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Pickpocketing – Football Language: 2021-22 Season: Southampton vs Manchester United Learn English Through Football

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This football language podcast looks back at one of the matches from the second week of games in the Premier League 2021-22 season. We focus on the own goal scored by Fred, which gave Southampton the lead. You can read a transcript for this podcast below, while you can also check out our glossary of footballing phrases here and visit our site to access all our previous posts and podcasts. If you have any suggestions or questions then you can contact us at admin@languagecaster.com. (DB=Damon)

Pickpocketing – Football Language: 2021-22 Season: Southampton vs Manchester United

DB: You’re listening to languagecaster.com’s football language 2021-2022 season podcast. Hello there everyone, my name’s Damon, one half of the Languagecaster team and today I’ll be talking about some football language from the Southampton versus Manchester United match last Sunday. Now, the game ended in a 1-1 draw, which gave the south coast side their first point of the campaign, while Manchester United will be a  bit disappointed after their opening 5-1 thrashing of Leeds the week  before.

I want to concentrate on the opening goal which was an own goal, and some of the football language used to describe it. First of all, here is how it was reported in The Guardian newspaper:

The moment that led to Saints taking the lead stemmed from Jack Stephens pickpocketing a dawdling Fernandes 25 yards from goal. Stephens looked up and played a slide-rule pass infield, which was worked into Adams’ feet via neat touches by Moussa Djenepo and Armstrong.

Pickpocketing

DB: Let’s start with the Jack Stephens ‘pickpocketing‘ a dawdling Fernandes. The verb, to pick someone’s pocket means to steal something, usually a wallet or money from their coat or trouser pocket. In football, the player steals the ball of course. The start of the move is described as one player pickpocketing another, so Stephens tackled and dispossessed Fernandes. We could also say that Stephens picked Fernandes’s pocket to mean the same thing.

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Dawdling

The Manchester United player is described as ‘dawdling‘, which means moving slowly with no purpose, wasting time. Fernandes believed he had more time than he had. He lacked urgency, which means he wasn’t thinking quickly and looking to pass or move with the ball. This hesitation allowed his pocket to be picked and the ball to be taken off him.

Slide Rule Pass

We then read that Stephens played a ‘slide rule pass‘ infield. A slide ruler is an instrument used in mathematics to make accurate calculations. In football it means an extremely accurate pass – the ball goes exactly where the passer wanted it to go. It often has a nuance of passing through a very small gap, so maybe between two opposing players. So, Stephens plays a great pass infield, into the middle of the pitch.

Neat touch

This football language podcast looks back at one of the matches from the second week of games in the Premier League 2021-22 season. We focus on the own goal scored by Fred, which gave Southampton the lead. You can read a transcript for this podcast below, while you can also check out our glossary of footballing phrases here and visit our site to access all our previous posts and podcasts. If you have any suggestions or questions then you can contact us at admin@languagecaster.com. (DB=Damon)

Pickpocketing – Football Language: 2021-22 Season: Southampton vs Manchester United

DB: You’re listening to languagecaster.com’s football language 2021-2022 season podcast. Hello there everyone, my name’s Damon, one half of the Languagecaster team and today I’ll be talking about some football language from the Southampton versus Manchester United match last Sunday. Now, the game ended in a 1-1 draw, which gave the south coast side their first point of the campaign, while Manchester United will be a  bit disappointed after their opening 5-1 thrashing of Leeds the week  before.

I want to concentrate on the opening goal which was an own goal, and some of the football language used to describe it. First of all, here is how it was reported in The Guardian newspaper:

The moment that led to Saints taking the lead stemmed from Jack Stephens pickpocketing a dawdling Fernandes 25 yards from goal. Stephens looked up and played a slide-rule pass infield, which was worked into Adams’ feet via neat touches by Moussa Djenepo and Armstrong.

Pickpocketing

DB: Let’s start with the Jack Stephens ‘pickpocketing‘ a dawdling Fernandes. The verb, to pick someone’s pocket means to steal something, usually a wallet or money from their coat or trouser pocket. In football, the player steals the ball of course. The start of the move is described as one player pickpocketing another, so Stephens tackled and dispossessed Fernandes. We could also say that Stephens picked Fernandes’s pocket to mean the same thing.

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Dawdling

The Manchester United player is described as ‘dawdling‘, which means moving slowly with no purpose, wasting time. Fernandes believed he had more time than he had. He lacked urgency, which means he wasn’t thinking quickly and looking to pass or move with the ball. This hesitation allowed his pocket to be picked and the ball to be taken off him.

Slide Rule Pass

We then read that Stephens played a ‘slide rule pass‘ infield. A slide ruler is an instrument used in mathematics to make accurate calculations. In football it means an extremely accurate pass – the ball goes exactly where the passer wanted it to go. It often has a nuance of passing through a very small gap, so maybe between two opposing players. So, Stephens plays a great pass infield, into the middle of the pitch.

Neat touch

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