Do you like to play football? Or perhaps you like to watch football games?
Football is popular in China, and especially among men. Even though the male Chinese football team has not found much successful yet, the Chinese audience enjoys watching their games.
Perhaps you would like to converse about football with your Chinese friends? In this post we look at some basic football vocabulary and phrases.
First of all, how do you say football in Chinese? Football is called 足球, and a football fan is 足球迷. 球 means “ball”, so a football player is called 球员, and the team is called 球队. Since 队 means “team”, you can also use it to express for example the Chinese team: 中国队.
You might know the character 赛 which means “game” or “match”. You can combine it with “football” to get the Chinese word for a football game: 足球赛.. The character 赛 is also used in the following football related terms:
Perhaps the most famous football competition is the FIFA World Cup, right? The official name for the FIFA World Cup in Chinese is 国际足联世界杯, but often we just call it 世界杯. Another popular competition is the UEFA European Football Championship, or 欧洲足球锦标赛. We can shorten this too, and just say 欧洲杯.
Now that you know some basic football vocabulary, you can ask your friends like this:
Did you watch the World Cup? Today it's Germany vs Argentina.
Watching the football game, you might want to cheer on the team you like, right? Try this:
Go China! Go China! Wow, they scored! Fantastic!
And once the game over, you might want to tell your friends how it ended:
Germany vs Argentina, 1-0, Gemany won. Germany are the champions of this World Cup.
冠军 here means champion, but you can use the simpler 第一名 as well. Finally, let's have a look at some extra vocabulary: