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Five United are a group of teenage footballers who deal with social issues in their neighbourhoods.

Five United

Five United

This story is about Adhi and his friends. Adhi lived in a small town in Indonesia called Bukit Hijau (Green Hill). He has just moved there and doesn't have any friends yet. In this story, Adhi has to make some new friends.
 
The story starts in the middle of the afternoon. Adhi is 15 years old and is new to the area. He is in the community centre. He is alone, looking at a poster on the wall. The centre is holding a five-a-side football tournament. He wants to join in but he doesn’t know anyone at the centre.   A youth worker and coach called Ipul sees him and encourages him to ask people. He says that lots of people want to join in with the competition, but they are shy to ask. Adhi and the coach look around and the coach suggests people he could ask - the coach describes 4 or five people, including Budi (though Ipul doesn’t think Budi is very good at football, but would be a good team player).

 

Match the words from the comic with the descriptions.
Vocabulary match up

Hendro is 17 years old and is very confident. He wears a football shirt and looks quite sporty. He has a friend called Fauzi who agrees with everything he says.  Adhi asks Hendro if he wants to join the team. Hendro laughs and is rude to Adhi. He tells Adhi that he already has a team and that his team is going to win the competition (Fauzi agrees). He tells Adhi that he is looking forward to meeting Adhi in the competition so he can beat him.  Adhi is determined to put together a team that can beat Hendro’s team.

 

Iwan is 16 years old. He is tall and thin. He is a bit shy but looks like he could be a good player. He is talking to Budi. Budi is short and quite sickly looking (the coach did not think he would be a good player).  Adhi asks Iwan if he is playing in the tournament. Iwan says he’s not but thinks it would be fun. Adhi asks him if he wants to join a team. Iwan agrees. Budi asks if he could join in. Adhi says he is sorry, but he really wants to beat another team and he needs people who are good at football.  Budi is sad.

 

In this activity, put the words and phrases in the gaps to complete sentences with 'going to'.
Use 'going to' to talk about the future.

We use the phrase '(be) + going to' to talk about future plans.

For example: John: 'What are you going to do this weekend?'

                     Sally: 'I'm going to watch the match on TV'.

 

Can you think of 5 things that you plan to do this weekend?

I'm going to...........

Rini and Santi are keen footballers. They live in the local community and come into the centre for the football coaching sessions.  Rini and Santi are playing with a football. Hendro sees them and tells them that football is not for girls - girls are rubbish at sports and shouldn’t play. The girls laugh and tell Hendro that they have seen him play at the coaching sessions and that they are better than him. They both laugh. Adhi overhears this and asks them if they want to join him and Iwan to play in the competition.  Hendro is angry and tells them that they are going to lose - Fauzi agrees. The four teammates laugh.

 

 
Hendro tells the new team that they need 5 players and that they only have four - they shouldn’t be so confident.  The coach makes an announcement. The team sheets for the 5-a-side tournament need to be submitted before the end of the day.

 

In this activity, look at the different actions and decide if you can or can't do these things on the football pitch?
What can you do on a football pitch?

We use the modal verb can to talk about a person's ability. The modal verb is followed by the infinitive form of a verb. The negative form is can't

For example: Sally: 'Can you play the piano?'

                      John: 'No, I can't, but I can play the guitar.'

                      Can you play a musical instrument?

 

 

Hendro goes around the centre threatening people not to join Adhi’s team. Everyone seems a little frightened of Hendro and agrees not to join Adhi.  Adhi approaches lots of people and they all say no.  Adhi starts getting upset and despairing of finding a fifth player.  Hendro taunts Adhi saying: “How are you going to win if you can’t even play?”

 

Rini and Santi try to reassure Adhi. They talk about why they like football - why they play. Why they are fans.  Winning isn’t important - the most important thing is how it brings people together. They say that even if they don’t enter the competition, they can train together.  Iwan suggests asking Budi.  Adhi is frustrated: ‘But we need to have people that are good at football!’  Rini replied: ‘No, we need a team!’

 

Hendro confronts Adhi: ‘Have you got a team yet?’  Adhi ignores him and approaches Budi. Adhi apologises and asks if the teen will join the team. Budi asks if he can help plan the team tactics. Adhi agrees and looks intrigued by the newest team member. Hendro is furious and Fouzi looks confused. In contrast to the opening image, Adhi now has a team; he has friends.

 

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What do you think?

At the beginning of the comic, Adhi was the new boy at the youth centre. Now, he's a member of Five United.
How do you think Adhi feels now?
Budi was rejected at first. How do you think he felt? How do you think he feels now?
Tell us your answers in the comments section below.

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Mori's picture
Mori
01/07/2020
CI
9
points

I think he's happy to have find a team but most importantly he has find new friends.
Budi was rejected at the beginning, this is really unpleasant of course.
But he must be happy now to have found a team that accepts him.


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Mori
01/07/2020 09:23
Ivory Coast
Manchester City
9

I think he's happy to have find a team but most importantly he has find new friends.
Budi was rejected at the beginning, this is really unpleasant of course.
But he must be happy now to have found a team that accepts him.

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mobeckham
30/06/2020
TR
5074
points

I think he is so happy by having new friends.
Budi was disappointed at first but now he is glad to join Five United team.


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mobeckham
30/06/2020 19:37
Turkey
Manchester United
5074

I think he is so happy by having new friends.
Budi was disappointed at first but now he is glad to join Five United team.

Izabela
20/06/2020
BR
96
points

Nice


Izabela
20/06/2020 00:45
Brazil
Newcastle United
96

Nice

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Wakompilate
04/06/2020
CM
7
points

His braveness has make him the happiest that's Adhi
Budi will feel among others now making him happy and wanted too


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Wakompilate
04/06/2020 07:57
Cameroon
Chelsea
7

His braveness has make him the happiest that's Adhi
Budi will feel among others now making him happy and wanted too

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josegsalass
23/11/2019
VE
581
points

Adhi was kind of sad but he got encouraged by his coach who pushed him to create a team for entering into the competition. Now he has a team, no the one he wanted but a group to compete and it makes him happy.
Budi offered himself to play but Adhi didn't want him un the team because he was not a star but Rini told Adhi they just needed a team, not stars.


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josegsalass
23/11/2019 23:35
Venezuela
Liverpool
581

Adhi was kind of sad but he got encouraged by his coach who pushed him to create a team for entering into the competition. Now he has a team, no the one he wanted but a group to compete and it makes him happy.
Budi offered himself to play but Adhi didn't want him un the team because he was not a star but Rini told Adhi they just needed a team, not stars.

Czarek54321
11/10/2019
PL
314
points

Excellent


Czarek54321
11/10/2019 19:07
Poland
Manchester City
314

Excellent

stevewankou
17/08/2019
US
97
points

I think aldi is very excited to start the competition after have founded his steam.
budi he felt like a bad player.now he is happy to join the team


stevewankou
17/08/2019 21:39
United States
Liverpool
97

I think aldi is very excited to start the competition after have founded his steam.
budi he felt like a bad player.now he is happy to join the team

Tee
05/07/2019
JP
309
points

I think Achi really calm down little, but it should be ready to game so it feel be confusing now.
Budi up set now. He thought even they could’ve make a team.


Tee
05/07/2019 03:12
Japan
Manchester City
309

I think Achi really calm down little, but it should be ready to game so it feel be confusing now.
Budi up set now. He thought even they could’ve make a team.

jos7n7
04/03/2019
MX
3
points

I'm really excited to see what will happen to the team :)


jos7n7
04/03/2019 14:44
Mexico
Arsenal
3

I'm really excited to see what will happen to the team :)

jos7n7
04/03/2019
MX
3
points

it likes me a lot


jos7n7
04/03/2019 14:43
Mexico
Arsenal
3

it likes me a lot

ducminh130109
02/12/2018
VN
20
points

I think Adhi feels veryyyyyyyyyyyyyyy happyyyyyyyyyyyyy !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I think Budi felt sad. Hu Hu
Now he is very happy. Ha Ha


ducminh130109
02/12/2018 03:41
Vietnam
Arsenal
20

I think Adhi feels veryyyyyyyyyyyyyyy happyyyyyyyyyyyyy !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I think Budi felt sad. Hu Hu
Now he is very happy. Ha Ha

Jakub123
08/10/2018
PL
96
points

good history!


Jakub123
08/10/2018 18:39
Poland
Manchester United
96

good history!

huy.nguyennk20
19/09/2018
VN
8
points

I think Adhi feels very happy. It was sad for Budi because he was rejected at first, it might make him feel disappointed about himself. And he may think he wasn't a good soccer player. After, Adhi invite him, I think he is very happy and he may feel confident about himself now.


huy.nguyennk20
19/09/2018 16:13
Vietnam
Manchester United
8

I think Adhi feels very happy. It was sad for Budi because he was rejected at first, it might make him feel disappointed about himself. And he may think he wasn't a good soccer player. After, Adhi invite him, I think he is very happy and he may feel confident about himself now.

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Jfcnadia2012
10/04/2018
BD
9
points

Adhi feels more happy now. It was sad that Budi was rejected, it made him feel disappointed that he  wasn't a good player and nobody wanted to play with him. Now, he feels happier and confident . Now he believes in himself.


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Jfcnadia2012
10/04/2018 19:37
Bangladesh
Manchester United
9

Adhi feels more happy now. It was sad that Budi was rejected, it made him feel disappointed that he  wasn't a good player and nobody wanted to play with him. Now, he feels happier and confident . Now he believes in himself.

ingridDSJ
13/06/2017
MX
1
points

What you think?

At the beginning of the comic book, Adhi was the new boy in the center of youth. He is now a member of Five United.
How do you think Adhi is feeling now?
Budi was rejected at first. How do you think he felt? How do you think he feels now?
Tell us your answers in the comments section below
Sad and rejected because they saw him as the new and had no one to talk to or know
Well it is happy and much more comfortable to belong to five united and not feel like the new and it is this sharing and having fun.


ingridDSJ
13/06/2017 01:20
Mexico
Middlesbrough F.C.
1

What you think?

At the beginning of the comic book, Adhi was the new boy in the center of youth. He is now a member of Five United.
How do you think Adhi is feeling now?
Budi was rejected at first. How do you think he felt? How do you think he feels now?
Tell us your answers in the comments section below
Sad and rejected because they saw him as the new and had no one to talk to or know
Well it is happy and much more comfortable to belong to five united and not feel like the new and it is this sharing and having fun.

JOSÉ GUADALUPE
03/05/2017
MX
15
points

I like this play


JOSÉ GUADALUPE
03/05/2017 17:49
Mexico
Sunderland
15

I like this play

NallelyPinefa
27/08/2016
MX
6
points

At first when Budi was rejected he had to fell abandoned and sad.As a member of Five United much better and happy.


NallelyPinefa
27/08/2016 03:58
Mexico
Manchester United
6

At first when Budi was rejected he had to fell abandoned and sad.As a member of Five United much better and happy.

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kwesimanifest
03/07/2016
GH
4754
points

He feels happy


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kwesimanifest
03/07/2016 06:19
Ghana
Manchester United
4754

He feels happy

englishman
26/06/2016
DZ
1727
points

he is very happy
he will do something interesting to proof himself


englishman
26/06/2016 12:54
Algeria
Manchester City
1727

he is very happy
he will do something interesting to proof himself

Laczek
11/04/2016
PL
122
points

At first when Budi was rejected he had to fell abandoned and sad.As a member of Five United much better and happy. I can't wait the next part


Laczek
11/04/2016 17:28
Poland
Manchester City
122

At first when Budi was rejected he had to fell abandoned and sad.As a member of Five United much better and happy. I can't wait the next part

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Rich
11/04/2016
ES
504
points

Hi Laczek

We're really happy that you enjoyed the first episode of Five United. You can find all the other episodes here: http://premierskillsenglish.britishcouncil.org/skills/read/five-united

We also have the Brazilian version of the comic 'The Beautiful Game' which you can find here: http://premierskillsenglish.britishcouncil.org/skills/read/beautiful-game

The stories are similar but a little bit more difficult. I hope you enjoy them!

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team 


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Rich
11/04/2016 18:09
Spain
Liverpool
504

Hi Laczek

We're really happy that you enjoyed the first episode of Five United. You can find all the other episodes here: http://premierskillsenglish.britishcouncil.org/skills/read/five-united

We also have the Brazilian version of the comic 'The Beautiful Game' which you can find here: http://premierskillsenglish.britishcouncil.org/skills/read/beautiful-game

The stories are similar but a little bit more difficult. I hope you enjoy them!

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team 

joto
09/03/2016
AT
271
points

Adhi feel great when he found other four players for his five-a-side team.
They called their team Five United.
When Budi was rejected at first time he was disappointed, but when he was become the member of Five United he was happy.


joto
09/03/2016 18:30
Austria
Stoke City
271

Adhi feel great when he found other four players for his five-a-side team.
They called their team Five United.
When Budi was rejected at first time he was disappointed, but when he was become the member of Five United he was happy.

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HakanUslu1881
05/03/2016
TR
1761
points

He must feel exciting.


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HakanUslu1881
05/03/2016 03:53
Turkey
Leicester City
1761

He must feel exciting.

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aragorn1986
24/12/2015
ME
3557
points

We often do not see someone's talent, full potential. Pity that not everyone gets enough attention and the chance to progress. Budi got his chance at the end and that's encouraging.


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aragorn1986
24/12/2015 15:07
Montenegro
Arsenal
3557

We often do not see someone's talent, full potential. Pity that not everyone gets enough attention and the chance to progress. Budi got his chance at the end and that's encouraging.

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MUGEMANYI
16/11/2015
RW
2320
points

Adhi feels happy and I'm waiting next stories about this team


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MUGEMANYI
16/11/2015 16:39
Rwanda
Arsenal
2320

Adhi feels happy and I'm waiting next stories about this team

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aragorn1986
29/10/2015
ME
3557
points

I don't think they should have rejected Budi at the start. He deserved a chance to play, to improve himself. Adhi can be satisfied for he found the players for his team. A team, not individuals.


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aragorn1986
29/10/2015 15:17
Montenegro
Arsenal
3557

I don't think they should have rejected Budi at the start. He deserved a chance to play, to improve himself. Adhi can be satisfied for he found the players for his team. A team, not individuals.

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almirpereira
24/10/2015
BR
1315
points

Wait a chance.


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almirpereira
24/10/2015 02:42
Brazil
Chelsea
1315

Wait a chance.

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victoria883
24/06/2015
JO
0
points

I'm really excited to see what will happen to the team .
This is a very good comic book .


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victoria883
24/06/2015 15:31
Jordan
Manchester United
0

I'm really excited to see what will happen to the team .
This is a very good comic book .

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Rema
11/06/2015
RS
538
points

Adhi feel great when he found other four players for his five-a-side team.
They called their team Five United.
When Budi was rejected at first time he was disappointed, but when he was become the member of Five United he was happy.
I'm looking forward for sequel of this comic book.


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Rema
11/06/2015 11:46
Serbia
West Ham United
538

Adhi feel great when he found other four players for his five-a-side team.
They called their team Five United.
When Budi was rejected at first time he was disappointed, but when he was become the member of Five United he was happy.
I'm looking forward for sequel of this comic book.

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Goals

Reading: Read about Adhi and his friends

Vocabulary: Adjectives to describe people

Grammar: Practise using 'can' and 'can't' for ability

Grammar: Practise using 'going to' for future plans