45 Spanish Football Terms and Phrases

When would you put a Porter in a Spanish football goal and when would you put Noah's Ark in Goal?

200 Words a Day! users will instinctively know what I am driving at here!

Can you imagine a PORTER standing in the goal mouth?

Can you imagine Noah and his ARK in the football goal mouth?

For the answer this silly question, read on!

el arco is the Spanish word for goal
Note: el arco can also mean: arc, semi-circle or bow (and arrow), while la arca = ark.

It is masculine so we have a picture of Noah and his ARK OH! in goal.

el arquero is the Latin American Spanish word for goalkeeper so imagine Noah the ARK HERO in goal shooting an arrow. An ARK ARROW!

el portero is the Spanish word for goalkeeper. As in Spanish from Spain.

So if you can imagine the male hotel PORTER in goal, you have your Memory Trigger with a GENDER TRIGGER.

Imagine the PORTER is the famous actor PORTER Hall, and this will make the recall of the image, the word, its gender more memorable, and super-easy to pluck from your subconscious to the tongue-tip.

Because we remember famous people and celebrities well, we often use the images of famous people from history, and celebrities as tools to help you remember words and vocabulary.

They are invaluable and unforgettable as GENDER TRIGGERS ©. (A tool used to remember the gender of a noun).

We recently watched some soccer football on TV and compiled some useful words, vocabulary and phrases pertinent to Spanish football / Spanish soccer.

Hispanics love their football, so you had better bone up on the terminology.

Fill yer boots!

Spanish Football Terminology

¿Cual es el resultado?
What is the score?

Sonar el silabato.
Blow the whistle.

el penal
penalty

Corre!
Run!

Sace de arco

el arquero(Latin America)
goalkeeper

el portero(Spanish)
goalkeeper

el arquero
goalkeeper

el arco
goal area

el equipo contrario
opposing team

patear
to shoot

Patea!
Shoot!

Defender
to defend

atajar
to catch

atajar un penal
to save a penalty

el foul
(Argentina) foul

la falta
foul

atacar
to attack

una patada inicial
kick-off

un punta pie inicial
kick-off (note el punta looks like a feminine word but it is masculine, as it is shortened from el puntapie (kick).

el aplauso
applause

una tarjeta roja
a red card

una tarjeta amarilla
a yellow card

una tarjeta expulsado
red card - literally a card of expulsion

el jugador fue expulsado
the player was sent off.

el jugador ha sido expulsado
the player has been sent off.

el papanata(South America)
Fool! Sucker! Idiot!

el director técnico
coach

el entrenador
coach

la sustitución
substitution

el partido
match

la enchada
crowd of supporters, fans

el area de penal
penalty area

el juez de linea
linesman

un tiro
shot

el primer tiempo
first half

el segundo tiempo
second half

el entretiempo
half time

el jugador
player

la final
final

el delantero
forward

el voleador
striker

el mediocampista
midfielder

el defensor
defender

los cordones
shoelaces


200 Words a Day! Spanish Football Terms
32 Alverton, Great Linford, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, MK14 5EF, United Kingdom. © 2005-2010

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