World Football 101: An Introduction to Player's Positions

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World Football 101: An Introduction to Player's Positions
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"Football is a simple game; 22 men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans always win." 

While humor has always been an important aspect of football, tactical nous is much more important. Modern football has evolved into a tactical warfare, where the slightest deviation from allocated plans can cost you tremendously.  

Each role has to be planned out carefully, each formation worked out precisely, each facet considered meticulously. 

Welcome to the first part of a series that attempts to unravel the beautiful game.

Throughout this series, I will be attempting to discuss several things related to football: the numerous roles assigned to players, formations, coaching and managerial staff, tactics, scouting and a host of other aspects. 

This first part attempts in discussing the various roles attributed to players on the outfield, from goalkeepers to strikers. 

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