Soccer teams are made up of several players who have specific functions within the field of play. One of them is known by the name of midfielder or midfielder , who will have the obligation to achieve an adequate balance between defense and attack of his team so that it can advance correctly to the opposite frame and score a goal.


What is a midfielder?


The midfielder is a player who is part of a soccer team that plays in the middle of the field and whose main function is to avoid all the advances that the opposing team may make , to help the defense and the forward of the team.


Midfielder characteristics

Among the main characteristics that a midfielder can have, we can mention the following:

  • Midfielders must be characterized by being intelligent players , by having a high level of concentration and by being able to establish hierarchies among their teammates.
  • He must know how to communicate and speak with his colleagues in order to establish an adequate complement among all team members.
  • You have to have the ability to make decisions quickly and accurately.
  • The tactical intelligence is one of its main features.
  • Good peripheral vision that allows you to properly recognize, locate and identify all the information around you.
  • Have good skills with his feet and movements as he is in charge of controlling the game.


Experts consider that the history of the midfielder as a position within the field of play was born with football , which had its origins in the third century. Despite the fact that at that time the position was not known by this name, it is known that there was always a player in charge of directing the team with the aim of being able to score a goal.

With the passage of time, soccer as a sporting discipline developed more every day and with the inclusion of rules and regulations , its players also began to be named depending on the position they took when facing a rival. That was how the midfielder was born , a player who has great responsibility in his hands.

Midfielder types

There are several positions or types of midfielders, which are.

  • Defensive midfielder : he is known as player No. 6 and has the function of being the first reference in the exit of the ball, he is a player who has the greatest importance in the defense aspect. He stands in front of the defense line and supports the midfielders located in front.
  • Positional center midfielder : he is known as player No. 8 and is the second reference regarding the exit of the ball when there is a center back in his position. It is a link between the defensive and offensive players of the team.
  • Midfielder : known as player No. 10, he has the function of being the third reference when the ball goes out, he is located between the front line and the mid-centers. He must be able to arrive with unchecks to support the midfield.
  • Interiors : these players have the ability to adapt to the external parts and the center lane of the playing field.
  • Wingers : they have a very important function in terms of defensive help to players who play laterally in order to reduce the superiority of the opposing team.

It is noteworthy that in football there are also the side flywheels , flywheels containment or pivot , flywheels output or central flywheels band and mixed.


The main functions that a midfielder has include actions to recover the ball , the formation of important plays with the aim of scoring a goal and increasing and exploiting the offensive-type game on the field of play.


The most traditional scheme for midfielders is based on the 2-3-5 which is made up of the 5 players in charge of the attack, the two internal right and left players who were to build the game and the forward center . This scheme has been subject to several changes, mainly the wings, which later became defenses.

In the 90s, the 4-3-1-2 formation was used more , a formation that is known as basic and that promotes the balance between defensive and offensive play. There are also variants to this basic training such as.

  • 4-2-2 : formed by two mixed midfielders on the wings
  • 3-4-1-2 : players who play with hitch
  • 5-3-11: where the tactic of the three centrals is applied where one of them will act as a free kick and the other two as lane wingers .

Importance of the midfielder

Midfielders or midfielders are considered important and fundamental players on the pitch. They are in charge of being able to know and understand the strategy of the game in detail to be able to define and decide on the situations and plays that occur in a match. They also provide support for the attack , organization , precision and use of spaces.

Best midfielders

Throughout the history of football there have been many midfielders who have occupied important places in this sport. Some of them are mentioned below:

  • Michael Laudrup : He is considered one of the best players in the world between the 80s and 90s. He stood out mainly for his elegance, for his individual technique that was unmatched and for his excellent assists. He played with Real Madrid and Barcelona.
  • George Best – A highly skilled player who began his football career in 1963 playing for Manchester United. Thanks to his midfielder technique he was able to win a European Cup and two leagues, as well as other prizes including the Ballon d’Or.
  • Andrea Pirlo: has been one of the most recognized Italian footballers worldwide and is considered one of the best midfielders that have existed in history. He played with Brescia, Milan, Juventus and later with New York City FC
  • Bobby Charlton : He was born in 1927 and was considered by FIFA as the most important English player of all time. His form of play, his ease with the ball and his communication skills with his teammates made him occupy an important place in world football.
  • Arthur Antunes Coimbra : one of the most outstanding midfielders in the world and in history in general . He had an astonishing assist, his shots were nearly perfect, and he was also an excellent finisher.
  • Michel Platini – an international soccer star and one of the best French players in the entire history of the world. His incredible passing ability and great power when hitting the ball made him one of the best midfielders in the world.

Other examples

Other examples of midfielders in the world are:

  • Xavi Hernández : a well-known midfielder organizer in recent years.
  • Zinedine Zidane : French player considered a sports star.
  • Johan Neeskens – Excellent midfield player with a sixth sense for taking the balls of opposing teams.
  • César Cueto : a player from Peru who had a great command of the ball and an excellent vision of the entire game.
  • Steven Gerrard – England player, known for never giving a bad pass.
  • Xabi Alonso : Spanish player considered one of the smartest football brains.

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