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  • Soccer Terminology In The Mother Tongue
    Part 2 of 4: Coaches & Referees
    Continued from page 1

    by Steve Amoia


    Allenatore: Head coach. Pronounced "Ah-lane-nah-touray." From the verb, "allenare," which means to train, strengthen, or invigorate

    Allenatore in secondo: Assistant coach. Pronounced "Een say-cone-doh."

    Il Mister: Is another term for the head coach. Yes, it is an English word, but is pronounced "Eel Meester." This is out of respect for the early British coaches who taught the game on the Italian peninsula. AC Milan (not Milano) was founded by British enthusiasts, and they named their club the "Athletic and Cricket Club of Milan." But you pronounce the name "Ah-Chee Mee-lahn."

    CT or Commissario Tecnico: This term is reserved for the head coach of the Italian National Team, who is currently Mr. Marcello Lippi. It is pronounced "Chee-Tee." Or they may refer to him as "Il CT." The longer term is pronounced "Com-me-sair-ree-oh Take-nee-coh."


    Arbitro: (R-bee-troh). Sometimes, we see the term "direttore della gara," which means "director of the game." Pronounced "dee-ray-touray day-lah gahr-rah." Referees are also called other interesting names, but since this is a family web site, I can not teach you those terms. ;-)

    Guardalinea: The linesperson or what is now commonly referred to as the "referee's assistants." You would pronounce this word "Gwardah-lee-nayah."

    Part 1: From The Beginning
    Part 3: Players
    Part 4: Common Terms From The Game


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