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  • Hello and welcome to 6 Minute English, I'm Rob...

  • And hello, I'm Neil. And Rob, I have to say, I am very very excited!

  • Why's that, Neil? Are you going on holiday?

  • Come on, Rob, You know why.

  • The 2018 World Cup is about to start in Russia. Four weeks of world-class football to watch.

  • By world-class I mean 'some of the best in the world'.

  • Yes, yes, I know that. But to be honest, I'll just be taking a passing interest. I've got better things to do!

  • Better things to do? Well, I'm going to be glued to my TV to watch the 32 countries compete for the title of World Cup Champions.

  • And if you love football

  • Or not

  • We've got some useful vocabulary to learn.

  • But let's start with a question for you to answer, Neil, to see how much you really know.

  • Now, the mascot for Russia 2018 is a wolf called Zabivaka.

  • What does his name mean in English?

  • Is it

  • a) The winner b) The one who scores or c) Fair play.

  • Well, my Russian is a little rusty, so I'll go for a) The winner.

  • OK. I'll reveal the answer later.

  • OK, but now I have a question for you, Rob.

  • Who won the last World Cup in Brazil in 2014?

  • Come on! It was Germany, Neil.

  • And they beat Lionel Messi's Argentina in the final.

  • Both teams are among the favourites again this time, but there'll be lots of countries who fancy their chances of lifting the World Cup trophy.

  • That means they think they are likely to succeed, even though they might not.

  • So you do know your football, Rob!

  • Anyway, the final will take place in the revamped or much improved - Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 15th 2018.

  • Did I say I was very excited? Well, I'm not the only one.

  • We asked some people what they think about the World Cup.

  • And here are Keith and Jane describing their feelings

  • It's a four-week festival of football, isn't it?

  • And everyone kind of gets behind their country.

  • You also get to know about football teams in parts of the world you don't really think about very often,

  • so it's that double-sided thing of the actual football itself, which is exciting, but also the stories that happen off the pitch as well.

  • I'm really excited. I can't wait for it to start.

  • One thing, there's gonna be great telly every night.

  • It's great to see the underdogs that are going to come through and have a really sensational tournament.

  • I think it's the enthusiasm of the crowds and the love of football that people have.

  • So two football fans there.

  • Keith used some good alliterationthat's words beginning with the same letterfour-week festival of fun.

  • He talked about people getting behind their countrynot literally going behind their team, but supporting them.

  • Who are you supporting, Rob?

  • Well, my home team is England, but I'm not confident they'll do well.

  • That doesn't matter to Jane though. She said it's fun to see the underdogs do well.

  • The underdog here means the team considered to be the weakest and the least likely to win.

  • You could say Iceland are the underdogs in this tournament.

  • Maybe, Rob. So you can see why everyone is excited by the World Cup!

  • Not everyone, Neil. For many people, they're not bothered by the tournament.

  • We could say 'it's not their thing' and there are different reasons for it.

  • Let's hear from some other peopleJeff and Inga

  • There's not a lot of sportsmanship in it now.

  • I find that it's very corporate and there's a lot of what I would call cheating going on. People taking dives, people falling over because somebody looked at them the wrong way on the pitch.

  • Not really that excited. It's just too much hype about nothing really.

  • The World Cup is a great event if you are into football, but I'm not so I can't be really bothered.

  • There you go, Neil. Some sensible people there!

  • Jeff thinks football has changed and now lacks real sportsmanshipthat's fair and honest behaviour.

  • He even claims some players cheat.

  • I'm not sure about that, Rob. But maybe he's right about the tournament becoming very corporate,

  • which means it's sponsored by big companies who like to decide how the tournament run.

  • And Inga thinks there is too much hype.

  • This means there's a lot of talk and publicity to make people interested in something.

  • Well, there is certainly a lot of talk about the World Cup, but we have to remember it's not everybody's cup of tea!

  • Well, it is my cup of tea, Rob.

  • Now, can we have the answer to that question, please?

  • Yes. Earlier I said the mascot for Russia 2018 is a wolf called Zabivaka.

  • What does his name mean in English?

  • Was it… a) The winner, b) The one who scores, or c) Fair play.

  • And I said a) The winner because football is all about winning, isn't it?

  • It's the taking part that is important Neil, and you took part in my quiz and got it wrong. The answer is b) The one who scores.

  • Now let's have a brief reminder of the vocabulary we've discussed today, starting with world-class.

  • That means 'some of the best in the world'. We should see some world-class football in Russia.

  • If we're watching it, Neil. Next we had fancy their chances.

  • If someone 'fancies their chances' they think they are likely to succeed, but they might not.

  • Let's move on to get behind.

  • If we get behind someonelike our national football teamwe support them.

  • Are you getting behind our national team, Neil?

  • Nope, I'm supporting the underdog Iceland, Rob.

  • That's a word to describe the team or person least likely to win.

  • Next we discussed sportsmanshipthat describes fair and honest behaviour.

  • And finally we talked about hype, which means 'lots of talking and publicity to make people interested in something'.

  • Well, we've had enough hype about the World Cup today and we're out of time.

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  • Thanks for joining us and goodbye.

  • Bye bye!

Hello and welcome to 6 Minute English, I'm Rob...

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