|Best quotes from the beautiful game|
To celebrate the New Year here in the UK, we have chosen some of the most entertaining football quotes of 2006.
At Liverpool United, the new boss, Rafa Benetez, learned a new English phrase when player Robbie Fowler said "he was over the moon" 欣喜若狂. This means to be very happy.
Robbie Fowler impresses his boss
He taught me a new phrase because he said he was 'over the moon' to be back at Liverpool and I had never heard that before.
There was more interesting language from Ipswich manager, Jim Magilton. He said he was "low" 情绪低落, which means very sad or depressed but it literally means short.
He used an unusual phrase, which we have never heard before, when he said he was so low he "could have walked under a door in a top hat" 带着大礼帽都能从门下走过去.
A top hat 大礼帽 is an old-fashioned tall hat worn by men at very formal occasions.
Ipswich manager is very low
Last week I was so low I could have walked under a door with a top hat.
Some foreign players were not impressed with life in Britain. Patrice Evra, a French defender 后卫 at Manchester United, was not settling in 适应 well in Britain.
He didn’t like the food, describing it as "disastrous" 糟糕透顶的 and he was not impressed 印象 with the weather, saying it rained all of the time.
French player is not settling in well
I have not got accustomed to English life. The food is truly disastrous and it rains all the time.
But maybe the Queen summed it all up 一语概之 perfectly when she gave her verdict 裁决 on football, which is also known as the "beautiful game" 美观的运动.
She said that the players were "prima donnas" （歌剧）首席女演员. Prima donnas are the main female singers at the opera, but we use the term to mean people who think they are very important because they are talented, but are very difficult too, especially when they don’t get what they want.
The Queen gives her verdict on the beautiful game to Premier League chairman Sir David Richards
Football's a difficult business and aren't they prima donnas?
Well, you can’t argue with the Queen! Well said, ma’am! 说的好，陛下！