Definitions for playmakerˈpleɪˌmeɪ kər
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A sportsman who leads attacks for his team and creates chances to score.
In association football, a playmaker is a player who controls the flow of the team's offensive play, and is often involved in passing moves which lead to goals. In English football, the term overlaps somewhat with attacking midfielder, but the two types of midfielders are not necessarily the same. Several playmakers operate in a more central midfield role, alternating between attacking and playing in the midfield. In Italian football, there are usually two main types of playmakers: the trequartista and the regista. The trequartista, usually wearing the jersey number 10, will sit in a free role between midfield and the forwards, either in the centre of the pitch or on the wings. They will often make incisive passes to the wingers or forwards, seeing them through on goal or to deliver killer crosses, as well as scoring goals themselves. They are also usually highly technical players with good vision, shooting, passing, crossing and dribbling ability, known for scoring goals as well as providing assists and initiating attacking plays. Diego Maradona is an elite trequartista. The registas or deep-lying playmakers, usually jersey numbers 8, 6 or 5, operate from a deep position, in or even behind the main midfield line in a seemingly defensive midfield role, where they can use space and time on the ball to orchestrate the moves of the whole team, not just attacks on goal. Deep-lying playmakers are often known for their vision, technique and passing. Many are known for their ability to provide long passes that pick out players making attacking runs. Although several deep-lying playmakers are not known for their tackling and defensive ability, it has become more common for a box-to-box midfielder with good passing, technique, vision and tackling ability to play in this role, since it is in a similar position to that of a defensive midfielder. An examples of a deep-lying playmaker is Andrea Pirlo.
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