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The striker (wearing the red shirt) is past the defence (in the white shirts) and is about to take a shot at the goal. The goalkeeper will attempt to stop the ball from going into the net.
The striker (wearing the red shirt) is past the defence (in the white shirts) and is about to take a shot at the goal. The goalkeeper will attempt to stop the ball from going into the net.

Strikers, also known as forwards and attackers, are the players on a team in association football (soccer) in the row nearest to the opposing team's goal, who are therefore principally responsible for scoring goals. This very advanced position and its limited defensive responsibilities mean strikers normally score more goals than other players; accordingly, strikers are often among the best-known and most expensive players in their teams. Striker can refer to: attackers in football striker, a form of firing pin that replaces the hammer and firing pin with a single unit, that is capable of igniting the ammunition when activated via the trigger. ... Football (soccer), Bloomington, Indiana, 1996, by Rick Dikeman File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Football (soccer), Bloomington, Indiana, 1996, by Rick Dikeman File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... “Soccer” redirects here. ...


Modern team formations usually include one to three forwards; two is most common. Coaches typically field one striker who plays in an advanced position, and another attacking forward who plays somewhat deeper and assists in making goals as well as scoring.


The former is often a tall striker, typically known as a target man, who is used to win long balls or receive passes and "hold up" the ball as team-mates advance, to help team-mates score by providing a pass ('through ball' into the box), or to score himself; the latter variation usually requiring quicker pace. Less frequently, some strikers operate on the wings of the field and work their way goalward. The penalty area (colloquiallly also known as the 18-yard box or penalty box), is an area of an association football (soccer) field. ...

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The first striker: advanced forwards or target men

The Norwegian teams of the late 1990s made frequent use of strikers like Jostein Flo, famous for his physical playing style and aerial skills. Here, target man Tore André Flo scores against Brazil in the 1998 World Cup, running on alone after receiving an extremely long pass.
The Norwegian teams of the late 1990s made frequent use of strikers like Jostein Flo, famous for his physical playing style and aerial skills. Here, target man Tore André Flo scores against Brazil in the 1998 World Cup, running on alone after receiving an extremely long pass.

The centre forward, or an "out-and-out" striker, is normally the principal goal-scorer of a football team. Centre forwards act predominantly as "targets" or the focal point of an attack; it is the duty of the midfield to supply and to assist them to score. Tore André Flo (born 15 June 1973 in Stryn) is a Norwegian footballer, who is currently playing for Leeds United as a striker. ...


Some centre forwards are goal poachers who tend to stay forward at all times and work in and around the penalty area to snatch goals, and are sometimes referred to proverbially as a "fox in the box". These strikers are known for their positional sense, excellent reflexes and finishing ability. Leading 'fox-in-the-box' players include Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, David Trezeguet, Miroslav Klose, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Raúl González, Filippo Inzaghi and Hernán Crespo. The penalty area (colloquiallly also known as the 18-yard box, penalty box or simply the box), is an area of an association football field. ... Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (born August 12, 1983) is a Dutch footballer who plays as a striker for Ajax and the Netherlands. ... David Sergio Trezeguet (IPA: []) (born 15 October 1977 in Rouen, France) is a French-Argentine football striker who plays for Juventus and France. ... Miroslav Klose (born MirosÅ‚aw Marian Kloze on June 9, 1978) is a German footballer who plays as a striker. ... -1... For other uses, see Raúl González (disambiguation). ... Inzaghi redirects here. ... Hernán Jorge Crespo (born July 5, 1975 in Florida, Buenos Aires) is an Argentine international football player currently playing in the Italian Serie A for Internazionale, having signed from English Premier League champions Chelsea on a 2 year loan deal on 7 August 2006. ...


Other forwards may rely on their pace to latch on balls from outside the six-yard area, playing 'over the shoulder' of the last defender and trying to beat the offside trap. Strikers like Obafemi Martins, Andriy Shevchenko, Samuel Eto'o, Thierry Henry, Fernando Torres, David Villa, and Ronaldo fall into this category.[1] The Bolton players in white are defending - the nearest player is trying to prevent the Fulham forward in cyan from crossing the ball. ... This article is about the rule in football (soccer). ... Obafemi Akinwunmi Martins (born 28 October 1984 in Lagos) () is a Nigerian football player who plays as a striker for the Nigeria national team, and for the English club Newcastle United. ... Andriy Mykolayovych Shevchenko (Ukrainian: , born 29 September 1976, Dvirkivschyna, Kiev Oblast) is a Ukrainian football striker who plays for Chelsea in the Premier League. ... Samuel Etoo Fils (born March 10, 1981 in Douala) is a Cameroonian football striker who currently plays for F.C. Barcelona. ... Thierry Daniel Henry (pronounced , born 17 August 1977) is a French football player. ... Fernando José Torres Sanz (born 20 March 1984 in Madrid, Spain) is a Spanish footballer, who plays for Liverpool. ... David Villa Sánchez (born 3 December 1981 in Langreo, Asturias, Spain), nicknamed El Guaje[1] (The Kid in Asturian) is a Spanish football player. ... Ronaldo Luis Nazário de Lima (born September 22, 1976), is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Brazil and the Italian Serie A club AC Milan. ...


Some forwards rely on their technical skills to create their own goalscoring opportunities, displaying excellent close control and dribbling ability to pierce through opposition defences. Examples of this type of striker are Alessandro Del Piero, Patrick Kluivert, Wayne Rooney, Dimitar Berbatov, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Francesco Totti. Alessandro Del Piero, Cavaliere Ufficiale OMRI[3][4] (born November 9, 1974 in Conegliano) is an Italian World Cup-winning footballer. ... Patrick Stephan Kluivert (born July 1, 1976 in Amsterdam) is a Dutch international football striker. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Dimitar Berbatov (Bulgarian: ) (born 30 January 1981 in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria) is a Bulgarian footballer who plays as a striker for English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur. ... Zlatan Ibrahimović (born October 3, 1981 in Malmö, Skåne län, Sweden) is a Swedish international striker currently playing for Juventus in Italian Serie A. Born to Bosnian immigrants, with a father named Šefik (a Bosniak) and a mother named Julka (who is a Bosnian Croat), he grew up in a... Francesco Totti, Cavaliere Ufficiale OMRI,[1][2] (born 27 September 1976 in Rome) is an Italian World Cup-winning footballer. ...


Another group of centre forwards are known as "target men" and are usually of above-average height, with good heading ability. They hold the ball up and bring other players into the game, using their body strength to shield the ball while turning to score, and often scoring with the head from crosses. A target man might be asked to play without a strike partner, as a lone forward. Due to their aerial ability, these players are also often called upon to assist the defence when the opposition have a corner, or a free-kick in an advanced position. Some notable "target-man" centre forwards include Didier Drogba, Nikola Žigić, Emmanuel Adebayor and Luca Toni. In football (soccer), a cross is a delivery of a ball from either side of the field across to the front of the goal. ... Didier Yves Drogba Tébily (born March 11, 1978 in Abidjan, Côte dIvoire) is a footballer from Côte dIvoire who currently plays for Chelsea in the English Premier League. ... Nikola Žigić (Serbian Cyrillic: Никола Жигић; born 25 September 1980 in Bačka Topola, Vojvodina, Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia) is a Serbian football player who currently plays for Valencia CF. A striker, he has been voted Serbias Player of the Year three times (in 2003, 2005 and 2006). ... Emmanuel Adebayor (born February 26, 1984 in Lomé) is a Togolese football player of Nigerian descent who plays for Arsenal. ... Luca Toni, Cavaliere Ufficiale OMRI,[1][2] (born May 26, 1977 in Pavullo nel Frignano, Modena) is an Italian World Cup-winning footballer, who plays for FC Bayern Munich in the German Bundesliga. ...


A top striker may have the attributes to perform more than one of these roles.


The second striker: deeper lying attackers

Striker scores
Striker scores

Deep-lying forwards have a long history in the game, but the terminology to describe them has varied over the years. Originally such players were termed inside forwards, or deep-lying centre forwards. More recently, two more variations of this old type of player have developed: the second or support or auxiliary striker and, in what is arguably a distinct position unto its own, being neither midfield nor attack the Number 10, or playmaker, an advanced as opposed to a deep-lying playmaker.


The second striker position is a loosely-defined and often misapplied one somewhere between the out-and-out striker, whether he is a target-man or more of a poacher, and the Number 10 or Trequartista, while possibly showing some of the characteristics of both. In fact a coined term, the "nine-and-a-half" has been an attempt to define the position. Conceivably, a Number 10 can alternate as a second-striker provided that he is also a prolific goalscorer, otherwise a striker (such as Del Piero or Raúl) who can both score and create opportunities for a less versatile centre forward is more suited. This has been true of a natural trequartista like Roberto Baggio who seldom played in a team formation which permitted him the creative license to play as a number 10 and so he adapted himself to the second-striker role. A second- or support-striker does not tend to get as involved in the orchestration of attacks, nor bring as many other players into play as the Number 10 since they do not have the range of vision, nor the burden of responsibility that the latter, around whom the team's game is built, possess. Accordingly, neither do they have as much responsibility for inventing the game. [2] Alessandro Del Piero (born November 9, 1974 in Conegliano) is an Italian football player. ... For other uses, see Raúl González (disambiguation). ... Roberto Baggio (born 18 February 1967 in Caldogno, Veneto) is an Italian retired footballer, among the most technically gifted and popular players in the world throughout the 1990s. ...


Fantasista is a term also used to coin such players[citation needed], and inspired a Japanese manga of the same name which described Fantasista as "a player who has creativity far beyond comparison and has the ability to turn games around with his high technique". This article is about the comics created in Japan. ...

Notable examples of current second strikers include Robinho, Lionel Messi, Wayne Rooney, Kaká, Alessandro Del Piero, Francesco Totti and Ronaldinho. Robson de Souza (born January 25, 1984 in São Vicente, São Paulo), nicknamed Robinho, is a Brazilian footballer currently playing for Spanish La Liga club Real Madrid C.F. and the Brazilian national team. ... Lionel Andrés Messi (born June 24, 1987 in Rosario) is an Argentine professional footballer who currently plays for FC Barcelona in the Spanish Primera División. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... This article is about the Brazilian footballer. ... Alessandro Del Piero, Cavaliere Ufficiale OMRI[3][4] (born November 9, 1974 in Conegliano) is an Italian World Cup-winning footballer. ... Francesco Totti, Cavaliere Ufficiale OMRI,[1][2] (born 27 September 1976 in Rome) is an Italian World Cup-winning footballer. ... For other persons named Ronaldinho, see Ronaldinho (disambiguation). ...


Historically influential "Number 10s" include Pele, Diego Maradona, Michel Platini, Gheorghe Hagi, Zico, Ferenc Puskas, Zinedine Zidane, Roberto Baggio, Johan Cruyff, Eduard Streltsov, Sandro Mazzola, Rivaldo and Dennis Bergkamp. The term Pele can refer to: The Brazilian footballer, Edson Arantes do Nascimento: see Pelé The Ghanian footballer Abédi Pelé The Portuguese footballer Pedro Pele A goddess in Polynesian mythology: see Pele (mythology) The Portuguese word for skin An asteroid, number 2202. ... Diego Armando Maradona (born October 30, 1960) is a former Argentine football player. ... Michel François Platini (born June 21, 1955) is a French former football manager and midfielder, and current president of the UEFA (Union of European Football Associations). ... Gheorghe Hagi , (born February 5, 1965 in Săcele, ConstanÅ£a), is a Romanian former football player of Aromanian descent. ... Arthur Antunes Coimbra (born in March 3, 1953), better known as Zico , is a former Brazilian footballer and coach. ... Ferenc Puskás (Hungarian: Puskás Ferenc, surname first; nicknamed Puskás Öcsi, born 2 April 1927 in Budapest) was a Hungarian football player. ... Zidane redirects here. ... Roberto Baggio (born 18 February 1967 in Caldogno, Veneto) is an Italian retired footballer, among the most technically gifted and popular players in the world throughout the 1990s. ... Johan Cruijff Johan Cruijff (born April 25, 1947 in Amsterdam) is a Dutch football trainer/coach and former star player. ... Eduard Streltsov (Эдуард Анатольевич Стрельцов, born July 21, 1937; died July 20, 1990) is a former Soviet football (soccer) player, who was nicknamed Russian Pelé. Streltsov played for Torpedo Moscow in the Soviet Elite League. ... Sandro Mazzola (born November 8, 1942 in Turin, Italy) was a football player. ... Vítor Borba Ferreira (born April 19, 1972 in Paulista, Pernambuco), commonly known as Rivaldo, is regarded as one of the best Brazilian professional football players of all time, currently playing for AEK Athens in the Super League Greece. ... Dennis Nicolaas Maria Bergkamp (born May 10, 1969 in Amsterdam) is a retired Dutch professional footballer. ...


Successful attacks require the collaboration of many strikers, and goals can be made from the flanks or from the center, all in one movement. In the diagram shown, some of the most successful strikers of the 20th century help to create a goal for a midfielder. The fast German winger Libuda starts the move by floating a long cross to Seeler at the far post. Seeler heads down for Muller, who plays it back to midfielder Overath for a goal. Though considered a center-forward, Seeler's dangerous aerial skills created countless chances for his teammates. Skillful combined play will see a center-forward switch to a supporting role as the situation demands.


The third striker: Wingers or flanking attackers

Main article: Midfielder#Winger

A winger is an attacking player who is stationed in a wide position near the touchlines. They can be classified as forwards, considering their origin as the old "outside-forward" position, and continue to be termed as such in most parts of the world, especially in Latin and Dutch footballing cultures. However, in the Anglo-Saxon world, they are usually counted as part of the midfield. For the Australian Rules position, see Midfielder (Australian Rules). ...

While the wing specialist position receives less emphasis in contemporary football, attacks from the flanks are a potent part of any offense. Germany's final goal of the 1974 World Cup was set up by a midfielder, Bonhof, who was set in motion by one of the last of the 'classic' international wingers - Juergen Grabowski.
While the wing specialist position receives less emphasis in contemporary football, attacks from the flanks are a potent part of any offense. Germany's final goal of the 1974 World Cup was set up by a midfielder, Bonhof, who was set in motion by one of the last of the 'classic' international wingers - Juergen Grabowski.

It is a winger's duty to beat opposing fullbacks, deliver cut-backs or crosses from wide positions and, to a lesser extent, to beat defenders and score from close range They are usually some of the quickest players in the team and usually have good dribbling skills as well. In their Dutch, Spanish and Portuguese usage, the defensive duties of the winger have been usually confined to pressing the opposition fullbacks when they have the ball. Otherwise, a winger will drop closer to the midfield to make himself available, should his team win back the ball. The Bolton players in white are defending - the nearest player is trying to prevent the Fulham forward in cyan from crossing the ball. ... In sports such as football (soccer), basketball, bandy and water polo, dribbling refers to the maneuvering of a ball around a defender through short skillful taps or kicks with either the legs (football/soccer), hands (basketball), stick (bandy) or swimming strokes (water polo). ...


In British and other northern European styles of football, the wide-midfielder is expected to track back all the way to his own corner flag should his full-back require help, as well as tucking into the midfield when the more central players are trying to pressure the opposition for the ball, a huge responsibility for attack-orientated players, and particularly those like Joaquin (winger/wide midfielder) or Leo Messi (winger/second-striker) that lack the physical attributes of a wing-back or of a more orthodox midfield player. As these players grow older and lose their natural pace, they are frequently redeployed as Number 10s between the midfield and the forward line, where their innate ball control and improved reading of the game in the final third can serve to improve their teams' attacking options in tight spaces. An example is Internazionale use of veteran Luis Figo behind one or two other attackers.[3]


In recent years there has been a trend of playing 'unorthodox' wingers - wide men stationed on the 'wrong' side of the pitch, in order to enable them to cut inside and shoot on their stronger foot. One example of this is the tactical use of Robin van Persie by Netherlands coach Marco van Basten at the 2006 World Cup; the Netherlands played with a front three of Arjen Robben wide left, target-man Ruud van Nistelrooy in the middle and the left-footed van Persie wide right. Such deployment usually leads to players being referred to as playing 'from the right' rather than 'on the right'. Similarly, former Newcastle United manager Sam Allardyce, who favours a front three, started the 2007-08 season with right-footed James Milner playing from the left, Mark Viduka as a centre forward and left-footed Obafemi Martins from the right, whilst at Manchester United it is common for right-footed Cristiano Ronaldo and left-footed Ryan Giggs to switch sides continually throughout a match. Robin van Persie (born August 6, 1983 in Rotterdam) is a Dutch footballer. ... Marcel Marco van Basten (October 31, 1964 in Oog in Al, Utrecht) is a Dutch football manager, currently in charge of the Dutch national team. ... 2006 World Cup redirects here. ... Arjen Robben (born January 23, 1984 in Bedum) is a Dutch footballer who currently plays as a winger for Real Madrid. ... -1... Robin van Persie (born August 6, 1983 in Rotterdam) is a Dutch footballer. ... For the Australian soccer club see Newcastle United (Australia). ... Samuel Allardyce (born October 19, 1954 in Dudley, West Midlands) is an English former professional football player and is the manager of Newcastle United. ... The 2007–08 Premier League season (known as the Barclays Premier League for sponsorship reasons) was the sixteenth since its establishment. ... For other people called James Milner, see Milner. ... Marko Anthony Mark Viduka (IPA: ) (born October 9, 1975 in Melbourne) is an Australian football striker of Croatian descent. ... Obafemi Akinwunmi Martins (born 28 October 1984 in Lagos) () is a Nigerian football player who plays as a striker for the Nigeria national team, and for the English club Newcastle United. ... Manchester Uniteds emblem Manchester United F.C. (often abbreviated to Man United or just Man U, pronounced man-yoo) is an English football club based at Old Trafford in Greater Manchester. ... Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro, OIH (pron. ... Ryan Joseph Giggs OBE[1] (born Ryan Joseph Wilson on 29 November 1973 in Ely, Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom) is a Welsh footballer who has played for Manchester United as a midfielder for the entirety of his club career to-date, and is famed as one of the greatest wingers...


Notable orthodox right-wingers currently playing include Joaquín and Mauro Camoranesi. Orthodox left-wingers include Florent Malouda, Vicente Rodríguez and Ryan Giggs. Joaquín, full name Joaquín Sánchez Rodríguez, (born July 21, 1981 in El Puerto de Santa María, Cádiz) is a Spanish footballer. ... Mauro Germán Serra Camoranesi, Cavaliere Ufficiale OMRI[2][3], (born October 4, 1976 in Tandil, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina) is an Italian-Argentinian World Cup-winning footballer, who currently plays for Juventus football club. ... Florent Malouda (born June 13, 1980 in Cayenne, French Guiana) is a French professional football player. ... Vicente Rodríguez Guillén, more commonly known simply as Vicente, (born July 16, 1981 in Valencia) is a Spanish football (soccer) midfielder who currently plays for Valencia CF. He started his professional career at rival club Levante UD and made his debut for the club in the 1997/1998... Ryan Joseph Giggs OBE[1] (born Ryan Joseph Wilson on 29 November 1973 in Ely, Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom) is a Welsh footballer who has played for Manchester United as a midfielder for the entirety of his club career to-date, and is famed as one of the greatest wingers...


'Unorthodox' right-wingers (left-footed) include Lionel Messi and Shunsuke Nakamura. Unorthodox left-wingers (right-footed) include Robinho and Ronaldinho. Lionel Andrés Messi (born June 24, 1987 in Rosario) is an Argentine professional footballer who currently plays for FC Barcelona in the Spanish Primera División. ... Shunsuke Nakamura , born June 24, 1978) is a Japanese football player who currently plays for Celtic in the Scottish Premier League. ... Robson de Souza (born January 25, 1984 in São Vicente, São Paulo), nicknamed Robinho, is a Brazilian footballer currently playing for Spanish La Liga club Real Madrid C.F. and the Brazilian national team. ... For other persons named Ronaldinho, see Ronaldinho (disambiguation). ...


Contemporary players who can play from either side include, Ricardo Quaresma, Franck Ribéry and Cristiano Ronaldo. In the 1970s, one of the foremost practitioners of playing from either flank was the German winger, Juergen Grabowski, whose flexibility helped Germany to third place in 1970, and a championship in 1974.-1... Franck Bilal Ribéry (born April 1, 1983 in Boulogne-sur-Mer) is a French football midfielder who currently plays for Bundesliga club Bayern Munich. ... Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro, OIH (pron. ...


Strike teams and combinations

Holland's Johan Cruyff was often part of an effective strike combination
Holland's Johan Cruyff was often part of an effective strike combination

A strike team is two or more strikers that work well together to devastating effect. The history of soccer is filled with such effective combinations. Two-player partnerships such as Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole of the 1999 Manchester United treble winning squad, are well known, but also important to any attack are bigger groups of players who form distinct strike packages. Three-man teams often operate in "triangles", giving a wealth of attacking options. Four-man packages expand options even more. Image File history File links Dutchscore1a-brazil. ... Image File history File links Dutchscore1a-brazil. ... Johan Cruijff Johan Cruijff (born April 25, 1947 in Amsterdam) is a Dutch football trainer/coach and former star player. ... This article is about Dwight Yorke, the football player. ... Andrew Alexander Andy Cole (born 15 October 1971 in Nottingham) is an English footballer, who is one of the highest scoring players in the games history. ...

Strikers at work showing rotation between first, second and third attacker roles
Strikers at work showing rotation between first, second and third attacker roles

Whatever the number of players involved, the strikers must possess good technical skills, be creative and have a hunger for goal. Strikers must also be flexible, and be able to switch roles at a moment's notice, between the first (advanced penetrator position), second (deep-lying maneuver) and third (support and expansion, eg. wings) attacker roles. Image File history File links Jairscoreuruguay3-final. ... Image File history File links Jairscoreuruguay3-final. ...


Depicted is an illustration of strikers at work, from one of the most potent strike teams of the 20th century - Pele, Jairzinho and Tostão of Brazil. During Brazil's 1970 campaign, center-forward Tostão played the advanced penetration role of first attacker as described above in the article. Pele often dropped back into midfield not only to escape tight marking but to draw his markers with him, opening gaps and helping create attacks. The third attacker- the winger Jairzinho, often took an advanced position but specialized in working the right side of the field. Jairzinho, birth name Jair Ventura Filho, (born December 25, 1944) was a member of the Brazilian national team that won the 1970 World Cup. ... Eduardo Gonçalves de Andrade (born 25 January 1947 in Belo Horizonte), better known as Tostão, is a former Brazilian footballer. ...


In the semi-final against the ultra-defensive Uruguay, it is Pele who takes on the role of target man, dropping infield to receive from Jairzinho. Tostão becomes the second attacker and Pele finds him with a soft backheel. Jairzinho meanwhile becomes the most advanced man, sprinting far upfield to receive Tostão's pass. This tight exchange put Jair through for a score, and illustrates how three strikers can work together to blow open the tightest defenses.


Another example was the Total Football played by the Dutch team in the 1970s, where the ability of their players, and in particular Johan Cruijff, to swap positions allowed a flexible attacking approach which opposition teams found difficult to effectively mark. In football (soccer), Total Football is a system where a player who moves out of his position is replaced by another from his team, thus retaining their intended organizational structure. ... Hendrik Johannes Cruijff ( ) - often spelled Cruyff outside the Netherlands; see IJ (digraph)); born April 25, 1947 in Amsterdam) is a Dutch football manager/coach and former player. ...


See also

All the positions. ... In Association football, the formation describes how the players in a team are positioned on the pitch. ... The term long ball is also used in baseball to refer to a home run Long ball is the term used in association football to describe an attempt, often speculative, to distribute the ball a long distance down the field via a cross, without the intention to pass it to... This article is about goalkeeper, the sports position. ...

References

  1. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/rules_and_equipment/4197378.stm
  2. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/rules_and_equipment/4197254.stm
  3. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/rules_and_equipment/4197228.stm

 
 

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