I want to say:

In this season, we can expect to see wonderful footballs from the team X. ( And I hope to see ...)

I have wrote below sentences. (Here, football means soccer, suppose Manchester United)

  1. We can expect [ Adjective ? ] football plays from the X.

I assumed that "football play" is a acceptable compound name (I am not sure).

  1. we can expect them to play [adverb]

Q1 : If the sentences are fine, I want to know which adjective or adverb is preferable to put them in the sentences. I came across with:

Wonderful - fabulous - great - astonishing - fascinating and corresponding adverbs of these adjectives.

Q2 : If all the sentences sound odd or awkward, I will be happy to see your suggestion.

For example: Consider a conversation between me and my friend:

"Did you see last night match against new-castle?"

"Yes, they present a fabulous football. I think we can expect them to play magnificently this season."

  • What about the football play do you think will be "wonderful, fabulous, or astonishing"? Those don't sound like very suitable words to me, but, you've given no indication of what you are trying to express, so I'm hard pressed to provide an alternative. Victor suggested masterful, which is a good word, but it means something very specific, so it might not say what you are trying to say.
    – J.R.
    Aug 27, 2015 at 17:39
  • @J.R. Consider a conversation between me and my friend : " Did you see last night match against new-castle ? yes, they present a fabulous football. I think we can expect them to play magnificently this season "
    – Cardinal
    Aug 27, 2015 at 20:57
  • Newcastle is the name of a football club and the city in which it is from, it should not be hyphenated.
    – Sarriesfan
    Sep 20, 2016 at 22:42

2 Answers 2


First off, I am not sure you need to use the word "football" in a sentence about expected performance of Manchester United (or other team) if the entire article is about football.

We can expect great football performance from Arsenal.

Second, since the meaning of all those adjectives you enumerated differs slightly, it falls on you to pick the right one to express the correct shade of the idea.

In addition to the ones you already found, here is a few more: masterful[ly], brilliant[ly], superb[ly], extraordinary[-rily]. Also check the synonyms for those to compile a fuller/more complete list.

  • The problem is I have no Idea about the slight difference between them. I provide a short conversation at comment as an example. I hop it can help you imagine what is the situation.
    – Cardinal
    Aug 27, 2015 at 21:02
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    @Cardinal: Yes, it certainly helps! In a causal conversation like that the slight differences in meanings of those words do not matter in the least. Use them all interchangeably. Well, except perhaps the 'masterfully' that J.R. singled out. If you find new words, look them up and try [for a day] to use them as you understand they should be used. See people's response, ask them about their reaction to your use of those words. Interaction is a better teacher than books and web. Aug 27, 2015 at 21:13

Yes, they present a fabulous football.

That is not idiomatic English at all. I think most people would say something more like this:

Yes, they played a great game.

I think we can expect them to play magnificently this season.

This one isn't too bad. Even your choice of adverb is acceptable.

This next part will be hard to explain, but I'll give it a shot.

When talking about the team play, I would generally avoid these adjectives:

fabulous, wonderful, astonishing, fascinating

They simply sound too flowery to describe the play of a football (soccer) team, in most contexts. (You might get away with fabulous or astonishing if you were talking about a team that played with remarkable skill in a very flashy way – but I don't think you'd see that very often.)

Then there are words like these, which are more common for this sort of thing:

amazing, spectacular, sensational

However, in the context of sports, words like these are usually reserved for one particular play (a spectacular goal, an amazing save, some sensational passing for example), rather than describing how one team played through the entire match.

If you want to talk about the strength of one team, rather than using a generic adjective like wonderful or dazzling, people talking about sports might be more apt to use phrases like these:

I think they will be tough to beat this season.
I think they will win a lot of games this season.
I expect they will play strong all season long.

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