il placcaggio

Continuing with our theme for the Superbowl, today’s second Parola del Giorno is the noun il placcaggio, which means tackle.

In American football, a tackle stops play, and the goal is to stop the ball from advancing at least ten yards so that the team with the ball uses up all their plays (downs). This word is important to understanding American football.

You can see it used below:

Quel placcaggio ha fermato la partita quando sei giocatori si sono lanciati sull’avversario che correva con la palla verso la meta!

That tackle stopped the match when six players threw themselves on their opponent who was running with the ball towards the goal!

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