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Willy Caballero was the hero for Man City in their League Cup Final win.

Podcast 40 - Fair Play

Podcast 40 - Fair Play

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In this week's podcast, Rich and Jack talk about the League Cup Final between Manchester City and Liverpool, the latest news in the Premier League title race and the ideas of fair play and sporting behaviour. The language focus is on being polite when you speak.

 

 

How much did you understand?

Vocabulary 

In this podcast, Rich and Jack used some vocabulary that might be new for you. Try the activity below to see how much you understand:

"Leicester City eventually got the winner in the 89th minute. Norwich were very unlucky not to hang on for a point."

"Arsenal’s title challenge took a knock against Manchester Utd when they lost 3-2 at Old Trafford."

Activity 1: In this activity, have a look at the vocabulary and try to match it to the correct definition.
Can you match the words to their definitions?

Manchester City goalkeeper, Willy Caballero, was the hero for City in the penalty shoot-out against Liverpool.

Language - Invitations and Refusals

In the podcast, Jack and Rich talked about how to be extra polite when they ask people to do things (invitations and requests) and also when they say 'no' to those things (refusals). In these situations, it's often important to be polite because you don't want to be rude or to hurt someone's feelings. Have a look at the table below and think about what phrases you could add to the table.

 

Less Polite
More Polite
Can you......?
Could you.....?
 
Would you mind + verb in the -ing form
Do you want to....?
Would you like to....?
No, I can't.
I'd love to but I'm afraid I can't.

 

You can see two more examples from the podcast below. If you want to learn more, try the activity below or take a look at our Learn English Grammar Pages.

"I’ve got an extra ticket for Arsenal against Watford next month. Would you like to come with me?"

"That’s very nice of you but I’d rather not if that’s OK."

 

Activity 2: It's often important to be polite in English, and we use different language to show if we are being polite or not. In this activity, choose the language that you think is more polite.
Which sentence is more polite?

Vincent Kompany shook hands with all the Liverpool players and staff before celebrating with his own teammates.

If the listening was a bit difficult, you can listen again and read the transcript at the same time.
Listen to the podcast and read at the same time.

Rich: Hello my name’s Rich and welcome to this week’s Premier Skills English podcast.

Jack: Hi everyone. I’m Jack and every week we talk about football and help you with your English.

Rich: This week, we’re going to talk about the League Cup Final, the latest news from the Premier League and the ideas of fair play and sporting behaviour. The language focus is on being polite when you speak.

Jack: And later, we’ll tell you about this week’s vote and Rich will make another Premier League prediction.

Rich: In last week’s vote, we asked you who you thought would win this season’s FA Cup. As always, we had a great response and it was interesting to see that you don’t always choose the favourites to win.

Jack: Most of you went for Arsenal to win the Cup again, 42% think the Gunners will win the Cup for a third time in a row. 25% of you chose Manchester Utd and 22% of you chose Chelsea.

Rich: But, 11% of you chose Watford. My outside tip for the cup is West Ham, but you disagree and think Watford is the dark horse of the tournament.

Jack: We’ve looked at the word dark horse before. It means a team or a person in a competition that seems unlikely to win at the beginning but gets better and better and eventually surprises everyone by winning the competition.

Rich: Look at Leicester and Spurs. At the beginning of the season, many people might have chosen Tottenham as their dark horse  but I don’t think many would have chosen Leicester - they were real long shots - nobody thought they had any chance at all.

Jack: Last week we asked you what you thought were some of the most important moments in the history of football. Aragorn1986 from Montenegro says that the most important event is the World Cup because it brings people from different nationalities together. He said that the most important event in his country was Red Star Belgrade winning the European Cup in 1991.  

Rich: One of the most important events for AssemJuve form the United Arab Emirates was Liverpool beating Milan to win the Champions League in 2005. I think we can all agree on that one!

Jack: Yes, especially if you’re a Liverpool fan. HakanUslu1881 from Turkey made an interesting point. He said that the most significant event in Turkish football was when teams were given 3 points for a win. This happened all over the world and often made football much more attacking and exciting to watch.

Rich: We also asked you to use ‘used to’ and tell us some things you ‘used to’ do in the past. Kwesimanifest from Ghana told us that he used to go to matches in Ghana’s Premier League  but he stopped going because the quality of the football isn’t as good anymore.

Jack: And Elghoul from Algeria said that he used to listen to Elvis songs. Why don’t you listen to Elvis anymore Elghoul? He was a great singer!

Rich: Remember, we ask you to use the new language we present in the podcast in the comments every week. Don’t forget to have a go and if you want us to correct your language, just write ‘correct me’ at the start of your message.Jack: What’s been happening in the Premier League this week, Rich?

Rich: There was a lot of excitement in the Premier League title race this weekend. It started on Saturday when Leicester City extended their lead at the top.

Jack: But they had to wait for it, didn’t they?

Rich: Yes, it looked like it wasn’t going to be their day. They eventually got the winner in the 89th minute. Norwich were very unlucky not to hang on for a point.

Jack: That’s a nice phrasal verb ‘hang on’. We often hear it in football. It means to continue to do something even if it’s very difficult. So, Norwich were defending a lot and it looked like they would hang on but Leicester scored in the last minute.

Rich: Then, on Sunday, it was Tottenham and Arsenal’s chance to close the gap on Leicester. Tottenham were losing to Swansea City with 20 minutes to go but managed to turn things around and win 2-1. Arsenal’s title challenge took a knock against Manchester Utd when they lost 3-2 at Old Trafford.

Jack: Bad news for Arsenal fans. Arsenal’s confidence may have taken a knock after losing to Barcelona and Manchester Utd. They’ll want to bounce back when they play Tottenham this week in the North London Derby.

Rich: These two phrases; take a knock and bounce back are interesting. To take a knock means to experience something that means that you are less successful or damaged in some way and to bounce back means to return to what you were like before. So, Arsenal’s title chances and confidence have taken a knock but I’m sure they’ll bounce back!

Jack: The other title challengers, Manchester City, didn’t play in the Premier League this weekend because they were in action in the League Cup Final against Liverpool. How are you feeling Rich?

Rich: Not great. Losing in a penalty shoot-out is never an easy way to lose a final. Maybe Manchester City were the better team but when it reaches penalties anything can happen.

Jack: The City goalkeeper, Willy Caballero, was amazing. He saved three of Liverpool’s spot kicks.  Maybe Liverpool’s player confidence has taken a knock but they also have a chance to bounce back soon. Liverpool are in action again this week and guess who they are playing - Manchester City!

Rich: Yes, we have some massive matches coming up, especially the two matches against Manchester Utd in the Europa League. I’m sure we’ll bounce back.

Jack: I have to say one more thing about the Cup Final. You know Vincent Kompany, the Manchester City captain?

Rich: Yes, of course.

Jack: He was great after the penalty shoot-out. All the other City players ran to celebrate with each other, but Kompany went to the Liverpool players first and shook their hands.

Rich: That’s a very nice thing to do.

Jack: He also said that both teams need to be remembered for a great game and that winning on penalties is an unfair way to win.

Rich: That’s a very sporting thing to do and very generous. When someone does something that is sporting we mean that someone is treating another player fairly and in a nice way. We can also use the word generous or gentlemanly here. Did you know that Willy Caballero’s surname means gentleman in Spanish?

Jack: Maybe it would have been more gentlemanly if he had not saved all those penalties!

Rich: Sometimes fair play becomes more important than the game. I remember one Premier League match a few years ago. West Ham were playing Everton and West Ham were attacking. The Everton goalkeeper was injured on the floor. West Ham crossed the ball and the Italian player, Paulo Di Canio could have scored in an empty net but instead caught the ball.

Jack: He won a FIFA fair play award for his actions. I’m not sure how many players would have done the same but it was great to see.

Rich: Vincent Kompany and Paulo Di Canio showed examples of politeness on the pitch and it’s also important to be polite off the pitch, too.

Jack: In English, there are specific words we can use to be more polite, especially when we are asking for help or saying no to something.

Rich: Jack and I are going to act out a couple of dialogues. The first will be impolite and the second one polite. Listen to the differences and see what phrases you could use to show that you’re being polite.

Jack: Hi Rich, I’ve got an extra ticket for Arsenal against Watford next month. The friend I usually go with can’t come. Do you want to come with me?

Rich: Err, no. I don’t like Arsenal very much.

Jack: Ok, I’ll ask someone else then.

Rich: If we had conversations like this all the time we wouldn’t stay friends very long. It’s not a problem to say no to something but you need to be more polite. Have a listen to this next conversation and see how different it is.

Jack: Hi Rich, I’ve got an extra ticket for Arsenal against Watford next month. Would you like to come with me?

Rich: That’s very nice of you but I’d rather not if that’s OK. I’m not really an Arsenal fan and I don’t think I would feel totally comfortable cheering an Arsenal goal.

Jack: Don’t worry, that’s fine I thought I’d ask, just in case.

Rich: Thanks for the offer. Have you asked Rob? I’m sure that he’d love to go.

Jack: This second conversation was much more polite and resulted in a happy conclusion and everybody is still friends. Let’s take a look at some of the language.

Rich: When we invite someone to something or ask someone to do something we can use ‘could’ or ‘would’ to be more polite or formal. In the first conversation Jack said ‘Do you want to come with me?’ but in the second conversation he said ‘Would you like to come with me?’. This is  more polite.

Jack: This is the same with requests; instead of saying ‘Can you help me?’ we should say ‘Could you help me?’ or ‘Would you mind helping me?’ to be more polite.

Rich: When we say no to an invitation or a request we should also be more polite. Instead of just saying ‘No!’ or ‘I can’t’ we should use phrases like ‘That’s very nice of you but……’ or ‘Thanks for the offer but…’ ‘I’m sorry, but I’d rather not’.

Jack: If you want to learn more about being polite in English we’ve added some links on the side of this page to content about British politeness and to the grammar pages on our LearnEnglish website.

Rich: Here are our questions for you to answer this week: Question 1: We’ve spoken about Fair Play and politeness today. How important do you think fair play is on the pitch? And how important do you think politeness is off the pitch?

Jack: Question 2: Which is more important? Fair play or winning? Can you think of any football moments when a team won by not playing fairly?

Rich: Question 3: If someone invited you to do something you didn’t want to do, how could you use your English to say ‘no’ politely?

Jack: You predicted that Liverpool would win the cup but it was City who won. I saw that SalvaGH from Spain, HakanUslu1881 from Turkey, and Kwesimanifest from Ghana all thought City would win but nobody said that it would go to penalties. What’s your prediction this week, Rich?

Rich: The big matches keep coming. This weekend sees Tottenham play Arsenal in the North London Derby. It’s not only a derby match but a match between two of the teams battling for the Premier League title. Spurs have won 6 Premier League matches in a row and are the form team in the division. Arsenal are beginning to fall behind and won’t want to drop more points against their local rivals. I’m going to go for a draw in this one. Final score: Tottenham 1-1 Arsenal.

Jack: Arsenal need to get back to winning ways in this one, let’s wait and see what happens.

Rich: Right, anyway that’s it for today - we’ve run out of time! Thanks for listening. And don’t forget to write your answers to our questions, your predictions and anything you want to say about the website or football English in the comments below.

Jack: Don’t forget if you sign in, you can score points to see if you can get your club, your country and your name to the top of our leaderboard.

Rich: Bye for now and enjoy your football!

 

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What do you think?

In this week's podcast, we spoke about fair play and politeness. Here are some questions for you to answer:

  1. How important do you think fair play is on the pitch? And, how important do you think politeness is off the pitch?
  2. Which is more important? Fair play or winning? Can you think of any football matches where a team won by not playing fairly?

  3. If someone invited you to do something you didn’t want to do, how could you use your English to say ‘no’ politely?

Rich predicts that Tottenham and Arsenal will draw 1-1 in the North London Derby this weekend. Do you agree?
 
Remember to write your predictions and answers to the questions above in the comments section below. Good luck!

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sabanoleg
15/10/2017
UA
2024
points

Fair play is very important for the game for the world.


sabanoleg
15/10/2017 07:25
Ukraine
Arsenal
2024

Fair play is very important for the game for the world.

MES's picture
MES
06/02/2017
AM
684
points

finish


MES's picture
MES
06/02/2017 17:14
Armenia
Manchester United
684

finish

MES's picture
MES
06/02/2017
AM
684
points

refusal is an interesing word


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MES
06/02/2017 17:13
Armenia
Manchester United
684

refusal is an interesing word

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MUGEMANYI
07/04/2016
RW
2320
points

Say no politely " I'm sorry,I can't do right now"


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MUGEMANYI
07/04/2016 17:36
Rwanda
Arsenal
2320

Say no politely " I'm sorry,I can't do right now"

ARPIREMA
13/03/2016
MX
51
points

I think that any game is a competition and for the professional players it is their way of live but further of this it si a game. I hate when players throw into the goalkeeper area in order to make a confusion for obtain a penalty. It is very impolite and very unfair. I think that if a player can do it at the pitch we can hope he do any impolite thing off the pitch.


ARPIREMA
13/03/2016 23:04
Mexico
Manchester United
51

I think that any game is a competition and for the professional players it is their way of live but further of this it si a game. I hate when players throw into the goalkeeper area in order to make a confusion for obtain a penalty. It is very impolite and very unfair. I think that if a player can do it at the pitch we can hope he do any impolite thing off the pitch.

Rich's picture
Rich
14/03/2016
ES
370
points

Hi Arpirema

I agree with you. There should be more yellow cards for diving in the penalty area!

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


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Rich
14/03/2016 08:16
Spain
Liverpool
370

Hi Arpirema

I agree with you. There should be more yellow cards for diving in the penalty area!

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

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cadumancebo
11/03/2016
BR
5
points

Fair play is essential to all sports, specially football


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cadumancebo
11/03/2016 21:06
Brazil
Arsenal
5

Fair play is essential to all sports, specially football

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haydi
06/03/2016
TN
3189
points

The podcast is long, but really I like it, especially the polite expressions. Like usual, I have two questions, dear teachers. The first about football matches, you know I’m not expert in football rules, so what about the match between Liverpool and Manchester City, again? How can two clubs play two successive matches? The second is about the word “knock”, I really want to know the right meaning of ‘knock out’ and ‘knock in’! Would you mind helping me.


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haydi
06/03/2016 13:54
Tunisia
Newcastle United
3189

The podcast is long, but really I like it, especially the polite expressions. Like usual, I have two questions, dear teachers. The first about football matches, you know I’m not expert in football rules, so what about the match between Liverpool and Manchester City, again? How can two clubs play two successive matches? The second is about the word “knock”, I really want to know the right meaning of ‘knock out’ and ‘knock in’! Would you mind helping me.

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Rich
07/03/2016
ES
370
points

Hi Haydi,

We're really happy that you liked the podcast. You're right about two teams playing each other in succession, it doesn't usually happen. The reason it happened here was beause it was two different competitons, first it was the Leaague Cup (City won) and a few days later the Premier League (Liverpool won). If we're talking about football vocabulary, knock out means to eleiminate another team from a competition e.g. Chelsea knocked Manchester City out of the cup. It can also mean to make another person unconscious by hitting them like in boing or a fight. Knock in is more difficult and you might have to tell me more about where you saw this expression used. In football, you could say the striker knocked the ball into the empty net, this would mean he hit the ball easily into the goal. Hope that helps!


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Rich
07/03/2016 13:56
Spain
Liverpool
370

Hi Haydi,

We're really happy that you liked the podcast. You're right about two teams playing each other in succession, it doesn't usually happen. The reason it happened here was beause it was two different competitons, first it was the Leaague Cup (City won) and a few days later the Premier League (Liverpool won). If we're talking about football vocabulary, knock out means to eleiminate another team from a competition e.g. Chelsea knocked Manchester City out of the cup. It can also mean to make another person unconscious by hitting them like in boing or a fight. Knock in is more difficult and you might have to tell me more about where you saw this expression used. In football, you could say the striker knocked the ball into the empty net, this would mean he hit the ball easily into the goal. Hope that helps!

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haydi
14/03/2016
TN
3189
points

Thank you a lot Rich, and sorry for my absence. Every time that I don't open this site web, I miss it and miss you all! 'Knock out' and 'knock in', may be I saw them in some medical course, I remember that I could understand what they mean exactly and the difference between them, even after some researches on dictionary.


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haydi
14/03/2016 17:14
Tunisia
Newcastle United
3189

Thank you a lot Rich, and sorry for my absence. Every time that I don't open this site web, I miss it and miss you all! 'Knock out' and 'knock in', may be I saw them in some medical course, I remember that I could understand what they mean exactly and the difference between them, even after some researches on dictionary.

KopHG
04/03/2016
KR
122
points

Fair play is very important both on the pitch and off the pitch, and even my team is winning without fair play.
I'd love to but i am afraid I can't
I think Arsenal will get a win against Tottenham.


KopHG
04/03/2016 06:45
South Korea
Liverpool
122

Fair play is very important both on the pitch and off the pitch, and even my team is winning without fair play.
I'd love to but i am afraid I can't
I think Arsenal will get a win against Tottenham.

nika_chelsea25
02/03/2016
GE
1667
points

totenham vs arsenal 1-1


nika_chelsea25
02/03/2016 18:19
Georgia
Chelsea
1667

totenham vs arsenal 1-1

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kwesimanifest
02/03/2016
GH
4725
points

arsenal 1-2 tottenham


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kwesimanifest
02/03/2016 09:11
Ghana
Manchester United
4725

arsenal 1-2 tottenham

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
02/03/2016
GH
4725
points

Fair play is very important on the field because at every particular time one cannot tell what is happening to an opponent until the match is stopped for the issue to be addressed.
Being polite off the field is equally important because you might not know the person to whom you might possibly be talking to.
Fair play is more important. Messi's resemblance hand of God goal is an example of no fair played game.
oh kwesi, that's thoughtful of you, but i would not be able to assist you because i would be traveling tomorrow.


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kwesimanifest
02/03/2016 09:11
Ghana
Manchester United
4725

Fair play is very important on the field because at every particular time one cannot tell what is happening to an opponent until the match is stopped for the issue to be addressed.
Being polite off the field is equally important because you might not know the person to whom you might possibly be talking to.
Fair play is more important. Messi's resemblance hand of God goal is an example of no fair played game.
oh kwesi, that's thoughtful of you, but i would not be able to assist you because i would be traveling tomorrow.

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HakanUslu1881
01/03/2016
TR
1761
points

It's very important one.Not exactly,sometimes we can see.
It's easy to say that fair play is more important,but when we are on the pitch,it's very difficult to apply.
I'm sorry I can't I don't enjoy it.
I don't agree with Rich,
I hope Tottenham 2-2 Arsenal.


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HakanUslu1881
01/03/2016 20:20
Turkey
Leicester City
1761

It's very important one.Not exactly,sometimes we can see.
It's easy to say that fair play is more important,but when we are on the pitch,it's very difficult to apply.
I'm sorry I can't I don't enjoy it.
I don't agree with Rich,
I hope Tottenham 2-2 Arsenal.

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aragorn1986
01/03/2016
ME
3557
points

I would say: 'I'm sorry, don't be offended but I'm really not the right person for that sort of job. Still, I am at your disposal, if I may be of any help for other things.'


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aragorn1986
01/03/2016 16:36
Montenegro
Arsenal
3557

I would say: 'I'm sorry, don't be offended but I'm really not the right person for that sort of job. Still, I am at your disposal, if I may be of any help for other things.'

aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
01/03/2016
ME
3557
points

Both is important. If you have opportunity to score then you score, but if you see that some player picked up an injury then the least you can do is to stop the game so he can receive medical treatment. I remember that one of my favourite players used his hand to score. It was a match for the World Cup, France against Ireland. It wasn't fair play, but sometimes things like that happen.


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aragorn1986
01/03/2016 16:30
Montenegro
Arsenal
3557

Both is important. If you have opportunity to score then you score, but if you see that some player picked up an injury then the least you can do is to stop the game so he can receive medical treatment. I remember that one of my favourite players used his hand to score. It was a match for the World Cup, France against Ireland. It wasn't fair play, but sometimes things like that happen.

aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
01/03/2016
ME
3557
points

Politeness is always crucial, not only in the sport but off the pitch. 'Politeness is the flower of humanity' - as someone once said. It doesn't neccessarily mean that you will realize what you managed to do, but it is half work already done.


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aragorn1986
01/03/2016 16:23
Montenegro
Arsenal
3557

Politeness is always crucial, not only in the sport but off the pitch. 'Politeness is the flower of humanity' - as someone once said. It doesn't neccessarily mean that you will realize what you managed to do, but it is half work already done.

aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
01/03/2016
ME
3557
points

Fair play is very important. When some player decides to stop the game because someone is lying down on the pitch and can't continue the match you know it's fair play. When the opposite side returns the ball you know it is fair enough. Not always players decide to do that but if they do then you should show respect to the opposite player.


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aragorn1986
01/03/2016 16:18
Montenegro
Arsenal
3557

Fair play is very important. When some player decides to stop the game because someone is lying down on the pitch and can't continue the match you know it's fair play. When the opposite side returns the ball you know it is fair enough. Not always players decide to do that but if they do then you should show respect to the opposite player.

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assemjuve
01/03/2016
PS
3705
points

I predict that Spurs will win Arsenal 2-1,do you think Spurs will win Jack.


assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
01/03/2016 15:31
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3705

I predict that Spurs will win Arsenal 2-1,do you think Spurs will win Jack.

assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
01/03/2016
PS
3705
points

I predict that Liverpool is going to beat Man City 2-1,what do you think Rich.


assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
01/03/2016 15:30
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3705

I predict that Liverpool is going to beat Man City 2-1,what do you think Rich.

assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
01/03/2016
PS
3705
points

I could tell him no thanks.


assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
01/03/2016 15:29
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3705

I could tell him no thanks.

assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
01/03/2016
PS
3705
points

Fair play is more important,the match between Chelsea and Arsenal this season when Chelsea won 2-0,Diego Costa tackled Arsenal players and was not respecting the other team,and instead of sending him off, two players from Arsenal were sent off and they lost the match.


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assemjuve
01/03/2016 15:29
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3705

Fair play is more important,the match between Chelsea and Arsenal this season when Chelsea won 2-0,Diego Costa tackled Arsenal players and was not respecting the other team,and instead of sending him off, two players from Arsenal were sent off and they lost the match.

assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
01/03/2016
PS
3705
points

The fair play is the most important thing in football and if you are polite in football that reflects what you are outside.


assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
01/03/2016 15:23
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3705

The fair play is the most important thing in football and if you are polite in football that reflects what you are outside.

SalvaGH
01/03/2016
ES
841
points

I really think that fair play is one of the most relevant things in sport. In my opinion, if you don't have respect for your rivals you don't deserve to do Sport.


SalvaGH
01/03/2016 14:37
Spain
Manchester City
841

I really think that fair play is one of the most relevant things in sport. In my opinion, if you don't have respect for your rivals you don't deserve to do Sport.

SalvaGH
01/03/2016
ES
841
points

Correct me. I am going to bet on an Arsenal win in the North London Derby. Final score: Tottenham 2-3 Arsenal. I think that both teams will want to win the match as they are title contenders and have a good chance of winning the title if they win this crucial match. Because of that, I think it is going to be a crazy match with plenty of goal from both sides.
For Arsenal, winning this match would signify a bounce back in their spirits and a essential step in the battle for the title of champion that this year is quite different from other years (this year is going to be more exciting). Now, if I had to bet for a team to win the Premier League I would bet for Arsenal.


SalvaGH
01/03/2016 14:34
Spain
Manchester City
841

Correct me. I am going to bet on an Arsenal win in the North London Derby. Final score: Tottenham 2-3 Arsenal. I think that both teams will want to win the match as they are title contenders and have a good chance of winning the title if they win this crucial match. Because of that, I think it is going to be a crazy match with plenty of goal from both sides.
For Arsenal, winning this match would signify a bounce back in their spirits and a essential step in the battle for the title of champion that this year is quite different from other years (this year is going to be more exciting). Now, if I had to bet for a team to win the Premier League I would bet for Arsenal.

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Rich
01/03/2016
ES
370
points

Hi SalvaGH

The first paragraph is very good. I like how you use 'title contenders' and 'crucial' is a very good word to use here. I wouldn't begin the next paragraph with 'For Arsenal', this should come later in the sentence. 'Bounce back' can't be used as a noun so you should change this. I would probably write something like this:

Beating Tottenham would be the perfect way for Arsenal to bounce back after recent defeats. A win against their local rivals would be an important step in this season's unpredictable battle for the Premier League title.  However, if I had to bet on a winner, I'd bet on Arsenal.


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Rich
01/03/2016 21:59
Spain
Liverpool
370

Hi SalvaGH

The first paragraph is very good. I like how you use 'title contenders' and 'crucial' is a very good word to use here. I wouldn't begin the next paragraph with 'For Arsenal', this should come later in the sentence. 'Bounce back' can't be used as a noun so you should change this. I would probably write something like this:

Beating Tottenham would be the perfect way for Arsenal to bounce back after recent defeats. A win against their local rivals would be an important step in this season's unpredictable battle for the Premier League title.  However, if I had to bet on a winner, I'd bet on Arsenal.

SalvaGH
02/03/2016
ES
841
points

Hi Rich,
Thank you very much, your help is always of great value.


SalvaGH
02/03/2016 10:31
Spain
Manchester City
841

Hi Rich,
Thank you very much, your help is always of great value.

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aragorn1986
01/03/2016
ME
3557
points

I think it will be Tottenham 1 Arsenal 2.


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aragorn1986
01/03/2016 11:41
Montenegro
Arsenal
3557

I think it will be Tottenham 1 Arsenal 2.

elghoul's picture
elghoul
01/03/2016
DZ
3078
points

1.Fair play is my favorite behaviour on pitch when I was playing in a pitch as well as now when I watch football or another sport.
In social life I can't imagine myself not being polite except when I become furious after being hurt.
2..The first example of not being fair when playing football is in the World Cup 2010 qualifier between France and Ukraine when Henry helped himself with his hand to take the ball on the line.
3. I'd like to do that but I have no spare time to.
Prediction : Arsenal 2 Spurs 2


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elghoul
01/03/2016 10:53
Algeria
Manchester City
3078

1.Fair play is my favorite behaviour on pitch when I was playing in a pitch as well as now when I watch football or another sport.
In social life I can't imagine myself not being polite except when I become furious after being hurt.
2..The first example of not being fair when playing football is in the World Cup 2010 qualifier between France and Ukraine when Henry helped himself with his hand to take the ball on the line.
3. I'd like to do that but I have no spare time to.
Prediction : Arsenal 2 Spurs 2

AleksandarR
01/03/2016
ME
518
points

I think that Spurs will win 2-0. They are very good at the moment.


AleksandarR
01/03/2016 09:34
Montenegro
Manchester United
518

I think that Spurs will win 2-0. They are very good at the moment.

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Alex_from_Ukraine
01/03/2016
UA
2919
points

Liverpool will beat Manchester City 2 - 1 this Wednesday.


Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
01/03/2016 05:07
Ukraine
Liverpool
2919

Liverpool will beat Manchester City 2 - 1 this Wednesday.

Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
01/03/2016
UA
2919
points

In my opinion, Arsenal won’t lose points against their local rivals. I’m going to go for their win. Final score: Tottenham 1 - 2 Arsenal.


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Alex_from_Ukraine
01/03/2016 05:03
Ukraine
Liverpool
2919

In my opinion, Arsenal won’t lose points against their local rivals. I’m going to go for their win. Final score: Tottenham 1 - 2 Arsenal.

Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
01/03/2016
UA
2919
points

If someone invited me to cheat somebody I'd just say : " That’s very luring of you but I’d rather not if that’s OK."


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Alex_from_Ukraine
01/03/2016 04:59
Ukraine
Liverpool
2919

If someone invited me to cheat somebody I'd just say : " That’s very luring of you but I’d rather not if that’s OK."

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Alex_from_Ukraine
01/03/2016
UA
2919
points

The well-known Maradona's "hand of God" against England (if I remember well) is the best example of NOT playing fair. After this the great player became a plain cheater in the eyes of people throughout the world.


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Alex_from_Ukraine
01/03/2016 04:56
Ukraine
Liverpool
2919

The well-known Maradona's "hand of God" against England (if I remember well) is the best example of NOT playing fair. After this the great player became a plain cheater in the eyes of people throughout the world.

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Alex_from_Ukraine
01/03/2016
UA
2919
points

Fair play is definitely the most important of all the things on and off the pitch. If you win you get points and a bit of bigger self-esteem, but if you play fair you get respect not only of the adversary and the audience but long-lasting respect and love of everybody for good.


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Alex_from_Ukraine
01/03/2016 04:52
Ukraine
Liverpool
2919

Fair play is definitely the most important of all the things on and off the pitch. If you win you get points and a bit of bigger self-esteem, but if you play fair you get respect not only of the adversary and the audience but long-lasting respect and love of everybody for good.

Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
01/03/2016
UA
2919
points

Politeness off the pitch is highly recommended as it helps to communicate better and have mutual respect.


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Alex_from_Ukraine
01/03/2016 04:46
Ukraine
Liverpool
2919

Politeness off the pitch is highly recommended as it helps to communicate better and have mutual respect.

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MUGEMANYI
07/04/2016
RW
2320
points

You're right @Alex


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MUGEMANYI
07/04/2016 18:02
Rwanda
Arsenal
2320

You're right @Alex

aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
07/03/2016
ME
3557
points

Good explanation, Alex.


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aragorn1986
07/03/2016 14:36
Montenegro
Arsenal
3557

Good explanation, Alex.

Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
01/03/2016
UA
2919
points

Fair play on the pitch as well as off the pitch is a Must.


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Alex_from_Ukraine
01/03/2016 04:43
Ukraine
Liverpool
2919

Fair play on the pitch as well as off the pitch is a Must.

nikosonris
07/03/2016
UA
2453
points

I can't agree more!


nikosonris
07/03/2016 11:36
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

I can't agree more!

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