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Hello, my name's Laura, and welcome to our weekly round up section called This Week, I'm Premier Skills English.

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Hi there. I'm rich. We've got lots of interesting words and phrases to help you talk about football in English.

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And I'm Jack, and we hope you are all well.

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The 2019 20 season is officially over. Bu but guess what? Well, the 2020 21 season has already kicked off.

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Hooray! This week, our headlines include news about this season's Premier League fixtures and news from the Champions League.

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But more importantly, our main aim is to focus on some football English for you to learn.

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We'll look at three football headlines from the last seven days and focus on some useful bits of vocabulary from each story.

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And we want you to use and practice these words and phrases by interacting with Premier League fans from around the world in our comment section.

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And a little later, we'll also have a Premier League prediction for you. This week, we're going to take a look at the official curtain raiser to the English football season, the community shield.

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If you listen to us on Apple podcasts, you can leave your comments in the review section. We do read all the reviews and would love to hear from you.

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You can find all our latest content on the premier skills English homepage or the Premier Skills British Council Facebook page.

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Don't forget that we also have our weekly Premier Skills English podcast that's released every Friday.

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Every week we help you with some different vocabulary or an aspect of grammar.

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Our latest podcast is called English and the UK Leads.

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We talk about things you can do and see in the city of Leeds and Leeds United Football Club who've been promoted to the Premier League.

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And in our role play, Rohan is in the lead city centre asking for directions, which makes his northern accent even stronger than usual.

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Have a listen and see if you can understand what he's talking about.

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You can find the lesson on the home page on the Premier Skills English website.

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OK, now you're going to hear our three headlines after each headline. We'll have a little discussion and look at some vocabulary.

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Their words and phrases we're looking at this week are fixture a mouthwatering clash to draw level to come back and haunt your old club, Polke home. And Rosty later on will also have a language challenge for you to have a go at.

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So you need to be ready for that. Champions clash on opening day, the new Premier League fixtures are out and there's a mouth-watering clash on the opening day with Premier League champions Liverpool taking on the champions of the championship Leeds United.

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The opening weekend is the 12th of September, although the Manchester Club's opening fixtures will be a week later due to their involvement in European competitions.

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The fixtures are out already. The fixtures have been released. There is going to be a lot of football this year.

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Yes, most Premier League clubs are back in training and playing pre-season friendlies. A very quick turnaround, that's for sure. Let's look at some language. Fixture is the obvious words to look at here, because we've been talking about the opening day fixtures in the Premier League, a fixture very generally means a scheduled match.

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But let's look at it in a bit more detail.

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The Premier League fixtures have been announced.

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There's a fixture list, which is a schedule of matches throughout the season. These matches are scheduled.

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They're fixed. They can't usually be changed.

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So we use fixture in terms of something that is scheduled, but we also use it to describe the history of matches between two teams.

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Imagine a match between Manchester United and Aston Villa has just kicked off. A commentator may say something like Aston Villa haven't scored in this fixture since 1982 or Marcus Rashford has never scored in this fixture.

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Manchester United may have played 30 matches against Aston Villa since 1982, and Rashford may have played a few matches against Villa. We're using the word fixture to highlight historical meetings between the two teams.

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Let's look at another phrase. We said Liverpool against Leeds will be a mouth-watering clash.

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A clash is a match or fixture between two teams. A clash is used more generally in connection with a fight or an argument between two people or groups of people. Clash is often used in newspapers and the media to make the match sound more exciting. That's what we did in the headline. We also used the word Mouth-watering, which is an adjective we usually use to describe food that looks so good. You want to eat it immediately.

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But we can use mouth-watering more figuratively to, we said, a mouthwatering clash, which means a match that is so exciting that you want to watch it right now. Let's move on to our second headline. Byan make it six in Champions League five, Munich drew level with Liverpool when they beat Paris Saint-Germain to claim their six Champions League title. The German champions beat the French champions one nil through a Kingslee Komander, the ex PSG player, came back to haunt his old club and now only Real Madrid and AC Milan have won the competition more times than Bayern.

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I think Bayern Munich are definitely the team to beat at the moment, and Neymar didn't get a chance in the second half.

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I think Liverpool and City will be back stronger this season.

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The first bit of language we want to look at here is to draw level, to draw level means to become equal to someone else in a competition that had been winning before Liverpool were ahead of Bayern Munich in the number of times they've won the European Cup.

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But now they have both won it six times. Bayern have drawn level with Liverpool.

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You also see the phrase in match reports. Journalists use it to mean equalise. You might read things like City Drew level just before half time or Jiru drew Chelsea level with a fantastic header.

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The next bit of language I want to look at is to come back to haunt an old club. It's a bit of a cliche, but I hear it a lot when a player scores a goal against the team they used to play for.

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Yes, it's a bit of a cliche and seems to be the phrase that commentators always use when it happens to haunt is something that ghosts usually do. Ghosts haunt old castles, for example.

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We also use Haunt to describe things that cause problems over a long time because of something you did. A bad decision you make may come back and haunt you.

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It's in this way that we use it in football. It was a bad decision to sell the player and he or she comes back to haunt you by scoring a goal against you. Let's move on to our final headline, Arsenal Lose out to PSG in Champion's League quarterfinals, arsenal lost to one at home to PSG who progressed to the semifinal stage of the Champions League in Spain. Arsenal gave their fans hope when Beth Mead drew the gunners level. But PSG found a winner when Signi Broon poked home, Arsenal looked rusty, which was understandable as they hadn't played since March and the French team took full advantage.

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That was difficult, not having played a competitive match since March.

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The new Women's Super League kicks off on the 6th of September with Manchester United against Chelsea. Let's look at some language.

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She said that Signi Brown poked home the winner on the pitch to poke means to stretch with your leg and to connect with the ball with your toes.

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Home is the back of the net. So to poke home means to score a goal by stretching your leg out to connect with the ball.

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The final word we're going to look at this week is Rusty. We said Arsenal looked rusty because they hadn't played for a long time.

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Metal gets rusty when it's left outside in the rain. A bicycle might get very rusty.

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If it's left outside for a long time, it can be very difficult to ride a bike when it's rusty. But if you add a bit of oil to the chain, you can usually get it moving again.

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It's basically used to say that you are not good as you usually are because you haven't been playing or practicing.

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When a new season starts or players come back from injuries, they are often described as rusty if they don't play as well as they normally do.

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OK, we've looked at three stories and six bits of vocabulary in our headlines. The words and phrases we've looked at are fixture, a mouthwatering clash to draw level to come back and haunt your old club home.

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And Rusty, have a listen to the headlines again and see if you understand the vocabulary we've looked at. Champions clash on opening day, the new Premier League fixtures are out and there's a mouth-watering clash on the opening day with Premier League champions Liverpool taking on the champions of the championship Leeds United.

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The opening weekend is the 12th of September, although the Manchester Club's opening fixtures will be a week later due to their involvement in European competitions.

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Bayern make it six in Champions League by Munich, drew level with Liverpool when they beat Paris Saint-Germain to claim their six Champion's League title. The German champions beat the French champions one nil through a Kingslee Komander. The PSG player came back to haunt his old club, and now only Real Madrid and AC Milan have won the competition more times than Bayern Arsenal.

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Lose out to PSG in Champions League quarter finals.

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Also lost to one at home to PSG, who progressed to the semi-final stage of the Champions League in Spain. Arsenal gave their fans hope when Beth Mead drew the gunners level. But PSG found a winner. When Signi Broon poked home, Arsenal looked rusty, which was understandable as they hadn't played since March and the French team took full advantage.

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It's time for our Premier League prediction this weekend sees Arsenal take on Liverpool in the community shield. The Community Shield is the traditional curtain raiser to the English football season curtain raiser.

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A curtain raiser is a small event that happens before a more important event. It starts everything off. The phrase comes from the theater where they used to be a short performance before the main performance.

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So the community shield is the curtain raiser for the rest of the season.

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Exactly. It's called the Super Cup in many other countries and is usually played between the league champions and the Cup winners from the previous season.

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And this season, for the first ever time, there'll be two matches at the same venue on the same day. First, there is the women's community shield between Chelsea and Manchester City and then the men's community shield between Liverpool and Arsenal.

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So who's going to win, Rich? Well, it's difficult to say.

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It'll be the first time since he and Chelsea have played a competitive fixture in months, and Liverpool and Arsenal might be a little rusty to add, usually go for the league champions as they're usually the better team.

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But I'm going to go for Manchester City to win the Women's Community Shield and Arsenal, to win the men's community shield.

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Really? You're going for Arsenal to win? Not really, Jack. Liverpool three, Arsenal nil and Manchester City to Chelsea, though he had to go in there. So there are predictions. What's yours? Do you agree you can make your predictions on the Premier Skills English website? To finish up the show, we've got a quick language challenge connected to this week's vocabulary.

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Earlier, we used the phrase to draw level, so we've thought of three more sentences that each use a phrasal verb withdraw.

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Can you complete the missing words? I think it's difficult this week.

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Naimah is definitely on the move to the Premier League. I've heard they are drawing the contract now.

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The team need to draw all their experience if they want to get back into this match.

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I'm not going to get drawn this arguments again, Jack. Liverpool have better strikers than Arsenal.

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They want you to write the correct answers on the Premier Skills English website, where we have some more questions and activities connected to this week's show.

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Or write your answer on Apple podcasts. If that's where you listen to us, just write the answers in the review section and say hi before we finish.

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We just wanted to say that we hope you find this lesson useful and we hope that all of you stay fit and healthy.

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Bye for now and enjoy your football.