9 Spanish Football Phrases To Cheer On Your Team At The World Cup
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9 Spanish Football Phrases To Cheer On Your Team At The World Cup

October 7, 2019


The FIFA World Cup: football’s ultimate
competition. And whether you’re a football fan or not,
you’ve got to pay attention. It’s what everyone’s going to be talking
about. And if you’re a fan, then you’re definitely
going to be rooting for a team. Whether it’s your own country’s team,
or another team because yours didn’t make the cut. Football reigns supreme in most Spanish-speaking
countries, – in places like Argentina and Uruguay it’s practically a religion! – so
it only seems fitting for me to do a short video on how you can watch the World Cup and
cheer on your favourite teams with your Spanish-speaking friends. This is a great way to practice your Spanish
as an intermediate student, and it’s a lot of fun too. So let’s get started. 1. Our first phrase is for cheering on your team. ¡Vamos, vamos sí se puede! Come on, come on, you can do it! So here we use sí se puede to mean “you
can do it” in English. In English we use the second person singular
form, but we’re not actually referring to one person here, but rather the whole team. So in Spanish, to have the same affect we
use se puede. ¡Vamos, vamos sí se puede! 2. Our second phrase let’s you support the
players. There’s nothing we don’t love to do more
during a match than cheering on our favorite players. ¡Que buen tiro! Nice one, good shot! In football vocabulary, a tiro is like a shot
in English. So when you’re a team makes a good shot,
you can yell: ¡Que buen tiro! 3. This next one you’re going need when you
start arguing through the television with the referee. ¡Era penal, era penal! It was a penalty! It was a penalty! You’ll definitely need this word when you
watch the World Cup: penal. A penalty. Everyone loves a good controversy during the
World Cup, and penalties are a big part of the excitement. 4. This next phrase, you’ll use to show your
team spirit with your friends watching the game. ¡Que se paren, que se paren! Everyone get up, get up! This is what you should shout out to get everyone
to stand up when you’re team’s doing well. Especially when they’re about to shoot a
penalty shot! ¡Que se paren, que se paren! 5. Number five is what you’ll need, to tell
your players what to do! It’s impossible not to feel like you can
somehow telepathically communicate with your team. Let’s be realistic everyone does it when
they’re watching a match. Tócala, tócala, pero no para allá. Kick it, kick it, but not over there! Tocar normally means to touch or to play an
instrument. But it’s also used in football to mean to
kick it. Like when your team’s running up to take
a shot, and passing between their players. But then all of a sudden they miss a pass,
and the other team gets the ball. 6. Ok number 6. You’ll relish the moment when the opposing
team gets a red or yellow card. So use this next phrase to show your support
with the referee. ¡Tarjeta roja, expúlsalo! Red card! Take him out! The tarjeta roja is the red card. The tarjeta amarilla is the yellow card in
Spanish. So just insert whichever in this phrase. Expúlsalo! Is like saying he’s out. Take him out. ¡Tarjeta roja, expúlsalo! 7. During the World Cup everyone loves a good
bet, and you’ll be making lots of them with your friends. Especially to pay for drinks if you think
you’re team’s about to score a goal. Si es gol yo te invito. If it’s a goal, I’m buying. In Spanish, when you say te invito you actually
mean that you’ll be paying. You’re buying the drinks. Invitar just means to invite someone, but
usually in English we don’t mean we’re going to pay the tab. In Spanish you’re definitely paying. So when you’re feeling certain you’re
team’s about to make a big score, say Si es gol yo te invito. 8. This next one is a common chant used in the
Spanish-speaking world. ¡Chiquitibum a la bim bom ba! (nombre del
equipo) Ra, ra, ra! This chant originates in Mexico, and has a
formal version used for its national league and university teams. Other Latin American countries have since
adopted this shortened version when they’re cheering on their teams. So learn it by heart and use it when you’re
team needs your support! 9. Now to finish up, our last phrase is not really
a phrase at all. But it is the without a doubt the most iconic
and memorable thing you’ll hear the commentator say when watch a game in Spanish. It’s that’s iconic Latin American drawn-out
shout of GOOOOOOOOOOOOL when someone scores. The longer you can sustain the word, the better! So excited for the World Cup and ready to
try out these phrases? Which country will you be cheering on? Let us know in the comments below and tell
us about any other cheers or jeers in Spanish you use when¬¬ watching football.

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