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Sunday's football rumor mill

Sunday's football rumor mill

Date: Mar 30 2009

Topic: Vocabulary

Author: nad1a


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Ronaldo could be the centre of attention again this summer

Real Madrid are continuing their pursuit of Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo and are set to offer £100 million in transfer fees and wages to land the World Footballer of the Year.

United have previously resisted all approaches for Ronaldo from the Spanish giants so a huge offer will have to be made to persuade Sir Alex to part with the winger.

Another player on Real's radar is Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas. He could join Madrid or former club Barcelona in the summer.

The Gunners are reportedly thinking about cashing-in as they believe he may have got too big for the team.

Arsene Wenger will try and bolster his defence next season by adding Everton's Joleon Lescott.

Liverpool will rekindle their interest in Aston Villa's Gareth Barry in the summer, hoping to land the midfielder for a cut-price £8 million as he will be in the last year of his current contract.

The Reds are also interested in Stewart Downing should Middlesbrough get relegated.

However, they face competition from Tottenham Hotspur for the £15 million-rated winger.

Spurs are also in the hunt for Real Madrid left-back Gabriel Heinze, while they are looking to offload midfielder Tom Huddlestone.

Newcastle are believed to be readying a £6 million bid for the England under-21 international.

The Magpies are also set to bid £4 million for Celtic keeperArtur Boruc, despite his case of the dropsies against Northern Ireland yesterday.


What is your favorite football team? Who's your favorite player?
Why do you think football is so popular?
Do you think professional footballers are overrated?
What do you think of the names mentioned in the article?



Match the words on the left with their synonyms on the right.
1)              pursuit
2)              set
3)              to land
4)              cash in
5)              resist
6)              persuade
7)              bolster
8)              rekindle
9)              cut-price
10)              off-load
  a. withstand, oppose
  b. chase, search
  c. discharge
  d. trade; deal
  e. assist; help
  f. cheap; inexpensive;
  g. cause to believe; convince to do
  h. decided; determined
  i. achieve, acquire
  j. revive
Match the beginnings and the endings of the phrases found in the article.
11)              £100 million in transfer fees
12)              competition from Tottenham Hotspur
13)              for a cut-price £8 million
14)              reportedly thinking about
15)              the World Footballer of the Year
16)              their pursuit of
17)              to be readying a £6 million bid
18)              will have to be made


Fill in the gaps in the sentences:

  a. a huge offer
  b. Newcastle are believed
  c. continuing
  d. cashing-in to land
  e. The Gunners are
  f. to land the midfielder
  g. they face
  h. set to offer
Word Bank:
bolstercashing in cut-price

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Speedy police squad is ______ to start action on Monday.

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All of the offenders were college-aged and some became uncooperative and ________________ arrest.

If you want to sell your product, you have to ________________ people to buy it.

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If you want to ________________ the passion in your relationship, try this advice.

Town centre bosses plan to create __________________ car parks and bring prices down.

"He is trying to ______________ some of the blame for the launch on the dear old media.”

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i like cris' style, he's the best player i have never seen…

04:59 PM Sep 16 2009 |

egyptian _ girl


Ronaldo was the best to me but now i donot know???

09:00 AM Sep 14 2009 |



i am english very poor

12:42 PM Sep 07 2009 |


United Arab Emirates

i like brazil because brazil always play well

12:03 PM Sep 07 2009 |



When it comes to football I’ll just say nothing is more beautiful than Barcelona, Barca, Bluegranة.. Barca means football is more than a game, more than a club, more than what you think.

10:01 AM Aug 18 2009 |

just a person

United Arab Emirates

am ganna check it

01:44 AM Aug 04 2009 |

K id...



03:12 PM Jul 11 2009 |





04:42 AM Apr 18 2009 |



Central African Republic

I am your sister.Smile

01:19 AM Apr 18 2009 |




it ws high time someone wrote a lesson about football on here :-)

07:11 PM Apr 14 2009 |





07:10 PM Apr 14 2009 |

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