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15 Swedish Nouns for the World Cup Posted by on Jun 13, 2014 in Vocabulary

The World Cup started yesterday in Brazil. There have been protests in the year leading up to the start of the tournament and there are sure to be more. While there is plenty to be said about all that has gone on politically, this post is going to focus instead on the soccer being played. Or at least the Swedish nouns describing the soccer being played.

The FIFA World Cup is known in Sweden as Världsmästerskapet i fotboll or Fotbolls-VM. That translates as the World Championship of Soccer/Football. The Swedish men’s team has never won the World Cup, although, the last time Sweden hosted the World Cup back in 1958 Sweden came in second to Brazil.
Sweden did not qualify this year for the World Cup,so you’ll have to cheer for someone else. But while you’re doing that, here are a few new words for you to learn:



en anfallare

a forward

en avbytare

a substitute

en back

a defender

en försvarare

a defender

en fotbollsplan

a soccer field or pitch

en målvakt

a goalie

en mittfältare

a midfielder

en supporter

a fan

en tränare

a coach

en utvisning

a dismissal or ejection

en varning

a caution or warning

ett gult kort

a yellow card

ett mål

a goal

ett rött kort

a red card


the offsides rule


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About the Author: Marcus Cederström

Marcus Cederström has been writing for the Transparent Swedish Blog since 2009. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Scandinavian Studies from the University of Oregon, a Master's Degree in Scandinavian Studies from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and a PhD in Scandinavian Studies and Folklore from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He has taught Swedish for several years and still spells things wrong. So, if you see something, say something.