A midfielder is an association football position. Midfielders are generally positioned on the field between their team's defenders and forwards. Some midfielders play a strictly-defined defensive role, breaking up attacks, and are otherwise known as defensive midfielders. Others blur the boundaries, being more mobile and efficient in passing ...
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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.
Midfielder (Australian rules football), a centre or wingman in Australian rules football. Midfielder (bandy), a position in bandy. Midfielder (lacrosse), a position in lacrosse. Midfielder (futsal), a position in futsal. Midfielder (rugby union), a centre in rugby union. A general sports term for a player who occupies a position in the midfield.
Midfield is the part of a sports field that lies approximately in the center. In American football, association football (soccer) and field hockey, it is the area in and around the center circle, as well as the players who occupy that region. In rugby it is the area occupied by the players in the center positions .
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- Poor Article
- Orthodox Wingers
- Mandel's Comments
- Merge from Holding Role
- Fact Verification
- Different Sports
- Stanley Matthews
- Pov Tag
- Poor Article Diagrams
This is one of the worst articles I've ever read. The opening paragraphs seem to have been written by a child, there is no history explaining how any of these positions evolved, for example; wing halfs in the british game being the early basis of defensive midfielders. In the Italian game the libero evolved from playing behind the defence to in fornt of it. There is a clear bias towards British based players or ex British based players, although I notice that has been rectified a little. There are not enough mentions or examples of historical players, I cannot believe Michel Platini is not mentioned as possibly the greatest exponent of attacking midfield play. In short, there is little or no history involved in this article. I suggest someone who has studied the history of the world game re-writes this entire article. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 188.8.131.52 (talk) 07:26, 17 July 2008 (UTC) I agree this is a mess, the terminology is a mess as well, it would be better to make...
Considering Total Football there is no real distinction of players who play on one side. I find that most wingers tend to switch sides: having the strong-side on the outside are for roles that include crossing and passing into the center; weak-side are mainly roles that include diagonal runs into the center and having shots on goal. These roles alternate throughout the game, depending on the situation of play. However, these players do not like playing central as compared to playing on either widths. Also many wingers are ambidextrous, ruling out the need to state that they are either orthodox or unorthodox. (184.108.40.206 (talk) 10:35, 16 July 2008 (UTC)) 1. I agree, it's over-complicated and probably unnecessary. Beve (talk) 08:06, 17 July 2008 (UTC) even in total football of Michels there where specific typical positions, in fact he played with Ajax with real classical wingers in Zwart (RW) and Keizer (LW), main treats of total football was that players covered positions if oth...
This page is pretty woeful and misleading. "midfielders are sometimes refered to as 'midfield generals' for their ability to dictate a game." - alleges that all midfielders can dictate games. "slow down a game to wear down the clock in a winning position" - alleges that all midfielders slow down games in a winning position, instead of going for goals. "Midfielders require a vision" - alleges that all midfielders possess vision (which is pretty useless for a defensive midfielder) "they must know when to dribble the ball upfield" - alleges that all midfielders can and would dribble "just an example of the free kick ability of a good midfielder." - alleges that only midfielders, and not strikers or defenders, take free kicks. The list of "complete midfielders" is debatable. MandelJune 28, 2005 17:16 (UTC) 1. So who, in your opinion, would constitute a complete midfielder? Lapafrax12:41, 2 August 2005 (UTC) 1. 1.1. "Complete midfielder" is a British manufacture and fetish. The best midf...
Most of what is described in Holding role repeats Midfielder#Defensive midfielder. Let's merge it back to the major article here. Holding role can remain as a redirect to Midfielder. --Pkchan16:28, 21 April 2006 (UTC) 1. Yes please.--Dodo bird 19:20, 21 April 2006 (UTC) 1.1. Done, together with merge from Winger (sport). --Pkchan11:35, 29 April 2006 (UTC)
Due to vandalism on other pages by the user who made this edit, I am requesting that this edit be cited. If it is not cited within 24 hours, it will be removed. -- backburner00118:08, 15 May 2006 (UTC) 1. It's vandalism. Duly reverted. --Pkchan 07:44, 16 May 2006 (UTC) 1.1. Figures. Good call. -- backburner00117:24, 16 May 2006 (UTC) Why?Its ture Edu and Keane are not holding midfielders.220.127.116.11 (talk) 00:21, 19 January 2008 (UTC)
I'd advocate splitting this article up into Midfielder (soccer), Midfielder (Australian rules) and Midfielder (rugby) (though this is unwritten, I'll cobble together a stub (section of this article?) for it), because despite the similar/same names and similar types of tasks, the actual jobs done are pretty different. Then, at Midfielder, we have a general description of what a midfielder does in sports, and a link to the associated subpage with a short blurb. Providing noone has —Preceding unsigned comment added by Sam Pointon (talk • contribs) 1. I don't know Rugby, but both Rugby league positions and Rugby union positions have no mention of the term 'midfielder'. There are midfield positions, but they are called 'centre' instead of 'midfielder'. As for the Australian rules football, Football (Australian rules) positions also suggest that 'centre' and 'wingmen' are used instead of 'midfielder'. Maybe we can just have a disambiguity link at the to of the article to Football (Austral...
I linked to Stanley Matthews to exemplify the traditional winger who was part of the forward line, and I added a reference to the formal terminology for the position (Outside Right/Left).--pmr20:41, 16 July 2006 (UTC)
I added a POV tag to the section entitleed "Players inaccurately termed defensive midfielders" because it presents as fact that certain players are not defensive midfielders, when (although this may be true) such a statement is completely unverifiable and based on subjective observation. The only way one could make it verifiable would be to say that "So-and-so believes this person is incorrectly termed a defensive midfielder," followed by a citation to an article or something of that nature. Personally, I think the section should probably go completely (unless someone is willing to do the research and rewrite). --Loudsox03:13, 6 August 2006 (UTC)
I think the whole "Players inaccurately termed defensive midfielders"- section shouldn't be in the page.
This is pretty poor, I'm gonna try and spruce it up with better diagrams. --Tiresais20:15 (edit 20:17), 25 August 2006 (UTC) 1. 1.1. Ok there are some different diagrams up to make it look a bit better--Tiresais20:51, 25 August 2006 (UTC)