How to watch a football match in Chile
I love the passion you see for football in Latin America (that’s soccer for some of you).
It’s as contagious as a National leper kissing cup.
You may not be a fan of either sport but the hype and energy of everyone eventually ropes you into the spectacle before long.
Before long, you’ll get an urge to go to a stadium.
As many people can attest, going to a live match in South America can be a fun mixture of exhilaration and imminent death. So if you want something a little safer, you can always have fun watching it at home with friends (imaginary or not).
BUT if you REALLY want to enjoy a football match in Chile you will need the following ingredients:
Ingredients for watching a football match
The Official RED shirt: The colour of Chile’s national team shirt is RED. Yes, you must clutch the insignia over the heart and kiss it whenever there’s a goal (why the shirt is a must since you don’t want to spend the rest of the day plucking nipple hair out of your teeth, do you?). The other official shirt colour is white though there is a reason they call the team LA ROJA (the red).
Flag: The bigger, the better. You will see these being sold at traffic lights and other street corners in all sizes (hey, must like hookers).
Tri-coloured jester-style hat: Just like the flags these can be bought just about anywhere.
Face paint: To complete the look, you must wear the red white and blue face paint. The best way is to paint your face like the Chilean flag. Just make sure you remove it before you get too drunk otherwise you’ll spend weeks trying to scrub it off the pillow… so I hear.
Pisco: Nothing is more Chilean than a bottle of Pisco which is often drunk with cola to create the infamous Piscola. It does get tough drinking them at 9 in the morning when the match is played on the other side of the world. Whatever… any sacrifice for the good of the country, right?
Choripán: This word is a combination of Chorizo (sausage) + Pan (Spanish for bread). A chorizo is a type of short, thick red (slightly spicy) sausage. The choripán is wedged into a Marraqueta (type of Chilean bread) to create a choripán. Sometimes a Longaniza (sausage) is used instead of Chorizo. See more about Chilean Food.
Calculator: Strange you think? Well not really. For some reason a calculator is always needed to see whether Chile passes through to the next round in any cup (often depending on results and calculations of potential losses/wins of other teams). Don’t believe me? Ask any Chilean about this national sport of suffering!
Chilean Football Vocabulary
Arquero = Goalkeeper
Jugador = Player
Pelota = Ball
Gooooooooooool! = Gooooooooaaaaal!
Take it out on the Referee
El árbitro = the referee
When the game is not going according to plan, the referee is always a great person to blame.
When this happens you can add the following swearwords (adjectives) to the end of the word árbitro. For example…
The following words are NOT to be used in front of ladies, children or Justin Beiber fans
árbitro culiado, árbitro saquero, árbitro conchasumadre, árbitro aweonado, árbitro saco wea, árbitro maricón…
END OF WARNING
Chilean Football Chants and Songs
You need to know this chant…
The letters that appear below are pronounced as they would be in Spanish (names of the letters appears next to it in Spanish)
Leader: C – H – I (ce – ache – i)
Leader: L – E (ele – e)
Everyone: CHI – CHI – CHI
Everyone: LE – LE – LE
Everyone: VIVA CHILE !!!!
And sometimes when Chileans are really excited, they say “Viva Chile Mierda!” Which, despite “Mierda” literally meaning “shit”, is actually a positive (though slightly vulgar) thing to say.
Hey, if the President can use it, so can you.
There is also another song you need to know
Vaaaaaaaaaaa – mos… (Vamos = Let’s go)
Vamos chileeeeeeeeeee-nos (Vamos Chilenos = Let’s go Chileans)
Esta nooooooooo-che (Esta noche = Tonight)
Vamos a ganaaaaaaaaaaaar (vamos a ganar = we’re going to win)
REPEAT INCESSANTLY (just to piss off the other team)
Sometimes noche (night) is replaced by tarde (afternoon)
And once the game finishes…
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