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Japan sakka
Soccer Vertical Wall Scroll

In Japan, they use a few different words for soccer (football). This one is supposed to sound like the English word "soccer."

Note: Japanese are more likely to use a word like フットボール (futto bouru) which sounds like the international word football / futbol. They may only use this word if talking to an American friend (since the word "football" was hijacked in America to title a sport where the foot rarely comes in contact with the ball).

Note: Because this title is entirely Japanese Katakana , it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

Soccer / Football / Futbol

China zú qiú
Soccer / Football / Futbol Vertical Wall Scroll

This the word for football or soccer in Chinese. As with most of the world, football is very popular in China. During the World Cup, the whole country seems to shut down to watch (regardless of whether Team China is playing or not).

Soccer is probably the 3rd most popular participation sport in China (after ping pong and badminton).

As you might expect, the first character means "foot" and the second character means "ball."

FYI: This game would never be confused with American Football in Chinese. As with the rest of the world, there is a vague awareness of what American Football is (often described as "that game kind of like rugby").

For those familiar with American Football, there is some disgust regarding the fact that winners of the Superbowl call themselves "world champions" of a game that is only played in the USA. This is one of the reasons that jokes abound about how Americans are unaware that there is a world outside of their borders.

Soccer / Football / Futbol

Japan shuu kyuu
Soccer / Football / Futbol Vertical Wall Scroll

This the title for football or soccer in Japanese Kanji and old Korean Hanja. The sport is very popular in both Japan and Korea (Korea and Japan co-hosted the football World Cup in 2002 - a world-class sporting event held every four years that rivals the Olympics).

In Japan, they sometimes say サッカ (sakka) or フットボール (futto bouru) in place of the pronunciation shown above. 蹴球 is supposed to sound like the English word "soccer" and "football / futbol" respectively.

The first Kanji means "kick" and the second means "ball." So technically, this means "kick ball" in Japanese and Korean (this is just an educational note - this will always be understood as the game of soccer / football).

FYI: This game would never be confused with American Football in Japan or Korea. Unlike the game of American basketball and baseball (both quite popular in Japan and Korea), there is only a vague awareness of a rugby-like game that is also called football in the USA.

Football / Futbol

Japan futto bouru
Football / Futbol Vertical Wall Scroll

In Japan, they use a few different words for football. This one is supposed to sound like the international word "football / futbol."

Note: This word is seldom if ever associated with the sport of American football.

Note: Because this title is entirely Japanese Katakana , it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

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Mandarin qián wèi / qian2 wei4
Taiwan ch`ien wei / chien wei
Japanese zenei / zene / ぜんえい
Chinese advanced guard; vanguard; avant-garde; forward (soccer position)
Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) (1) advance guard; vanguard; (2) avant-garde (e.g. music); (surname) Maee


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Mandarin dù wēi / du4 wei1
Taiwan tu wei
Football / Futbol Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese Du Wei (1982-), Shanghai soccer star; Dewey (name)


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Mandarin zú qiú / zu2 qiu2
Taiwan tsu ch`iu / tsu chiu
Football / Futbol Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese soccer ball; a football; CL:個|个[ge4]; soccer; football


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Japanese shuukyuu / shukyu / しゅうきゅう
Football / Futbol Vertical Wall Scroll
Japanese football (incl. soccer, rugby, American football, etc.; esp. used for soccer)


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Japanese futtobooru / フットボール
Football / Futbol Vertical Wall Scroll
Japanese (See サッカーボール) football (incl. soccer, rugby, American football, etc.; esp. used for soccer)

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Mandarin/ ti1
Taiwan t`i / ti
Japanese teki
Chinese to kick; to play (e.g. soccer); (slang) butch (in a lesbian relationship)
To kick.



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Mandarin c luó / c luo2
Taiwan c lo
Chinese nickname of Portuguese soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo


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Japanese deko / デコ Japanese (1) (abbreviation) (See デコレーション) decoration; ornamental item; (2) (abbreviation) decompensated congestive heart failure; (female given name) Deko; Deko, nickname of Anderson Luis de Souza (1977-), Portuguese soccer player


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Japanese shushin / しゅしん Japanese {sports} chief umpire; referee (soccer, boxing, etc.)



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Mandarin chuán qiú / chuan2 qiu2
Taiwan ch`uan ch`iu / chuan chiu
Chinese pass (in soccer); to feed (ball)



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Mandarin jìng shè / jing4 she4
Taiwan ching she
Chinese power shot (e.g. in soccer)


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Mandarin huí hé / hui2 he2
Taiwan hui ho
Chinese one of a sequence of contests (or subdivisions of a contest) between the same two opponents; round (boxing etc); rally (tennis etc); frame (billiards etc); inning; (tennis, soccer etc) rubber or leg; round (of negotiations)



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Mandarin guó zú / guo2 zu2
Taiwan kuo tsu
Chinese national soccer team


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Japanese sakabuta / サカぶた Japanese (ateji / phonetic) (derogatory term) (slang) soccer fan


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Mandarin dà qiú / da4 qiu2
Taiwan ta ch`iu / ta chiu
Chinese sports such as soccer, basketball and volleyball that use large balls; see also 小球[xiao3 qiu2]



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Mandarin dà jiǎo / da4 jiao3
Taiwan ta chiao
Chinese naturally-formed feet (as opposed to bound feet 小腳|小脚[xiao3 jiao3]); long kick (soccer); Bigfoot (mythological animal)



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Mandarin shè mén / she4 men2
Taiwan she men
Chinese (soccer, handball etc) to kick or shoot the ball towards the goal



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Mandarin pū jiù / pu1 jiu4
Taiwan p`u chiu / pu chiu
Chinese firefighting; to extinguish a fire and save life and property; to dive (of goalkeeper in soccer)


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Mandarin gōng fáng / gong1 fang2
Taiwan kung fang
Japanese koubou / kobo / こうぼう
Chinese attack and defense; the midfield (in soccer)
Japanese offense and defense; offence and defence


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Japanese kyuugi / kyugi / きゅうぎ Japanese ball game (e.g. baseball, tennis, soccer)



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Mandarin qiú mén / qiu2 men2
Taiwan ch`iu men / chiu men
Chinese goalmouth (in soccer)



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Mandarin qiú duì / qiu2 dui4
Taiwan ch`iu tui / chiu tui
Chinese sports team (basketball, soccer, football etc)



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Mandarin huáng mǎ / huang2 ma3
Taiwan huang ma
Chinese Real Madrid soccer team; abbr. for 皇家馬德里|皇家马德里



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Mandarin lín mén / lin2 men2
Taiwan lin men
Japanese rinmon
Chinese to arrive home; facing one's home; home-coming; (soccer) facing the goalmouth
to face the gate


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Japanese jijin / じじん Japanese one's own ground; one's own position; one's own area of the field (soccer, rugby, etc.)


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Mandarin yīng chāo / ying1 chao1
Taiwan ying ch`ao / ying chao
Chinese Premier League; England Premier Soccer League


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Mandarin jiǎo qiú / jiao3 qiu2
Taiwan chiao ch`iu / chiao chiu
Chinese corner kick (in soccer); free strike in hockey



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Mandarin chāo lián / chao1 lian2
Taiwan ch`ao lien / chao lien
Chinese hyperlink; superleague (e.g. soccer)



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Mandarin zú xié / zu2 xie2
Taiwan tsu hsieh
Chinese soccer league; same as 足球協會|足球协会



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Mandarin zú tán / zu2 tan2
Taiwan tsu t`an / tsu tan
Chinese soccer circles; soccer world

Search for Soccer in my Japanese & Chinese Dictionary

The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Soccerサッカsakka / saka
足球zú qiú / zu2 qiu2 / zu qiu / zuqiutsu ch`iu / tsuchiu / tsu chiu
蹴球shuu kyuu / shuukyuu / shu kyu / shukyu
フットボールfutto bouru
futto boru

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