsenal
51

The listening was easy. The referee have a difficul job. The good referee should be fast,good observer, calm etc. I do not always agree with the referee.

Igor75
02/02/2018
KZ
47
points

I didn't quite understand that the goal was disallowed because the goal happened anyway. That it was disallowed was another question)


Igor75
02/02/2018 14:50
Kazakhstan
Manchester City
47

I didn't quite understand that the goal was disallowed because the goal happened anyway. That it was disallowed was another question)

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Rich
02/02/2018
ES
594
points

Hi Igor75, Welcome to Premier Skills English!

In the 10th minute there was a disallowed goal (question 4) it was disallowed for offside (question 5). Hope that helps and enjoy the website!

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


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Rich
02/02/2018 16:02
Spain
Liverpool
594

Hi Igor75, Welcome to Premier Skills English!

In the 10th minute there was a disallowed goal (question 4) it was disallowed for offside (question 5). Hope that helps and enjoy the website!

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

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misabog
30/01/2018
RS
319
points

Very easy!


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misabog
30/01/2018 20:40
Serbia
Liverpool
319

Very easy!

eva
26/01/2018
DE
29
points

nice quiz, not to difficult

the job of the referee is quite difficult

the referee has to be concentrated all the time and must be fair 

no, I don't agree with the referee always


eva
26/01/2018 22:03
Germany
Brighton and Hove Albion
29

nice quiz, not to difficult

the job of the referee is quite difficult

the referee has to be concentrated all the time and must be fair 

no, I don't agree with the referee always

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fserrano121
13/01/2018
CO
19
points

For me de audio was difficult. Of course, I am beginner.
The referee has a difficult job, he has that take decisions in very few seconds, and they exposed to make a mistake.
A good referee should be observer, smart, athletic and fast.
I am do not always agree with the referee, sometimes they make a mistake.


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fserrano121
13/01/2018 03:46
Colombia
Chelsea
19

For me de audio was difficult. Of course, I am beginner.
The referee has a difficult job, he has that take decisions in very few seconds, and they exposed to make a mistake.
A good referee should be observer, smart, athletic and fast.
I am do not always agree with the referee, sometimes they make a mistake.

jmesav92
30/11/2017
CO
297
points

I think the referee have a diffcult job because the football is very fast and strong in many moments of the matchs.

A good referee need quelities like agility, serenity and quick decisions.


jmesav92
30/11/2017 22:17
Colombia
Chelsea
297

I think the referee have a diffcult job because the football is very fast and strong in many moments of the matchs.

A good referee need quelities like agility, serenity and quick decisions.

Dmytryk
16/10/2016
UA
1101
points

Nice quiz)


Dmytryk
16/10/2016 17:00
Ukraine
Liverpool
1101

Nice quiz)

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Ghigo
01/08/2016
IT
962
points

The listening was right for me.
Yes a very difficoult job
A good body shape, calm and more other quality.
No


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Ghigo
01/08/2016 10:12
Italy
Liverpool
962

The listening was right for me.
Yes a very difficoult job
A good body shape, calm and more other quality.
No

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aragorn1986
05/07/2016
ME
3557
points

I don't agree with the referees all the time but I understand that sometimes they have to make tough decisions in a moment and it's not easy at all.


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aragorn1986
05/07/2016 12:07
Montenegro
Arsenal
3557

I don't agree with the referees all the time but I understand that sometimes they have to make tough decisions in a moment and it's not easy at all.

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aragorn1986
05/07/2016
ME
3557
points

A good referee has to be fit, firm, concentrated and authoritative.


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aragorn1986
05/07/2016 12:06
Montenegro
Arsenal
3557

A good referee has to be fit, firm, concentrated and authoritative.

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aragorn1986
05/07/2016
ME
3557
points

The referee has a difficult job because the match has just started and he already has to show a yellow card, listen to the fans booing and keep the players calm.


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aragorn1986
05/07/2016 12:04
Montenegro
Arsenal
3557

The referee has a difficult job because the match has just started and he already has to show a yellow card, listen to the fans booing and keep the players calm.

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aragorn1986
05/07/2016
ME
3557
points

The listening was easy.


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aragorn1986
05/07/2016 12:02
Montenegro
Arsenal
3557

The listening was easy.

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MasterSilver500
02/07/2016
VN
437
points

Yes,I does


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MasterSilver500
02/07/2016 04:15
Vietnam
Manchester United
437

Yes,I does

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