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Football Shout-out: The Opposition

Football Shout-out: The Opposition

Welcome to Football Shout-out from Premier Skills English, where we talk about the language you need when watching a match. Whether you are a super fan or an armchair supporter you won't be able to avoid football on TV this summer. In Football Shout-out, Jack and Rich present useful language to shout at the TV screen when watching a match with or without friends! In this episode, they look at some words and phrases to talk about the other team (the opposition). 

Transcript

If the listening was a bit difficult, you can listen and read the transcript at the same time.
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Jack: Hello and welcome to Premier Skills English - Football Shout-out 

Rich: Football shout-out is the series that teaches you the language you need when you’re watching the game.

Jack: Hi everybody my name’s Jack 

Rich: and my name’s Rich and welcome to lesson three of Football Shout-out where we talk about the English you need when you’re watching football.

Jack: If you listened to our last lesson, you will remember this:

Rich: Referee! That’s gotta be a pen! It’s a definite penalty!

Jack: A penalty? He never touched him! That’s a dive!

Rich: What’s the ref doing?

Jack: It’s going to VAR. Now we’ll see.

Rich: He’s gotta to go! That’s gotta be a red. You can’t fly into a tackle like that. Studs up two-footed … horrible

Jack: What are you talking about? He got the ball. It was a fifty-fifty challenge - hard but fair! He went down way too easily!

Rich: What’s the ref given? It’s a penalty! Get in!

Jack: Our last lesson was all about the language of fouls and what fans say when a player is fouled. If you haven’t heard the lesson, there is a link on the side of this page for you to go back and listen and learn lots of fan language connected to fouls.

Rich: This lesson, though, is all about … say it quietly … the other side.

Jack: What? Speak up a bit!

Rich: The other side … the opposition.

Jack: Ahh! The opposition.

Rich: Yes, that’s right. Fans always speak about the other team before and during a game, and as always, what you say depends on who you are playing.

Jack: Listen to this.

Rich: We’re going to beat this lot today. They’re just going to park the bus. Play with eleven behind the ball.

Jack: I’m not so sure. They’re pretty solid at the back and quick on the counter-attack. Lots of people have been saying they could go quite far in the tournament. They’re a bit of a dark horse.

Rich: Nah! It’ll be attack against defence, like a training match. They play nice football but there’s no end product.

Jack: Mmm .. I hope you’re right, but we need to keep an eye on their number nine. He’s pretty quick.

Rich: Mmm … he’s alright but they haven’t got anyone else. We should turn them over easily.

Jack: We’ll see.

Rich: Talking about the opposition can be tricky. We usually don’t use team name’s we say ‘we’, ‘us’ and ‘our’ when talking about the team we support and ‘they’ ‘them’ and ‘their’ when talking about the opposition.

Jack: In the conversation, you heard they’re solid at the back and we need to keep an eye on their number nine.

Rich: I also referred to the other team as this lot. I said we’re going to beat this lot today. This is probably a sign of being overconfident and the other team is not very important.

Jack: Rich shows this overconfidence when he uses ‘just’. He says the other team are going to just park the bus. They are not going to do anything else.

Rich: Being confident or nervous about winning the match is definitely an important factor when speaking about the opposition.

Jack: In the conversation, I’m worried about the opposition, but Rich is confident about winning.

Rich: Jack says good things about the other team because he’s worried. He says they’re solid at the back which means they are good in defence and we have to keep an eye on their number nine which means our team has to watch the other team’s number nine carefully because he’s a good player.

Jack: Rich says thing like they will just park the bus which means the other team will only defend. He also says they play nice football, but there is no end product. This means that they pass the ball well in the middle of the park but can’t score goals.

Rich: I also said that their number nine is OK, but they haven’t got anyone else. This phrase - they haven’t got anyone else means I think that the other team haven’t got any other good players. 

Jack: It’s very common to hear people saying they haven’t got anyone in attack or in midfield. Of course, they do, but it means that you don’t think they have any good players in that area of the pitch.

Rich: We’ll look at these phrases and a few more in the lesson which you can find below this podcast.

Rich: Listen again. Do you understand everything now?

Rich: We’re going to beat this lot today. They’re just going to park the bus. Play with eleven behind the ball.

Jack: I’m not so sure. They’re pretty solid at the back and quick on the counter-attack. Lots of people have been saying they could go quite far in the tournament. They’re a bit of a dark horse.

Rich: Nah! It’ll be attack against defence, like a training match. They play nice football but there’s no end product.

Jack: Mmm .. I hope you’re right, but we need to keep an eye on their number nine. He’s pretty quick.

Rich: Mmm … he’s alright but they haven’t got anyone else. We should turn them over easily.

Jack: We’ll see.

Jack: So, that’s how you talk about the opposition in English. 

Rich: We’ve got some activities to help you remember the phrases that we’ve been speaking about in the lesson below this podcast.

Jack: We’ll be back soon with our next football English lesson, which will be about what we shout at our players and manager when watching a match.

Rich: Bye for now and enjoy your football.

Pronouns

The language you need to talk about the opposition

The first thing to remember is that when we are talking about the opposition while watching a game we rarely use the team names. Look at these examples from the listening:

We should turn them over easily.

They're pretty solid at the back.

We need to keep an eye on their number nine.

We're going to beat this lot today.

When we are talking about a match we use pronouns. When we talk about our team we use 'we', 'us' and 'our', but when we talk about the other team we use 'they', 'them' and 'our'. It's definitely 'us against them' when it comes to talking about the opposition. One other phrase you can see above is 'this lot' which means 'the opposition' and is used in an informal way.

Language

Words and phrases

In the listening, Rich and Jack said that one important factor is whether you are confident or not about winning a match. The split the language into two categories:

  1. Confident about winning
  2. Worried about losing

Confident about winning

When you are confident about winning a match, you will probably use words and expressions that show this. Rich used these examples:

They're just going to park the bus.

They play nice football but there's no end product.

He's alright but they haven't got anyone else.

These expressions show that Rich is confident because he doesn't think the opposition is very good. To park the bus means to defend a lot and not attack, no end product means they can't score goals or create chances and haven't got anyone else is an expression we use to say the opposition has one good player but no more. Look at the sentences below can you fill in the gaps?

What other phrases did you hear that describe the opposition when you're confident about winning?

Opposition captains shake hands before a match.

Worried about losing

When you are worried about losing a match, you will probably use words and expressions that show this. Jack used these examples:

They're pretty solid at the back and quick on the counter-attack.

Some people have said they could go quite far. They're a bit of a dark horse.

We need to keep an eye on their number nine.

These expressions show that Jack is worried about the opposition. In the first example, he talks about the opposition's quality 'solid at the back' means good in defence while 'quick on the counter-attack' emphasises that the opposition can move quickly from defensive to attacking positions. In the second example, he talks about what other people have been saying, 'to be a dark horse' is an idiom to describe a team that is better than what people think and could surprise a lot of people. Finally, Jack talks about an individual player. He says 'we need to keep an eye on their number nine; this means to watch this player carefully because he's good.

Did you hear any similar examples? Can you think of more? Write your answers in the comments section at the bottom of the page.

It's traditional for the opposition to give a guard of honour to the team that has just won the Premier League.

Task

The Opposition

Do you understand all of the phrases below? Choose two or three of the phrases and write a mini-dialogue. Remember to use the right pronouns in your dialogues!

  1. Park the bus.
  2. A dark horse.
  3. No end product.
  4. Solid at the back.
  5. They haven't got anyone in ...

Write your answers in the comments section at the bottom of the page.

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What do you think?

  • Were any of these phrases new for you?
  • Are you normally confident or worried at the start of a match?
  • Can you tell us any other phrases connected to the opposition?

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Comentários

Edu1603
15/07/2018
BO
612
points

All of these phrases were new for me, I didn't know about these phares that are usually used to shout in match.


Edu1603
15/07/2018 23:04
Bolivia
Chelsea
612

All of these phrases were new for me, I didn't know about these phares that are usually used to shout in match.

daniele
15/07/2018
BO
226
points

all of these are new for me.
I worried.
No, I cann't


daniele
15/07/2018 22:54
Bolivia
Manchester United
226

all of these are new for me.
I worried.
No, I cann't

MariamRA
15/07/2018
BO
590
points

Yes, they were.
I'm worried.
No, I can't. I don't know more phrases.


MariamRA
15/07/2018 21:31
Bolivia
Manchester United
590

Yes, they were.
I'm worried.
No, I can't. I don't know more phrases.

gabriel99salvatierra
15/07/2018
BO
288
points

1. yes, some phrases from there are brand new for me
2. worried usually
3. i dont know


gabriel99salvatierra
15/07/2018 19:14
Bolivia
Everton
288

1. yes, some phrases from there are brand new for me
2. worried usually
3. i dont know

mariasilvia21
15/07/2018
BO
303
points

All the phrases were new for me
I am always worried
I cannot


mariasilvia21
15/07/2018 04:58
Bolivia
Chelsea
303

All the phrases were new for me
I am always worried
I cannot

leonardobritot's picture
leonardobritot
15/07/2018
CO
330
points

The most of the phrases were new for me.


leonardobritot's picture
leonardobritot
15/07/2018 04:57
Colombia
Manchester United
330

The most of the phrases were new for me.

khaibit Anez
13/07/2018
BO
354
points

-All phrases are new for me .
-I don't know any phrases .


khaibit Anez
13/07/2018 07:21
Bolivia
Manchester United
354

-All phrases are new for me .
-I don't know any phrases .

CarlaC18
13/07/2018
BO
554
points

All that phrases were new for me. Well, i think that i am normally confident at the star of the match.


CarlaC18
13/07/2018 02:42
Bolivia
Chelsea
554

All that phrases were new for me. Well, i think that i am normally confident at the star of the match.

Bambimey
13/07/2018
BO
515
points

i found many new worlds.
yes, I have.
i don`t remember this moment.


Bambimey
13/07/2018 01:25
Bolivia
Chelsea
515

i found many new worlds.
yes, I have.
i don`t remember this moment.

sebastiantv
12/07/2018
CO
243
points

All of the phrases were new to me.
Normally I just to be confident.


sebastiantv
12/07/2018 23:34
Colombia
Crystal Palace
243

All of the phrases were new to me.
Normally I just to be confident.

Ashly
12/07/2018
BO
616
points

If some were new to me
I am not worried at the beginning of
a match
No,I can't


Ashly
12/07/2018 14:09
Bolivia
Swansea City
616

If some were new to me
I am not worried at the beginning of
a match
No,I can't

deniss99
12/07/2018
BO
-1991
points

yes because I do not know much about football and the vast majority of phrases are new to me.


deniss99
12/07/2018 00:09
Bolivia
Manchester United
-1991

yes because I do not know much about football and the vast majority of phrases are new to me.

milos
09/07/2018
RS
1786
points

Usually I like to be confident at the start of the match.But there is exepction when Serbia national team play.In that situation I am very worried at the start of a match.We are solid at the back but our attack isn t that good.As you can see we scored only two goals at world cup,and one of the goal is scored by defense player Kolarov.I love to watch a team that always trying to score more goals than his opponent.This mean that team also must have solid defense,and a lot player in the middefild who knows how to create a chance for a goal.Players in the attack must be patient and score a goals when there is chance.


milos
09/07/2018 08:54
Serbia
Manchester United
1786

Usually I like to be confident at the start of the match.But there is exepction when Serbia national team play.In that situation I am very worried at the start of a match.We are solid at the back but our attack isn t that good.As you can see we scored only two goals at world cup,and one of the goal is scored by defense player Kolarov.I love to watch a team that always trying to score more goals than his opponent.This mean that team also must have solid defense,and a lot player in the middefild who knows how to create a chance for a goal.Players in the attack must be patient and score a goals when there is chance.

nando
08/07/2018
BO
466
points

yes, all phrases are new for me
it's depend
I do't know


nando
08/07/2018 21:55
Bolivia
Manchester United
466

yes, all phrases are new for me
it's depend
I do't know

jafetkevinbarra
06/07/2018
BO
501
points

Yes, all these phrases were new for me. I liked to learn it.


jafetkevinbarra
06/07/2018 05:46
Bolivia
Manchester United
501

Yes, all these phrases were new for me. I liked to learn it.

Merian Ivette
05/07/2018
BO
462
points

1.- Yes, they were.
2.-That depends what teams are playing.
3.-No, i can’t.


Merian Ivette
05/07/2018 15:12
Bolivia
Manchester United
462

1.- Yes, they were.
2.-That depends what teams are playing.
3.-No, i can’t.

Ramiro51
04/07/2018
BO
261
points

1. Yes, they were
2. It depends of the opposition
3. No, I can't


Ramiro51
04/07/2018 18:16
Bolivia
Manchester City
261

1. Yes, they were
2. It depends of the opposition
3. No, I can't

Belensaa
03/07/2018
BO
702
points

All the phrases are new for me


Belensaa
03/07/2018 12:24
Bolivia
Manchester City
702

All the phrases are new for me

Paola GV
01/07/2018
BO
-1965
points

Yes, these phrases were new for me.
Yes, I am worried when start of a match.
I do not know any phrase, sorry.


Paola GV
01/07/2018 01:52
Bolivia
Chelsea
-1965

Yes, these phrases were new for me.
Yes, I am worried when start of a match.
I do not know any phrase, sorry.

sofipedraza3's picture
sofipedraza3
29/06/2018
BO
451
points

All these phrases were new to me, and the truth is not a phrase that can be used in this case.
Normally I feel worried.


sofipedraza3's picture
sofipedraza3
29/06/2018 07:10
Bolivia
Manchester United
451

All these phrases were new to me, and the truth is not a phrase that can be used in this case.
Normally I feel worried.

Josias Guanoluisa's picture
Josias Guanoluisa
29/06/2018
EC
501
points

All these phrases were new to me, and the truth is not a phrase that can be used in this case.
Normally I feel worried because I do not know if my team is going to give the best on the court


Josias Guanoluisa's picture
Josias Guanoluisa
29/06/2018 00:57
Ecuador
Manchester United
501

All these phrases were new to me, and the truth is not a phrase that can be used in this case.
Normally I feel worried because I do not know if my team is going to give the best on the court

Vanesa Vega's picture
Vanesa Vega
27/06/2018
MX
413
points

All of this phrases were new for me!
Normally I feel confident at the start of a match, because my team is doing incredibly.


Vanesa Vega's picture
Vanesa Vega
27/06/2018 01:01
Mexico
AFC Bournemouth
413

All of this phrases were new for me!
Normally I feel confident at the start of a match, because my team is doing incredibly.

elghoul's picture
elghoul
26/06/2018
DZ
2804
points

Already passed this course.


elghoul's picture
elghoul
26/06/2018 11:30
Algeria
Arsenal
2804

Already passed this course.

Muhammad's picture
Muhammad
23/06/2018
SY
10
points

We are going to turn them over easily. We are going to park the bus. They are solid at the back but there is no end product.


Muhammad's picture
Muhammad
23/06/2018 17:41
Syria
Manchester City
10

We are going to turn them over easily. We are going to park the bus. They are solid at the back but there is no end product.

zayanshaikh
24/06/2018
OM
107
points

Croatia is brilliant and so is Iceland because setting a tie up 1-1 against Argentina in your first World Cup [Iceland] and three-nil [Croatia] has gotta be hard.


zayanshaikh
24/06/2018 11:05
Oman
Chelsea
107

Croatia is brilliant and so is Iceland because setting a tie up 1-1 against Argentina in your first World Cup [Iceland] and three-nil [Croatia] has gotta be hard.

Leo Great
22/06/2018
CN
608
points

Look! They just parked the bus.
I see. And they haven't got anyone in the midfield. We are solid at the back and they won't turn us over.


Leo Great
22/06/2018 02:06
China
Liverpool
608

Look! They just parked the bus.
I see. And they haven't got anyone in the midfield. We are solid at the back and they won't turn us over.

YERKEBULAN
07/06/2018
KZ
11
points

bus solid dark product number nine PULL


YERKEBULAN
07/06/2018 14:19
Kazakhstan
Manchester United
11

bus solid dark product number nine PULL

YERKEBULAN
07/06/2018
KZ
11
points

BUS SOLID DARK PRODUCT NUMBER NINE(WHOAH NUMBER NINE IS A ORIGINAL) AND PULL


YERKEBULAN
07/06/2018 14:14
Kazakhstan
Manchester United
11

BUS SOLID DARK PRODUCT NUMBER NINE(WHOAH NUMBER NINE IS A ORIGINAL) AND PULL

Kofi's picture
Kofi
06/06/2018
GH
9
points

Bus
Solid
Dark
Product
Number nine
Pull


Kofi's picture
Kofi
06/06/2018 15:08
Ghana
Manchester United
9

Bus
Solid
Dark
Product
Number nine
Pull

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
31/05/2018
GH
4584
points

There are days that am worried about my team's opponents due to the fear I have for the players paraded by the opponent. For example, in a Manchester Derby am most often worried at the start of the game due to the caliber of City's players.


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
31/05/2018 06:54
Ghana
Manchester United
4584

There are days that am worried about my team's opponents due to the fear I have for the players paraded by the opponent. For example, in a Manchester Derby am most often worried at the start of the game due to the caliber of City's players.

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acicala
30/05/2018
ES
824
points

A few days ago, the final of the Champions League was played. It was such a strange match. We were worried because they were solid at the back and had got good players in the attack. So we expected a strong opposition, but finally... and this was incredible... we had got an unexpected ally in goal. Bad luck, Liverpool!
Is it all OK? ;-)


acicala's picture
acicala
30/05/2018 21:01
Spain
Chelsea
824

A few days ago, the final of the Champions League was played. It was such a strange match. We were worried because they were solid at the back and had got good players in the attack. So we expected a strong opposition, but finally... and this was incredible... we had got an unexpected ally in goal. Bad luck, Liverpool!
Is it all OK? ;-)

elghoul's picture
elghoul
30/05/2018
DZ
2804
points

I am always happy at the beginning of the match. I like watching football and do not wonder which team will win at the end.

We will pray God against the opposition team.


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elghoul
30/05/2018 18:16
Algeria
Arsenal
2804

I am always happy at the beginning of the match. I like watching football and do not wonder which team will win at the end.

We will pray God against the opposition team.

anhduongspurs
30/05/2018
VN
1043
points

Thank you.


anhduongspurs
30/05/2018 15:04
Vietnam
Tottenham Hotspur
1043

Thank you.

anhduongspurs
29/05/2018
VN
1043
points

Correct me
Yes, but I already know ''park the bus'' and ''a dark horse'' before.
At the start of a match, I usually worried because my team is very weak, only win 2 matches this year.


anhduongspurs
29/05/2018 15:08
Vietnam
Tottenham Hotspur
1043

Correct me
Yes, but I already know ''park the bus'' and ''a dark horse'' before.
At the start of a match, I usually worried because my team is very weak, only win 2 matches this year.

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Rich
30/05/2018
ES
364
points

Hi Anhduongspurs,

Thanks for your message. The important thing here is how you are using 'worried'. Is it a verb or an adjective? If it's an adjective you need to say I AM usually worried and if it's a verb you need to say I usually WORRY following the adverb of frequency 'usually'.

Hope that helps!

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

 

 


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Rich
30/05/2018 08:04
Spain
Liverpool
364

Hi Anhduongspurs,

Thanks for your message. The important thing here is how you are using 'worried'. Is it a verb or an adjective? If it's an adjective you need to say I AM usually worried and if it's a verb you need to say I usually WORRY following the adverb of frequency 'usually'.

Hope that helps!

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

 

 

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