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Every week during the 2010-11 season, the languagecaster team explain a football phrase or cliché for learners of English who love the sport. Click on the link below to hear the word or phrase and you can also read the transcript below that. You can find many more examples by going to our football phrase page here football clichés here and our huge football glossary here.
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This week’s football phrase for English is the verbal phrase ‘to stake a claim‘. This phrase is made up of the noun ‘stake‘ and the verb ‘to claim‘. A stake is a piece of wood that is used to mark out an area of land. The word can also be used as a verb, so if you have staked out some land, you say it is yours. To claim also means to say something is yours, or that you deserve something. Combined as ‘to stake a claim‘, this phrase is used in football to describe a player, usually not a regular first team player, that has played so well that they deserve to be in the first team, they stake a claim to a place in the team. This week, Liverpool face Napoli and Hodgson, the manager, is resting his big name players like Torres and Gerrard. The manager said it was a chance for other players to stake a claim for a regular position.
To stake a claim.