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Last updated at 14:35 BST, Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Subbuteo revival


Report and vocabulary


Fingers at the ready! This was the football game of a generation.

But fans of Subbuteo gave it the red card when computer games arrived on the scene.

Despite this, die-hard fans in Asia have continued to compete and are trying to revive this low-tech game.

At a recent tournament in Japan, fierce battles were played out on pitches made of soft cloth, between devotees who think this game still rules supreme.

gave it the red card

a football term used here to mean to reject or to stop using


determined, dedicated


simple or unsophisticated


people who are very enthusiastic about a subject or activity

rules supreme

is the best and most important


Use one of the words or phrases below to complete each of these sentences from BBC news reports.
Note that you may have to change the form of a word to complete the sentence correctly.

red card/die-hard/low-tech/devotees/rules supreme

1. Ultras, the __________ fans of al-Ahly, Egypt's most successful club, took to the streets of the capital to show satisfaction after 21 people were sentenced to death for their role in last February's football violence.

2. Angst about government currencies has traditionally sent people flocking to gold, and for many _________ of the shiny stuff, gold remains the one and forever answer.

3. Then there is Bologna's world famous ragu, the pasta sauce known in the UK as bolognese. This is a city where meat _____________.

4. Depending on your point of view, Wonga is either an innovative player in the world of personal finance - or should be shown a ________ for wooing people who have little chance of meeting repayments into loans with cripplingly high interest rates.

5. Agriculture contributes a mere 3% to the island's gross domestic product (GDP), with the rest coming primarily from exports - which explains why farming remains relatively ____________ and many Taiwanese rice farmers still wander barefoot through paddy rice fields.




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rules supreme


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