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Bonus skills for football world cup

I had hoped there would be a bonus skill for the world cup, as this is a very prominent topic in the media and on the internet right now. What I would have liked to see is participating countries, general football terms (nouns, verbs), phrases and maybe some well-known (often funny) things in the respective target language that important football people said and that are often quoted. Looks like there is not.

I've not reached the sports lessons yet (I'm doing En/Fr) so I don't know how much football stuff there is in it. But I thought I might as well write a little guide for En/De since I know those things and I bet there are people who are interested in it. So here we go.

General football terms

  • football - der Fußball (can refer to ball and to the sport in general)
  • ball - der Ball
  • football pitch - der Fußballplatz
  • stadium - das Stadion
  • stand - die Tribüne
  • fan - der Fan
  • player - der Spieler
  • referee - der Schiedsrichter/Der Unparteiische (two i are correct)
  • linesman - der Linienrichter
  • the fourth official - der vierte Offizielle
  • coach - der Trainer
  • coaching zone - die Coachingzone (this is an anglicism alright)
  • match - das Spiel
  • box/penalty area - Der Strafraum (coll: Der Sechzehnmeterraum/Sechzehner)
  • touch line - Die Auslinie (also: Das Seitenaus)

Before the game

  • world cup - die Weltmeisterschaft
  • tournament - das Turnier
  • group stage - die Gruppenphase
  • best of 16 - das Achtelfinale
  • quarter final - das Viertelfinale
  • semi-final - das Halbfinale
  • final - das Finale
  • national anthem - die Nationalhymne

During the game

  • goalkeeper - der Torwart
  • defense - die Abwehr
  • midfield - das Mittelfeld
  • offense - der Sturm
  • striker - der Stürmer
  • left/right back - linker/rechter Außenverteidiger or Der Linksverteidiger/Rechtsverteidiger
  • center back - Innenverteidiger
  • left/right wing - linker/rechter Flügelstürmer
  • captain - der Kapitän
  • substitute - der Auswechselspieler
  • to substitute - auswechseln
  • to be on the bench - auf der Ersatzbank sitzen
  • line-up - die Aufstellung
  • kickoff - der Anstoß
  • pass - der Pass
  • to pass - passen
  • 1-2 - der Doppelpass
  • back-heel - der Hackentrick
  • shot - der Schuss
  • to shoot - schießen
  • corner - die Ecke
  • corner kick - der Eckstoß
  • throw-in - der Einwurf
  • free kick - der Freistoß
  • wall - die Mauer
  • penalty - der Elfmeter
  • lob - der Lupfer
  • to lob - lupfen (he lobs the ball over the goalkeeper = Er lupft den Ball über den Torwart)
  • cross - die Flanke
  • to cross - flanken
  • header - der Kopfball
  • diving header - der Flugkopfball
  • to head - köpfen
  • post - der Pfosten
  • crossbar - die Latte
  • net - das Netz
  • goal - das Tor
  • GOOOAAAL!!! - TOOOOOOOR!!!
  • to score a goal - ein Tor schießen
  • own goal - das Eigentor
  • save - die Parade (when the keeper catches or blocks the ball)
  • excellent save - die Glanzparade
  • counterattack - der Konter
  • offside - das Abseits
  • offside trap - die Abseitsfalle
  • to be offside - im Abseits stehen
  • wrong decission - die Fehlentscheidung
  • tackle - Zweikampf
  • sliding tackle - Die Grätsche
  • to tackle - grätschen (if sliding)
  • foul - das Foul
  • to foul - foulen
  • dive - die Schwalbe (just playing to get fouled)
  • yellow card - die gelbe Karte / die Verwarnung
  • red card - die rote Karte / der Platzverweis
  • to be sent off - vom Platz gestellt werden
  • assault - die Tätlichkeit (slapping another player or similar)
  • half time - die Halbzeit
  • stoppage time - die Nachspielzeit
  • extra time - die Verlängerung
  • penalty shootout - das Elfmeterschießen
  • football shirt/jersey - das Trikot
  • football socks - die Stutzen
  • studs - die Stollen
  • gloves - die Handschuhe
  • hand ball - das Handspiel

After the match

  • shots on goal - die Torschüsse (pl; in the match statistics)
  • possession - Ballbesitz
  • winner - der Gewinner/der Sieger
  • looser - der Verlierer
  • win - der Sieg
  • loss - die Niederlage
  • draw - das Unentschieden
  • trophy - die Trophäe
  • cup - der Pokal
  • nil-nil - Null (zu) Null
  • one all - eins zu eins Unentschieden
  • nightmare - der Albtraum (losing against Italy)

Countries participating in this world cup

  • Australia - Australien
  • Iran - Iran
  • Japan - Japan
  • South Korea - Südkorea
  • Costa Rica - Costa Rica
  • Honduras - Honduras
  • Mexico - Mexiko
  • United States - Die Vereinigten Staaten
  • Algeria - Algerien
  • Cameroon - Kamerun
  • Ghana - Ghana
  • Ivory Coast - Die Elfenbeinküste
  • Nigeria - Nigeria
  • Argentina - Argentinien
  • Brazil - Brasilien
  • Chile - Chile
  • Colombia - Kolumbien
  • Ecuador - Ecuador
  • Uruguay - Uruguay
  • Belgium - Belgien
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina - Bosnien und Herzegowina
  • Croatia - Kroatien
  • England - England
  • France - Frankreich
  • Germany - Deutschland
  • Greece - Griechenland
  • Italy - Italien
  • Netherlands - Die Niederlande
  • Portugal - Portugal
  • Russia - Russland
  • Spain - Spanien
  • Switzerland - Die Schweiz

Phrases and Synonyms

  • score a goal
    • Ein Tor schießen
    • Ein Tor machen
    • Das Ding rein machen
    • Die Bude machen
    • Die Chance verwandeln
  • inches away from goal - knapp am Tor vorbei
  • I thought it was in - den hab' ich drin gesehen
  • the ball went into touch - Ball im Aus (commentator might say that)

Some fun quotes - Fußballweisheiten

  • "Das Runde muss ins Eckige." (Sepp Herberger) - the ball needs to be put into the goal
  • "Der Ball ist rund und das Spiel dauert 90 Minuten." - the ball is round and a game has 90 minutes
  • "Mailand oder Madrid, hauptsache Italien." (Andy Möller) - Milan or Madrid, as long as it's Italy

Here's a website that has football chants, and there are quite a few international ones for Germany. Probably the most well known one is Oh Wie Ist Das Schön that gets sung every time the team is winning, not only on internationals but in every stadium from the lowest league to the highest echelons of football.


Obviously there are a lot more terms and I bet I have forgotten a few obvious ones. Feel free to comment and I will add them. Hope someone finds this useful.

I'd like to conclude with a quote of Englishman Gary Lineker:

"Football is a simple game; 22 men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans win."

June 14, 2014

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Katherle

:) I'm definitely not an expert when it comes to German football, but I would object to the prejudices "Oranje sucks" and "Winning against the English is the best thing that can happen". I think traditionally, the Dutch have been regarded as Germany's major opponent in football, not the English.

June 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pctrollbreath

How do I say:

We lost to Italy

We lost to Uruguay

We lost to Costa Rica

We are out of the world cup

It was fixed

The Ref was biased (Or words to that effect)

What do you mean "sore loser"

I'm going home to watch the cricket

June 18, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/simbabque

"Ich bin Engländer". :-)

June 18, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lgarratt2

Hahaha. Simbabque thanks so much for this. I too was a little disappointed by the lack of a WC bonus skill. Have a lingot!

June 18, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lewisjcranston16

haha! I like the last one!

June 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/yoink
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Thanks for taking the time to write all of this out for us, it's very informative :)

June 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RhysJohnson92

Thank you for posting these, I'd like to add some vocab with this http://german.about.com/library/blsport_fussb.htm

You may have covered most of them, but if not, here's some more :-)

June 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/simbabque

Thanks for that link. I added a few words, but some words seemed a bit weird.

June 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/StrapsOption

Brilliant idea, that would be great. And might I add a couple. . .

National Anthem = Nationalhymne

Donkey! = Esel!

June 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/simbabque

Anthem, true. I'll add that. I'm not seeing the donkey though. There are more words along those lines that are used more often, but they do not belong here I believe. :)

June 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/StrapsOption

Oh - maybe you don't say 'donkey' wherever you are. We do.

June 17, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Thakelo

This is a great idea! If you don't mind, I will grab your words and make the En/Spanish version for this :) (Have some lingots in exchange)

June 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/simbabque

Thanks. Please do. :)

June 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Thakelo

https://www.duolingo.com/comment/3378882

I had to leave out some terms I wasn't familiar with (I'm not a great football fan), but most of them are there. Thanks again for the hardwork!

June 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Larkin29

You forgot the thing about how Germans always win in PK shootouts

June 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/simbabque

Maybe the national team. If we think of Munich in the Champions League final at home... well.

June 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Larkin29

You're right. But at least for the national team... played 4 in World cups, won 4 in World Cups.

June 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jasminedesi16

Thanks for posting this. This was great!! I now want to watch a match in German :D

June 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lilithly

I've never heard the referee being called "der Unparteiische" is that from a certain region in Germany or something? Cause where I only hear people talk about "Schiedsrichter"..."der Unparteiische" sounds rather formal to me. oh and what's up with the "english fans are hooligans" and the other sentences? that really casts a poor light on Germans - and what was the reason for posting them, anyway? O.O

June 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/christian

"Der Unparteiische" is a pretty common synonym. There are only so many times a commentator can say "Schiedsrichter" before it gets old.

http://www.spiegel.de/sport/fussball/wm-2014-kamerun-mexiko-a-975106.html

June 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wataya

"Schiri" (short for "Schiedsrichter") is also pretty common.

June 15, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GrgoCroatia

Nishimura - joker card

June 15, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SenaIA

Nigeria is actually called Nigeria in German. And Bosnien-Herzegowina is spelled with a "w". And der Unparteiische might be less used than Schiedsrichter/Schiri but it is completely legit.

June 15, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/simbabque

Thanks for the spelling mistakes. I corrected them. See above for in @christian's post regarding Unparteiischer.

June 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/caselthor

Love that quote

June 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/peterliakatos

One chant the Germans love to sing when playing England is to sing "Bratwurst und Sauerkraut" to the tune of God Save The Queen

June 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/4of92000

Could you provide a link to somebody singing it? That sounds amusing, but I can't find anything high-quality.

June 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/peterliakatos

It's an older chant. I had a look myself but couldn't find anything either.

June 17, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/4of92000

:-(

June 17, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AhmadAliKarim

Danke. This is really handy especially the countries.

June 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wcmot

Amazing resource! Thanks for this x100! Schlanndd!!!

June 18, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/idshanks

'Der Ball ist rund und das Spiel dauert 90 Minuten.'

I recognise this one from a movie... I think perhaps Lola Rennt. Is there some greater meaning or sentiment behind it than is immediately apparent from the literal phrase? What sort of situation would prompt someone to perhaps say it? It seems like something that must carry more to it than the obvious.

June 18, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/christian

It basically sums up the simplicity of the game, but I don't think there's a greater meaning. It's just one of those pseudo-philosophical truisms players and coaches tend to say when interviewed by sports journalists. In this case, it was said by Sepp Herberger, one of Germany's greatest football legends. That's why it keeps getting quoted over and over again.

Here's my personal favourite: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pp1kV80Cgw

June 18, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Theognome

As a typical American, I have no idea what most of those terms mean- even in English. Sigh.

Theognome

June 18, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/maximusfood

What an incredible post! Love the chant link and the quotation at the end.

June 19, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GraceC.Luna

does anyone know the german chant where they all take a knee?? i can't seem to find it on this website

July 12, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ilyass1230

waht

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