Forward (association football)

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Forwards are the players on an association football team who play nearest to the opposing team's goal, and are therefore most responsible for scoring goals.wikipedia
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Formation (association football)

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Modern team formations generally include one to three forwards; for example, the common 4–2–3–1 formation includes one forward.
For example, the popular "4–5–1" formation has four defenders, five midfielders, and a single forward.

Long ball

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The player may also be used to win long balls or receive passes and retain possession of the ball with their back to goal as teammates advance, in order to provide depth for their team or help teammates score by providing a pass ('through ball' into the box); the latter variation usually requiring quicker pace and good movement.
It is a technique that can be especially effective for a team with either fast or tall strikers.

Squad number (association football)

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When numbers were introduced in the 1933 English FA Cup final, one of the two centre-forwards that day wore the number nine – Everton's Dixie Dean a strong, powerful forward who had set the record for the most goals scored in a season in English football during the 1927–28 season. While many strikers wear the number 9 shirt, such as Alan Shearer, an out and out striker, the position, to a lesser degree, is also associated with the number 10, which is frequently worn by more creative deep-lying forwards such as Pelé, and occasionally with numbers 7 and 11, which are often associated with wingers.
"10" is one of the most emblematic squad numbers in football, due to the sheer number of football legends that used the number 10 shirt; playmakers, second strikers and attacking midfielders usually wear this number.

Zlatan Ibrahimović

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The role of a striker is rather different from that of a traditional centre-forward, although the terms centre-forward and striker are used interchangeably at times, as both play further up the field than other players, while tall, heavy and technical players, like Zlatan Ibrahimović, have qualities which are suited to both positions.
Zlatan Ibrahimović (, ; born 3 October 1981) is a Swedish professional footballer who plays as a striker.

Ronaldo (Brazilian footballer)

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Like the centre-forward, the traditional role of a striker is to score goals; strikers are therefore known for their ability to peel off defenders and to run into space via the blind side of the defender and to receive the ball in a good goalscoring position, as typified by Ronaldo.
Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima (born 18 September 1976), commonly known as Ronaldo, is a Brazilian retired professional footballer who played as a striker.

Michael Owen

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More agile strikers like Michael Owen and Sergio Aguero have an advantage over taller defenders due to their short bursts of speed.
Michael James Owen (born 14 December 1979) is an English former footballer who played as a striker for Liverpool, Real Madrid, Newcastle United, Manchester United and Stoke City, as well as for the England national team.

Sergio Agüero

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More agile strikers like Michael Owen and Sergio Aguero have an advantage over taller defenders due to their short bursts of speed.
Sergio Leonel Agüero del Castillo (born 2 June 1988), colloquially known as Kun Agüero, is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a striker for club Manchester City and the Argentine national team.

Alan Shearer

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While many strikers wear the number 9 shirt, such as Alan Shearer, an out and out striker, the position, to a lesser degree, is also associated with the number 10, which is frequently worn by more creative deep-lying forwards such as Pelé, and occasionally with numbers 7 and 11, which are often associated with wingers.
He played as a striker in the top level of English league football for Southampton, Blackburn Rovers, Newcastle United and the England national team.

Pelé

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While many strikers wear the number 9 shirt, such as Alan Shearer, an out and out striker, the position, to a lesser degree, is also associated with the number 10, which is frequently worn by more creative deep-lying forwards such as Pelé, and occasionally with numbers 7 and 11, which are often associated with wingers.
Edson Arantes do Nascimento, KBE (born 23 October 1940), known as Pelé, is a Brazilian retired professional footballer who played as a forward.

Dennis Bergkamp

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More recently, two more variations of this old type of player have developed: the second, or shadow, or support, or auxiliary striker and, in what is in fact a distinct position unto its own, the number 10, exemplified by Dennis Bergkamp (who would play just in behind the striker Thierry Henry at Arsenal).
Originally a wide midfielder, Bergkamp was moved to main striker and then to second striker, where he remained throughout his playing career.

Thierry Henry

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More recently, two more variations of this old type of player have developed: the second, or shadow, or support, or auxiliary striker and, in what is in fact a distinct position unto its own, the number 10, exemplified by Dennis Bergkamp (who would play just in behind the striker Thierry Henry at Arsenal).
Considered one of the best strikers of all-time, Henry made his professional debut with Monaco in 1994, where good form led to an international call-up in 1998, after which he signed for defending Serie A champions Juventus.

Ronaldinho

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Other number 10s who play further back, such as Diego Maradona, Ronaldinho and Zinedine Zidane, are often described as an attacking midfielder or the advanced playmaker.
He played mostly as an attacking midfielder, but was also deployed as a forward or a winger.

Association football

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Forwards are the players on an association football team who play nearest to the opposing team's goal, and are therefore most responsible for scoring goals.
Broadly, these include three main categories: strikers, or forwards, whose main task is to score goals; defenders, who specialise in preventing their opponents from scoring; and midfielders, who dispossess the opposition and keep possession of the ball to pass it to the forwards on their team.

Playmaker

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Other number 10s who play further back, such as Diego Maradona, Ronaldinho and Zinedine Zidane, are often described as an attacking midfielder or the advanced playmaker.
Several playmakers can also operate on the wings, or as a creative, supporting striker; some can also function in a more central midfield role, alternating between playing in more offensive roles and participating in the build-up plays in the midfield.

Roberto Baggio

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In fact, a term coined by French advanced playmaker Michel Platini, the "nine-and-a-half", which he used to describe Roberto Baggio's playing role, has been an attempt to become a standard in defining the position.
Roberto Baggio (born 18 February 1967) is an Italian former professional footballer who mainly played as a second striker, or as an attacking midfielder, although he was capable of playing in several offensive positions.

Defender (association football)

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It is a winger's duty to beat opposing full-backs, deliver cut-backs or crosses from wide positions and, to a lesser extent, to beat defenders and score from close range.
A centre-back (also known as a central defender or centre-half) defends in the area directly in front of the goal and tries to prevent opposing players, particularly centre-forwards, from scoring.

Cristiano Ronaldo

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This is a large responsibility for attack-orientated players, and particularly those like Joaquín (winger/wide midfielder), Cristiano Ronaldo (winger/striker) or Ryan Giggs and John Barnes (winger/central midfielder) who lack the physical attributes of a wing-back or of a more orthodox midfield player.
Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro GOIH ComM (born 5 February 1985) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a forward for club Juventus and captains the Portugal national team.

Everton F.C.

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When numbers were introduced in the 1933 English FA Cup final, one of the two centre-forwards that day wore the number nine – Everton's Dixie Dean a strong, powerful forward who had set the record for the most goals scored in a season in English football during the 1927–28 season.

Cross (association football)

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It is a winger's duty to beat opposing full-backs, deliver cut-backs or crosses from wide positions and, to a lesser extent, to beat defenders and score from close range.
Specifically, the intention of a cross is to directly bring the ball into the box from an angle that allows the attacking forwards to more easily aim for goal with their head or feet.

Midfielder

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Other number 10s who play further back, such as Diego Maradona, Ronaldinho and Zinedine Zidane, are often described as an attacking midfielder or the advanced playmaker. The present role of centre-forward is sometimes interchangeable with that of an attacking midfielder, especially in the 4–3–1–2 or 4–1–2–1–2 formations.
Midfielders are generally positioned on the field between their team's defenders and forwards.

Lionel Messi

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This tactic was used by Frank Rijkaard, who, whilst at Barcelona, moved Lionel Messi from the left flank onto the right wing, initially against the player's wishes.
Lionel Andrés Messi Cuccittini (born 24 June 1987) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward and captains both Spanish club Barcelona and the Argentina national team.

Matthias Sindelar

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Matthias Sindelar was the false 9 of the Wunderteam, the Austria national team, in 1934.
He played as a centre-forward for the celebrated Austria national team of the early 1930s known as the Wunderteam, which he captained at the 1934 World Cup.

Nándor Hidegkuti

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A false 9 was also utilized by Hungary during the beginning of the 1950s, with striker Nándor Hidegkuti acting in the role.
He played as a forward or attacking midfielder and spent the majority of his playing career at MTK Hungária FC.

Peregrino Anselmo

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The first false 9 in a World Cup was Juan Peregrino Anselmo in the Uruguay national team, although he could not play the match against Argentina in the 1930 World Cup due to injury.
Juan Peregrino Anselmo (30 April 1902 – 27 October 1975) was a Uruguayan footballer who played as a striker for Uruguay national team.

Francesco Totti

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Roma under manager Luciano Spalletti used Francesco Totti, nominally an attacking midfielder or trequartista, up-front in an innovative "4–6–0" formation; this was met with a run of 11 consecutive victories.
Francesco Totti ( born 27 September 1976) is an Italian former professional footballer who played for Roma and the Italy national team primarily as an attacking midfielder or second striker, but could also play as a lone striker or winger.