The French footballing words and phrases to know if you’re travelling to Euro 2016

England manager Roy Hodgson will be hoping his side don't face a "tirs au but" in France. Photo: Tim

England manager Roy Hodgson will be hoping his side don't face a "tirs au but" in France. Photo: Tim Goode/PA Wire. - Credit: PA

Thousands of football fans are travelling to France from England, Wales and Ireland to watch Euro 2016, and will need to be sur le ballon (on the ball) with the native language to keep ahead of the game.

Here are some useful footballing terms in French:

Ball - ballon

Goalkeeper - gardien

Defender - defenseur


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Midfielder - milieu

Winger - ailier

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Striker - attaquant

Captain - capitaine

Substitute - remplacant

Kick-off - coup d'envoi

Half-time - mi-temps

Injury time - temps additionnel

Referee - arbitre

Offside - hors-jeu

Foul - faute

Yellow/red card - carton jaune/rouge

Free kick - coup franc

Penalty - penalty

To score a goal - marquer un but

Equaliser - but egalisateur

Clear the ball - degager

Shoot - tirer

Tackle - tacler

Pitch - terrain

Nutmeg - un petit pont

Penalty shoot out - tirs au but

What a goal! - Quel joli but!

Own goal - but contre son camp

To park the bus - fermer la boutique

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