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A few handy words for speaking "futebol"

18 June 2014, 14:01

Ri de Janeiro - To impress friends with your knowledge of futebol, here's a few words and phrases Brazilians use to discuss their jogo bonito, the beautiful game:

Fominha — player who selfishly keeps or hogs ball. Derived from verb for hunger.

Frango — embarrassingly easy ball goalkeeper shouldn't have let in. Derived from word for chicken, idea being that ball was as elusive as a running chicken. A bad goalkeeper is a "frangueiro," roughly meaning "chicken taker."

Gol de placa — extraordinarily beautiful goal.

Fregues — meaning customer, applied to teams that keep coming back for another whooping. They're good customers.

Drible da vaca — literally "cow's dribble," when player kicks ball past opponent, runs round him and collects ball on other side.

Bola quadrada — bad pass, literally "square ball."

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