The centerback is truly one of the most sensitive positions on any Football team.
He stands sentry in front of the six yard box, the penultimate line of defense against the opponent's attack. A centerback operates in a maelstrom of powerful headers, fierce shots, flying challenges, and sharp elbows. All framed in a cauldron of noise and fury.
His skills and virtues must be manifold. The finest central defenders know how to position themselves to frustrate opposing strikers. They should be strong and fast, and ideally tall, to command the air.
The best central defenders have the ability to see two different things at the same time. They must keep their eye on the ball as well as the man they are marking. And although their prime responsibility is to thwart attacks, they can go forward and help in scoring.
Central defenders are rare birds, especially in the Philippines. No wonder a player like Amani Aguinaldo of Global is so prized for his height, skills, and musculature.
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