Every week during the 2007-08 season, the languagecaster team explain a football phrase or cliché for learners of English who love the sport. You can find many more examples by going to our football phrase page here football clichés here and our huge football glossary here.

(to) Take apart

Today’s English for Football expression is the phrasal verb to take apart. Now, the basic meaning of this phrase is to break something down into separate parts but it can also mean to destroy something and it is this meaning that is commonly used in football. So, when a team easily defeats another team we say that they took them apart. Spain took Russia apart 3-0 in the semi-final of the European Championships while Holland took France and Italy apart in their earlier group matches. To take apart.

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