soccer scores

Discussion in 'Português (Portuguese)' started by kapas, Sep 10, 2009.

  1. kapas Member

    Belo Horizonte
    Brazil Portuguese
    I forgot how to say (not write) soccer scores in English.
    For example, how do I say 1-0.
  2. Alirhotic Senior Member

    Rio de Janeiro
    Brazilian Portuguese
    I'm not sure, but I think it is "one to zero". For example, "the football match ended with a score of 2-1 (two to one)."
  3. sound shift

    sound shift Senior Member

    Derby (central England)
    English - England
    Here in the UK, we say "one - nil" for a 1-0 scoreline in a football ("soccer" in the USA) match.
  4. Nonstar

    Nonstar Senior Member

    the outskirts of inner pantyhoses
    In-love-with-the-coming-race Portuguese
    By the way,
    Does anyone know why "nil"?
    I have a wild guess. Could it have come from Latin? Nothing = nihil, hence, nil?
  5. fernandobn97007 Senior Member

    Rio de Janeiro
    Portugues - Brasileiro
    Yes! nil is the contraction of nihil
  6. dexterciyo

    dexterciyo Senior Member

    Español - Canarias
    Interestingly, in some other sports like tennis they say love for 'zero', 'nil'.

    E.g.: love fifteen 0-15
  7. Porteño Senior Member

    Buenos Aires
    British English
    True, and a very strange expression indeed. I've often wondered where it came from, but that will have to be the subject of another thread.:)
    Last edited: Sep 12, 2009

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