This page has been archived and is no longer updated. Find out more about page archiving.
Search BBC
BBC World Service
BBC BBC News BBC Sport BBC Weather BBC World Service Worldservice languages
spacer gif
You are in: Home page > News English > Words in the News
Learning English
spacer gif
Words in the News
Wednesday 28 May 2003
Vocabulary from the news. Listen to and read the report then find explanations of difficult words below.

  Italian football players
All-Italian European champions league final
Summary: Italian fans travelled to England in their thousands for the European champions league final in Manchester in the north of England today. For the first time it was an all-Italian final. Juventus of Turin play AC Milan. Both clubs have billionaire owners. Milan is owned by the Italian Prime Minister and Juventus is supported by a major motor manufacturer.
   
The News Listen  
  Last season Italian fans were miserable at their country's lack of success. Their clubs failed to reach the quarter finals of the European champions league, and the national team was knocked out of the World Cup by south Korea. This season they had three semi-finalists – a return to the 1990s when an Italian club featured in nine out of ten finals. Today's match will produce the first Italian champion for seven years, and more success for the club's owners.

The Italian Prime Minister and media tycoon Sylvia Berlusconi bought AC Milan in 1986 and the team's fortunes have mirrored his colourful career in politics. Under him the team has won the league six times and three European Cups. Victory could be important as the prime ministers reaches the mid point of his electoral term. And defends himself in court against corruption charges.


 
   
The Words Listen
 
  season
the period of time football is played during the year

 
   
  clubs
the football teams and all who work with them

 
   
  quarter finals
the last four matches to play

 
   
  knocked out
removed from

 
   
  semi-finalists
the teams playing in the last two matches

 
   
  champion
first prize winner

 
   
  tycoon
very rich and powerful

 
   
  mirrored
reflected

 
   
  colourful
unusual, unconventional

 
   
  Read more about this story  
 

Other Words in the News archives

 

BBC copyright
 
Learning English | News English | Business English | Watch and Listen
 
Grammar and Vocabulary | Communicate | Quizzes | For teachers
 
Downloads | FAQ | Contact us