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Spanish vocabulary to talk about the World Cup

Are you a longtime soccer fan or are you just getting into it with the 2022 World Cup? Either way, we have all the Spanish vocabulary you need to know to talk about this exciting sport and world competition.

Let’s take a look!

Sustantivos:
  • La Copa = World Cup Trophy
  • La Selección de fútbol = Soccer national team
  • El partido = match / game
  • El estadio = stadium
  • La cancha = soccer field
  • El césped = soccer turf
  • El equipo = team
  • El uniforme = uniform
  • La camiseta = soccer jersey
  • El arco = goal
  • El arquero/a o guardameta = goalkeeper
  • El árbitro, juez = referee
  • El juez de línea = linesman
  • El jugador = player
  • La pelota = ball
  • El tiro = shot
  • El tiro de esquina = corner kick
  • El saque lateral = cross-shot
  • El penal = penalty
  • La falta = foul
  • El triunfo = win, triumph, victory
  • La pérdida = loss
  • El ganador = winner
  • El perdedor = loser
  • Las barras = hardcore fans, soccer hooligans
  • Las hinchas = fans, supporters
  • La hinchada = fans (collective noun)
  • El graderío = stadium seats (collective noun)
  • La butaca = individual stadium seat
  • El narrador de fútbol = soccer commentator
  • El comentarista deportivo = sport analyst
  • El var = VAR (Virtual Assistant Referee)
Verbos:
  • Patear = to kick the ball
  • Tapar /atajar el gol o penal = to block / catch the goal or penalty shot
  • Hacer un gol = to score a goal
  • Fallar un gol = to miss a goal
  • Fallar el penal = to miss a penalty shot
  • Cometer una falta = to commit a foul
  • Ganar = to win
  • Perder = to lose
  • Empatar = to draw a tie
  • Lanzar el balón = to throw the ball
  • Clasificar = to qualify
  • Clasificar a octavos de final = to qualify / to move on to the round of 16
  • Clasificar a cuartos de final = to qualify / to move on to quarter-finals
  • Eliminarse = To disqualify
  • Celebrar el triunfo = to celebrate the win, victory
  • Pitar el partido = to signal the end or beginning of the match using a whistle
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