Soccer is like a religion in many Spanish speaking countries. In fact sometimes it may seem that football is the only sport they practice such is the attention given to it in the Spanish speaking media and topics of conversation. Given the importance it plays, you better have some of the soccer words and terms up your sleeve ready so that you too can engage in some impassioned discussions of whether the striker was or was not offside or whether the opposition player got away with an obvious hand ball or not.
Learn these words and the locals will soon welcome you to their football loving fold.
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Soccer / Football
Do you play soccer?
Sí, juego fútbol.
Yes, I play soccer.
Me gusta jugar fútbol.
I like playing soccer.
¡Mi equipo de fútbol es el mejor!
My soccer team is the best!
Fuera de juego
Mid field player
Patada al Gol
Saque de salida
Juez de línea
So next time you find yourself watching a game of football, don’t be too shy to yell at the referee on T.V like everyone else and feel confident that you are getting the words right as well as taking part in what is one of the most popular sporting and cultural aspects of many Latin American countries.
If you want more on Spanish words then check these out!
See you soon! ¡Hasta pronto!
Mauricio Evlampieff: Rocket Spanish
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