Football: 'Super League' for Europe: BBC News Review reviews

June 12, 2022



Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham are among 12 clubs who have agreed to join a new European Super League (ESL). In a seismic move for European football, the Premier League clubs will join AC Milan, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Juventus and Real Madrid. Tom and Catherine have the vocabulary you need to talk about this story.

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5 ways to use ‘break’ – English In A Minute https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fTXl2wCm1M
Why are football crowds getting quieter? 6 Minute English – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZxTpScOY8c4

Video chapters:
0:00​​​​​​​​​​ – Introduction
0:30​​​​​​​ – Story
1:34​​​ – Headline 1: European Super League: Latest news and live updates as Premier League teams sign up to breakaway Super League
5:10​​ – Headline 2: Arrogance of the ‘Big Six’ over European Super League beggars belief
7:59​​​​​​​​ – Headline 3: Roy Keane delivers blunt take on European Super League
10:00​​​​​​​​​​ – Language summary

The story
It’s been confirmed six Premier League clubs are planning to form a breakaway league with six European sides. Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham will be among the founder members of this Super League.

Key words and phrases
breakaway
independent, separate after leaving a group
– The breakaway political party pledged to end government corruption.
– Members of the breakaway group of journalists have impressed many with their challenging reports.

beggars belief
is shocking, outrageous
– It beggars belief that Jamali could come to London and not visit us!
– Footballers get paid so much money! It absolutely beggars belief!

blunt take
completely honest opinion
– The outgoing director gave a blunt take to shareholders in the final meeting.
– The scientist delivered a blunt take on the effects of climate change.

Test your understanding on our website at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/newsreview/unit-18/session-190

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40 Comments
  1. Reply
    BBC Learning English June 12, 2022 at 3:39 pm

    Related stories:

    5 ways to use 'break' – English In A Minute: https://youtu.be/5fTXl2wCm1M

    Why are football crowds getting quieter? 6 Minute English: https://youtu.be/ZxTpScOY8c4

  2. That beggars belief that my co-worker is planning on spearheading an out-and-out breakaway program. That's gonna be a huge fiasco, yea this is my blunt take on that relentless guy.

  3. 😂😂TBC

  4. Reply
    Trâm Nguyễn Lê Ngọc June 12, 2022 at 3:39 pm

    Are both Tom and Catherine from the north of England?

  5. Hello everybody,first of all i would like to thanks this video.by the way catrine where were you?why didnt participate recent videos?we are waiting your new videos vith your amzing voice.bye stay safe take care

  6. TBC! The teachers are really imaginative and humorous!

  7. Thank you both. I learn a lot with you!

  8. Reply
    VI價值投資者 June 12, 2022 at 3:39 pm

    You both are the most fantastic hosts in the program. Excellent pronounciation, explanation and expressing ideas!
    Every time I must learn a lot from you.

  9. Reply
    Joas da Silva Brito June 12, 2022 at 3:39 pm

    It didn't last so much! By the way, amazing video 🙂

  10. Too difficult to undestand Catherine.

  11. It beggers belief that my friend, Tom, delivered blunt take on my English ancent. I felt so sad.

  12. Clever and fun. I love you.

  13. well done

  14. thank you for this exhilarating lesson

  15. I like it ..
    Thanks for this awesome episode I learned a useful vocabulary and now I'm able to talk about super league in English

  16. Blunt take: honest openion without being soft
    Beggars belief: it's shocking
    Breakaway: leave a group bcz u can do it by your ownself

  17. Very coll that topics

  18. Reply
    Athipkiat Lertthanasart June 12, 2022 at 3:39 pm

    It beggars belief I heard the Dirty Dosen is trying to join the Super League. I'd like to give the blunt take that you are ruining our FOOTBALL. Shame on You!

  19. Reply
    The Guds Production June 12, 2022 at 3:39 pm

    1. The breakaway football team just won the Indonesian Super League.
    2. It beggars belief that the big six are going to arrange a new football league.
    3. The Indonesian scientists delivered a blunt take on covid-19 pandemic situation in Indonesia.

  20. Thanks for this lesson. I hope that clubs change their minds.

  21. Thank you very much 🇦🇿

  22. Thank you very much

  23. Love this channel

  24. 6:08 "Whaaaattt" she's so cute……..

  25. Sincerily this a great class, with a couple of friends, I loved it at the same time I've Iearned a lot, they're so cool, it's a blunt take.

  26. Reply
    مركز ادهم المصري June 12, 2022 at 3:39 pm

    To learn English ,guys, you should only do one thing. you should practice. Yaeh practice try to go back in time and imagine yourself as a baby.
    How could you learn your mother language?
    By listening, right
    Listening and trying to speak.
    try and make mistakes. it's fine, But in the end i promise you. you will do it

  27. It beggars belief that Tom has left BBC and made TBC 😅

  28. It beggars belief that Tom have own Channel. I know it is funny story

  29. Reply
    Miller's Language School June 12, 2022 at 3:39 pm

    Football is a super theme! If you don’t know English you have to learn it because this skill is very necessary for talking about football! 🙂

  30. beggar belief, is it similar to unbelievable?

  31. It beggars belief for me until now after I had heard the news about the Junta in Myanmar. 😥

  32. Come on BBC keep up!

  33. Reply
    Sultanaly Omirbekuly June 12, 2022 at 3:39 pm

    🇰🇿

  34. Good channel

  35. It's a shame that people who wanna learn English still didn't know BBC Learning English.

  36. for the first time i'm not sure if they're making up a story to contextualise… or there really is going to be a breakaway TBC?? 😂

  37. Interesting topic and marvellous presentation, Best wishes

  38. Thank's Tom and Kat for sharing this new content, it's very useful. ¿What is hinding behind the super liga?

  39. Thanks, Tom and Katherine for this amazing episode… All these new words and their meaning are completely new for me… It's amazing how you as a part of the BBC Team can stick from the current news so many phrases up to teach us. it beggars belief Tom is gonna breakaway another channel, my blunt take to you, Tom, it's no good idea unless, I'd heard a rumor too, Katherine, Neil, and you were on the same page with this idea, weren't you? I'm is very grateful for your class today… So, I'm gonna look for subscribing me to the new channel "TBC Learning English", just in case the rumors would be true.

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