Playing the most pressurized position on the pitch, the striker deals in the currency of the game:
Their primary role of putting the ball in the back of the net is crucial to the team’s success.
Without having a talismanic center forward to tuck chances away, virtually any team will struggle to win.
Although goal-poaching strikers are important, the best in the business offer a little bit more.Continue reading
The “center back” is a central defender whose main duties revolve around preventing the opposition from scoring. Operating as a pair or trio, center backs mainly defend the areas directly in front of goal and do whatever it takes to prevent strikers from scoring. Traditional center backs were “no-nonsense” types, commanding their zone with physicality while keeping […]Continue reading
A sweeper in soccer was once a very popular position, even at the highest level.
During the 1960s and 70s, it revolutionized the game – leading the way for more “hybrid positions” to make their way into the game.
Playing just behind the centerbacks, the sweeper has somewhat of a free role in the sense that they don’t mark a specific player.Continue reading
The number 8 in soccer refers to one of the most important positions on the field: the box-to-box center midfielder.
With both offensive and defensive responsibilities, a box-to-box midfielder must be a quick thinker, capable passer, and robust defender.
From making goal-stopping interceptions to leading counterattacks with the ball at their feet, a talented 8 is often the difference maker in tight contests.Continue reading
The number 7 in soccer is one of the most sought-after and respected shirts a player can wear.
It has a long-standing association with soccer’s greats through multiple generations, from two-time World Cup-winning (1958 and 1962) Brazilian icon, Garrincha, all the way through to Cristiano Ronaldo or Kylian Mbappe today.
In modern soccer, numbers don’t necessarily indicate a player’s position.
That said, some are symbolic and reserved especially for those worthy of the honor.Continue reading