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Angkasa is Five United's new coach.

A New Coach

A New Coach

In this issue, Iwan learns that women can be better than men at football coaching. 
 

Ipul has an announcement. Next week, he will be stepping down as coach. (All the team look very sad.)  “My replacement is very good and I’ve arranged for you all to meet the new coach later this week.”  But coach we’ll miss you! etc. As Santi and Iwan walk off: “Sad about Ipul leaving.” “Yeah, but he said the new coach will be great.” “What do you think he will be like?” “I’ve no idea, but we’ll meet him next week.”

 

The teams meets the new coach. It surprises the team that the new coach is a woman.

Understanding

At the beginning of the story, the whole team are surprised that their new coach is a woman. Is it difficult for women to have a career in football? Have a look at the list of jobs in in this activity. Can women do these jobs in football? What problems might women have in these jobs?

Activity 1: Have a look at the list of jobs in football in the activity. In which ones do you think women face the most difficulties? Put them in order, from the job with most difficulties for women to the job with the fewest difficulties. There are no right or wrong answers to this activity.
Why are there so few women in football?

The team are in the dressing room and Novi is giving her first teamtalk.  Novi: “Rini you attack down the left and try to pin back the opposition full-back”  (As Novi speaks Iwan is whispering to Budhi)  Iwan: “What a load of rubbish! Let’s play our own game.”  (As the players walk onto the pitch, Iwan is whispering in the other player’s ears to play their own game and not to listen to Novi.)

 

The match starts. The team are playing very well and Iwan scores a goal. Iwan thinks: ‘Why should I listen to her?’  (He celebrates by running to the bench and blowing a kiss at Novi.) (Novi looks furious on the touchline.)  Before half-time the other team score four goals.  Half-time team talk.  Novi: “What’s going on? Why are you not following any of my instructions?”  (The team all look at Iwan.) Novi: “Iwan! You’re not playing the second half. The rest of you, if you don’t listen, you won’t play for the team again!”  Second half  (The team play better, but they still lose 4-3.)  Iwan is sat at the side of the pitch looking glum.

 

The next day. The team are sat in a cafe talking about yesterday’s match. Iwan: “No way! I’m not going to play for a woman. She doesn’t know anything!” Santi: “I think we should give her a chance.” Iwan: “You would say that. You’re a ...girl” Adhi: “Santi’s right. We played much better in the second half.” Budhi: “Her tactics were great. If we’d listened at the beginning we would have won that match.”

Grammar - 'Going to' for future intentions and things that we think will happen

Coach Ipul is leaving and a new coach arrives to help the team. When he tells the team the news, he uses 'going to' to talk about future plans. We use be + going to + verb to talk about future plans and intentions:

"The new coach is going to come and watch us train on Friday."  

We also use be + going to + verb to talk about something that we think is likely to happen or there is a strong possibility that will happen. Iwan is not happy with the new coach and doesn't think that Novi will be a success. To say this, he uses going to:

"This is going to be a disaster."

Have a look at the comic again and see if you can see any more examples of going to. When you have finished have a look at the activity below to check your understanding. If you want to know more, check out the Grammar Pages on our Learn English website.

Activity 2: You can use 'going to' to talk about a future plan or intention, or to talk about something that is likely to happen. In this activity, put the sentences in the correct group.
Can you put the meaning in the correct category?

Ipul walks into the cafe. The team are happy to see him. Ipul: “How’s everything going with the team?” Rini: “It’s great coach, she really knows her stuff.” Adhi: “She has lots of new ideas.” Iwan: “Come on people are you joking? She doesn’t know anything!”  (Iwan walks to the bar. Ipul walks after him and puts his arm round his shoulder.)  Ipul: “Novi has much more experience than me.” Iwan: “They won the league last season!” Ipul: “Why don’t you give her a chance?” (Iwan shrugs his shoulders.)

 

The following week at training.   (Images of Iwan working hard at training.)  Novi: “Together everybody.”  (Santi and Adhi are chatting and don’t hear the coach.)  Iwan: “Come on you two. Coach is calling!”  Novi: Thanks Iwan (surprised)  Iwan: “Sorry, about last week coach. I was an idiot!”  Novi: “Don’t worry about it. Let’s get on with the teamtalk.” (Coach opens door for Iwan. Coach is obviously in charge.)

 

The following match. Iwan is back in the team wearing the captain’s armband.  Novi: “Get back to defend Iwan!” (picture of Iwan running back.) Novi: “Give it to Rini. Give it.” (Image of Iwan passing to Rini who scores)  (Closing image of Iwan giving coach a high 5 when celebrating a goal.)

Vocabulary

There were quite a few difficult words and phrases in this issue of the comic. For example:

"Why don't you give her a chance?"

"Novi has lots more experience than I have."

Have a go at the activity below and see if any of the words or expressions are new for you.

Activity 3: There were some difficult phrases and words in this issue of 'Five United'. How much did you understand?
Can you put the words from the comic in the right place?

Quiz

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What do you think?

Why were the team surprised that their new coach was a woman?
Why was Iwan so angry?
Could we see a woman as a Premier League manager or referee in the future? Why/why not?
The language focus was 'going to'. Can you tell us something that you are going to do in the next few months?
 
Tell us your answers in the comments section below.

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mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
30/06/2020
TR
5488
points

I'm going to watch Manchester City vs Liverpool next Thursaday.
We are going to travel to Aydin next Sunday.
I'm going to apply for my masters at university next month.


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mobeckham
30/06/2020 23:30
Turkey
Manchester United
5488

I'm going to watch Manchester City vs Liverpool next Thursaday.
We are going to travel to Aydin next Sunday.
I'm going to apply for my masters at university next month.

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mobeckham
30/06/2020
TR
5488
points

I can see a woman as a PL manager and a referee in the future because football is for everyone not for one gender only.


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mobeckham
30/06/2020 23:28
Turkey
Manchester United
5488

I can see a woman as a PL manager and a referee in the future because football is for everyone not for one gender only.

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mobeckham
30/06/2020
TR
5488
points

Because there is a stereotype that women don't know anything about football.


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mobeckham
30/06/2020 23:27
Turkey
Manchester United
5488

Because there is a stereotype that women don't know anything about football.

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josegsalass
24/11/2019
VE
581
points

Most of the coaches are men, so it surprises everyone when a woman is leading a team. That the new coach is a woman makes Iwan get angry.


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josegsalass
24/11/2019 01:04
Venezuela
Liverpool
581

Most of the coaches are men, so it surprises everyone when a woman is leading a team. That the new coach is a woman makes Iwan get angry.

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HakanUslu1881
06/03/2016
TR
1761
points

Seeing that the didn't hope that their new manager wouldn't be a woman.


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HakanUslu1881
06/03/2016 04:06
Turkey
Leicester City
1761

Seeing that the didn't hope that their new manager wouldn't be a woman.

joto
02/03/2016
AT
271
points

The team were surprised because you wouldn't see many women coaching a football team.


joto
02/03/2016 16:08
Austria
Stoke City
271

The team were surprised because you wouldn't see many women coaching a football team.

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ZoeyRedbird
16/02/2016
RU
369
points

In my opinion, it doesn't matter if the coach is male or female, it's important to motivate the team and to give istructions to the team how they can play better. And, i'm going to travel to Spain or Italy this summer.


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ZoeyRedbird
16/02/2016 11:39
Russia
Manchester United
369

In my opinion, it doesn't matter if the coach is male or female, it's important to motivate the team and to give istructions to the team how they can play better. And, i'm going to travel to Spain or Italy this summer.

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MUGEMANYI
05/02/2016
RW
2320
points

Next month I'm going to buy smartphone


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MUGEMANYI
05/02/2016 06:42
Rwanda
Arsenal
2320

Next month I'm going to buy smartphone

a.farfan.v
04/02/2016
MX
16
points

The team is surprised that the new coach is a woman and they are not expecting a trainer woman.
Iwan angry because, he does not believe that a woman can be a football coach.
Me like think who in the future there will be more oportunations for any peolple.
There will be more oportunation for women, for demostrate who the womens also can be manager or referee in the Premier LEague


a.farfan.v
04/02/2016 19:56
Mexico
Chelsea
16

The team is surprised that the new coach is a woman and they are not expecting a trainer woman.
Iwan angry because, he does not believe that a woman can be a football coach.
Me like think who in the future there will be more oportunations for any peolple.
There will be more oportunation for women, for demostrate who the womens also can be manager or referee in the Premier LEague

luisantonio
04/02/2016
MX
18
points

they didnt believe a woman could play soccer and Iwan was angry because didnt want a coach woman
dont think they get to be women in leagues that the sport was unique to men but that's the women's league


luisantonio
04/02/2016 18:42
Mexico
Chelsea
18

they didnt believe a woman could play soccer and Iwan was angry because didnt want a coach woman
dont think they get to be women in leagues that the sport was unique to men but that's the women's league

ima
04/02/2016
MX
24
points

they think that women cant be a coach.

i think that iwan is angry becuase he miss Ipul and he think that novi couldnt be a coach.

yes, because women can do the same as men.

Next month im going to see a manchester united match .


ima
04/02/2016 18:27
Mexico
Manchester United
24

they think that women cant be a coach.

i think that iwan is angry becuase he miss Ipul and he think that novi couldnt be a coach.

yes, because women can do the same as men.

Next month im going to see a manchester united match .

ima
04/02/2016
MX
24
points

because they thought that a woman could not be a coach.

because they miss Ipul and they think that novi cant be a coach.

yes, because women can do the same as a men.

im going to see a manchester united match.


ima
04/02/2016 18:16
Mexico
Manchester United
24

because they thought that a woman could not be a coach.

because they miss Ipul and they think that novi cant be a coach.

yes, because women can do the same as a men.

im going to see a manchester united match.

jenniferk
04/02/2016
MX
23
points

because they think that she don´t know anything of football
because he doesn´t want a womwn coach
yes, because women and men are iqual
i´m going to improve my grates


jenniferk
04/02/2016 17:52
Mexico
Manchester United
23

because they think that she don´t know anything of football
because he doesn´t want a womwn coach
yes, because women and men are iqual
i´m going to improve my grates

DIANA.JAQUELINE
04/02/2016
MX
20
points

The team are surprised because the new coach is a woman and they were not waiting for it. Iwan is angry because he does not wait that his coach can't direct the football team because is a woman but he was wrong i think that the kind of a person doesn't matter since we realize the same things and works equally. And i like to think that in the future everything is posible for all people and i think in we all working equally in whatever place.


DIANA.JAQUELINE
04/02/2016 17:24
Mexico
Manchester United
20

The team are surprised because the new coach is a woman and they were not waiting for it. Iwan is angry because he does not wait that his coach can't direct the football team because is a woman but he was wrong i think that the kind of a person doesn't matter since we realize the same things and works equally. And i like to think that in the future everything is posible for all people and i think in we all working equally in whatever place.

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tokomoney
03/02/2016
GE
352
points

grate comic : )) i like this program


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tokomoney
03/02/2016 12:51
Georgia
Manchester City
352

grate comic : )) i like this program

Laura01
03/02/2016
MX
15
points

I like program but i dont know nothing of soccer


Laura01
03/02/2016 00:10
Mexico
Swansea City
15

I like program but i dont know nothing of soccer

daniela hernandez
03/02/2016
MX
12
points

YEI UuU


daniela hernandez
03/02/2016 00:10
Mexico
Arsenal
12

YEI UuU

danielch2211
03/02/2016
MX
23
points

This is a great exercises !!!


danielch2211
03/02/2016 00:09
Mexico
Chelsea
23

This is a great exercises !!!

BrianMane
03/02/2016
MX
12
points

I really like this, but miss more excitement to the story ;)


BrianMane
03/02/2016 00:08
Mexico
Arsenal
12

I really like this, but miss more excitement to the story ;)

Laura01
02/02/2016
MX
15
points

I Like the program but i dot know nothing of soccer


Laura01
02/02/2016 23:57
Mexico
Swansea City
15

I Like the program but i dot know nothing of soccer

Miguel Renteria
02/02/2016
MX
19
points

The team was surprised because their new coach was a woman.
Iwan want another coatch that was man.


Miguel Renteria
02/02/2016 23:53
Mexico
Manchester United
19

The team was surprised because their new coach was a woman.
Iwan want another coatch that was man.

CarowJm
02/02/2016
MX
17
points

They are a surprise bacause the coach is a woman.and Iwan want another coach.


CarowJm
02/02/2016 23:53
Mexico
Liverpool
17

They are a surprise bacause the coach is a woman.and Iwan want another coach.

DanielRodriguez2811
02/02/2016
MX
21
points

This program is OK! :)


DanielRodriguez2811
02/02/2016 23:51
Mexico
AFC Bournemouth
21

This program is OK! :)

Fernando99
02/02/2016
MX
17
points

the history is very interesting, the coach is a woman and this is cool. The women are very important and have the same chances in all


Fernando99
02/02/2016 23:49
Mexico
Manchester United
17

the history is very interesting, the coach is a woman and this is cool. The women are very important and have the same chances in all

Mariana Ramírez
02/02/2016
MX
24
points

The team was surprised because their new coach was a woman and they think that she was bad at football.
Iwan was angry because of that, he didn't want to have a female coach at his team.
I think we could see a woman as a referee or maybe as a Premier League manager in the future, because in the present there are son many womans doing a lot of things that maybe in the past they can't do.
Well, in the next few months I'm going to go to school as now, but maybe later I'm going to travel.


Mariana Ramírez
02/02/2016 23:45
Mexico
Manchester United
24

The team was surprised because their new coach was a woman and they think that she was bad at football.
Iwan was angry because of that, he didn't want to have a female coach at his team.
I think we could see a woman as a referee or maybe as a Premier League manager in the future, because in the present there are son many womans doing a lot of things that maybe in the past they can't do.
Well, in the next few months I'm going to go to school as now, but maybe later I'm going to travel.

Mario Rmz
02/02/2016
MX
22
points

The women have the herself opportunity than men, as far as manager, director. commentator, etc.
They possess the intelligence and capacity for make the same activity that one man.


Mario Rmz
02/02/2016 23:45
Mexico
Manchester City
22

The women have the herself opportunity than men, as far as manager, director. commentator, etc.
They possess the intelligence and capacity for make the same activity that one man.

IsraChoco23
02/02/2016
MX
22
points

Excelent program for lears english :)


IsraChoco23
02/02/2016 23:41
Mexico
Arsenal
22

Excelent program for lears english :)

Ulises castañeda
02/02/2016
MX
18
points

very good =)


Ulises castañeda
02/02/2016 22:44
Mexico
Manchester United
18

very good =)

MarianaTovar
02/02/2016
MX
20
points

I like the exercise


MarianaTovar
02/02/2016 22:43
Mexico
Chelsea
20

I like the exercise

viriii
02/02/2016
MX
10
points

I was angry because they're sexist and should give opportunities to women because they are sometimes better than men


viriii
02/02/2016 22:32
Mexico
Arsenal
10

I was angry because they're sexist and should give opportunities to women because they are sometimes better than men

alonso
02/02/2016
MX
13
points

mmmmm i think than it should an opotunity to other gender
and plis teacher not me reprobet plis


alonso
02/02/2016 22:31
Mexico
Chelsea
13

mmmmm i think than it should an opotunity to other gender
and plis teacher not me reprobet plis

Vanesa
02/02/2016
MX
16
points

I like the program :)


Vanesa
02/02/2016 22:07
Mexico
Chelsea
16

I like the program :)

Coss
02/02/2016
MX
20
points

The team was used to b e traines by person male. Never thought a woman the prepare.
Iwan so angry by a woman is your coach.
Yes, a woman the same opportunity a man and soccer is not exception.


Coss
02/02/2016 22:00
Mexico
Manchester City
20

The team was used to b e traines by person male. Never thought a woman the prepare.
Iwan so angry by a woman is your coach.
Yes, a woman the same opportunity a man and soccer is not exception.

Xime99
02/02/2016
MX
19
points

Bacause we think she not have experiencie, Iwan think that she has bad


Xime99
02/02/2016 21:57
Mexico
Manchester United
19

Bacause we think she not have experiencie, Iwan think that she has bad

Menial
02/02/2016
MX
18
points

The team were surprised because a woman don´t see the football, Iwan is angry but no really he is confuse and your old trainning talk with him
We could see a woman in the Premier League because now very women has a greats jobs in the football
I´m going to go to the cinema and play football all the week for my training.


Menial
02/02/2016 21:53
Mexico
Chelsea
18

The team were surprised because a woman don´t see the football, Iwan is angry but no really he is confuse and your old trainning talk with him
We could see a woman in the Premier League because now very women has a greats jobs in the football
I´m going to go to the cinema and play football all the week for my training.

alinee_led
02/02/2016
MX
27
points

The team was surprised because they think that woman can´t play futball or do sports at all.
Iwan was angry because he dais that no woman would tell him what to do.
Yes, I think that it is possible because if someone have the skills to do something you should, not because you are a woman yo should stop.
I am going to do a very important exam


alinee_led
02/02/2016 21:50
Mexico
Manchester United
27

The team was surprised because they think that woman can´t play futball or do sports at all.
Iwan was angry because he dais that no woman would tell him what to do.
Yes, I think that it is possible because if someone have the skills to do something you should, not because you are a woman yo should stop.
I am going to do a very important exam

alinee_led
02/02/2016
MX
27
points

The team was surprised because they think that woman can´t play futball or do sports at all.
Iwan was angry because he dais that no woman would tell him what to do.
Yes, I think that it is possible because if someone have the skills to do something you should, not because you are a woman yo should stop.
I am going to do a very important exam


alinee_led
02/02/2016 21:50
Mexico
Manchester United
27

The team was surprised because they think that woman can´t play futball or do sports at all.
Iwan was angry because he dais that no woman would tell him what to do.
Yes, I think that it is possible because if someone have the skills to do something you should, not because you are a woman yo should stop.
I am going to do a very important exam

LasixGaming
02/02/2016
MX
22
points

Cause there still pleople that think that a woman can't do what a man can about football
Iwan was angry by the same reason, he thought that She cant make good tactics and that was going to be a disaster
I can't tell beacuse the football right now its about decisions of the richs and interest of others
I'm going to be a better person, i'm going to go to the gym and pass all my classes.


LasixGaming
02/02/2016 21:42
Mexico
Manchester United
22

Cause there still pleople that think that a woman can't do what a man can about football
Iwan was angry by the same reason, he thought that She cant make good tactics and that was going to be a disaster
I can't tell beacuse the football right now its about decisions of the richs and interest of others
I'm going to be a better person, i'm going to go to the gym and pass all my classes.

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aragorn1986
01/02/2016
ME
3557
points

Yes, Rich. We were lucky with the draw once again:-) Maybe Arsenal fans will be looking tickets for Wembley even this year.


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aragorn1986
01/02/2016 17:09
Montenegro
Arsenal
3557

Yes, Rich. We were lucky with the draw once again:-) Maybe Arsenal fans will be looking tickets for Wembley even this year.

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Rich
02/02/2016
ES
508
points

smiley


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Rich
02/02/2016 19:38
Spain
Liverpool
508

smiley

nikosonris
01/02/2016
UA
2453
points

Some typos to make the comics and questions look better :)
1. 'Iwan' should be instead of 'Bruno' somewhere in the middle of the comics.
2. One of the questions in the Quiz section: 'ask' instead of 'ash' and 'Rini' for 'RIni'


nikosonris
01/02/2016 13:03
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

Some typos to make the comics and questions look better :)
1. 'Iwan' should be instead of 'Bruno' somewhere in the middle of the comics.
2. One of the questions in the Quiz section: 'ask' instead of 'ash' and 'Rini' for 'RIni'

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admin
02/02/2016
GB
344
points

Hi Nikosonris - as eagle-eyed as ever. You should really be a referee!

Thanks, as always, for your help.

Jack

*edit - thanks Niko


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admin
02/02/2016 09:17
United Kingdom
Arsenal
344

Hi Nikosonris - as eagle-eyed as ever. You should really be a referee!

Thanks, as always, for your help.

Jack

*edit - thanks Niko

nikosonris
02/02/2016
UA
2453
points

You are always welcome, Jack, even though you mistyped one word again :)))))


nikosonris
02/02/2016 10:27
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

You are always welcome, Jack, even though you mistyped one word again :)))))

nikosonris
01/02/2016
UA
2453
points

In the next few months I am going to help a friend of mine get all his wedding preparations done :)


nikosonris
01/02/2016 12:59
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

In the next few months I am going to help a friend of mine get all his wedding preparations done :)

nikosonris
01/02/2016
UA
2453
points

It is more likely to see a woman as a Premier League referee rather than a manager. But a woman performing the managerial role would be an interesting experiment to witness.


nikosonris
01/02/2016 12:58
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

It is more likely to see a woman as a Premier League referee rather than a manager. But a woman performing the managerial role would be an interesting experiment to witness.

nikosonris
01/02/2016
UA
2453
points

Iwan was so angry because he initially thought that Novi had little experience and would not be able to bolster their squad.


nikosonris
01/02/2016 12:56
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

Iwan was so angry because he initially thought that Novi had little experience and would not be able to bolster their squad.

nikosonris
01/02/2016
UA
2453
points

The team were surprised because you wouldn't see many women coaching a football team.


nikosonris
01/02/2016 12:53
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

The team were surprised because you wouldn't see many women coaching a football team.

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aragorn1986
31/01/2016
ME
3557
points

I am going to go on a cruiser, to see some new places, and maybe watch some game in the FA cup:-)


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aragorn1986
31/01/2016 15:31
Montenegro
Arsenal
3557

I am going to go on a cruiser, to see some new places, and maybe watch some game in the FA cup:-)

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Rich
31/01/2016
ES
508
points

I've never been on a cruise. I think the Caribbean would be my choice rather than the UK! I see Arsenal got another home draw in the next round. Maybe they are on their way to Wembley again?


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Rich
31/01/2016 20:04
Spain
Liverpool
508

I've never been on a cruise. I think the Caribbean would be my choice rather than the UK! I see Arsenal got another home draw in the next round. Maybe they are on their way to Wembley again?

nikosonris
01/02/2016
UA
2453
points

I have no doubt about that :) COYG!


nikosonris
01/02/2016 12:28
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

I have no doubt about that :) COYG!

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2Ukraine32512
3Serbia27042
4Spain22911
5Albania20475
6Macedonia19063
7Brazil17081
8Bosnia and Herzegovina16268
9Vietnam15362
10Armenia13667
Club ranking
RankNameScore
1Manchester United134256
2Liverpool91361
3Chelsea78421
4Arsenal71538
5Manchester City44322
6Tottenham Hotspur11784
7Leicester City11763
8Newcastle United9832
9Leeds United4991
10West Ham United4987

Level

3
Average: 3 (1 vote)

Goals

Practise your reading skills.

Learn more about 'going to' to speak about future plans and intentions.

Learn some new vocabulary.