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Episode 05

Tess and Ravi talk about football and hooligans in the UK and how things have changed. Adam is on holiday so we only have Rob this week.

Tess & Ravi

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Tell us something about football. Which team do you support? Why? What do football fans do in your country? What happens at football matches?

If you don’t like football, tell us why not?

Send us your comments and we’ll talk about your answers in the next podcast.



Language level

Intermediate: B1


Hi! everyone,I dont like football games...In our country there were no football games.
Even  if we have,i dont like that kind of game......Eversince,.....
But I think,it was a great game......

I am Sunghun from South Korea and live in Australia. Football is a little different in here Australia. I think that when you say football, most of Australian think of rugby. Rugby is more popular than soccer in Australia but soccer in Korea is one of most popular sport. Baseball is also quite popular. I like soccer because you can play with just a ball and ground, that's all. When I was in Korea, I used to play every Sunday joining a local soccer club. I played with other strong guys for hours on that day. It was good exercise and good time to get to know each other.
I am working at home these days and I am usually at the computer. So I think that I need some exercise.
Anyway, it doesn't matter what kind of sport you do. I think that it is good to train your body. There is saying "Good mind comes from healthy body."

Hi everyone!

I think is interesting this topic, the hooligans, unfortunately there are still people who think in this way about of English football fans but you can’t generalize, not all them are like that. It’s reasonable that the football fans are upset about it, as Ravi said.  I’m not a football fan and in my country Guatemala, I think we need to improve a lot our football. However, many people go to watch the matches. The only time I'm excited to watch football is during the Football World cup, where you have the opportunity to watch the best football in the world.

I agree with comments of Ravi about football support. If few people have sometimes bad behaviors in a pitch, It seems that rest of the people have the same behavior. And not, just few people are hooligans and the rest, the majority, are fans. I'm from Spain and we have exactly the same problem that England. There are lot of rivalry between teams, for example Real Madrid vs Barcelona, Sevilla vs Betis. It seems the things have changed lately. 

Hello everyone! I'm from Brazil and football here is the most popular sport. By the way, nowadays the best brazilian football's players are in Europe because they win more money at there and more world brand. I think they are right and they should enjoy that opportunity very well. Kisses for all.

I've joined to British Council today... and I'm glad the web. In Spain, there are two main teams: F.C Barcelona(Barça) and Real Madrid. When I was a child, Barça drove me crazy each time that there was a football team.. However, at the moment I can't put up it because I consider that there are many problems in the world, and we spend too money in this instead of other things more necessarily.
The football always is competitiveness... and personally, I hate this in all aspects of my life, so I prefer other sports.
If you love the football, you should live a period of time in Spain.

Hi, I don't like football much, but I think they do one great thing: they unify people all together! More and more people have it as a tradition to watch a football match in a pub or bar. I think it is terrific!
Thanks for the topic.

Hello everyone¡¡
Well I have to say I am not t really enthusiastic of football, but I admit is has become an important social event in mi country  Spain. All the people though don´t like people have a favorite time and they consider themselves like fan of an that team, me too. For example , I support Barca. That´s the time of Barcelona , a fantastic city situated in a region called Catalonia in Mediterranean Coast, but Anybody doesn´t knows Barcelona yet? Well I think most of people have heard about this city , and the most fortunate  had already visited that. The other important team is Madrid. This team is one of the most important teams in the world too, and both moves loads of moneys in publicity and they have become football  the more successful business in Spain

Hello all,
Where is the Support pack for this episode?
Have a good day.

Hi Drasy

Martin uploaded the support pack yesterday - I just accidently deleted his comment (Sorry Martin).



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