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When Neuer left the German's penalty area, Germany were already losing 1-0 and going out of the World Cup. By effectively becoming an extra outfield player, he increased the chance of Germany scoring the goal they needed to draw the match and stay in the World Cup. It didn't work, but that doesn't mean it wasn't the right thing to try. A famous similar ...


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Let's start from the end. The best player who plays "false 9" today is, without any doubt, Lionel Messi. There isn't one definition of a "false 9", but I will try to explain it from my understanding. "False 9" is generally a player who isn't a pure striker as defined in the past. This player will drop deep into the field to be a part of or start the ...


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To me, there is still a difference between a Defensive Midfielder, and a Sweeper. Mainly in that a DM (has also been called a Stopper in some instances) is supposed to "stop" the fast flow of an attack before it totally breaches the back line. Where as the Sweeper will/can roam the back line and pick up the loose ends of the (hopefully) thwarted attack. ...


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I have often wondered about this myself. I cannot bring up any references for this, but I can bring up logical conjecture. In such a situation, one of five conditions will apply: You are ahead of your opponent by a large margin they can not feasibly come back from Put younger players in there to get them some playing time, more experience. Protect ...


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I always thought those substitutions are just used to buy time. The clock doesn't stop during a sub, the player that is substituted never hurries, so it buys some time for the team. The referee has to add the time to overtime, but it will not be the same amount.


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Other than the goalkeeper, there are no positions defined in the Laws of the Game, so nobody needs "permission" from anybody play anywhere on the pitch. The captain, or anyone else on the team for that matter, can tell anyone to move into any position at all. Whether they'll be listened to our not is a different question of course, and that's down to the ...


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I think your question should refer to non-striker tactics and that's what I will refer to in my answer. First of all Barcelona are playing, like Spain, without a real striker but they have Messi (Villa who isn't a typical #9 was injured), and as you can see they are very successful. You have to read the following amazing and interesting article: http://...


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Typically, a fair catch is called when no yards will be gained if a return was attempted, e.g., when a player of the kicking team is going to crush the returner the moment the ball touches him. It allows the receiving team to safely retain possession while saving the defenseless returner from taking a crushing hit from a player moving at full steam. So yes, ...


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If it is a particular player and you see him coming at you, it is not illegal to position yourself to take the push. Lean into the push and/or go shoulder to shoulder with the player. If someone gets physical with you, you have to get physcial back. Obviously, I don't mean fighting and confronting the player, but you can't just give up the physical battle ...


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In addition to other answers, manager do sub players already on a Yellow to avoid the chance of getting a second Yellow i.e. a sending off. It's also a known opposition tactic to provoke such players into getting that second yellow. In some tournaments getting a red means a ban for a few matches as well. Now as you're specifically referring to 89th minute ...


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You are partially right. The wide nine scheme is set up by the defensive ends lining up way beyond the offensive tackles, but the point is not to play a "containment" style defense, but rather to attack the quarterback. The defensive ends are typically smaller and faster than the opposing offensive tackles, so lining up so far to the outside gives the ...


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I'll not repeat what the other answers have already correctly stated but I will provide an answer relating to a subpart of your question: Is it related to giving the player another cap? (perhaps pay related for an appearance?) This can, indeed, be a factor. Although it's less likely that a manager brings on a player to earn his appearance fee, the ...


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they usually pull the goalie with about 2-3 minutes remaining. This is correct, but only half the story. They pull the goalie when a small amount of time is remaining and the team has control of the puck in the offensive zone. Why you need control of the puck is I hope obvious, why only in the offensive zone: because there's too much risk of losing the puck ...


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Lefties play a style of tennis that is almost mirror image to that of a righty. For instance, their forehand (usually their stronger shot) is on the side of the court where a righty's backhand (usually their weaker shot) would be. When they hit a slice serve it curves to the receiver's left rather than their right. Since lefties are fairly uncommon in the ...


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Game theory comes into play in American football play-calling. To simplify the game, consider that the offense can run either a running play or a passing play. The passing play generally has potential for more yards gained, but less chance of success than a running play. The defense, on the other hand, also chooses a play that is either focused on ...


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Jens Lehmann did it before (National keeper before Neuer) when he scored for Schalke 04 against Dortmund. And here are a few more international ones and this is from my team's league. It is a common tactic when you're behind and need the goal. Especially when another goal against you wouldn't matter anyway you try to get an extra on-field player by doing ...


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I'd say that the sweeper role IS somewhat obsolete, partially because what has been already taken up by others but also because defense mentality has changed quite a bit with the development of the game, and the training that goes with it. Consider this scenario, would you like your last defender to be behind your main line of defense? Obviously the ...


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YES but it was not a rule This site confirm that, in the early 1900s, tactics were more offensive than now. Also this source and wikipedia confirm that the old off side rules permits to play with those tactics. I think you can find a lot of exhaustive info on the posted links, so I prefer to do not add more.


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If Something works You're playing to win (see akadian's answer for the issues here), and You're not interested in moving up to a higher standard of play then by all means keep doing it. However, if you are interested in moving up to a higher standard of play, you'll probably find players and/or teams who are adept at shutting down a one-dimensional player,...


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It's not very easy to say what you are doing wrong while bowling in indoor cricket. As a person who has never played indoor cricket, I cannot pin-point any differences. However, while I play with leather balls and tennis balls, I notice that there is a marked difference in batting and bowling techniques. Timing the ball is of utmost importance while ...


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In addition to all these answers I'd also like to point out that a sub in the OT could also serve to "cool down" a hellbent fierce opposition who's trying desperately to get a goal. With some 30 sec.s of pause, you give your players some little time to catch their breath, hopefully help them think properly while the opposition will most certainly be annoyed ...


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Zone- vs man-marking is a common dilemma in many sports. I have come across it in both basketball and football. If one puts aside the fundamental differences of these two sports, tactically-speaking the idea is roughly the same: In zone marking your are given a portion of the field you're responsible marking/defending. In man-marking however you are given an ...


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The easiest to imagine scenario is actually not uncommon. Runners on first and second no one out. Hit and run is called for by the offense. Sharp liner to the second baseman on the bag he is moving to cover Second baseman catches the ball, steps on the bag and tags the runner coming into the bag The question now is A. has this happened, and B. what was the ...


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Generally, men move faster on court and have a more powerful smash - this is plain visible in Mixed doubles, where the man often covers three fourth of the court, and in smash statistics, where men are up 30km/h or more. On the other hand, the defensive ability of top women is very close to that of the men. For these reasons, a high shot to the back to a ...


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Wikipedia states: In association football, a substitute is a player who is brought on to the pitch during a match in exchange for an existing player. Substitutions are generally made to replace a player who has become tired or injured, or who is not performing well; there may also be tactical reasons such as bringing a striker on in place of a ...


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Are you playing with the same set of guys each week? If so, is it possible for someone (or you) to address the group before you start playing and generally talk about rules? You don't need to single out the culprit (unless you want to), just talk in a general manner. If you want to go at the issue yourself without trying to cause conflict, sounds like you ...


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The other answers are all good, but I wanted to emphasize that "fresh legs" are good for more than just running. Changing the composition of the team, even by one member, can have a great effect on momentum. You play differently with a new player, and the other team responds differently (or fails to, and you take advantage of it). Some guy running up the ...


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As mentioned by others it is a part of the game. To understand it better you need to realize that football is a contact sport (not as much as rugby but still) and it's physically demanding. For that very reason players (especially in amateur divisions) will use physical intimidation as a way of winning the ball. Keep in mind that, going into a tackle if you ...


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Keep your arms out and fend him off. If he can't reach your body then he can't push you out of the way, so use your arm to keep your distance. As moesef's answer notes you do need to respond physically if other players are being physical.


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Nothing is ever obsolete in football, it always works in cycles. At the moment the defensive midfielder (a sole one as opposed to a two) has a prominent role in intercepting and conducting attacks however that may change when they begin to get exploited down in the space located to the sides of the position they cover. Another potential reasoning for it's ...


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