Midfielder

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Darren Fletcher, a Scottish midfielder, who plays for Manchester United.

A midfielder in football is a player who usually plays in the centre of the field. There are usually a number of midfielders in each team of football, and are normally split into three: attacking; central; and defending.

The midfielders are always the middle parts of the formation numbers, for example:

  • 4-3-3 is the formation. This formation shows that there are four defenders, three midfielders and three attackers.
  • 4-4-2 is the formation. This formation shows that there are four defenders, four midfielders and two attackers.
  • 3-4-3 is the formation. This formation shows that there are three defenders, four midfielders and three attackers.

Position of midfielders[change | change source]

Attacking Midfielder[change | change source]

An 'attacking midfielder' is a midfielder who is often positioned between the central midfielders and the forwards. They often have a primarily offensive role.[1] 'Playmakers' are a type of attacking midfielders.

Some famous Attacking Midfielders include Kaká, Diego Maradona, Zico, and Zinedine Zidane.

Winger[change | change source]

A 'winger' is a type of midfielder. They often join the strikers when the team creates attacks.'Wide Midfielders' are a variation of a winger.

Some famous Wingers include Neymar, Arjen Robben, Ronaldinho, and Lionel Messi

References[change | change source]

  1. "Positions in football". talkfootball.co.uk. Retrieved 21 June 2008.