The Reading / Listening - Football / Soccer - Level 2

Europe's top football clubs created a breakaway super league but it fell apart less than 48 hours after it launched. A group of 12 of the richest teams in Europe announced they would take part in the European Super League (ESL) starting in August. This made fans, players and managers furious. Even the British Prime Minister and Britain's Prince William were angry. They said the new league would destroy football. There has been so much anger that the clubs pulled out of the ESL. This was because of protests by fans, who said the ESL was created by greedy club owners.

Six of England's richest teams agreed to join the breakaway ESL, including Manchester United and Liverpool. Top teams from Spain, like Barcelona, and Italy also signed up. No teams from Germany and France joined. This made it less European. In Germany, teams are 51-per-cent owned by fans, so fan power is big. The UK government said it would take whatever action is necessary, including legal action, to stop the ESL. Premier League clubs want to expel the six English clubs from their league. FIFA said players who played in the ESL could be banned from the World Cup.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Football / Soccer - Level 0 Football / Soccer - Level 1   or  Football / Soccer - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.espn.com/soccer/manchester-united/story/4365066/man-united-man-city-players-voice-super-league-concerns-to-clubs-sources
  • https://sports.yahoo.com/super-league-faces-potential-legal-215850700.html
  • https://www.theguardian.com/football/2021/apr/19/european-super-league-government-fa-and-uefa-unite-to-denounce-plans


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. football clubs created a breakaway
  2. it fell apart less than 48 hours
  3. This made fans, players and
  4. the new league would
  5. There has been so
  6. the clubs pulled
  7. This was because of protests
  8. the ESL was created by
  1. after it launched
  2. by fans
  3. destroy football
  4. greedy club owners
  5. super league
  6. much anger
  7. managers furious
  8. out of the ESL

Paragraph 2

  1. Six of England's richest
  2. No teams from Germany and
  3. This made it less
  4. teams are 51-per-cent owned
  5. it would take whatever action
  6. legal
  7. players who played
  8. banned
  1. European
  2. in the ESL
  3. action
  4. from the World Cup
  5. France joined
  6. is necessary
  7. teams
  8. by fans

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Europe's top football clubs (1) ___________________ super league but it fell apart less than 48 hours (2) ___________________. A group of 12 of the richest teams in Europe announced they would (3) ___________________ the European Super League (ESL) starting in August. This made fans, players (4) ___________________. Even the British Prime Minister and Britain's Prince William were angry. They said the new league (5) ___________________. There has been so much anger that the clubs pulled out of the ESL. This was because of protests by fans, who said the ESL was created by (6) ___________________.

Six of England's richest teams (7) ___________________ the breakaway ESL, including Manchester United and Liverpool. Top teams from Spain, like Barcelona, and Italy (8) ___________________. No teams from Germany and France joined. This (9) ___________________ European. In Germany, teams are 51-per-cent (10) ___________________, so fan power is big. The UK government said it would take whatever action is necessary, including (11) ___________________ stop the ESL. Premier League clubs want to expel the six English clubs from their league. FIFA said players (12) ___________________ the ESL could be banned from the World Cup.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Europe'stopfootballclubscreatedabreakawaysuperleaguebutitfellap
artlessthan48hoursafteritlaunched.Agroupof12oftherichestteamsin
EuropeannouncedtheywouldtakepartintheEuropeanSuperLeague(E
SL)startinginAugust.Thismadefans,playersandmanagersfurious.Ev
entheBritishPrimeMinisterandBritain'sPrinceWilliamwereangry.The
ysaidthenewleaguewoulddestroyfootball.Therehasbeensomuchang
erthattheclubspulledoutoftheESL.Thiswasbecauseofprotestsbyfans
,whosaidtheESLwascreatedbygreedyclubowners.SixofEngland'sric
hestteamsagreedtojointhebreakawayESL,includingManchesterUnit
edandLiverpool.TopteamsfromSpain,likeBarcelona,andItalyalsosig
nedup.NoteamsfromGermanyandFrancejoined.ThismadeitlessEuro
pean.InGermany,teamsare51-per-centownedbyfans,sofanpoweri
sbig.TheUKgovernmentsaiditwouldtakewhateveractionisnecessary,
includinglegalaction,tostoptheESL.PremierLeagueclubswanttoexpe
lthesixEnglishclubsfromtheirleague.FIFAsaidplayerswhoplayedinth
eESLcouldbebannedfromtheWorldCup.

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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