Ramsdale hoping team makes up for World Cup beer ban

Category: Sports


Unlocking Word Meanings

Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article.

  1. lift the spirits of / lɪft ðə ˈspɪr ɪts əv / (idiom) – to make someone feel cheerful and less sad

    After losing the game, the coach lifted the spirits of the team by recognizing their efforts and treating them to dinner.

  2. buzz / bʌz / (n.) – a feeling of excitement, energy, and pleasure, especially for an upcoming event or product

    There’s a lot of buzz among the book’s fans about the new film adaptation.

  3. header / ˈhɛd ər / (n.) – a shot or pass by hitting the ball with one’s head, especially in soccer or football

    The team won after the header scored by the team’s star player.

  4. eventful / ɪˈvɛnt fəl / (adj.) – having many interesting, exciting, or important things happening

    It was an eventful month! We traveled to another country and my brother got married.

  5. goosebumps / ˈgusˌbʌmps / (n.) – a temporary rising of hairs and having small bumps on one’s skin due to excitement, fear, or cold weather

    His speech about success gave me goosebumps.


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With beer sales banned at World Cup stadiums in Qatar, England goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale is hoping his team can lift the spirits of soccer fans in other ways.

Like by winning matches.

“Hopefully with them not being able to drink, we can perform on the pitch to give them that sort of excitement and buzz,” Ramsdale said at England’s training base. “I think the fans will find some way of having a beer. I don’t think you need to do it so much at the game. We also have to respect the rules and continue to work, so we’ll put pressure on ourselves to entertain from the football pitch.”

The sale of beer in and around the eight stadiums was banned by the Qataris only two days before the opening match.

England fans and supporters of the other 31 teams will still be able to drink beer in the official fan zone, a designated party area in Doha that also offers live music and activities.

Ramsdale said he watched some of England’s run to the semifinals at the last World Cup in a bar while on vacation in Cyprus.

“I was in Aiya Napa watching the first game at (Gary) Lineker’s bar with my friends,” the Arsenal goalkeeper said. “That was crazy because obviously, Harry (Kane) scored the last-minute header (against Tunisia). That was an eventful night.”

“I watched one at a fan zone in Weymouth and then the Colombia game I watched the day before pre-season, so I was with my group of friends who me and Ben White know round their house and as you can imagine, there was a lot of cheering in the front room and I still get goosebumps now thinking about it and I wasn’t even there but it was a special night.”

This article was provided by The Associated Press.

Viewpoint Discussion

Enjoy a discussion with your tutor.

Discussion A

  • Why do you think they decided to impose a beer sales ban at the World Cup two days before the opening match? Do you think fans will still be able to enjoy drinking if it’s only allowed in a designated area? Why or why not? Discuss.
  • Do you think banning beer in stadiums should continue in future World Cups? Why or why not? Discuss.

Discussion B

  • What do you think the winning team must have felt after the winning last-minute header? What about the losing team? Discuss.
  • What’s a memorable event you witnessed that gave you goosebumps? Why do you think it had such an effect on you? Discuss.