"The defense"

Translation:A defesa

January 18, 2013

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Google finds 10 million documents that mention "o defesa" in the context of football. I believe the difference is that "o defesa" refers to a defence player rather than the general concept of the noun "defense" which would be "a defesa"

This section of the course is about sport, with heavy emphasis on football. And I lost a heart :-) because I used the most relevant for this context.

Please correct me if I'm wrong.

  • 3499

Yes, "o defesa" refers to a defense player, but it's not a common term, I don't see it being used frequently, at least in Brazil. People prefer to refer to a player by their specific position ("o zagueiro", "o lateral") rather than "o defesa".


If ‘o defesa’ refers to a defence player, rather than the way a team goes about defending or the group of players in a team that are primarily on defence, the translation would be ‘the defender’, I think.

  • 3499

Yes. But the direct translation for that would be "o defensor". Like I said, I rarely, if ever, heard "o defesa" being used.


Hmm. I did find a few cases of ‘o defesa’ on the net though.

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