Midfielder

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A midfielder is an association football position.
Defenders play behind the midfielders and their primary responsibility is to provide support to the team and to prevent the opposition from scoring a goal.

Forward (association football)

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Midfielders are generally positioned on the field between their team's defenders and forwards.
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.

Steven Gerrard

GerrardSteven George GerrardSteven Gerard
Notable examples of box-to-box midfielders are Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Antonio Conte, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Yaya Touré, Arturo Vidal, Patrick Vieira, Radja Nainggolan, Daniele De Rossi, and Aaron Ramsey.
He spent the majority of his playing career as a central midfielder for Liverpool, with most of that time spent as club captain, as well as captaining the England national team.

Formation (association football)

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The number of midfielders on a team and their assigned roles depends on the team's formation; the collective group of these players on the field is sometimes referred to as the midfield.
For example, the popular "4–5–1" formation has four defenders, five midfielders, and a single forward.

Frank Lampard

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Notable examples of box-to-box midfielders are Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Antonio Conte, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Yaya Touré, Arturo Vidal, Patrick Vieira, Radja Nainggolan, Daniele De Rossi, and Aaron Ramsey.
Lampard was a creative and technically gifted box-to-box midfielder who began his career in 1995 at West Ham United, the club where his father, Frank Lampard Sr., also played.

Antonio Conte

Conte
Notable examples of box-to-box midfielders are Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Antonio Conte, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Yaya Touré, Arturo Vidal, Patrick Vieira, Radja Nainggolan, Daniele De Rossi, and Aaron Ramsey.
Playing as a midfielder, Conte began his career at local club Lecce and later became one of the most decorated and influential players in the history of Juventus.

Bastian Schweinsteiger

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Notable examples of box-to-box midfielders are Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Antonio Conte, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Yaya Touré, Arturo Vidal, Patrick Vieira, Radja Nainggolan, Daniele De Rossi, and Aaron Ramsey.
Bastian Schweinsteiger (born 1 August 1984) is a German retired professional footballer who usually played as central midfielder.

Yaya Touré

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Notable examples of box-to-box midfielders are Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Antonio Conte, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Yaya Touré, Arturo Vidal, Patrick Vieira, Radja Nainggolan, Daniele De Rossi, and Aaron Ramsey.
Gnégnéri Yaya Touré (born 13 May 1983) is an Ivorian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for China League One club Qingdao Huanghai.

Arturo Vidal

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Notable examples of box-to-box midfielders are Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Antonio Conte, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Yaya Touré, Arturo Vidal, Patrick Vieira, Radja Nainggolan, Daniele De Rossi, and Aaron Ramsey.
Arturo Erasmo Vidal Pardo (born 22 May 1987) is a Chilean professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Spanish club Barcelona and the Chile national team.

Patrick Vieira

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Notable examples of box-to-box midfielders are Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Antonio Conte, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Yaya Touré, Arturo Vidal, Patrick Vieira, Radja Nainggolan, Daniele De Rossi, and Aaron Ramsey.
During his nine-year stint in the Premier League, Vieira established himself as a dominating box-to-box midfielder, noted for his aggressive and highly competitive style of play, an attitude that also helped him excel as captain of the club from 2002 until his departure in 2005.

Radja Nainggolan

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Notable examples of box-to-box midfielders are Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Antonio Conte, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Yaya Touré, Arturo Vidal, Patrick Vieira, Radja Nainggolan, Daniele De Rossi, and Aaron Ramsey.
Radja Nainggolan (born 4 May 1988) is a Belgian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Italian club Cagliari on loan from Inter Milan.

Daniele De Rossi

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Notable examples of box-to-box midfielders are Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Antonio Conte, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Yaya Touré, Arturo Vidal, Patrick Vieira, Radja Nainggolan, Daniele De Rossi, and Aaron Ramsey.
Daniele De Rossi (born 24 July 1983) is an Italian professional footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder for Boca Juniors in the Argentine Primera División.

Aaron Ramsey

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Notable examples of box-to-box midfielders are Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Antonio Conte, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Yaya Touré, Arturo Vidal, Patrick Vieira, Radja Nainggolan, Daniele De Rossi, and Aaron Ramsey.
Aaron James Ramsey (born 26 December 1990) is a Welsh professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for club Juventus and the Wales national team.

Defender (association football)

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Midfielders are generally positioned on the field between their team's defenders and forwards.
In this case, other defenders or midfielders will temporarily move into the centre-back positions.

Glossary of association football terms

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When the opposing team has the ball, a central midfielder may drop back to protect the goal or move forward and press the opposition ball-carrier to recover the ball.

David Beckham

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Notable examples of wide midfielders are David Beckham and Ryan Giggs.
Known for his range of passing, crossing ability and bending free-kicks as a right winger, Beckham has been hailed as one of the greatest and most recognisable midfielders of his generation, as well as one of the best set-piece specialists of all time.

Ryan Giggs

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Notable examples of wide midfielders are David Beckham and Ryan Giggs.
Predominantly a left winger, he began his career with Manchester City, but joined Manchester United on his 14th birthday in 1987.

Sergio Busquets

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Sergio Busquets described his attitude: "The coach knows that I am an obedient player who likes to help out and if I have to run to the wing to cover someone's position, great."
Sergio Busquets Burgos (, ; born 16 July 1988) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder and is the vice-captain of Barcelona and the Spain national team.

Cross (association football)

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They may be asked to cross the ball into the opponents' penalty area to make scoring chances for their teammates, and when defending they may put pressure on opponents who are trying to cross.
Players in wide positions, usually wingers, wingbacks and fullbacks, deliver the ball into the penalty box, close to the opponent's goal.

Marco Tardelli

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Early examples of a destroyer are Nobby Stiles, Herbert Wimmer, Marco Tardelli, while later examples include Claude Makélélé and Javier Mascherano, although several of these players also possessed qualities of other types of midfielders, and were therefore not confined to a single role.
At club level, he played as a midfielder for several Italian clubs; he began his career with Pisa, and later played for Como, Juventus, and Internazionale, before retiring with Swiss club St. Gallen.

Claude Makélélé

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Early examples of a destroyer are Nobby Stiles, Herbert Wimmer, Marco Tardelli, while later examples include Claude Makélélé and Javier Mascherano, although several of these players also possessed qualities of other types of midfielders, and were therefore not confined to a single role.
Claude Makélélé Sinda (born 18 February 1973) is a French football manager and former professional player who played as a defensive midfielder.

Javier Mascherano

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Early examples of a destroyer are Nobby Stiles, Herbert Wimmer, Marco Tardelli, while later examples include Claude Makélélé and Javier Mascherano, although several of these players also possessed qualities of other types of midfielders, and were therefore not confined to a single role.
Javier Alejandro Mascherano (, ; born 8 June 1984) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder or centre-back for Estudiantes de La Plata.

Gérson

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Early examples of a creator would be Gérson, Glenn Hoddle, and Sunday Oliseh, while more recent examples Xabi Alonso, and Michael Carrick.
Gérson de Oliveira Nunes, generally known as Gérson, (born 11 January 1941 in Niterói), nickname Canhotinha de ouro (literally: Golden left foot) is a Brazilian former association footballer who played as a midfielder.

Glenn Hoddle

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Early examples of a creator would be Gérson, Glenn Hoddle, and Sunday Oliseh, while more recent examples Xabi Alonso, and Michael Carrick.
He played as a midfielder for Tottenham Hotspur, Monaco, Chelsea and Swindon Town and at international level for England.

Herbert Wimmer

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Early examples of a destroyer are Nobby Stiles, Herbert Wimmer, Marco Tardelli, while later examples include Claude Makélélé and Javier Mascherano, although several of these players also possessed qualities of other types of midfielders, and were therefore not confined to a single role.
Herbert "Hacki" Wimmer (born 9 November 1944 in Eupen, Belgium) is a former footballer who played as a midfielder.