El fútbol y más vocabulario

On an exciting day of final qualifications for la Copa Mundial 2010, Uruguay, winners of the first World Cup in 1930, triumphed over Costa Rica to become the last country to book a place in next summer’s tournament. But perhaps more exciting was France’s win over Ireland, which came literally at the hand of French striker Thierry Henry, who also plays club ball for Barcelona in Spain’s La Liga. It was a game I was lucky enough to watch…illegally over the internet while pretending to do my Spanish homework. Double oops! While Henry’s play has drawn some comparisons to Argentinian Diego Maradona‘s infamous “Hand of God” goal against England in the quarterfinals of the 1986 World Cup, the French striker is actually fessing up to the role his hand played in France’s victory. And Henry has always struck me as a stand-up guy. Maradona? Judge for yourself.

el portero/el guardameta : goalkeeper :: el gol : goal

meter/anotar el gol : to score :: ganar : to win

vencer/derrotar : to beat :: perder (ie verb) : to lose

el partido : match :: jugar contra : to play against :: el equipo : team

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