World Cup & Fantasy Football
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 round-up events from Russia as the World Cup comes to an end. They also announce the winners of our World Cup Prediction Competition. In addition to this, Rich and Jack have news about the Premier League's Fantasy Football competition and the Premier Skills League they would like everyone to join.
Rich: Hello my name’s Rich and welcome to our Monday round-up section called ‘This Week’ on Premier Skills English.
Jack: Hi there. I’m Jack. That’s right. We’re back with This Week to discuss all the latest football action.
Rich: This week we’ve got lots to discuss; the World Cup, the Premier League, Fantasy Football and the winners of our prediction competition.
Jack: And of course, we want you to practise your English and interact with Premier League fans from around the world in our comments section.
Rich: You can do this on the Premier Skills English website or the Premier Skills-British Council Facebook page.
Jack: Let’s start with this week’s headlines!
Rich: Vive la France!
Jack: France beat Croatia 4-2 in the World Cup Final in Moscow to lift the trophy for a second time. One of the best finals in recent memory saw France come out on top against a strong Croatian team. Well done to Les Bleus!
Rich: Modric wins the Golden Ball.
Jack: Croatia’s Luka Modric won the World Cup Best Player award for his amazing performances in Russia. The midfielder ran more than any other player during the World Cup - 62.9 kilometres!
Rich: Kane gets the boot and Courtois the glove.
Jack: Tottenham’s Harry Kane won the Golden Boot for finishing top scorer at the World Cup. He scored six times for England. And, Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois won the Golden Glove for the best goalkeeper at the tournament. Courtois kept three clean sheets for Belgium.
Rich: Before we move away from the World Cup, we need to announce the winners of our World cup competition.
Jack: Yes, we do and it’s been a lot of work. You all made a lot of predictions and I’ve been calculating who made the best predictions out of all 64 matches that were played at the World Cup.
Rich: Remember you scored one point for the correct result and three points if you predicted the right score. So Jack, do we have a winner?
Jack: Yes, we do. With 55 points, the winner of the Premier Skills English World Cup Prediction competition is nw2425 from UK.
Rich: In second place with 53 points is Ahmed Adam from Sudan.
Jack: In third place with 52 points is uchiko13 from Georgia.
Rich: And in joint fourth place with 43 points are Elghoul from Algeria, Liubomyr from Ukraine and euvalaka from the UK.
Jack: Well done to all of you. We will be in contact with you today so check your emails!
Rich: And thanks to the hundreds of you that entered the competition - we will have some new, exciting competitions soon.
Rich: So, the World Cup is all over. I don’t really know what to do. Maybe I could do some gardening?
Jack: Gardening? You’ve never done any gardening in your life! Anyway, the Premier League kicks off in less than a month!
Rich: Brilliant. And speaking of the Premier League we need to tell everyone about our plans for the new season.
Jack: Let’s start this week with Fantasy Football because we want to get as many people to join the Premier Skills league on the Premier League’s Fantasy Football competition as possible!
Rich: What is Fantasy Football?
Jack: Good question! It is the Premier League game where you can choose your own Premier League team and compete against other people or managers from around the world.
Rich: That’s right. You get £100 million to spend on players from any Premier League team. Each week your players score points depending on what really happened in the Premier League.
Jack: And you can play against friends in private leagues and that’s where Premier Skills English has its league.
Rich: Last season, we had over 200 players from over 40 different countries in our league and this season we want to get even more.
Jack: To join our league you need to sign up for fantasy football on premierleague.com, choose your players and then join our league.
Rich: We’ve put all the information you need on the page below this podcast on the Premier Skills English website.
Jack: If you have any questions about how to join the game, write a message in the comments section at the bottom of the page or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Rich: Right, that’s all we have time for. I hope you have enjoyed this football round-up. Join the discussion at the bottom of the page.
Jack: Bye for now and enjoy your football.
Did you enjoy Russia 2018?
France beat Croatia 4-2 in one of the best World Cup Finals in recent memory. Tottenham's Hugo Lloris captained Les Bleus to the World Cup trophy for the second time. Croatia fought bravely but will have to be happy with a first-ever World Cup Final. The tournament in Russia has been seen as a great footballing success with great goals, great matches and lots of surprises. Croatia's Luka Modric was named Best Player, England's Harry Kane won the Golden Boot and Belgium's Thibaut Courtois won the Golden Glove. Who would have predicted that before the World Cup started?
Who won the Premier Skills English Prediction Competition?
Hundreds and hundreds of you entered the Premier Skills English World Cup Prediction Competition. We hope you all enjoyed the competition and we will have new competitions soon.
Congratulations to nw2425 from the United Kingdom. You are the winner of the Premier Skills English World Cup Prediction Competition. Here is the complete list of prize winners:
Have you ever played Fantasy Football?
Fantasy Premier League is the free game from the Premier League that gives everybody the chance to be a Premier League manager. On the Premier Skills English website, we give learners of English a chance to talk about Fantasy Football and learn more football English. We also have our own Premier Skills League on the Fantasy Premier League game. Last season, we had over 200 'managers' from over 40 countries and this season we would like to get more of you to join!
If you want to play Fantasy Premier League, you can sign up for free on the Premier League website. If you want to join the Premier Skills Private League, this is the code you need: 553220-118684
For the last two seasons, Gerardo Lopez Lozada from Mexico has been our Premier Skills Fantasy Football Champion. Can you stop him from winning again?
If you want to find out more about how to play Fantasy Football, you can find out more here.
What's your opinion?
Jack and Rich have spoken about the World Cup. Now it's your turn! Have a look at the questions below and tell us what you think. Write your answers in the comments section below.
- What was the best match/goal of the World Cup?
- Was France the best team at the World Cup? If not, which team was?
- Who was the best player?
- What was the biggest surprise in the World Cup?
- What was the best moment of Russia 2018?
Don't forget to reply to fans of different clubs from different countries. Let's create a community!