(to) Land

In this football language post we look at the phrase ‘to land‘. You can read the transcript for this post below, while you can also check out our glossary of footballing phrases here and visit our site to access all our previous posts and podcasts. If you have any suggestions or questions then you can contact us at admin@languagecaster.com.

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There are lots of words and phrases used to describe transfers – we have some great resources here – and the verb ‘to land‘ is another one. This means to sign a player, to make a transfer happen; to secure a player; to get a player to join a new club. It is often used just after the transfer has taken place so it means that a club have successfully signed a new player – they have landed their main transfer target for example.

We might hear this verb in these sentences: To land a transfer; to land their target; to land the player.

  • Example: Tottenham landed Croatian star Luka Modric for 16 million pounds.
  • Example: Genoa are on the verge of landing Juventus’ Amauri and Benfica’s Ruben Amorim on loan (2011)
  • Example: United had to pay Leicester £80m – and make Harry Maguire the most expensive defender ever – to land manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s number one summer transfer target. (BBC.co.uk August 2019)



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Football GlossaryEpisode 301