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Each week we explain a soccer phrase or cliché on our weekly languagecaster podcast. You can find many more examples by going to our football clichés here.

Today’s English for football phrase is takeover. A takeover is when a businessman or a group of businessmen or business people buys another company, they control the company. In this week’s news, there’s an Icelandic businessman called Eggert Magnusson and he is taking over West Ham. He’s going to pay £85 million to be in control of West Ham’s football club, to take over the club.

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