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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

Task 1

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Task 2

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Task 3

Activity 3

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Task 4

Activity 4

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Task 5

Activity 5

Exercise

Task 6

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.

 

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Intermediate: B1

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My name is Santiago and i'm from Uruguay. You know the football is our principal sport. It's no so good, but many players are sold to Europe, as Lus Suarez in the Barcelona, Cavani in Paris St Germain, and so.
Many people likes or dream that its guys will be football player because think it will be his future (economical future).
We have some problems with the fans during de football matches. I think its no so secure for the family. The police don't access in the football stadium. And now, it's probably will mot begin the championship for this, maybe. Many teams were lost the category because the problems with the fans, insise and outside the stadiums. Includes deaths.
It's a problem that doesn't have a solution as the moment. We have 3.3 million of people in Uruguay. And in Montevideo we have a lot of teams in 3 categories. Montevideo is the capital.
Our stadium are not confortables; don't have beatiful food, the seats are not so good. I like footbool, my team is Peñarol. It was founded by the englands of the train in 1892. It's the oldest. His first name was the Central Uraguayan Railway Cricket Club (CURCC). In 1915 changed de name.
Regards
Santiago

In support TFC Toulouse Footbal Club in France since I was a very young boy, because it's my city team.
Working and living very far from it, I feel me by the way remaining better in contact with my region.
So every week I follow the news about the french championship, and what happens with the TFC.
I'm interested by the Premier league championship too, and in patrticular I see the scores of Manchester United, Arsenal and this year Leicester !

If I would like the football then I would like to tell you something about this sport.
But unfortunately I don't like this sport, hardly ever I watch a match of football.
Sometimes when my country played with other country then I might to be a supporter. And when is the world championship of football then I'm a properly fan for my country and for the another country. That is the only time when I watch football and it seems to be interesting. Football is a boring sport for me

Hello,
I support Corinthians, a team from São Paulo - Brazil. There is no main reason to be a Corinthians supporter. I chose it when I was a child, because I liked the name 'Corinthians'. In Brazil, children are encouraged to support a team very early. I haven't watched football games recently, because it involves lots and lots of money and gives rise to corruption and related things. Just to have an idea, a big television company here buys the rights to transmit only the football games that are interest to them - in terms of money, of course - and makes difficult to watch other football matches. It is also very expensive to buy football games tickets. Brazil have lots of football fans. Some of them are really passionate about their teams and can do everything to show their passion, like making tattoos of their teams and so on. It's is common to see supporters from different teams joking between them or even fighting, unfortunately. Recently, I have seen some supporters going to street to protest against corruption cases that has happened to schools in São Paulo. It is an unusual tendency in Brazil but quite relevant because they are going beyond the subjects of football and joining others to fight for subjects that are of interest to the population.
Thanks.

Hello there,
I'm from Sri Lanaka, In here football is not that much popular but cricket. I also not interested with football. I feel that it just a boring game for me and i fed up watching ball pass here and there and most of the time i feel its not very competitive game so its a boring game for me.

Football is a game where 11 team members play match against another team. I support Argentina National Team because they have best player in the world Leo Messi. He won the FIFA Ballon 4 times only the player in the world.

In my country Football fans support to team and buy tickets to watch the matches in stadium.

Hello

I didn`t understand task 5 of this episode. Please explain and give me more example.

Hello muugi,

There is an explanation of this grammar (i.e. a comparative + and + the same comparative) on our comparative adjectives page. In this exercise, all of the forms at the top are examples of this form. You have to analyse their meaning to be able to match them to the appropriate sentence below. For example, for the first one, in which someone has a lot of work, we can think that they don't have much time, so 'less and less time' is the answer that makes the most sense.

I hope this helps.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi all, I'm from Mongolia. I like football. But I'm not a fan of it. Because I play volleyball. A lot of my friends love football. For example, my workmate guys really like football. They talk about English premier league and UEFA champions league every time. Unfortunately, all of my football fan friends play football badly than me. I don't understand it.

Hello I am from China and living Beijing now, last year I got a season ticket of Beijing Guoan. Guoan is a local football team, which has more than ten years history. Guoan is one of the most best teams of China, normally they are in the top 5 every year. I went the stadium last year several times, actually the atmosphere was very crazy. During the match all the fans stand on their feet and sing the songs, when the competitors foul they will shout to the players, sometimes they out of control and loudly cursing the opposite players, fans even the judge. To be honest, it makes me probably dislike this sports.
I think if it goes much further, they will become the hooligans, inducing much harmful for our football development. This years we put lots lots of money in our football developing issues, hope our country will be a final player in future word cup matches.

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