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Roberto Firmino scores for Brazil against Peru.

Summer Tournaments: A Cheeky Finish

Summer Tournaments: A Cheeky Finish

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: VAR controversies dominate World Cup.

Rich: VAR keeps hitting the headlines at the World Cup. It favoured Germany in their 3-0 win against Nigeria. The German's first goal was allowed to stand despite an attacker being in an offside position. VAR then favoured England against Cameroon. Cameroon were first penalised for a backpass then VAR overturned a disallowed goal for offside for England and then disallowed a goal for Cameroon that had originally been given. England went on to win 3-0.

Rich: Africa Cup of Nations kicks off in Egypt.

Jack: The biggest football tournament in Africa kicked off last weekend with a 1-0 win for the hosts, Egypt, against Zimbabwe. Premier League players have already been among the goals with Manchester CIty’s Riyad Mahrez getting on the scoresheet for Algeria in their 2-0 win against Kenya. 

Jack: Premier League strikers calm nerves at Copa America.

Rich: Manchester United’s Alexis Sanchez got his second in two matches as Chile beat Ecuador, Manchester City's Sergio Aguero was on target as Argentina got their first win of the tournament against Qatar and Chelsea's Willian got one and Liverpool’s Firmino scored another with a cheeky no-look goal in Brazil’s 5-0 win against Peru.

Jack: A goal without looking at the ball. That could be embarrassing.

Rich: It would be for me! I’d probably trip over my laces and fall face first on the pitch.

Jack: It’s true. You probably would.

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: to stand, a backpass, a disallowed goal, to be among the goals, to get on the scoresheet and cheeky.

Rich: Let’s start with the verb to stand. We all know that the most common meaning is to stand on our legs but did you know that it has another meaning that we are using in football a lot more now we have VAR.

Jack: If a goal stands it means it is permitted within the rules and a goal is given. We usually see or use the phrase ‘the goal was allowed to stand’ after there has been a discussion between the referee and assistants or more common these days - after the referee has consulted VAR.

Rich: The next word is backpass. A backpass is when a defender passes the ball to the goalkeeper who picks it up. This is not permitted and an indirect free kick is awarded if the keeper picks up the ball for a backpass.

Jack: The next phrase is a disallowed goal. This is the opposite of a goal standing. A goal can be disallowed for a number of reasons.

Rich: There might be a foul, it might be offside or the ball might have gone out of play or not crossed the goalline.

Jack: The next two phrases are similar. To be among the goals and to get on the scoresheet. They both mean to score a goal.

Rich: To be among the goals often means a player has been scoring lots of goals recently or it’s often used to describe a striker who has scored after not scoring for some time. We say a player is back among the goals.

Jack: To get on the scoresheet is used more generally to describe any player who scores a goal. The phrase is often used in reports after a game rather than in a live match.

Rich: The final word is an adjective. We said Roberto Firmino scored a cheeky no-look goal.

Jack: Cheeky describes something that is possibly a little rude or lacking respect but usually in a funny way.

Rich: It is often used about students who talk back to their teacher to make other students laugh.

Jack: OK, 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.

Rich: The words and phrases are: to stand, a backpass, a disallowed goal, to be among the goals, to get on the scoresheet and cheeky.

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. We’re going to go with Manchester Utd’s Alexis Sanchez. He didn’t have a great season in Manchester but he’s playing well for Chile as his country goes for a third Copa America trophy in a row.

Rich: The next award is for Team of the Week. The Netherlands, England, Germany, the USA and France all topped their group at the World Cup with maximum points.

Jack: We’re going to give the Team of the Week to France as they are already through to the quarter-finals with a hard-fought win against Brazil.

Rich: Finally our Goal of the Week and we’re going to go back to the Copa America for this one.

Jack: Our Goal of the Week goes to Roberto Firmino’s cheeky no-look goal for Brazil against Peru. How can he do that in an international tournament? I have no idea!

Matchweek Prediction 

Jack: Every week, Rich predicts the result of one big match. The Premier League season is over, but there is still plenty of football.

Rich: The Women’s World Cup continues as does the Copa America in Brazil and the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

Jack: One of the most anticipated group matches at the Africa Cup of Nations is in Group D when Morocco take on Ivory Coast. This match is on Friday. Who do you think will win Rich?

Rich: I have to say I’m not totally sure. Morocco got a very fortunate win in their first match against Namibia. An 89th-minute own goal gave them a 1-0 win. However, they have some great players such as Ziyech at Ajax and Hakimi at Real Madrid. Ivory Coast also have some big names like Crystal Palace’s Wilfried and Tottenham’s Serge Aurier. Two teams qualify from each group and I expect to see both teams in the next round so I’m going for a draw in this one. Final score: Morocco 1-1 Ivory Coast

Jack: If you know more about the teams at the Africa Cup of Nations, Copa America or Women’s World Cup join the discussion on the Premier Skills English website and let us know your opinions.

Rich: 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

Women's World Cup Round of 16

France 2-1 Brazil

England 3-0 Cameroon

Germany 3-0 Nigeria

Norway 1-1 Australia (Norway win on pens)

(selected results)

Copa America

Brazil 5-0 Peru

Argentina 2-0 Qatar

Chile 2-1 Ecuador

(selected results)

Africa Cup of Nations

Egypt 1-0 Zimbabwe

Morocco 1-0 Namibia

Algeria 2-0 Kenya

(selected results)

Headlines

VAR controversies dominate World Cup

England score against Cameroon at the World Cup.

VAR keeps hitting the headlines at the World Cup. It favoured Germany in their 3-0 win against Nigeria. The German's first goal was allowed to stand despite an attacker being in an offside position. VAR then favoured England against Cameroon. Cameroon were first penalised for a backpass, then VAR overturned a disallowed goal for England, and then disallowed a goal for Cameroon that had originally been given. England went on to win 3-0.

Headlines

 Africa Cup of Nations kicks off in Egypt

Manchester City's Riyad Mahrez celebrates with his Algerian teammates.

The biggest football tournament in Africa kicked off last weekend with a 1-0 win for the hosts, Egypt, against Zimbabwe. Premier League players have already been among the goals with Manchester CIty’s Riyad Mahrez getting on the scoresheet for Algeria in their 2-0 win against Kenya. 

Headlines

Premier League strikers calm nerves at Copa America

Liverpool's Roberto Firmino scores for Brazil without looking at the ball!

Manchester United’s Alexis Sanchez got his second in two matches as Chile beat Ecuador, Manchester City's Sergio Aguero was on target as Argentina got their first win of the tournament against Qatar and Chelsea's Willian got one and Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino scored another with a cheeky no-look goal in Brazil’s 5-0 win against Peru.

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?

The German's first goal was allowed to stand despite an attacker being in an offside position. If a goal stands it means it is permitted within the rules and a goal is given.

Cameroon were first penalised for a backpass. A backpass is when a defender passes the ball to the goalkeeper who picks it up. 

Premier League players have been among the goals at the Copa America. To be among the goals often means a player has been scoring lots of goals recently.

Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez got on the scoresheet for Algeria in their 2-0 win against Kenya.  To get on the scoresheet is used generally to describe a player who scores a goal. 

Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino scored a cheeky no-look goal in Brazil’s 5-0 win against Peru. Cheeky describes something that is possibly a little rude or lacking respect but usually in a funny way.

Manchester United's Alexis Sanchez scores celebrates a goal for Chile against Ecuador.

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: Alexis Sanchez (Chile & Manchester United)

Team of the Week: France

Goal of the Week: Roberto Firmino (Brazil & Liverpool)

France beat Brazil in the round of 16 at the Women's World Cup.

The Big Match

Africa Cup of Nations: Morocco v Ivory Coast

The Premier League season has finished but the football season isn't over. Rich predicts one of the big group games at the Africa Cup of Nations. Rich thinks it'll be a draw.  Who do you think will win?

VAR will be used in the Premier League next season. Do you think it will be a success?

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. Do you think VAR is working well? Should it be limited?
  2. Do you agree with our choices for Player/Team/Goal of the Week?
  3. Do you think Roberto Firmino's cheeky finish is fun or disrespectful to the opposition?
  4. Which football matches have you watched this week?
  5. Use this week's vocabulary: Should goals be allowed to stand if a player stands in front of the goalkeeper? Do you think the backpass rule is a good one?

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

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Rafael Robson's picture
Rafael Robson
01/07/2019
BR
324
points

Hi,

1. I think VAR is working well in European matches or in the Women's World Cup. You can't imagine how bad VAR usually is in Brazil and in the Copa America. The match between Japan and Uruguay was a VAR disaster in Porto Alegre, Brazil.

2. I don't know when this podcast was released, but my choices for the last week are Megan Rapinoe (USA) as the Player of the week, England as Team of the Week, and Lucy Bronze's England third goal as the Goal of the Week.

3. I think Firmino's cheeky finish was not disrespectful. But in a match against Argentina, for example, that could create confusion.

4. I watched the Copa América and the Women's World Cup last week. By the way, Brazil amazingly defeated Peru in a vibrant atmosphere of Arena Corinthians (that's my team's stadium).

5. It all depends on the case. In Germany x Nigeria, for example, I agreed with the referee's decision since I don't think the German player had distracted Nigeria's goalkeeper. About the backpass, I agree with this rule because it basically enforces goalkeepers to improve their passes quality.


Rafael Robson's picture
Rafael Robson
01/07/2019 13:17
Brazil
Tottenham Hotspur
324

Hi,

1. I think VAR is working well in European matches or in the Women's World Cup. You can't imagine how bad VAR usually is in Brazil and in the Copa America. The match between Japan and Uruguay was a VAR disaster in Porto Alegre, Brazil.

2. I don't know when this podcast was released, but my choices for the last week are Megan Rapinoe (USA) as the Player of the week, England as Team of the Week, and Lucy Bronze's England third goal as the Goal of the Week.

3. I think Firmino's cheeky finish was not disrespectful. But in a match against Argentina, for example, that could create confusion.

4. I watched the Copa América and the Women's World Cup last week. By the way, Brazil amazingly defeated Peru in a vibrant atmosphere of Arena Corinthians (that's my team's stadium).

5. It all depends on the case. In Germany x Nigeria, for example, I agreed with the referee's decision since I don't think the German player had distracted Nigeria's goalkeeper. About the backpass, I agree with this rule because it basically enforces goalkeepers to improve their passes quality.

englishman
29/06/2019
DZ
1083
points

I think that VAR may give rights to the teams.
About your choices for player/ team/goal of the week i think that you are right.
3- I didn't see the cheeky goals of Roberto.
4- I had watched Algeria against Signal.


englishman
29/06/2019 15:11
Algeria
Manchester City
1083

I think that VAR may give rights to the teams.
About your choices for player/ team/goal of the week i think that you are right.
3- I didn't see the cheeky goals of Roberto.
4- I had watched Algeria against Signal.

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elghoul
29/06/2019
DZ
3206
points

1. VAR is not working well in fact since some big issues arose like the one between England and Cameroon or in the AFCON clubs final between ESTunis and WACasablanca. We don't know who has the legimacy and the ability to get help from the VAR, the referee ( there are three in fact ), the players or the VAR team.

2. I agree somehow with the choices.

3. I think Firmino cheeky finish is a risky one, it is absolutely respectful towards the opponents.

4. I watched lots of matches from Egypt and even some women games.

5. If a player stands in front of the goalkeeper the goal must be disallowed because he is disturbing him in his action or in his sight to the ball so the referee cannot stand for the goal if the VAR let him scrutinize the action.

The backpass rule is good of course but as it is a new one some spectators doesn't accept it.

I saw yesterday Marocco brillantly beating Ivory Coast.


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elghoul
29/06/2019 13:06
Algeria
Manchester City
3206

1. VAR is not working well in fact since some big issues arose like the one between England and Cameroon or in the AFCON clubs final between ESTunis and WACasablanca. We don't know who has the legimacy and the ability to get help from the VAR, the referee ( there are three in fact ), the players or the VAR team.

2. I agree somehow with the choices.

3. I think Firmino cheeky finish is a risky one, it is absolutely respectful towards the opponents.

4. I watched lots of matches from Egypt and even some women games.

5. If a player stands in front of the goalkeeper the goal must be disallowed because he is disturbing him in his action or in his sight to the ball so the referee cannot stand for the goal if the VAR let him scrutinize the action.

The backpass rule is good of course but as it is a new one some spectators doesn't accept it.

I saw yesterday Marocco brillantly beating Ivory Coast.

englishman
29/06/2019
DZ
1083
points

Hi Elghoul glad to see you again.


englishman
29/06/2019 15:13
Algeria
Manchester City
1083

Hi Elghoul glad to see you again.

elghoul's picture
elghoul
30/06/2019
DZ
3206
points

Hi Englishman, I am happy to read your interesting lines.


elghoul's picture
elghoul
30/06/2019 12:59
Algeria
Manchester City
3206

Hi Englishman, I am happy to read your interesting lines.

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