The Reading / Listening - Maradona - Level 2

Football fans have paid their final respects to football legend Diego Maradona. Huge crowds were on the streets of the capital Buenos Aires to see his body. An Argentina flag and a football shirt with his trademark number 10 covered the car. Thousands walked past his coffin at the Presidential Palace. They cried, blew kisses to their hero and prayed. Maradona died of a heart attack on Wednesday, aged 60. Argentina's government declared three days of national mourning for him. One fan said: "Maradona represents Argentinianess. He [was above] football. He has my respect."



Maradona is one of the greatest players ever to step onto a football pitch. Many think he is the best. He captained Argentina to win the 1986 World Cup. He scored the famous "Hand of God" goal against England. In that same game, he scored a goal that was voted as the greatest goal of the twentieth century. Current Barcelona captain Lionel Messi said: "Maradona will never leave us because he is eternal." Brazilian legend Pele, a rival to Maradona for the world's greatest ever player accolade, said he hoped to one day, "play together in the sky" with Maradona.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Maradona - Level 0 Maradona - Level 1   or  Maradona - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-55060614
  • https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/11/26/the-greatest-thousands-of-argentinians-say-goodbye-to-maradona
  • https://www.batimes.com.ar/news/argentina/mourners-bid-final-farewell-to-maradona-at-the-casa-rosada.phtml


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. Huge crowds were on the streets
  2. a football
  3. Thousands walked
  4. blew
  5. Maradona died of a heart
  6. declared three days of national
  7. Maradona represents
  8. He has my
  1. mourning
  2. kisses to their hero
  3. Argentinianess
  4. shirt
  5. respect
  6. of the capital
  7. attack
  8. past his coffin

Paragraph 2

  1. Maradona is one of the greatest
  2. a football
  3. He captained
  4. He scored the famous
  5. the twentieth
  6. a rival
  7. the world's greatest
  8. play together in the
  1. century
  2. ever player
  3. players ever
  4. sky with Maradona
  5. to Maradona
  6. pitch
  7. "Hand of God" goal
  8. Argentina

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Football fans have paid (1) ___________________ to football legend Diego Maradona. Huge crowds were on the streets (2) ___________________ Buenos Aires to see his body. An Argentina flag and a football shirt with (3) ___________________ 10 covered the car. Thousands walked past his coffin at the Presidential Palace. They cried, (4) ___________________ their hero and prayed. Maradona died of a heart attack on Wednesday, aged 60. Argentina's government declared three days (5) ___________________ for him. One fan said: "Maradona represents Argentinianess. He [was above] football. He (6) ___________________."

Maradona is one of the greatest players ever (7) ___________________ a football pitch. Many think he is the best. He captained Argentina to win the 1986 World Cup. He (8) ___________________ "Hand of God" goal against England. In that same game, he scored a goal that (9) ___________________ the greatest goal of (10) ___________________. Current Barcelona captain Lionel Messi said: "Maradona will never leave us because (11) ___________________." Brazilian legend Pele, a rival to Maradona for the world's greatest ever player accolade, said he hoped to one day, "play together (12) ___________________" with Maradona.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

FootballfanshavepaidtheirfinalrespectstofootballlegendDiegoMarad
ona.HugecrowdswereonthestreetsofthecapitalBuenosAirestoseehis
body.AnArgentinaflagandafootballshirtwithhistrademarknumber10
coveredthecar.ThousandswalkedpasthiscoffinatthePresidentialPala
ce.Theycried,blewkissestotheirheroandprayed.Maradonadiedofahe
artattackonWednesday,aged60.Argentina'sgovernmentdeclaredthr
eedaysofnationalmourningforhim.Onefansaid:"Maradonarepresent
sArgentinianess.He[wasabove]football.Hehasmyrespect."Maradon
aisoneofthegreatestplayersevertostepontoafootballpitch.Manythin
kheisthebest.HecaptainedArgentinatowinthe1986WorldCup.Hescor
edthefamous"HandofGod"goalagainstEngland.Inthatsamegame,he
scoredagoalthatwasvotedasthegreatestgoalofthetwentiethcentury.
CurrentBarcelonacaptainLionelMessisaid:"Maradonawillneverleave
usbecauseheiseternal."BrazilianlegendPele,arivaltoMaradonaforthe
world'sgreatesteverplayeraccolade,saidhehopedtooneday,"playtog
etherinthesky"withMaradona.

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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Free writing

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Answers

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