LEARN SPANISH: A FREE BLOG SERIES #11 The World Cup Essentials

Learn Spanish:
A Free Blog Series
The World Cup Essentials


Hola a todos,

First things first, está llegando a casa.

To line up with El Mundial, The World Cup, what better excuse to learn some Spanish fútbol vocabulary? This week, I’m going to help you speak about the beautiful game. Plus, the Spanish love talking about football.

If you’ve been keeping an eye on my Facebook page, DiaryofaSpanglishGirl, you’ll have seen I’ve been setting up a reaction cam for Alex. So, if you’re watching England and want to celebrate con nosotros, give it a watch!

Martes seems to come around so quickly, this time, I’m actually writing in advance. No excessive typing to try and get it done in time. Anybody else impressed?

Football Vocabulary

Deportes: Sport

El fútbol es uno de los deportes más populares del mundo
(Football is one of the most popular sports in the world)

Equipo: Team

En el Mundial, hay ocho grupos de cuatro equipos.
(In the World Cup, there are eight groups of four teams.)

Capitán: Captain

Kane será el capitán de Inglaterra en el Mundial
(Kane will be the captain for England in the World Cup.)

Selección: The Selection or “National Team”

La selección de fútbol de Inglaterra
(The National Football Team)

Goleador: Goal Scorer

Lukaku es el goleador de Bélgica
(Lukaku is the goal scorer for Belgium)

Jugador: Player

Cada uno de los equipos tiene 11 jugadores en el campo.
(Each of the teams have 11 players on the pitch)


Delantero/Atacante: Foward/Attacker

Un delantero es un jugador de un equipo de fútbol que se destaca en la posición de ataque
(An attacker is a football player that stands in a position of attack)


Delantero central:  Center-forward

El delantero centro estaba corriendo
(The centre forward was running)

Defensor: Defender.

El defensor es un jugador que tiene como rol principal impedir que los adversarios
(A defendor is a player whose main role is to prevent opponents)

Portero/Arquero: Goalkeeper.


El portero de Inglaterra se llama Jordan Pickford.
(England’s goalkeeper is called Jordan Pickford)

Gol de empate: Equaliser – a goal that ties the score.

Colombia anotó un gol de empate contra Inglaterra en los últimos minutos
(Colombia scored an equaliser in the last minutes against England)

Estar en la banca: To be on the bench

Vardy estaba en la banca esparando la oportunidad de reemplazar a Sterling
(Vardy was on the bench waiting for the opportunity to replace Sterling) 

Campo: Pitch

Londres tiene campos de fútbol de leyenda
(London has legendary football pitches)


Even though this is the Bernabeu in Madrid… haha


Tiro de esquina :  Corner kick

Maguire anotó después del tiro de esquina
(Maguire scored after a corner kick)

Ganar el partido: To win the game.

Inglaterra ganó el partido contra Suecia.
(England won the game against Sweden)

Saque inicial: Kick-off.

Expulsado – Sent off

El jugador fue expulsado
(The player was sent off)

¡Gol! – Goal!

¡Falta! – Foul!

¡Pasa! – Pass!

Una tarjeta roja – a red card

Una tarjeta amarilla – a yellow card

El entrenador – coach

Fuera de lugar: Offside

Línea de banda: Sideline

La sustitución – substitution

El partido – match

This should help you speak a little bit about the football! I hope this vocabulary can help you understand how to talk about football in Spanish. Let me know if you enjoyed it!

Good luck, England. Is it coming home?

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Hasta luego,

This guide is a free blog series. This information has been picked up by practising speaking with locals in the Comunidad Valenciana area. Any resemblance to any book, guide or learning Spanish resources, is purely coincidental. This guide is not intended as a substitute for other resources or teaching. This guide does not guarantee fluency in Spanish.






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