World Cup 2014: Spanish Football Vocabulary and Phrases


With the World Cup underway and a strong presence of Latin American teams as well as the current world champions being Spain it might be useful to know certain phrases and words related to football.

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World Cup- La Copa Mundial

Player- El jugador

Goalkeeper – El/la portero/a

Defender- el defensa (referring to the whole defense is la defensa)

Midfielder- el centrocampista

Winger- El extremo

Forward- el delantero

Referee- El árbitro

Linesman- El juez de linea

Manager/Coach- El técnico/entrenador


Pitch- El campo/la cancha

Goal area- La portería

Midfield- El centro del campo

Sideline- La banda

Corner flag- El banderín de esquina

Penalty spot- Punto penal

Centre circle- círculo central

Ball- La pelota

Post- El palo/poste


Match- El partido

First half- El primer tiempo

Second half- El segundo tiempo

Half time- El entretiempo

To score- Meter un gol

Pass- El pase

Own goal- Autogol

Kick-off- El saque de centro

Corner kick- El saque de esquina

Free-kick- El saque de falta

Throw-in- El saque de banda

Penalty- El penalti

Red card- La tarjeta roja

Yellow card- La tarjeta amarilla


What is the score? – ¿cómo va el marcador?

What was the score?- ¿cómo terminó el partido?

Show him a yellow card – Píntalo de amarillo (literraly means “paint him yellow)

Send him off! – ¡A la calle!


“They played like never before, they lost as usual”- “Jugaron como nunca, perdieron como siempre”

Shoot! – ¡Patea!

Handball! – ¡Mano!

Goal! – ¡Gol!

Goal poacher- Cazgoles

Bicycle kick- Chilena

Nutmeg- Túnel

He dived! – ¡Se ha tirado!

Great tackle! – ¡Buena entrada!

Foul! – ¡Falta!

That was brilliant! – ¡Genial!

Good game! – ¡Partidazo!

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