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Dutch Football Phrases

Top Dutch Football Phrases

Football, or “voetbal” as they call it in the Netherlands, is more than just a sport, is a national passion. Since their men’s national football team is taking part in the UEFA Euro 2024, get ready to hear many of these expressions. From “doelpunt” to “buitenspel” and “hup!“, there are over 25 essential Dutch football phrases you can learn. Get ready to impress your fellow football fans whilst supporting the Oranje (Dutch national team).

Dutch Football Phrases:

EnglishDutch
FootballVoetbal
To play footballVoetballen
BallBal
To pass the ballDe bal passen
To runRennen
GameWedstrijd
GoalDoelpunt
Kick / ShotSchot / Schoppen
HeaderKopbal
To knock downNeerslaan
To missMissen
FoulOvertreding
PenaltyStrafschop / Penalty
Yellow cardGeel kaart
Red cardRode kaart
OffsideBuitenspel
Half-timeRust
Extra timeExtra tijd / Blessuretijd
Come on!Hup!
GoalkeeperDoelman / Keeper
ForwardAanvaller
DefenderVerdediger
MidfielderMiddenvelder
RefereeScheidsrechter
To winWinnen
To loseVerliezen

Whether you are an avid fan or someone learning Dutch, understanding football phrases in Dutch can greatly enhance your experience. If you are watching a wedstrijd this summer and hear “Hup Holland Hup!” you will know it means Go Holland Go! – a fan’s favourite.

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