The Reading / Listening - Football Fans - Level 1

Football fans in Korea plan to sue Italian soccer club Juventus. The club signed a contract to play Cristiano Ronaldo for 45 minutes in a friendly game against an all-star K League team, but he stayed on the bench. Fans now want compensation. They sang the name of Ronaldo's rival Lionel Messi at the game. They also booed. One fan on social media wrote: "Ronaldo betrayed the 60,000 audience. I'm no longer a Ronaldo fan."



The angry fans went to see lawyers in South Korea's capital city. They want their $60 ticket price back, and $850 each for the "mental anguish" Ronaldo's no-show caused. A lawyer said this was "a special case" because Juventus used "false advertising" to take advantage of Ronaldo's fans. He added: "As for the mental anguish...some of the fans are very passionate. They are real fans, so for them it is very painful because they love Ronaldo."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Football Fans - Level 0 Football Fans - Level 2   or  Football Fans - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-49168694
  • https://www.irishtimes.com/sport/soccer/south-korean-fans-sue-for-mental-anguish-after-ronaldo-sits-out-seoul-friendly-1.3971970
  • https://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/sports/2019/07/661_273116.html


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Football fans in Korea
  2. The club signed
  3. play in a
  4. Juventus signed
  5. he stayed
  6. lace
  7. chanted the name of Ronaldo's
  8. I'm no longer
  1. a contract
  2. great rival
  3. a Ronaldo fan
  4. on the bench
  5. friendly
  6. plan to sue
  7. up his boots
  8. a contract

Paragraph 2

  1. The angry fans went
  2. South Korea's
  3. They want their $60 ticket
  4. $850 each for the mental
  5. A lawyer said this was a
  6. Juventus used false
  7. take advantage
  8. some of the fans are
  1. price back
  2. very passionate
  3. anguish
  4. advertising
  5. to see lawyers
  6. of Ronaldo's fans
  7. capital city
  8. special case

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Football fans in Korea (1) ___________________ Italian soccer club Juventus. The club (2) ___________________ to play Cristiano Ronaldo for 45 minutes (3) ___________________ game against an all-star K League team, but he stayed on the bench. Fans now want compensation. They (4) ___________________ of Ronaldo's rival Lionel Messi at the game. (5) ___________________. One fan on social media wrote: "Ronaldo betrayed the 60,000 audience. I'm (6) ___________________ Ronaldo fan."

The angry fans (7) ___________________ lawyers in South Korea's capital city. They want their $60 (8) ___________________, and $850 each for the "mental anguish" Ronaldo's no-show caused. A lawyer said this was "(9) ___________________" because Juventus used "false advertising" to (10) ___________________ Ronaldo's fans. He added: "As for the mental anguish... (11) ___________________ fans are very passionate. They are real fans, so for them it is (12) ___________________ they love Ronaldo."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

FootballfansinKoreaplantosueItaliansoccerclubJuventus.Theclubsig
nedacontracttoplayCristianoRonaldofor45minutesinafriendlygame
againstanall-starKLeagueteam,buthestayedonthebench.Fansnow
wantcompensation.TheysangthenameofRonaldo'srivalLionelMessia
tthegame.Theyalsobooed.Onefanonsocialmediawrote:"Ronaldobe
trayedthe60,000audience.I'mnolongeraRonaldofan."Theangryfans
wenttoseelawyersinSouthKorea'scapitalcity.Theywanttheir$60tick
etpriceback,and$850eachforthe"mentalanguish"Ronaldo'sno-sho
wcaused.Alawyersaidthiswas"aspecialcase"becauseJuventusused"f
alseadvertising"totakeadvantageofRonaldo'sfans.Headded:"Asfort
hementalanguish...someofthefansareverypassionate.Theyarerealf
ans,soforthemitisverypainfulbecausetheyloveRonaldo."

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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(o) ________________

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Free writing

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Answers

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