The Ex-footballer is a short story written by Sevim Ak, a popular Turkish writer of novels and short stories for children.

The story tells about a boy who rips his new football shirt while playing football. The boy walks into a repair shop to have it mended. The man who repairs it turns out to be a professional ex-footballer. But who is he exactly? Why is he now repairing clothes for a living? Read the story to find out the answers.


Level: A2-B1

Age: 14-17 (but activities included which may appeal to younger learners)

This kit was designed by Turkish materials writers.

The material below includes activities for you to print and copy, the complete text, and teachers' notes. The kit needs to be used selectively as each contains activities likely to appeal to different age groups.

Stories for Schools is a British Council Turkey project to provide students with high-quality English language short stories.

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