Talk about: Coventry City football team

Check out when Neil started his love affair with the Coventry City football team.

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Task 1

Comprehension Check

Test yourself to see how much you understand.

Read the sentences and decide if they are true or false.




Language level

Upper intermediate: B2


I support for Liverpool. Liverpool's said in his talk. Liverpool does not know the meaning of relegation word since I have known it. It's a victory seeker. It always plays in a division called Premier league, and sometime it is on or off out of European champion league.
On 2nd June, Liverpool beat Tottenham Hostpur 2-nil to become a new king of Euro club championship. Before that, it had defeated Barcenola 4-3 on a return match of semi-final. The match had socked me because Liverpool had been lost 0-3 on the away match. Getting 4 scores in a match with a giant like Barcenola was so unbelievable.
On other hand, Liverpool doen't get many internal cups in England. Its goal for a king of Premier league has not been easy to get. Chelsea, Manchester city has kept them in the second position. Liverpool has had Jugen Kloop as its manager, and I think with his talent the club will get more titles next years.

Ok I hate talking about football. When I was at school I liked to follow football matches. I was a fan of Italy football team and I watched world cup matches. Actually I stayed awake many nights to watch football matches . I was stupid because I was a child .

I also was a fan of one of our national teams. In my country we have many football teams but there are two of them which have the most fans all over the country, they are Esteghlal and Persopolis. One of them plays in blue shirts and the other plays in red, so in my country fans of these teams are also fans of these colors. They are always conflict with each other. Anyway my favorite team is Esteghlal the one which plays in blue. and I'm still a fan of the team but not as big as before.

Today I just watching matches of our national team. and I partly watch Esteghlal matches. I still hate Perspolis, because it has the worst fans ever. most of it's fan are really football hooligans, and government support the team, so we named it governmental team.
After all now as a grown up I think it is really embarrassing some adults attack or saying bad words just for a football match. They really act like a child.

hello i am new student i am trying to read and understand in order to improve my speaking and my listening i hope i'am in good way ,
about my suporting for my favorite team , when i was child i loved my international team and it was pleased to suporting them thank you.

Hello. I think you are good fan of football. And everyone don't need to support big football club. I started to support Chelsea football club in 2012. In 2012; they won champions league. It was great nice moment of my whole life. But at nowadays i can't write my team matches because of i have lot of work. And i promising i will support this team always. And once day I will watch all matches of my team in whole season. it is my long time goal. I am writing from Mongolia.

I think, Manchester United is not big team. Because, Manchester United have a lot a fans and a lot of experience. So... look it now

What is the best way to do the task and improve my listening skill? for instance while im listening or after listening?
Greetings from Ecuador

Hello Roosari97,

I'd encourage you to experiment, but if you find it difficult to understand the audio, it might be better to do the task after you listen. Or you could always pause the audio to complete the task while listening.

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I don' t have any idea about that so perhaps i should keep quite.

Recently I like Liverpool in the Premier League.

Liverpool - is the first club in the Premier League which I support.

Yes, from this talk and also many other things I learnt that supporting football teams is a really big part of people's life in Britain. Like the person said, every kids at his school has a team to support. Another interesting thing is that in Britain people associates good sportsmanship with a lot of positive personal traits, which I think it's very reasonable.