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Question Number: 13822

Other 9/18/2006

RE: Adult

Peter of Seattle, Washington USA asks...

This question is a follow up to question 13786

Sorry ref but you got this one wrong. A Center Half is a Center Back. Sami Hyppia is a Center Half, John Terry is a Center Half. In the old formation there used to be one Center Back, called a Center Half, and two full backs

Answer provided by Referee Chuck Fleischer

Sorry I screwed the pooch in your mind. I try only to report what I know and what others have taught me...

Must have been Mr. Lane's fault because when I played at Whitney Institute, Smiths Parrish, Bermuda in the mid 50's he lined us up with two fullbacks -- left and right; five forwards -- left and right wings, inside left and right, centre forward; three half backs -- left and right and, lo and behold, a centre half back.

My memory must be shot because the guy behind me when I played inside right was Michael Bormann, the centre half and when I played right half the guy to my left was the centre half, Mike. Argue if you want but the question was what is the old time centre half called now? He played in the middle of the field not as a central defender. in a 2-3-5 there was no central defender. It was not until the Hungarian national team created total football did formations change to the more defensive 4-4-2 we see today.

Regards,



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Answer provided by Referee Jeroen Krijvenaar

Peter,
The job of the centre-back ? also called centre-halves or central defenders ? is to stop opposing players, particularly the strikers, from scoring, and to bring the ball out from their penalty area. As their name suggests, they play in a central position. Most teams employ two centre backs, stationed in front of the goalkeeper. There are two main defensive strategies used by centre backs: the zonal defence, where each centre back covers a specific area of the pitch, and man-to-man marking, where each centre back has the job of covering a particular opposition player.Centre-backs are often tall, very strong and have a good heading and tackling ability. An ability to read the game well is also a distinct advantage. Sometimes, particularly in lower leagues, centre-backs concentrate less on ball control and passing, preferring simply to clear the ball in a "safety-first" fashion. However, there is a long tradition of centre-backs having more than just rudimentary footballing skill, enabling a more possession-oriented playing style.
The position was formerly referred to as "centre-half." In the early part of the 20th century, when most teams employed the 2-3-5 formation, the row of three players were called halfbacks. As formations evolved, the central player in this trio (the centre-half), moved into a more defensive position on the field, taking the name of the position with them.
Good examples of centre-backs in the modern game include Alessandro Nesta, John Terry, Fabio Cannavaro, Lilian Thuram, William Gallas, Lucio, Carles Puyol, and Roberto Ayala
Hope this answers your question, sorry if we were given you wrong information before.
rgds




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