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Each week the languagecaster team will explain a football phrase or cliche for learners of English who love the sport. On this week’s show we feature the phrase to secure a berth. Click on the link below to hear the word or phrase, while you can also read the transcript below that. You can also find many more examples by going to our football phrase page here football cliches here and our huge football glossary here.
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This week’s English for football phrase is ‘to Secure a berth‘. The verb to secure means to make something safe, while the noun berth refers to a place where ships can stop or park and so to secure a berth means to make sure a spot is safe. This week the last remaining games in the European Championship qualifying rounds have been taking place and many of the big sides have now progressed to the finals – they have secured their berth (place) in the 2012 tournament. England captain John Terry was pleased that England have managed to secure their berth and hopes his side can improve on their recent tournament performances. To secure a berth.