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The FIFA World Cup

Since the first competition involving just 13 teams in Uruguay in 1930, the FIFA World Cup has been entertaining millions of people across the world. Held every 4 years in a different country, this year’s host is Russia.

Brush up on your footie vocabulary in Russian to sound like a pro!

football game

(game of) football
футбол

football (ball)

football
футбольный мяч

football boots

football boots
футбольные бутсы

football player

football player
футболист

goal

goal
гол

linesman

linesman
судья на линии

football pitch

football pitch
поле

whistle

whistle
свисток

referee

referee
рефери

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Football words you may not know

nutmeg

to kick or hit the ball between the legs of (an opposing player)

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rabona

an unconventional method of kicking the ball in which a player plants one leg and brings the kicking foot round behind it

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scissor kick

a kick in which the player leaps into the air raising one leg and brings up the other leg to kick the ball

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bicycle kick

a kick in which a player jumps into the air feet first, then kicks the ball backwards over his or her own head

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keepy-uppy

the act or an instance of keeping a ball off the ground by bouncing it repeatedly on a foot, knee, or head

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pitch invasion

if there is a pitch invasion during or after a football, rugby, or cricket match, fans run onto the pitch

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Some of our Russian publications!

Collins publish a range of titles which can help you with language-learning needs this World Cup:

Collins Russian Dictionary Essential edition

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1st Edition

A handy quick reference guide for everyday Russian.

  • Designed for all those studying Russian who need maximum information in a handy travel format.
  • Offers comprehensive and up-to-the-minute coverage of Russian and English, with additional notes warning the user of those words which are easily confused.
  • With natural, idiomatic example phrases, in-depth treatment of the most important core vocabulary and help to find the exact translation you want.

Collins Russian Dictionary Gem Edition

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5th Edition

Fully revised, this dictionary is the perfect choice for anyone needing a portable up-to-the-date reference, suitable for all travellers to Russia and for business people and students.

  • Designed to give travellers, students, business people and the general user alike all the information they need in a handy, take-anywhere format.
  • Includes all the latest words reflecting changes in modern lifestyle, as well as all the features you would expect from a Collins dictionary.
  • Also in this dictionary is a handy business language supplement, ensuring you have all the up-to-date business vocabulary you need at your fingertips.

Collins Gem Russian Phrasebook and Dictionary

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Amazon Kindle Edition

You will never be lost for words in your travels around Russia again! Your ideal travel companion will ensure that you can say what you need in Russian with ease and confidence.

  • Reliable and easy-to-use, this phrasebook is an indispensable travel companion as you deal with the situations that crop up every day on holiday; from finding a chic hotel, or hiring a car to explore the countryside, to choosing a local delicacy from the menu.
  • With helpful travel information and cultural tips, plus a 3000-word dictionary, make sure you don’t go anywhere without this little ebook – an essential guide to speaking and understanding Russian when travelling in Russia.