Jun 122014

Brazil is hosting the World Cup. For many Brazilians, the sport is coming back to its spiritual home because of the high profile it has in the country.
Rob and Grace talk about the ‘beautiful game’. Learn some expressions about social classes and football.

How many goals did Pele score in his career? Was it:
a) About 700 goals
b) About 1,200 goals
c) About 1,600 goals


6 Minute English – Brazilian football

Vocabulary and definitions
to kick off: (here) to start something; the first kick of the game when two players from the same team in the centre circle play the ball and start the match
poverty: extreme lack of money or resources
social mobility: ability to go from one level of society – one class – to another
middle class: level in society where people typically can own a house, a car, buy food and live comfortably
striker: player who kicks the ball to score goals
goalkeeper: football player who stops the ball from crossing the goal-line and is allowed to use his hands to do that
to boast: to speak with pride
goalposts: the wooden sticks which form a frame and have a net attached to them

6 Minute English – Brazilian football Transcript Video


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