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Learn English Through Football Podcast: 2021 FA Cup Final


In this short football language podcast we look at some of the phrases that emerged from the 2021 FA Cup Final between Chelsea and Leicester City from the BBC website’s report and in particular three key moments from the match. You can read a transcript for this podcast below, along with some vocabulary support at the end of the post, while you can also check out our glossary of footballing phrases here, and visit our site to access all our previous posts and podcasts. If you have any suggestions then you can contact us at admin@languagecaster.com.
Learn English Through Football Podcast: 2021 FA Cup Final
DF: Hello everyone, this is Damian from the Learning English Through Football team. I hope we are all doing well and staying safe wherever we are in the world. Now on this short football language podcast we take a look at some of the words and phrases that came out of the 2021 FA Cup final between Chelsea and Leicester and we’ll be looking at the BBC website’s match report to help us do this. The final was decided in three key moments and we’ll be explaining some of the language that the BBC match report used to describe the goal, the saves and the disallowed goal. You can read a transcript for this podcast by coming along to our site here at languagecaster.com, while you can also find some vocabulary support here too.
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DF: Leicester City won their first ever FA Cup title after defeating Chelsea 1-0 in the 2021 FA Cup Final at Wembley this weekend. The Foxes (that’s the Leicester’s nickname) became the 44th team to win the trophy and their debut victory came at the fifth attempt so before today’s win they had appeared in most finals without ever having won the Cup.
The first half was a cagey affair which means that both sides were wary of each other, they did not want to take too many risks and so when the referee blew his whistle for half time each side had only had a couple of half chances. In the second half Leicester started to play better and halfway through this half, their young Belgian midfielder Youri Tielemans scored with a wonderful strike and this is how the BBC reported it:

So, the report describes Tielemans’ goal as spectacular which means something amazing or dramatic and it then goes on to describe the kind of shot he had – a drive – which suggests power but also accuracy. We could also describe this as a screamer, a wonderstrike, a thunderbolt,


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 2021-05-16  8m