Views #336 | Intermediate 4


Matt describe his magic goal in soccer.

Simon: Where are you from?

Matt: I'm from a little country called England.

Simon: Oh, yeah, where in England?

Matt: All of it! I have no hometown.

Simon: OK. OK. Where do you live now?

Matt: I'm living in Tokyo, in Japan.

Simon: What do you do in your free time?

Matt: So, my main hobby is football, or soccer to the yanks.

Simon: OK. OK. Football. Yeah! What position do you play?

Matt: I'm a defender so usually I play on the right side of defense.

Simon: What's your favorite thing about defending?

Matt: My favorite things is definitely "hacking" down the stiker coming through. If he's too fast, don't worry about the ball, get the man.

Simon: OK. OK. Did you hack anybody today?

Matt: Um, I didn't hack anyone. A few people bounced off of me, but no! They're all a bunch of girls.

Simon: So you did play today?

Matt: I did play. I played two games today.

Simon: Did you score?

Matt: I did score.

Simon: Can you describe it?

Matt: Well, I was walking up from the back, there was a nice little corner. I thought, oh, I'll just wait at the edge of area. See what happens. Ball comes in, defender heads it out, bounces in front, chested it down, a nice volley into the far top corner, just over the keeper's flailing hand. Beautiful goal.

Simon: Alright! Alright! Do you do those kind of goals often?

Matt: I do those goals about once a lifetime.

Simon: So it was a pretty special day for you?

Matt: Very special day for me, yeah, definitely! I'm looking forward to the next one in about five years.

Simon: OK, thank you for that!

Matt: Cheers mate!

Learn vocabulary from the lesson!


What position do you play?

Your 'position' in a sports team refers to the part that you play in the team. For example whether you play in offense or defense.

Notice the following:

  1. He might not get in the team, there is a lot of competition for the position of goalkeeper.
  2. I can play almost any position in soccer.


I'm a defender, so usually I play on the right side of defense.

When you play in 'defense' it is your job to stop the other team from scoring points and to stop their attacks.

Notice the following:

  1. The defense played very poorly and I think that is why we lost.
  2. We need to improve our defense if we want to have a chance of winning the cup.

hack down

My favorite thing is definitely "hacking" down the striker coming through.

When you 'hack someone down' it means that you physically stop them from attacking your team and scoring a point.

Notice the following:

  1. We really hacked down well today and that is why we won.
  2. When you hack down you have to be careful not to hurt your opponent.


Ball comes in, defender heads it out, bounces in front, chested it down, a nice volley into the far top corner.

A 'volley' is when the ball does not touch the floor or bounce but instead is hit or kicked and kept in the air using different body parts..

Notice the following:

  1. That was a really good volley.
  2. When you volley the ball you have to really give it a good kick or it won't go far enough.


Just over the keeper's flailing hand.

When you 'flail' it means that you are fumbling in order to catch or get hold of something. It usually refers to a full and useless extension and movement of the arms or legs.

Notice the following:

  1. I was flailing about in the water before I could get hold of the rope.
  2. When you go to catch the ball try not to flail your arms.
Answer the following questions about the interview.


Vocabulary Quiz
positions • defense • hacked
volley • flailing
  1. My leg really hurts where he down on me.
  2. She is not a good swimmer. It looks like she is just around in the water.
  3. I can't believe you can the ball for 10 minutes without stopping.
  4. He is a very valuable player because he can play many .
  5. Our is playing really well today. It will be almost impossible for the other team to score.