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Do you play Voetbal?

The Germans call it Fussbal; the Spanish, Futbol; the Portuguese, Futebol; the Romanians, Fotbal; the French le Football.

That much, you may know.

Shall we go on? The Dutch call it Voetbal. The Greek Podosfero...

And by the way none of this is to be confused with Futsal, which is supposedly the only FIFA-approved version of indoor soccer, played on a hard surface with a low-bounce ball.

The thing about football is, the more you think you've heard all the jargon, the more you have to deal with as years go by.

It's no longer about simple stuff like 'bending a ball', trying a 'banana' or 'bicycle kick', or terms as facile as 'centre' and 'dead ball'. That, my friends, is just the tip of a huge iceberg.

Edson Nascimento, our resident Futebol expert, drew up a ready reckoner of terms to help you through the Football Fiesta.

Image: David Beckham, arguably the planet's most famous footballer, gets ready to 'bend' the ball in his distinctive style, immortalised in numerous games for England, his former club Manchester United and his current club Real Madrid, and, of course, Gurinder Chadha's hit film, Bend It Like Beckham.

Who are YOU backing? Join a football team!

Also See: Football Fiesta: The complete coverage

Photographs: Getty Images

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