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New Season: Last-minute deals

New Season: Last-minute deals

Welcome to This Week from Premier Skills English, a weekly review of football action for learners of English from across the globe. In This Week, Jack and Rich talk about the latest action from the Premier League and the world of football. They keep you up to date with our latest competitions and have lots of football English for you to learn.

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Introduction  

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

Rich: Hi there. I’m Rich. We’ve got lots of interesting words and phrases to help you talk about football in English.

Jack: We want you to use and practise these phrases by interacting with Premier League fans from around the world in our comments section.

Rich: If you listen to us on Spotify or Apple Podcasts, you can leave your comments in the review section. We do read all the reviews and would love to hear from you.

Jack: You can find all our latest content on the Premier Skills English homepage or the Premier Skills-British Council Facebook page. 

Rich: Let’s start with our headlines! 

Headlines

Jack: City win Community Shield.

Rich: Manchester City beat Liverpool on penalties after an enthralling one all draw in the Community Shield to raise the curtain on another Premier League season. There were chances galore in a match either side could have won in normal time. Raheem Sterling put City ahead with his first goal against his former club but Joel Matip headed in the equaliser for the Reds. Claudio Bravo saved from Georginio Wijnaldum and Gabriel Jesus scored the winning spot-kick for City.

Jack: Maguire set to become most expensive defender of all time.

Rich: Manchester United are set to unveil Leicester City’s Harry Maguire as their new central defender. Subject to passing a medical Maguire will become a United player this week for a transfer rumoured to be around £80 million. This will smash the previous world record for a defender which was Virgil van Dijk when he moved from Southampton to Liverpool last year.

Jack: Premier League transfer window set to close.

Rich: There will be a few last-minute deals being made in the Premier League this week with the transfer window closing on Thursday at five in the afternoon. Some of the most recent moves include Moise Kean to Everton from Juventus and Marvelous Nakamba from Club Brugges to Aston Villa.

Jack: Brilliant, fantastic, marvellous - a headline writer’s dream! I hope Aston Villa’s new winger score a lot of goals.

Vocabulary alert!

Rich: In our vocabulary alert, we look at some football English that we used in the headlines.

Jack: Our six words and phrases this week are: enthralling, chances galore, set to unveil, a medical, last-minute deals and a move.

Rich: Let’s start with the word enthralling as it’s a word that is often used to describe football matches that are exciting and good to watch.

Jack: Well, you’ve basically described the word already there, Rich. Enthralling is something that attracts all of your attention because it’s so good.

Rich: The pronunciation is a bit tricky. Listen to the word again: enthralling … enthralling.

Jack: The next phrase is chances galore. A chance is an opportunity to score and galore is an adjective we use to say there were lots of something.

Rich: In the headlines, we said that there were chances galore in the City-Liverpool game so that means there were lots of opportunities to score.

Jack: It’s not a phrase we hear a lot though; the next phrase is more common when a club is about to announce a new signing. The phrase is set to unveil. We said that Manchester United are set to unveil Harry Maguire as their new defender.

Rich: In this context set means about to do something or do something in the near future. And unveil means to show to the public for the first time. Set to unveil is a phrase we see a lot in newspapers when they say that clubs are about to tell the public about a new transfer.

Jack: The next word is a medical. A medical is something a player needs to do before he or she signs for a new club to show that they are fit and healthy.

Rich: That’s an easy one. The next phrase is a last-minute deal. In the summer many people look to buy holidays at the last minute. Well, football clubs look to buy players just before the transfer window closes. These are called last-minute deals.

Jack: OK, and our last word is a move. In football, a move is a synonym of a transfer. There will be lots of moves in the Premier League this week.

Rich: Right, so there are our six words and phrases. Listen to this part of the podcast again if you are not sure how to use them.

Jack: The words and phrases are: enthralling, chances galore, set to unveil, a medical, last-minute deals and a move.

Football Awards

Rich: Right, every week, we give out three Matchweek awards. 

Jack: The awards are Player of the Week, Team of the Week and Goal of the Week.

Rich: In the comments section, you need to tell us if you agree with our choices.
 
Jack: Let’s start with Player of the Week. This week we’re concentrating on the only match we’ve watched this week and that’s the Community Shield between Liverpool and Manchester City.

Rich: Well, Rodri had a great debut for City and I think he looks like a good buy from Atletico Madrid. 

Jack: What about Kyle Walker’s amazing last-minute goalline clearance. He should win it just for that!

Rich: OK, our Player of the Week is Kyle Walker. Team of the Week - well both Liverpool and City played well. I think City shaded the first half but Liverpool were better in the second.

Jack: But our Team of the Week is Manchester City as they held their nerve in the penalty shootout.

Rich: And Goal of the Week?

Jack: We’re going to give it to Raheem Sterling because he finally scored against his former club at the 11th attempt!

Matchweek Prediction 

Jack: It’s time for your predictions Rich and we want a couple of predictions from you. First of all, last week you predicted the four teams that you think will finish at the top this season: the two Manchester clubs, Tottenham and Liverpool. Well, now we want to know who will win it!

Rich: OK, in reverse order: fourth: Manchester United, third: Tottenham, second: Manchester City and first: Liverpool are finally going to do it.

Jack: You heard it hear first. Right, the new season kicks off on Friday and for every week of the Premier League season Rich will talk about one match and make his prediction. It’s your job to tell us if you agree with him or not in the comments section on the Premier Skills English website.

Rich: There’s a huge match on the opening weekend of the season: Manchester United v Chelsea at Old Trafford. The result of this match could tell us a lot already about the direction these teams will go in this season. Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer and Manchester United have had a good pre-season and the game will be the first competitive match for Chelsea’s new manager - the Chelsea legend Frank Lampard. It’s a really tough match to call but I’m going for a home win. Final score: Manchester United 2-1 Chelsea.

Jack: Only a few days to the start of the season now. I can’t wait!

Rich: Right, that’s all we have time for this week. If you listen to us on Apple Podcasts, don’t forget to leave us a review. We’d love to hear from you.

Jack: Bye for now and enjoy your football.

Results

Community Shield

Manchester City 1-1 Liverpool  (City win 5-4 on pens)

Headlines

City win Community Shield

City players celebrating winning the Community Shield against Liverpool.

Manchester City beat Liverpool on penalties after an enthralling one all draw in the Community Shield to raise the curtain on another Premier League season. There were chances galore in a match either side could have won in normal time. Raheem Sterling put City ahead with his first goal against his former club but Joel Matip headed in the equaliser for the Reds. Claudio Bravo saved from Georginio Wijnaldum and Gabriel Jesus scored the winning spot-kick for City.

Headlines

Maguire set to become most expensive defender of all time

Manchester United are set to unveil Harry Maguire as their new central defender.

Manchester United are set to unveil Leicester City’s Harry Maguire as their new central defender. Subject to passing a medical Maguire will become a United player this week for a transfer rumoured to be around £80 million. This will smash the previous world record for a defender which was Virgil van Dijk when he moved from Southampton to Liverpool last year.

Headlines

Premier League transfer window set to close

Moise Kean has moved from Juventus to Everton.

There will be a few last-minute deals being made in the Premier League this week with the transfer window closing on Thursday at five in the afternoon. Some of the most recent moves include Moise Kean to Everton from Juventus and Marvelous Nakamba from Club Brugges to Aston Villa.

Vocabulary Alert

Football English

We looked at six pieces of football English that you can learn to improve your English. Take a look at the phrases in bold. Do you understand what they mean?

Manchester City beat Liverpool on penalties after an enthralling one all draw. Enthralling is something that attracts all of your attention because it’s so good.

There were chances galore in a match either side could have won in normal time. Chances galore means there were lots of opportunities to score.

Manchester United are set to unveil Leicester City’s Harry Maguire as their new central defender. Set to unveil is used when a club is about to tell the public about a new transfer.

Subject to passing a medical. A medical is  something a player needs to do before he signs for a new club to show that he is fit and healthy.

There will be a few last-minute deals being made in the Premier League this week. A last-minute deal is a business transaction done at the last possible moment.

A recent moves is Moise Kean to Everton from Juventus. A move, in a football context, is a synonym of 'a transfer'.

Joel Matip equalised against City.

Can you use the words in bold in a different sentence? Write a sentence at the bottom of the page. If you're not sure, listen to the audio for more explanations and examples.

Matchweek Awards

Do you agree with our choices?

Player of the Week: Kyle Walker (Manchester City)

Team of the Week: Manchester City

Goal of the Week: Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)

Kyle Walker made an amazing goal line clearance in the Community Shield.

Predictions

Premier League Champions: Liverpool

As we get ready for the new season many people will be making predictions about what is going to happen this season. In this podcast, Rich predicted that Liverpool will win the Premier League this season.

Matchweek 1: Manchester United v Chelsea

Every week Rich will make a matchweek prediction. This week he's talking about Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Manchester United against Frank Lampard's Chelsea.

Do you agree with Rich's predictions? What's your opinion?

Let us know in the comments section at the bottom of the page.

Raheem Sterling got City's goal in the Community Shield.

Five Questions

What do you think?

Jack and Rich have spoken about This Week in football. Now it's your turn! Have a look at the questions and write your answers in the comments section below.

  1. Did you watch the Community Shield? Are you happy with the result? 
  2. The Community Shield is traditionally the winner of the league against the winner of the cup. Is there something similar in your country?
  3. Use this week's vocabulary: What last-minute deals and moves are you excited about? What do you think might happen?
  4. What's the most enthralling match you have ever watched?
  5. Rich predicted the Premier League winner and a big match on the opening weekend of the season. What are your predictions?

Let's get the conversation started and create a community!

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englishman
25/08/2019
DZ
1727
points

Hi every body


englishman
25/08/2019 12:42
Algeria
Manchester City
1727

Hi every body

englishman
24/08/2019
DZ
1727
points

it's a very long way for success


englishman
24/08/2019 10:57
Algeria
Manchester City
1727

it's a very long way for success

englishman
24/08/2019
DZ
1727
points

I have a fun with premier skills English


englishman
24/08/2019 10:53
Algeria
Manchester City
1727

I have a fun with premier skills English

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Khaldoun83
21/08/2019
DZ
322
points

1- I didn't watch the comunity shield match and as a Liverpool supporter I'm not satisfied. But to be honest the game was wonderful because there were chances galore.

2-  Of course, I guess it is similar tradition in every football federation around the world.

3- Since my favorite Premier League team didn't make any interesting transfer I think there wasn't a last minute deal at least for Liverpool.

4- The most enthralling match I have ever watch was in Champions League when Liverpool had returned in the score after they recieved three goals in the first half, it was against AC Milan in 2005.

5- I hope that the predictions of Rich will be correct at least that ones related to Liverpool.

 


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Khaldoun83
21/08/2019 18:33
Algeria
Liverpool
322

1- I didn't watch the comunity shield match and as a Liverpool supporter I'm not satisfied. But to be honest the game was wonderful because there were chances galore.

2-  Of course, I guess it is similar tradition in every football federation around the world.

3- Since my favorite Premier League team didn't make any interesting transfer I think there wasn't a last minute deal at least for Liverpool.

4- The most enthralling match I have ever watch was in Champions League when Liverpool had returned in the score after they recieved three goals in the first half, it was against AC Milan in 2005.

5- I hope that the predictions of Rich will be correct at least that ones related to Liverpool.

 

ehsansml
09/08/2019
IR
2
points

1.No, I didn't. But Yes, a really happy with the result. There were chances galore in a match Cites could have won in normal time of course.
2.Yes, it's Traditionally in Iran the winner of the league against the winner of the Hazfi cup. But in this season Perspolise won both and we didn't have another game.
3.I think Neymar have a huge surprise for us.
4.I think all of the Champion League game were enthralling.
5.In my opinion Man City and Liverpool will win their game.


ehsansml
09/08/2019 21:17
Iran
Manchester City
2

1.No, I didn't. But Yes, a really happy with the result. There were chances galore in a match Cites could have won in normal time of course.
2.Yes, it's Traditionally in Iran the winner of the league against the winner of the Hazfi cup. But in this season Perspolise won both and we didn't have another game.
3.I think Neymar have a huge surprise for us.
4.I think all of the Champion League game were enthralling.
5.In my opinion Man City and Liverpool will win their game.

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elghoul
09/08/2019
DZ
3368
points

I did watch the Community Shield match but I am finally not happy with the result. Get rid of that penalties kick-off.

In Algeria we have the super cup between the two winners.

The last minute moved are thrilling. I was surprised by the Koscielny move to France and the Gunners finding in the Brasilian who plays for Chelsea a substitute to the departure.

I have been saying for years that the World Cup semi final in 1970 between Italy and Deutchland is the most enthralling match I have ever seen.

City for PL title and Man U beating Chelsea 2.1 are my predictions.


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elghoul
09/08/2019 17:29
Algeria
Manchester City
3368

I did watch the Community Shield match but I am finally not happy with the result. Get rid of that penalties kick-off.

In Algeria we have the super cup between the two winners.

The last minute moved are thrilling. I was surprised by the Koscielny move to France and the Gunners finding in the Brasilian who plays for Chelsea a substitute to the departure.

I have been saying for years that the World Cup semi final in 1970 between Italy and Deutchland is the most enthralling match I have ever seen.

City for PL title and Man U beating Chelsea 2.1 are my predictions.

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yacine
09/08/2019
DZ
196
points

1. i didn't watched the game, the important is that the win go to who deservet it.

2. non there is not.

4. i can't say three is many historic matchs


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yacine
09/08/2019 13:02
Algeria
Manchester United
196

1. i didn't watched the game, the important is that the win go to who deservet it.

2. non there is not.

4. i can't say three is many historic matchs

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Rafael Robson
08/08/2019
BR
415
points

1. and 2. No and no, unfortunately any Brazilian TV channel has the broadcasting rights for The Community Shield and we also don't have any similar match here.

3. Last-minute deals can be surprising. Imagine Neymar leaving PSG or Eriksen leaving PSG and going to United. It is even worse when your team lost a player for your rivals.

4. Difficult to say, but in the Iast season we had enthralling matches on Champions League: City x Spurs or Ajax x Spurs are good examples.

5. I agree with Rich. I guess Liverpool will win the Premier League this season as well I think United will defeat Chelsea, but for 2-0.

Rich and Jack, last year, there was a space where we could leave your predictions and earn points for it. Will there be it again this season?


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Rafael Robson
08/08/2019 13:08
Brazil
Tottenham Hotspur
415

1. and 2. No and no, unfortunately any Brazilian TV channel has the broadcasting rights for The Community Shield and we also don't have any similar match here.

3. Last-minute deals can be surprising. Imagine Neymar leaving PSG or Eriksen leaving PSG and going to United. It is even worse when your team lost a player for your rivals.

4. Difficult to say, but in the Iast season we had enthralling matches on Champions League: City x Spurs or Ajax x Spurs are good examples.

5. I agree with Rich. I guess Liverpool will win the Premier League this season as well I think United will defeat Chelsea, but for 2-0.

Rich and Jack, last year, there was a space where we could leave your predictions and earn points for it. Will there be it again this season?

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