Well, that was fun. The 2014 finished with Germany crowned champions of the world. And personally, I enjoyed every minute of the competition.
The Guardian newspaper has put together an incredible 90 second video that summarizes the World Cup, and I have broken this video into different sections so that you can learn vocabulary associated with football.
Hope you enjoy it:
Wait in the Tunnel
Before the game, the two teams wait in the tunnel with the mascots and the referees. I imagine everyone is very nervous at this point.
Sing National Anthems
After the presentations, both teams sing their national anthem.
Pose for the Cameras
Both teams huddle together and then pose for photos.
The World Cup Ball
The video then showed many different pictures of the special World Cup ball. The players have said that the ball was much better than the one used in 2010.
When the referee blows his whistle, one of the teams start the game. This is called “kick off.” Traditionally, games in England kick off at 3PM on Saturdays.
We then see lots of pictures of players dribbling past other players. To run with the ball at your feet is to dribble. Messi (pictured) is one of the best dribblers in the world.
Take a Shot
We can see the French player above taking a shot. We can also use the verb shoot.
Make a Save
Joe Hart of England makes a save against Uruguay. Tim Howard made a record 16 saves in the game against Belgium. If a save is particular good, you can say, “What a save!”
Take a Throw In
Here you can see Marcelo taking a throw in.
Biting and Bans
Unfortunately, there was also some foul play at the World Cup. Here is Luis Suarez just after he bit Chillieni. Suarez was banned for fours months for this.
Make a Tackle
Here you can see the German player making a tackle / tackling. If the tackle is very good, you can say, “What a tackle!”
Injuries happen in football because it is a contact sport. Although players sometimes fake it, the guy above looks injured. Neymar got injured in the game against Colombia and had to miss the rest of the World Cup.
If a player makes a bad foul or says something bad to the referee, then they might get a yellow card. Here you can see Thiago Silva from Brazil getting a yellow card, and because he had more than one during the competition, he had to miss the next game.
If a player gets a red card, it means that they have to leave the pitch immediately. Here you can see the referee showing William Palacios of Honduras a red card in their game against France.
In the match against Colombia, Neymar got so badly injured that he had to be stretchered off.
Here you can see James Rodriguez of Colombia scoring against Uruguay. Rodriguez was the top scorer at this World Cup, scoring a total of six goals.
Here is Arjen Robben celebrating. After scoring a goal, all players celebrate in their own way.
Fans also celebrate after goals and victories.
But when one team celebrates, the other team is disappointed. Here is one Brazilian fan during the 7-1 defeat to Germany.
Winners and Losers
The picture above was taken after Germany beat Brazil 7-1. Here are different ways to say this:
- Brazil lost 7-1.
- Germany won 7-1.
- Brazil lost to Germany 7-1.
- Germany beat Brazil 7-1.
(Sorry Brazil fans.)
Lifting the Trophy
Here you can see the Germany captain, Philip Lahm, lifting the World Cup trophy.
Complete the following sentences:
1. Both teams sing their _____________ before the game.
2. The teams ___________ for photographs.
3. Messi is one of the best __________ in the world.
4. You need to _________ to score.
5. Tim Howard _________ lots of saves in the World Cup.
6. Marcelo usually __________ the throw ins for Brazil.
7. Suarez ___________ for four months for biting an opponent.
8. Neymar had to be stretchered __________.
9. James Rodriguez __________ six goals.
10. Germany ________ Brazil 7-1.
1. national anthems
7. was banned
Time for a Discussion
Did you enjoy the World Cup? If so, what was your favourite moment? Leave your comments below!
(My favourite moment was when Daniel Sturridge scored against Italy. But being an England fan, that was about it!)