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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.
Read the transcript and listen at the same time.

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.

Quiz

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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?

Write your answers in the comments section below and don't forget to write your answers to the task above.

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MajoRPuentes's picture
MajoRPuentes
11/08/2018
CO
626
points

-Yes, the majority are new phrases for me
-I worry a bit, but I breathe and try to relax and concentrate.
-No, I would not know another phrase.

- I have not heard any other phrase.


MajoRPuentes's picture
MajoRPuentes
11/08/2018 00:42
Colombia
Manchester United
626

-Yes, the majority are new phrases for me
-I worry a bit, but I breathe and try to relax and concentrate.
-No, I would not know another phrase.

- I have not heard any other phrase.

MairaPulzara1
10/08/2018
CO
373
points

Yes, the majority did not have knowledge.
sure because my selection will win.
No, I can not think of any.


MairaPulzara1
10/08/2018 22:32
Colombia
Arsenal
373

Yes, the majority did not have knowledge.
sure because my selection will win.
No, I can not think of any.

Angela Montealegre
10/08/2018
CO
166
points

Yes, much of them ate new for me.
I usually feel very safe at the beginning
I do not have any in mind


Angela Montealegre
10/08/2018 20:56
Colombia
Manchester United
166

Yes, much of them ate new for me.
I usually feel very safe at the beginning
I do not have any in mind

Lolabrito
10/08/2018
CO
600
points

1. Yes, some of the phrases were new to me.
2. I usually feel confident and nervous at the same time.
3. The opposition formed a line in the box to try and block Messi from scoring.


Lolabrito
10/08/2018 02:36
Colombia
Liverpool
600

1. Yes, some of the phrases were new to me.
2. I usually feel confident and nervous at the same time.
3. The opposition formed a line in the box to try and block Messi from scoring.

Geraldine Pedraza
10/08/2018
CO
302
points

excellent test


Geraldine Pedraza
10/08/2018 01:03
Colombia
Manchester City
302

excellent test

GermanTrujillo
09/08/2018
CO
316
points

1) No, there were no new phrases for me.
2) I don't usually watch football.
3) I don't know any other.


GermanTrujillo
09/08/2018 02:51
Colombia
Newcastle United
316

1) No, there were no new phrases for me.
2) I don't usually watch football.
3) I don't know any other.

Oscarordoñez_
09/08/2018
CO
298
points

Several words with new ones for me.
Normally if I get nervous before a game but it also depends on the opponent and whoever it is not to underestimate the opponent.
Good Test!


Oscarordoñez_
09/08/2018 02:41
Colombia
Manchester United
298

Several words with new ones for me.
Normally if I get nervous before a game but it also depends on the opponent and whoever it is not to underestimate the opponent.
Good Test!

ValentinaSanchez_19
09/08/2018
CO
305
points

good test


ValentinaSanchez_19
09/08/2018 01:52
Colombia
Chelsea
305

good test

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PaulaRomero
08/08/2018
CO
328
points

What do you think?
-Yes, the vast majority are new phrases for me.
-I worry a bit, but I breathe and try to relax and concentrate.
-You can use against when you do not agree with something.
COMMENT
Good information.


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PaulaRomero
08/08/2018 02:34
Colombia
Liverpool
328

What do you think?
-Yes, the vast majority are new phrases for me.
-I worry a bit, but I breathe and try to relax and concentrate.
-You can use against when you do not agree with something.
COMMENT
Good information.

MelissaM
07/08/2018
CO
542
points

WHAT DO YOU THINK?
-Yes, the vast majority are new phrases for me
-I worry a bit, but I breathe and try to relax and concentrate.
-No, I would not know another phrase.
LANGUAJE:
- I have not heard any other phrase.


MelissaM
07/08/2018 23:44
Colombia
Manchester United
542

WHAT DO YOU THINK?
-Yes, the vast majority are new phrases for me
-I worry a bit, but I breathe and try to relax and concentrate.
-No, I would not know another phrase.
LANGUAJE:
- I have not heard any other phrase.

Santiago Rivera
07/08/2018
CO
609
points

1. Most of them are new to me.
2. I usually feel nervous and worried depending on the team.
3. I really can´t think of any other.


Santiago Rivera
07/08/2018 23:43
Colombia
Liverpool
609

1. Most of them are new to me.
2. I usually feel nervous and worried depending on the team.
3. I really can´t think of any other.

JuanitaVAnacona
07/08/2018
CO
518
points

Yes, several of those phrases were new to me
Yes usually. He believed that they are the tools to know if he is going to win the team he supports
I would not know


JuanitaVAnacona
07/08/2018 22:27
Colombia
Liverpool
518

Yes, several of those phrases were new to me
Yes usually. He believed that they are the tools to know if he is going to win the team he supports
I would not know

julianvalero
07/08/2018
CO
644
points

Yes, all the sentences were new to me.

I almost never see soccer matches and when I watched them I do not get very excited so I'm always confident when a match stars.

No, because I do not know any other phrase connected to the opponents.


julianvalero
07/08/2018 19:37
Colombia
Manchester United
644

Yes, all the sentences were new to me.

I almost never see soccer matches and when I watched them I do not get very excited so I'm always confident when a match stars.

No, because I do not know any other phrase connected to the opponents.

Santiago GallegoCruz
07/08/2018
CO
268
points

good test


Santiago GallegoCruz
07/08/2018 04:31
Colombia
Manchester City
268

good test

catalina8
07/08/2018
CO
127
points

great quiz!


catalina8
07/08/2018 04:24
Colombia
Manchester United
127

great quiz!

Felipegallegocruz07
07/08/2018
CO
352
points

There were a few words new for me


Felipegallegocruz07
07/08/2018 03:13
Colombia
Manchester United
352

There were a few words new for me

MariCortes25
07/08/2018
CO
312
points

good quiz


MariCortes25
07/08/2018 02:14
Colombia
Arsenal
312

good quiz

Santi Gallego Cruz10
07/08/2018
CO
189
points

All these phrases are new to me.


Santi Gallego Cruz10
07/08/2018 01:46
Colombia
Manchester City
189

All these phrases are new to me.

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karen mejia
07/08/2018
CO
553
points

All of them are new for me.
I am normally worried at the star of a match.
you can use against when you do not agree with something.


karen mejia's picture
karen mejia
07/08/2018 01:28
Colombia
Manchester City
553

All of them are new for me.
I am normally worried at the star of a match.
you can use against when you do not agree with something.

Maria Del Mar Ortiz
07/08/2018
CO
348
points

super interesting the test


Maria Del Mar Ortiz
07/08/2018 01:17
Colombia
Manchester City
348

super interesting the test

Juaneduardocastro
07/08/2018
CO
370
points

good quiz


Juaneduardocastro
07/08/2018 00:42
Colombia
Chelsea
370

good quiz

edna.fernan.artu789
06/08/2018
CO
605
points

good quiz


edna.fernan.artu789
06/08/2018 23:43
Colombia
Arsenal
605

good quiz

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SofiaTriana
06/08/2018
CO
596
points

I did know most of the phrases in this lesson.
I'm usually worried before a match depends on the competition


SofiaTriana's picture
SofiaTriana
06/08/2018 23:26
Colombia
Chelsea
596

I did know most of the phrases in this lesson.
I'm usually worried before a match depends on the competition

FabiaCa.Ma's picture
FabiaCa.Ma
06/08/2018
CO
345
points

Hello people


FabiaCa.Ma's picture
FabiaCa.Ma
06/08/2018 23:16
Colombia
Arsenal
345

Hello people

Valenlaverde
06/08/2018
CO
492
points

These phrases are new to me and I do not know anymore.


Valenlaverde
06/08/2018 18:55
Colombia
Stoke City
492

These phrases are new to me and I do not know anymore.

valentinaburgosh
06/08/2018
CO
377
points

good quiz


valentinaburgosh
06/08/2018 02:24
Colombia
Manchester United
377

good quiz

Luis Miguel Rojas
06/08/2018
CO
362
points

Excellent quiz


Luis Miguel Rojas
06/08/2018 01:34
Colombia
Chelsea
362

Excellent quiz

natafonseca
05/08/2018
CO
584
points

Yes, almost all are new to me. Yes, sometimes. I do not know what another phrase to say.


natafonseca
05/08/2018 22:42
Colombia
Manchester United
584

Yes, almost all are new to me. Yes, sometimes. I do not know what another phrase to say.

Checho
05/08/2018
CO
575
points

I learned a lot this section and it was very interesting


Checho
05/08/2018 22:19
Colombia
Manchester City
575

I learned a lot this section and it was very interesting

Juanita Ortiz Tovar's picture
Juanita Ortiz Tovar
05/08/2018
CO
489
points

Yes, most of the sentences are new to me. At the beginning of a game I am fairly calm and confident.


Juanita Ortiz Tovar's picture
Juanita Ortiz Tovar
05/08/2018 18:26
Colombia
Liverpool
489

Yes, most of the sentences are new to me. At the beginning of a game I am fairly calm and confident.

jFallaT15
05/08/2018
CO
472
points

some phrases are new to me.
At the start of each game there is an adrenaline rush to know who will win.


jFallaT15
05/08/2018 17:47
Colombia
Arsenal
472

some phrases are new to me.
At the start of each game there is an adrenaline rush to know who will win.

catalina2002
05/08/2018
CO
522
points

all these phrases are new to me


catalina2002
05/08/2018 17:30
Colombia
Manchester United
522

all these phrases are new to me

Manuel Sierra
05/08/2018
CO
343
points

Good quiz


Manuel Sierra
05/08/2018 06:21
Colombia
Manchester City
343

Good quiz

Majoescobar23
05/08/2018
CO
430
points

All these phrases are new to me.


Majoescobar23
05/08/2018 03:44
Colombia
Chelsea
430

All these phrases are new to me.

LauraPaladinezP
05/08/2018
CO
572
points

LANGUAGE:
- I have not heard any other phrase.
TASK:
- Yes, I understood all of the phrases.
WHAT DO YOU THINK?:
- Yes, most of the sentences are new to me.
- I'm usually worried at the start of a match.
- No, I don't know any other phrases.


LauraPaladinezP
05/08/2018 00:07
Colombia
Liverpool
572

LANGUAGE:
- I have not heard any other phrase.
TASK:
- Yes, I understood all of the phrases.
WHAT DO YOU THINK?:
- Yes, most of the sentences are new to me.
- I'm usually worried at the start of a match.
- No, I don't know any other phrases.

Ma.PaulaÁvilaJ
05/08/2018
CO
528
points

What do you think?
-Most are new to me.
-I always am.


Ma.PaulaÁvilaJ
05/08/2018 00:04
Colombia
Liverpool
528

What do you think?
-Most are new to me.
-I always am.

Ma.PaulaÁvilaJ
05/08/2018
CO
528
points

Language
What other phrases did you hear that describe the opposition when you're confident about winning?
-I have not heard any phrase that is assimilated to it.
If I understood them all.


Ma.PaulaÁvilaJ
05/08/2018 00:02
Colombia
Liverpool
528

Language
What other phrases did you hear that describe the opposition when you're confident about winning?
-I have not heard any phrase that is assimilated to it.
If I understood them all.

FabioOrdoñez312
04/08/2018
CO
373
points

All these phrases are new to me. Normally I am nervous at the beginning of a game to know if my favorite team is going to win.


FabioOrdoñez312
04/08/2018 23:33
Colombia
Manchester United
373

All these phrases are new to me. Normally I am nervous at the beginning of a game to know if my favorite team is going to win.

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Salomon Sanchez
04/08/2018
CO
568
points

Yeah, some phrases are new but others already knew them


Salomon Sanchez's picture
Salomon Sanchez
04/08/2018 22:51
Colombia
Liverpool
568

Yeah, some phrases are new but others already knew them

Stephania Coy 62
04/08/2018
CO
356
points

many new words for me


Stephania Coy 62
04/08/2018 21:27
Colombia
West Ham United
356

many new words for me

ZuelimaÑañezN
04/08/2018
CO
614
points

All these phrases are new to me.


ZuelimaÑañezN
04/08/2018 19:37
Colombia
Crystal Palace
614

All these phrases are new to me.

PresentStudent
04/08/2018
CO
585
points

Hi
All phrases are new for me.
I normally confident in my team.
I don´t know other phrases.
Dialogue:
- They look like a bad team.
-Oh no, they have a dark horse
-Sure? I don't see any good player.
- But they are solid at the back.
Thanks for reading, bye bye


PresentStudent
04/08/2018 07:04
Colombia
Chelsea
585

Hi
All phrases are new for me.
I normally confident in my team.
I don´t know other phrases.
Dialogue:
- They look like a bad team.
-Oh no, they have a dark horse
-Sure? I don't see any good player.
- But they are solid at the back.
Thanks for reading, bye bye

SantiagoJovenV's picture
SantiagoJovenV
04/08/2018
CO
592
points

They are new phrases for me, I did not know them. Very interesting.


SantiagoJovenV's picture
SantiagoJovenV
04/08/2018 03:17
Colombia
Manchester United
592

They are new phrases for me, I did not know them. Very interesting.

Isabella Duarte
04/08/2018
CO
559
points

Yes, most of the sentences are new to me.
I think that i am normally confident at the star of the match.


Isabella Duarte
04/08/2018 02:35
Colombia
Chelsea
559

Yes, most of the sentences are new to me.
I think that i am normally confident at the star of the match.

Valentina Calderon
04/08/2018
CO
705
points

All these phrases are new to me.
Yes, I do.
I don't know more.


Valentina Calderon
04/08/2018 01:34
Colombia
Manchester City
705

All these phrases are new to me.
Yes, I do.
I don't know more.

Luisafernandabolaños
04/08/2018
CO
436
points

-If some sentences were new to me like this: the other team is going to park the bus.
-If a lot since one is excited and scared at the same time, but still You want to give your best to be able to beat the opposing team.
-This phrase: they are good but not as good as our team.


Luisafernandabolaños
04/08/2018 00:19
Colombia
Manchester United
436

-If some sentences were new to me like this: the other team is going to park the bus.
-If a lot since one is excited and scared at the same time, but still You want to give your best to be able to beat the opposing team.
-This phrase: they are good but not as good as our team.

Camila116
04/08/2018
CO
365
points

*They haven't got anyone in up front.
*Normally yes, very much.
*They will be gone before they arrive!


Camila116
04/08/2018 00:15
Colombia
Manchester United
365

*They haven't got anyone in up front.
*Normally yes, very much.
*They will be gone before they arrive!

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Julián Ernesto ...
04/08/2018
CO
563
points

Just a few.
I would say nervous.


Julián Ernesto Castro Renza's picture
Julián Ernesto ...
04/08/2018 00:01
Colombia
Chelsea
563

Just a few.
I would say nervous.

Miguel07garcia
03/08/2018
CO
336
points

Good test


Miguel07garcia
03/08/2018 23:34
Colombia
Arsenal
336

Good test

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keren jemima torres
03/08/2018
CO
356
points

some words are new but the test is very good


keren jemima torres's picture
keren jemima torres
03/08/2018 21:11
Colombia
Manchester United
356

some words are new but the test is very good

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8Alex_from_Ukraine2706
9nikosonris2453
10MUGEMANYI2320
Country ranking
RankNameScore
1Colombia56987
2Ukraine26364
3Serbia25610
4Albania20396
5Macedonia19058
6Bosnia and Herzegovina16146
7Armenia13357
8Kosovo13096
9Bolivia12677
10Georgia12377
Club ranking
RankNameScore
1Manchester United108671
2Liverpool64601
3Chelsea63448
4Arsenal61283
5Manchester City29000
6Leicester City10714
7Tottenham Hotspur6588
8Newcastle United5525
9West Ham United4234
10Watford3556

Level

3
Average: 3 (1 vote)

Goals

  • Skills: Listening
  • Language: Words and phrases to talk about the opposition