Hole (association football)
In association football, or soccer, the hole is generally referred to as the gap between a team's midfield players and its front strikers, particularly in a 4-4-2 formation resulting in a 4-4-1-1 formation. The gap might be filled through the employment of an attacking midfielder, or a deep lying striker. The player in the hole aims to utilise the gap left between opponent's midfield and defence.
Notable players who occupy (or occupied) the hole include Pelé, Eusébio, Johan Cruijff, Zico, Michel Platini, Diego Maradona, Roberto Baggio, Kenny Dalglish, Dennis Bergkamp, Francesco Totti, Alessandro Del Piero, Peter Beardsley, Wesley Sneijder, Jari Litmanen, Eric Cantona, Wayne Rooney, Rivaldo, Zinedine Zidane, Kaká, Mesut Özil, Rafael van der Vaart, Dan Sellman and Ronaldinho - most of whom wore the number 10, although Beardsley often wore 8 while Dalglish wore 7. Hence a player who inherits the role of a playmaker, or who inhabits the hole can often be referred to as a "number 10".
- "Formations: 4–4–1–1". BBC News. 1 September 2005. Retrieved 2 May 2010.
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