El Fútbol (Soccer)

SOUTH & CENTRAL AMERICA: Fútbol is an important part of the culture in many Spanish-speaking countries. During the 2014 World Cup, I happened to be in Buenos Aires–and the city exploded with enthusiasm after advancing to the finals. It seemed like everyone was your best friend, whether you knew them or not. Horns honked for 24 hours straight, people waved flags out of cars, gorged themselves on pizza, and held their breath as Messi kicked… and Argentina beat the Netherlands in the semi-finals. Spoiler alert: Germany won in the finals.

In class, students travel outside to play “Spanish soccer” and truly live the language. Here, the only–I repeat, only–rule that really matters is that students speak shout and yell in Spanish. “Who plays defense? What counts as a red or yellow card? Are the teams fair?” Frankly, none of that is too important–as long as students are running back and forth, kicking a ball, and shouting in the target language, I am happy as a clam.

2014 World Cup Bracket

Image Credit


LINKS: National Anthem (Spain), Vamos, vamos, Argentina…, La Roja Baila, Wavin’ Flag (K’Naan ft. David Bisbal), Vamos a Ganar (Mylo Mur, Brasil 2014), Waka Waka- Esto es África (Shakira)

Sample Vocab to Begin

  1. ¡Pásala!
  2. ¡Por acá! ¡Por allí!
  3. La pelota/el balón
  4. Soy portero(a)
  5. ¡No manos!
  6. ¡La tengo!
  7. ¡Vamos! ¡Patéala!
  8. ¡Corre! ¡Rápido! ¡Sube! ¡Quédate alli!
  9. Defensa
  10. Descanso/entretiempo
  11. Fuera
  12. No inglés (~no puedes hablar en inglés)
  13. No fui yo / fue… [fulano]
  14. ¡Vamos a ganar!
  15. ¡Gooooooooooooooooooooooool! ¡Golazo!
  16. REPORTERO (un trabajo para alguien que no quiere o no puede jugar, por cualquier razón): “X tiene la pelota. Corre muy rapido. Patea la pelota y ¡GOOOOOOOL!(narra lo que sucede en tiempo real)
  17. CONSECUENCIAS: Números 10-0 (cuenta regresiva obligatoria, como consecuencia por 10 segunditos cuando hablen en inglés o por accidente o a propósito)

Film: Rated PG-13 (older students)

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