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Euro 2016 French Football Vocabulary

French in Normandy

Prepare yourself for the Euro 2016 Championship with this French football vocabulary

The time to watch Euro 2016 Championship has finally arrived. Now everyone is seated in front of a giant plasma TV chanting for their favourite representation. Of course not everyone knows the right terms for football. If you are one of them you wouldn’t want to just sit and ask around what happened, what is this about,…etc. This is the reason why French in Normandy has compiled this list of 20 terms you need to know for the Euro 2016 Championship.


French English
Allez les bleus! Go, France!
Le coup franc Free kick
Botter To kick
Sauver To save (the ball)
La faute Foul
L’hors jeu Off-side
Le corner Corner
Le penalty Penalty
Le but Goal
Shooter To shoot (the ball)
Marquer un but Score a goal
La carton jaune Yellow card
Le carton rouge Red card
La mi-temps Half time
Dribbler To dribble
la remplaçant Substitute
L’expulsion Send off
Victoire Win, victory
Perdre To lose
L’égalité Draw/tie

Now that you’ve got the French football vocabulary that you need, you can learn the French football chant below!