Neymar dive confession: BBC News Review reviews

June 2, 2022

One of Brazil’s star players – Neymar – was criticised by many during the World Cup because he seemed to react very dramatically after being fouled. Now he’s admitted that at times he did indeed ‘exaggerate’ his reactions. He also defended himself by saying that he suffered a lot on the pitch – meaning he got fouled a lot. Neil and Catherine discuss the key language from this story.

Learn about the language the world’s media is using to report this story.

Key words and phrases:
pretending something is real

• Faking illness to miss an exam can get you in serious trouble.
• He was sent to prison for faking banknotes.

the act of admitting you did something wrong

• His murder confession led to a short trial.
• Rob’s confession to biscuit theft came as no surprise to anyone.

come back to haunt (someone)
return as a problem for a long time

• That photo from the Christmas party has come back to haunt Carlos.
• Don’t say anything on social media that might come back to haunt you.

You can test your understanding here


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  1. Everyone’s known it for a long time. Don’t need him to confess.

  2. Biscuit’s problem in your workplace seems involving with complicated interactions…….

  3. Fake is bad.

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    Raqueline Monteiro June 2, 2022 at 1:50 pm

    He is the worst play soccer of the world! I'm Brazilian and I hate him soccer.

  5. Catherine's accent is sweet and difficult to imitate…

  6. Really helpful.

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    Adriana rodrigues June 2, 2022 at 1:50 pm

    This player does not represent the strength of the Brazilian people. He's fake.

  8. Still speaking fast

  9. Hi!
    I am a Brazilian girl too and it would be very nice having more news about our country.
    Amazing job👏🏻

  10. Thank you.

  11. How much i love watching you guys explaining every single phrase to us…. Thanks a million.

  12. Thanks

  13. M getting addicted to BBC learning english… don't know why…

  14. Where are the subtitles?

  15. Best english-learning channel ever

  16. Neymar is a fake soccer player and a pathetic actor.

  17. Pegou muito mal a atividade deste futibolista, sem saída o recurso foi confessar o que todos já sabiam. ⚽

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    ngân hàng học viện June 2, 2022 at 1:50 pm

    I am a beginner and it's better to have engsub :)) thanks

  19. Keep it friends

  20. Reply
    INVISTA com VINYCIUS AZEVEDO June 2, 2022 at 1:50 pm

    Neymar is a huge shame for Brazil.

  21. Thanks a lot. U r great!

  22. Reply
    Mohammed Elhassan June 2, 2022 at 1:50 pm


  23. Thanks for informative video

  24. Superb! Please more arrange this kind of programs

  25. Reply
    Hữu Tài Nguyễn June 2, 2022 at 1:50 pm

    ahihi, neymar's behaviors was the reason why i stopped supporting Brazil

  26. actually a new word for me was Dive since i didn't know it was used in soccer to say someone pretends to fall.

  27. I have to make a confession: I don't allow myself missing a single episode of this program! (Or should I say… don't allow myself to miss… 🤔)

  28. Reply
    João Pedro Castilho Davanço June 2, 2022 at 1:50 pm

    Neymar is the best player on the world

  29. Reply
    Cláudia Rodrigues June 2, 2022 at 1:50 pm

    More brazillian news, please. I'm brazillian =)

  30. I'm also brazilian, and feel sorry for his bad behaviour. I love London, been there, but never been to BBC buiding, such a shame.

  31. Absence of dan from this programme may come back to haunt both Neil&Catherine.😅. Where is dan ??!?

  32. I have tell you a one thing BBC,

  33. News review topic about Neymar's diving???😂😂 I couldn't possibly think about this, I am just guffawing 🤣🤣🤣
    by the way he spent 15 minutes simulating and lying on the pitch in the world cup

  34. You always mention Rob stealing bisquits, is he really that much obsessed with bisquits?

  35. Good topic.

  36. Great

  37. Reply
    Studio of English June 2, 2022 at 1:50 pm

    'Come back to haunt' is certainly a good expression!

  38. Reply
    EngVlog : Learn English June 2, 2022 at 1:50 pm

    Brazilian star Neymar has shown his skills on the field during the World Cup, but he's also displayed his acting skills.
    Very useful video. Thanks BBC Learning English.

  39. I'm Brazilian and I felt so embarrassed by Neymar's behavior during World Cup. Fortunately, he came clean. He looked like a crybaby.

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