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Chinese World Cup Vocabulary Posted by on Jul 3, 2018 in Vocabulary

Unless you’ve been living under a rock recently, you know that the biggest event in world sports is going on right now – the World Cup (世界杯 – shì jiè bēi). The 2018 edition is being held in Russia (俄罗斯 – È luó sī) for the first time ever. Although the Chinese team did not make the cut (again), as many as 100,000 Chinese tourists were expected to travel to Russia to experience the World Cup. All over China, people have been staying up late to watch the games in what has been a thrilling and unpredictable tournament thus far. If you’re interested in football but are having a hard time talking about it with your Chinese friends, here’s a list of useful Chinese World Cup vocabulary.

Chinese World Cup Vocabulary List

Spartak Stadium in Moscow

足球
世界杯
球衣
钉鞋
比赛
进球
球场
球员
教练
前场
中场
后场
守门员
救球
队长
开球
点球
角球
任意球
带球
传球
射门
头球
掷界外球
铲球
裁判
黄牌
红牌
半场
全场
冠军

zú qiú
shì jiè bēi
qiú yī
dīng xié
bǐ sài
jìn qiú
qiú chǎng
qiú yuán
jiào liàn
qián chǎng
zhōng chǎng
hòu chǎng
shǒu mén yuán
jiù qiú
duì zhǎng
kāi qiú
diǎn qiú
jiǎo qiú
rèn yì qiú
dài qiú
chuán qiú
shè mén
tóu qiú
zhí jiè wài qiú
chǎn qiú
cái pàn
huáng pái
hóng pái
bàn chǎng
quán chǎng
guàn jūn
football
World Cup
jersey
cleats
match
goal
pitch/field
player
coach
front field
midfield
backfield
goalkeeper
save
captain
kick off
penalty kick
corner kick
free kick
dribble
pass
shoot
header
throw-in
tackle
referee
yellow card
red card
halftime
full time
champion

Practice Questions

Mexico vs. Germany

Now see if you can put your Chinese to use by answering a few questions about the World Cup. Feel free to leave a written comment if you’d like!

你喜欢足球吗?
nǐ xǐ huān zú qiú ma
Do you like football?

你是真球迷还是伪球迷?
nǐ shì zhēn qiú mí hái shì wěi qiú mí
Are you a true fan or a fair-weather fan?

你看世界杯的比赛吗?
nǐ kàn shì jiè bēi de bǐ sài ma
Do you watch the World Cup matches?

你给哪个国家加油?
nǐ gěi nǎ ge guó jiā jiā yóu
Which country do you cheer for?

谁是你最喜欢的球员?
shéi shì nǐ zuì xǐ huān de qiú yuán
Who is your favorite player?

你觉得哪个国家能赢这个世界杯?
nǐ jué dé nǎ ge guó jiā néng yíng zhè ge shì jiè bēi
Which country do you think will win this World Cup?

 

As far as China’s World Cup dreams go, the country has only qualified once before in 2002. They lost all three of their matches in the group stage that year and have yet to return. A new generation of Chinese football players are picking up the game at private sports schools, so perhaps they’ll make the cut next time around. If not, at least they have 2026 to look forward to, when the number of teams that qualify will increase from 32 to 48.

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About the Author:sasha

Sasha is an English teacher, writer, photographer, and videographer from the great state of Michigan. Upon graduating from Michigan State University, he moved to China and spent 5+ years living, working, studying, and traveling there. He also studied Indonesian Language & Culture in Bali for a year. He and his wife run the travel blog Grateful Gypsies, and they're currently trying the digital nomad lifestyle across Latin America.


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