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This Week: The North London Derby

This Week: The North London Derby

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 talks about three stories from this week in the Premier League and there are lots of football English words and phrases for you to learn.

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

In This Week, we’ve got lots of interesting words and phrases to help you talk about football in English.

If you are listening to this podcast on Apple Podcasts or Spotify you can also visit the Premier Skills English website at britishcouncil.org/premierskillsenglish where you’ll be able to download the podcast.

Today, I’m going to talk about another derby match, the North London derby. Normally, in this week, I talk about three stories, but I got too excited and wrote too much so I’m publishing this week’s podcast in three parts. Yesterday, I spoke about the East Midlands derby and the day before I spoke about the Manchester derby.

The words from the story that I am going to talk about today are: contested, to regain, to slam and route one.

Arsenal overcome Spurs in the North London Derby

The North London derby is one of the most passionately contested fixtures of the Premier League calendar. This is a league fixture without an away win in 9 years.

From the kick off, both teams looked hungry. However Arsenal soon had the upper hand when 14 mins in, Thomas Partey stumbled and almost slipped up right in front of Kane. Having quickly regained his footing, he picked out Saka and played a beautiful through ball. Saka ran wide, holding for a moment before driving the ball across the mouth of the goal. Hugo Loris got to the ball first, but as he went to grab the ball, mistimed it and slapped it over his own shoulder and into the net.

Spurs pushed back and almost scored when a clever bit of play left Son Heung-min one-on-one with Ramsdale. The Arsenal keeper managed to block Son’s shot, but Spurs were not going to make things easy.

The Gunners almost scored again with an amazing effort from distance from Thomas Partey. The ball would have beaten the keeper if it had been centimetres to the left. It slammed into the goal post rattling the woodwork.

As Spurs frustration grew, their attacks became more direct. Loris tried a route one long pass but couldn’t find a white shirt. The ball was fired right back to Saka who crossed the ball to his captain, Odegaard who found the bottom right corner from beyond the penalty area.

In the second half, Tottenham had some great chances and made a series of on target shots, but Ramsdale made a series of excellent saves and Arsenal went 8 points clear at the top of the table.

Final score: Tottenham Hotspur 0 - Arsenal 2

The first word I want to talk about is contested. This is an adjective formed from the verb to contest which means to compete for something. However, I don’t think it’s very common to hear the verb form except in passive forms. So I could have said that derby matches are keenly contested by teams in local rivalries up and down the country. We do use the verb in legal English to say that someone is challenging a judge’s decision and also to say that a person is trying to win in an election, but it’s not common in football English. However the adjective form, contested, describes specific fixtures and some fixtures are contested with more passion and determination, or at least with more feeling from the fans than others.

After Thomas Partey stumbled, I said he regained his footing. To regain means to get something that you had before and lost. If you lose your footing, you misstep and partly lose your balance and control. If you are climbing a mountain and lose your footing, it can be very serious. Partey managed to regain his footing, he managed to nimbly adjust his feet and get back under control.

Partey almost scored with a powerful strike that slammed into the woodwork. The word slam means to hit a surface or cause to hit a surface with enough force to make a loud noise. The most common collocation is to slam the door. If you close a door with such force that it makes a lot of noise, then you slam the door. It doesn’t always have to make a lot of noise; you can slam on the brakes when you are driving, This just means to press down hard, quickly on the brakes. When Partey’s shot hit the upright, the sound rang out through the stadium and the goal posts wobbled from the force of the shot.

The last phrase I want to talk about today is some real football English. It’s informal, but comes up quite frequently in commentary. It is route one. This describes a long kick up the pitch, straight to the forwards. It’s a bit of a risky move and can make a team look desperate. When Spurs were looking frustrated, Loris tried a route one attack and sent the ball flying up the pitch to try to find an attacker, but it went wrong and the ball was collected by an Arsenal defender who fired it right back.

OK, that’s four words from this story. The words from the story were: contested, to regain, to slam and route one.

Listen to the story one more time to hear these words in context.

Arsenal overcome Spurs in the North London Derby

The North London derby is one of the most passionately contested fixtures of the Premier League calendar. This is a league fixture without an away win in 9 years.

From the kick off, both teams looked hungry. However Arsenal soon had the upper hand when 14 mins in, Thomas Partey stumbled and almost slipped up right in front of Kane. Having quickly regained his footing, he picked out Saka and played a beautiful through ball. Saka ran wide, holding for a moment before driving the ball across the mouth of the goal. Hugo Loris got to the ball first, but as he went to grab the ball, mistimed it and slapped it over his own shoulder and into the net.

Spurs pushed back and almost scored when a clever bit of play left Son Heung-min one-on-one with Ramsdale. The Arsenal keeper managed to block Son’s shot, but Spurs were not going to make things easy.

The Gunners almost scored again with an amazing effort from distance from Thomas Partey. The ball would have beaten the keeper if it had been centimetres to the left. It slammed into the goal post rattling the woodwork.

As Spurs frustration grew, their attacks became more direct. Loris tried a route one long pass but couldn’t find a white shirt. The ball was fired right back to Saka who crossed the ball to his captain, Odegaard who found the bottom right corner from beyond the penalty area.

In the second half, Tottenham had some great chances and made a series of on target shots, but Ramsdale made a series of excellent saves and Arsenal went 8 points clear at the top of the table.

Final score: Tottenham Hotspur 0 - Arsenal 2

Language Challenge

Right, now it’s time for you to think about the language again.

Your challenge this week is to complete the gaps in the following sentences with the correct form of the words from the podcast.

Number 1. He is such a bad driver, he __________ the car into a wall last week.

Number 2. In the second half they gave up their strategy and resorted to __________ attacks.

Number 3. After a bad year, the team has __________ their top form.

Number 4. All the candidates were exhausted after a fiercely __________ local election.

Leave your answers to the language challenge in the comments section on the Premier Skills English website.

Task

Your task today is to think about the word regain. Have you ever regained anything that you lost? Are you happy to have it back or were you better off without it?

Share your ideas in the comments section on the Premier Skills English website.

Football phrase

Now it’s time for today’s football phrase. I will let you know the answers to all three of this week’s football phrases next week.

Today’s football phrase is ******. This is a type of kick which is when a player kicks a ball that is passed to them before the ball hits the ground. If a player tries to shoot with a ******, the shot is often very powerful, but can be harder to control.

If you know the answer, be sure to leave it in a comment on the page for this podcast on Premier Skills English.

And that’s all I have time for this week. I hope you have enjoyed this week’s derby podcasts. Before I finish, I just wanted to say that I hope you found this podcast useful, and I hope all of you stay fit and healthy and safe.

Bye for now and enjoy your football.

Headlines

Arsenal overcome Spurs in the North London Derby

Martin Odegaard scores Arsenal 's second goal during the match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal FC

The North London derby is one of the most passionately contested fixtures of the Premier League calendar. This is a league fixture without an away win in 9 years.

From the kick off, both teams looked hungry. However Arsenal soon had the upper hand when 14 mins in, Thomas Partey stumbled and almost slipped up right in front of Kane. Having quickly regained his footing, he picked out Saka and played a beautiful through ball. Saka ran wide, holding for a moment before driving the ball across the mouth of the goal. Hugo Loris got to the ball first, but as he went to grab the ball, mistimed it and slapped it over his own shoulder and into the net.

Spurs pushed back and almost scored when a clever bit of play left Son Heung-min one-on-one with Ramsdale. The Arsenal keeper managed to block Son’s shot, but Spurs were not going to make things easy.

The Gunners almost scored again with an amazing effort from distance from Thomas Partey. The ball would have beaten the keeper if it had been centimetres to the left. It slammed into the goal post rattling the woodwork.

As Spurs frustration grew, their attacks became more direct. Loris tried a route one long pass but couldn’t find a white shirt. The ball was fired right back to Saka who crossed the ball to his captain, Odegaard who found the bottom right corner from beyond the penalty area.

In the second half, Tottenham had some great chances and made a series of on target shots, but Ramsdale made a series of excellent saves and Arsenal went 8 points clear at the top of the table.

Final score: Tottenham Hotspur 0 - Arsenal 2

Vocabulary

Language Challenge

Complete the gaps with correct form of the words and phrases from the podcast.

Number 1. He is such a bad driver, he __________ the car into a wall last week.

Number 2. In the second half they gave up their strategy and resorted to __________ attacks.

Number 3. After a bad year, the team has __________ their top form.

Number 4. All the candidates were exhausted after a fiercely __________ local election.

Leave your answers to the language challenge in the comments section on the Premier Skills English website.

Task

Think about the questions and share your ideas in the comments section at the bottom of the page.

Your task today is to think about the word regain. Have you ever regained anything that you lost? Are you happy to have it back or were you better off without it?

Share your ideas in the comments section on the Premier Skills English website.

Football phrase

Now it’s time for today’s football phrase. I will let you know the answers to all three of this week’s football phrases next week.

Today’s football phrase is ******. This is a type of kick which is when a player kicks a ball that is passed to them before the ball hits the ground. If a player tries to shoot with a ******, the shot is often very powerful, but can be harder to control.

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Hafez
09/03/2023
EG
2
points

Number 1. Slammed

Number 2. Route one

Number 3. Regain

Number 4. Contested


Hafez
09/03/2023 12:37
Egypt
Arsenal
2

Number 1. Slammed

Number 2. Route one

Number 3. Regain

Number 4. Contested

mat_cfc_pl
02/02/2023
PL
351
points

Number 1. He is such a bad driver, he __slammed___ the car into a wall last week.

Number 2. In the second half they gave up their strategy and resorted to __route one_ attacks.

Number 3. After a bad year, the team has ___regain___ their top form.

Number 4. All the candidates were exhausted after a fiercely __contested ___ local election.


mat_cfc_pl
02/02/2023 11:30
Poland
Chelsea
351

Number 1. He is such a bad driver, he __slammed___ the car into a wall last week.

Number 2. In the second half they gave up their strategy and resorted to __route one_ attacks.

Number 3. After a bad year, the team has ___regain___ their top form.

Number 4. All the candidates were exhausted after a fiercely __contested ___ local election.

vietnguyenngo
27/01/2023
VN
112
points

Today's phrase is ******

Number 1. He is such a bad driver, he slammed the car into a wall last week.

Number 2. In the second half they gave up their strategy and resorted to route one attacks.

Number 3. After a bad year, the team has regained their top form.

Number 4. All the candidates were exhausted after a fiercely contested local election.


vietnguyenngo
27/01/2023 14:12
Vietnam
Manchester City
112

Today's phrase is ******

Number 1. He is such a bad driver, he slammed the car into a wall last week.

Number 2. In the second half they gave up their strategy and resorted to route one attacks.

Number 3. After a bad year, the team has regained their top form.

Number 4. All the candidates were exhausted after a fiercely contested local election.

RObackpacker
22/01/2023
RO
4
points

today's football phrase is: ******


RObackpacker
22/01/2023 22:43
Romania
Liverpool
4

today's football phrase is: ******

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Taha Gashout
22/01/2023
LY
492
points

Hello Jack. It is really good to listen to your podcasts again. I haven't been listening for a while because I had to deal with some family conditions.
Here are the answers:
Num1: slammed
Num2:route one
Num3:regained
Num4:contested
The phrase is ******


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Taha Gashout
22/01/2023 19:21
Libya
Liverpool
492

Hello Jack. It is really good to listen to your podcasts again. I haven't been listening for a while because I had to deal with some family conditions.
Here are the answers:
Num1: slammed
Num2:route one
Num3:regained
Num4:contested
The phrase is ******

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Jack Radford
23/01/2023
GB
22
points

Hi Taha

It's good to have you back. I hope your family is OK.

Thanks

Jack


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Jack Radford
23/01/2023 09:51
United Kingdom
Arsenal
22

Hi Taha

It's good to have you back. I hope your family is OK.

Thanks

Jack

Taha Gashout's picture
Taha Gashout
27/01/2023
LY
492
points

Thank you for asking Jack. All good.

Regards


Taha Gashout's picture
Taha Gashout
27/01/2023 13:19
Libya
Liverpool
492

Thank you for asking Jack. All good.

Regards

vietnguyenngo
22/01/2023
VN
112
points

The phrase is ******
Number 1. He is such a bad driver, he slammed__________ the car into a wall last week.

Number 2. In the second half they gave up their strategy and resorted to _route one_________ attacks.

Number 3. After a bad year, the team has __regained________ their top form.

Number 4. All the candidates were exhausted after a fiercely _contested_________ local election.


vietnguyenngo
22/01/2023 04:16
Vietnam
Manchester City
112

The phrase is ******
Number 1. He is such a bad driver, he slammed__________ the car into a wall last week.

Number 2. In the second half they gave up their strategy and resorted to _route one_________ attacks.

Number 3. After a bad year, the team has __regained________ their top form.

Number 4. All the candidates were exhausted after a fiercely _contested_________ local election.

Chen Meng Tso
21/01/2023
TW
21
points

****** is the phrase


Chen Meng Tso
21/01/2023 17:29
Taiwan
Manchester City
21

****** is the phrase

Fabs17
21/01/2023
IT
326
points

I think today's football phrase is ******


Fabs17
21/01/2023 14:15
Italy
Leicester City
326

I think today's football phrase is ******

Fabs17
21/01/2023
IT
326
points

Number 1. He is such a bad driver, he slammed the car into a wall last week.

Number 2. In the second half they gave up their strategy and resorted to route one attacks.

Number 3. After a bad year, the team has regained their top form.

Number 4. All the candidates were exhausted after a fiercely contested local election.


Fabs17
21/01/2023 14:15
Italy
Leicester City
326

Number 1. He is such a bad driver, he slammed the car into a wall last week.

Number 2. In the second half they gave up their strategy and resorted to route one attacks.

Number 3. After a bad year, the team has regained their top form.

Number 4. All the candidates were exhausted after a fiercely contested local election.

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cezario.abrantes
21/01/2023
BR
49
points

Good night Jack!

1. Slammed
2. Route one
3. Regained
4. Contested

Task: I always used to lost some kilos and regained them after some months. It happened about 3 times in my adult life. It stopped only when I combined the 5 things I told you some weeks ago. After that, I've never regained kilos again hahahaha

Football phrase: ******


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cezario.abrantes
21/01/2023 00:54
Brazil
Liverpool
49

Good night Jack!

1. Slammed
2. Route one
3. Regained
4. Contested

Task: I always used to lost some kilos and regained them after some months. It happened about 3 times in my adult life. It stopped only when I combined the 5 things I told you some weeks ago. After that, I've never regained kilos again hahahaha

Football phrase: ******

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hsn
20/01/2023
TR
5527
points

Language Challenge
1. slammed 2. route one. 3. regained 4. contested,
Football phrase--- ******
Task
• I lost my high position unfairly in the company.Instead of being angry with this I tried and worked so much. With this success I regained it.
Riddle
• What is the hidden player that helps to the “one route” attacks? The strong wind that blows through the opponents goal on matchday:-)
Sentences
• She's lost upper hand in the quiz show when not know three questions.
• Mistiming for bid cost the broker lots of losses, wrong stock also was picked out.
• The occupiers has been pushed back by the strong resistance of local people then victory of independence came.
• The leopard cub escaped from hyena by nimbly climbing the tree.


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hsn
20/01/2023 17:57
Turkey
Tottenham Hotspur
5527

Language Challenge
1. slammed 2. route one. 3. regained 4. contested,
Football phrase--- ******
Task
• I lost my high position unfairly in the company.Instead of being angry with this I tried and worked so much. With this success I regained it.
Riddle
• What is the hidden player that helps to the “one route” attacks? The strong wind that blows through the opponents goal on matchday:-)
Sentences
• She's lost upper hand in the quiz show when not know three questions.
• Mistiming for bid cost the broker lots of losses, wrong stock also was picked out.
• The occupiers has been pushed back by the strong resistance of local people then victory of independence came.
• The leopard cub escaped from hyena by nimbly climbing the tree.

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oselfa
20/01/2023
ES
4
points

If a player tries to shoot with a ******, the shot is often very powerful, but can be harder to control.


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oselfa
20/01/2023 14:30
Spain
Arsenal
4

If a player tries to shoot with a ******, the shot is often very powerful, but can be harder to control.

oselfa's picture
oselfa
20/01/2023
ES
4
points

Number 1. He is such a bad driver, he slammed the car into a wall last week.

Number 2. In the second half they gave up their strategy and resorted to route one attacks.

Number 3. After a bad year, the team has regained their top form.

Number 4. All the candidates were exhausted after a fiercely contested local election.


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oselfa
20/01/2023 14:28
Spain
Arsenal
4

Number 1. He is such a bad driver, he slammed the car into a wall last week.

Number 2. In the second half they gave up their strategy and resorted to route one attacks.

Number 3. After a bad year, the team has regained their top form.

Number 4. All the candidates were exhausted after a fiercely contested local election.

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Denis2000
20/01/2023
BY
690
points

Hello. Today football phrase is: ******

Language Challenge:
1. slammed
2. route one
3. to regain
4. contested


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Denis2000
20/01/2023 11:41
Belarus
Tottenham Hotspur
690

Hello. Today football phrase is: ******

Language Challenge:
1. slammed
2. route one
3. to regain
4. contested

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