The season in England traditionally ends with the FA Cup final at Wembley. That’s the game we focus on in this end-of-season podcast. Read the transcript for the show in our post below (Damian = DF, Damon = DB).
Learn English Through Football Podcast: The FA Cup 2017
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Transcript of the show
DB: You’re listening to Languagecaster’s football-language podcast. Hi everyone. Welcome to the podcast for all those who love the beautiful game and want to improve their English skills. My name’s Damon and I’m in a sunny Tokyo, but unfortunately I will not be able to watch the big game of the weekend, the FA Cup final, I can’t find any TV channel here showing it!
Although it has changed over recent decades, yes I am that old, the FA Cup used to be an all day affair. As a kid, you would wake up in the morning and watch interviews with the players in their hotel, watch them playing golf, find out interesting things about the team and players; then you’d get coverage of the fans walking to Wembley and then the stadium gradually filling up; the game itself then took place – and the result REALLY meant something. It was a big piece of silverware to win! After the game, what then? Well, you’d run down to the school playing field, meet your mates and replay the game! Great stuff.
Not quite the same now, with the Premier League and Champions League taking most of the glory, but the FA Cup Final is still part of the English football season.
Now, we haven’t got Damian on the show today, but we will have a quick look at some football news from last week, a quiz question and a bit of English for football language – oh yes, and a look at the FA Cup final teams.
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OK, let’s start the good, the bad and the ugly section with some good news.
DB: Congratulations to Manchester United who became Europa League champions after beating Ajax 2-0 in Stockholm. Ajax could find no way past a well organised Manchester side, and an early goal helped the Red Devils take control. The final was somewhat overshadowed at home by the suicide bombing at a concert venue in Manchester, and it must have been difficult for both teams to play this game. Manchester United have now added this title to their trophy cabinet, it’s the first time they’ve won it, and with the League Cup next to it from this season,