Ballarat City FC
Ballarat City FC is an Australian semi-professional association football club based in Ballarat, Victoria. For most of its history, the club's home ground was Trekardo Park, before making the move to the Ballarat Regional Soccer Facility in 2014. After the 2016 National Premier Leagues Victoria 2 season, the club members voted to reform the club from Ballarat Red Devils to Ballarat City, a move sanctioned by the Football Federation Victoria as they transferred the club's NPLV licence to the new entity; the club was established in 1968 as Ballarat SC, played their first six seasons at Llanberris Reserve, now home to the Ballarat Athletics Club, before moving to Trekardo Park in 1973. Ballarat played in an all-Red kit, which changed to white shorts in 1992, now play in a similar kit to the famous Manchester United, incorporating red shirts, white shorts and black socks. In their first season playing in the Melbourne-based competition, Ballarat secured its first championship, under foundation captain-coach and goalkeeper Eddie Wood, led by Hugh Rattray, who scored 59 goals in 21 matches, still a current Australian record for number of goals in one season at a semi-professional level.
Ballarat waited 24 years until their next title came along, in 1992, in which the team remained undefeated throughout the entire 26-match Provisional League Two season, again a record, unlikely to be matched or bettered in Victoria. Incidentally, that team went. Furthermore,'92 Ballarat side scored in every match of that unbeaten season; the team was coached by Jim Bull, a full-back in the'68 Championship. In 1998, the club changed its name to Ballarat United SC. After back-to-back promotions in 2003 and 2004, United avoided relegation in 2004 and 2005, in the last match of each season, needing a positive result in each to stay up, achieved; the club changed its name in 2005 to Ballarat Red Devils. The 2007 season started with a new coach in charge, Danny Gnjidic, the club went on to win the State League 3 North-West Championship on the last day of the season with a 4–3 win over their rivals, Geelong SC. Ballarat won after being down 2–0 at the 9 minute mark. In 2008, the club was at its highest level to date in State League 2 North-West.
At the end of the 2009 season, by mutual consent the club and Danny Gnjidic parted ways. In late 2009 the club appointed South African Dale Harris as the coach for 2010. Harris was sacked on 28 June after a poor start to the season and was replaced by Michael Leslie who became player-manager. Former reserves coach Joe Fedele was appointed as the Reds new boss in late 2010. Following Shelley's move and dominating displays for the Ballarat Red Devils in 2011, Shelley signed as Manager for the Red Devils for 2 years during October 2011. On 13 February 2013, the establishment of the National Premier Leagues was announced; the league was designed to rebrand the Premier League in each state under a single national banner, create a national second division incorporating national playoffs. In December 2013, former Leeds, Perth Glory and Olyroos goalkeeper Danny Milosevic accepted the position of Director of Football. On 13 January 2014, Ballarat announced that it would be bidding for admission into the NPLV, on the same day announced the signing of former Melbourne Victory striker James Robinson as player-coach.
The FFV announced that Ballarat had won a NPL licence on 7 February 2014, five days announced that the Red Devils would be placed in the top flight of the two NPL divisions promoting Ballarat several divisions and into the highest Victorian level for the first time in its history. Ballarat recruited former Liverpool defender Danny O'Donnell, attracted back several players with local origins who had found success elsewhere, with the 20 man squad ahead of the inaugural NPLV season containing 15 players from Ballarat. Despite a skewed schedule owing to the rate of construction of the Ballarat Regional Soccer Facility, Ballarat played their first home game in the stadium on 3 May 2014, losing 1–2 to South Melbourne FC, their maiden season in the NPLV included wins against established top Victorian teams including Melbourne Knights, Green Gully, Hume City, however it ended in heartbreak: the Red Devils finished their own final game of the season away to Oakleigh Cannons safe from relegation, but minutes a late 95th-minute goal from Connor Reddan for Port Melbourne salvaged a 1–1 draw with Werribee City, saving both teams in that fixture from relegation at Ballarat's expense.
The Red Devils were placed in the Western Conference of the revamped NPL Victoria 2 for the 2015 season, while the club retained James Robinson's services with a two-year contract extension. Ballarat finished in 4th place in the NPL Victoria 2 West in 2015. At the FFV Gold Medal Night, goalkeeper Aaron Romein took out the NPLV2 Goalkeeper of the Year title while head manager James Robinson took out the NPLV2 Coach of the Year award. In November 2015, head manager Robinson resigned from his post with the club naming Savas Saglam as his replacement on Boxing Day 2015. Ballarat went through a tumultuous off-season, with the majority of the 2015 squad refusing to train under new coach Saglam, it was reported that governance challenges, including disagreements between the Members Club and Investment Company, which jointly ran the club, led to the resignation of former manager James Robinson. The boycotting players stated that they did not support the Investment Company, which appointed Saglam. At an Extraordinary General Meeting, the members appointed a new board to run the club and Saglam was sacked.
With the new structure of the club appealing to ex-manager R
Saša Ognenovski is a Macedonian-Australian football player who plays as a central defender, who last played for Sydney FC in the A-League and the Australia national team, is the vice captain of the former. In 2010, he was named Asian Footballer of the Year, won a position in the K-League Best XI, won the AFC Champions League with Seongnam; these achievements led to his inclusion in the Australian squad for the 2011 AFC Asian Cup. He played with Preston Lions in the 1997–2000 and 2003–2004 seasons with Melbourne Knights in the 2000–2001 and 2001–2002 seasons, in the 2002–2003 season with Greek side Panahaiki, with Queensland Roar until transferring to Adelaide United FC in February 2008 to play in the Asian Champions League, starting in March 2008. Ognenovski played his 50th A-League match against Sydney FC on 22 November 2008 scoring the opening goal, his first for Adelaide, in the 2–0 win at Hindmarsh Stadium, he followed this up a week scoring a dramatic equaliser in Adelaide's 1–1 draw with Newcastle Jets heading in from another set piece.
In January 2009 it was revealed that Ognenovski was a target for K-League club Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma but the initial bid of A$285,000 was rejected with Adelaide asking for a transfer fee of $570,000. He was a transfer target of another K-League side, FC Seoul, who sent officials to negotiate the fee with Adelaide; the transfer saga was resolved on Tuesday 13 January 2009 when Adelaide United revealed Ognenovski would join Seongnam at the end of the A-League 2008-09 season on a two-year deal. The defender gave a glowing tribute to the club upon the announcement saying, “I’ve met some great people, the owners Nick and Dario are the best people I’ve met in football so it is a tough decision but I have to secure my future and look after my family so, the main reason that I took up the offer.”Ognenovski received an accolade when he was voted the second best Macedonian footballer of 2008, behind Inter Milan's Goran Pandev. In 2010, in his second season with Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma, Ognenovski captained the team to victory in the AFC Champions League.
He scored the opening goal of the match. Ognenovski was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player. On 7 July 2012, Ognenovski moved to Umm-Salal Sports Club in the Qatar Stars League after an outstanding three-year spell at Seongnam. Ognenovski made his debut for Umm-Salal Sports Club on 21 October 2012 in the 1–1 away draw to Al Kharitiyath. On 4 February 2014, Ognenovski moved back to the A-League to sign with Sydney FC, he scored his first goal against Newcastle Jets assisted by Italian marquee Alessandro Del Piero. On 8 October 2014, along with Nikola Petković were appointed Sydney FC's vice-captains for 2014 His first goal for the 2014–15 A-league season came in Rd 2 against Western Sydney Wanderers won by Sydney 3-2. Ogenovski appeared to score a goal. However, Ogenovski was suspended following the match for striking Vitor Saba in the head. Ognenovski was released by Sydney on 3 June 2015. Ognenovski was eligible to represent Australia, but after not being selected in A-League based Australian squads for Asian Cup Qualifiers against Indonesia and Kuwait, Ognenovski expressed his disappointment and put himself up for selection for the country of his heritage, Macedonia.
Although not available to play for Macedonia he was called by Srečko Katanec to play for the Republic of Macedonia national football team in the match against Moldova on 11 February 2009, although he did not feature due to issues with his eligibility. After dashing his hopes for playing for Australia under former coach Pim Verbeek his dreams were answered when new Socceroos manager Holger Osieck called him up for a friendly against Egypt in Cairo, he was subsequently named in the 23-man 2011 AFC Asian Cup squad. Throughout the AFC Asian cup, he started every match and developed a solid defensive partnership with Lucas Neill, scored the second goal in Australia's 6–0 defeat of Uzbekistan in the semi-finals. Seongnam Ilhwa ChunmaAFC Champions League: 2010 Korean FA Cup: 2011InternationalAFC Asian Cup: Runners-up 2011IndividualAFC Asian Footballer of the Year: 2010 AFC Champions League Most Valuable Player: 2010 K-League Best XI: 2010 As of 21 March 20141 – includes A-League final series statistics.
A midfielder is an association football position. Midfielders are positioned on the field between their team's defenders and forwards; some midfielders play a disciplined defensive role, breaking up attacks, are otherwise known as defensive midfielders. Others blur the boundaries, being more mobile and efficient in passing: they are referred to as deep-lying midfielders, play-makers, box-to-box, or holding midfielders; the number of midfielders on a team and their assigned roles depends on the team's formation. Most managers assign at least one midfielder to disrupt the opposing team's attacks, while others may be tasked with creating goals, or have equal responsibilities between attack and defence. Midfielders are the players who travel the greatest distance during a match; because midfielders arguably have the most possession during a game they are among the fittest players on the pitch. Central or centre midfielders are players whose role is divided equally between attack and defence and to dominate the play around the centre of the pitch.
These players will try to pass the ball to the team's attacking midfielders and forwards and may help their team's attacks by making runs into the opposition's penalty area and attempting shots on goal themselves. When the opposing team has the ball, a central midfielder may drop back to protect the goal or move forward and press the opposition ball-carrier to recover the ball. A centre midfielder defending their goal will move in front of their centre-backs in order to block long shots by the opposition and track opposition midfielders making runs towards the goal; the 4–3–3 and 4–5–1 formations each use three central midfielders. The 4−4−2 formation may use two central midfielders, in the 4–2–3–1 formation one of the two deeper midfielders may be a central midfielder; the term box-to-box midfielder refers to central midfielders who are hard-working and who have good all-round abilities, which makes them skilled at both defending and attacking. These players can therefore track back to their own box to make tackles and block shots and run to the opponents' box to try to score.
The change of trends and the deviation from the standard 4–4–2 formation to the 4–2–3–1 formation imposed restrictions on the typical box-to-box midfielders of the 80s, as teams' two midfield roles were now divided into "holders" or "creators". Notable examples of box-to-box midfielders are Bastian Schweinsteiger, Yaya Touré, Radja Nainggolan. Left and right midfielders have a role balanced between attack and defence, similar to that of central midfielders, but they are positioned closer to the touchlines of the pitch, they may be asked to cross the ball into the opponents' penalty area to make scoring chances for their teammates, when defending they may put pressure on opponents who are trying to cross. Common modern formations that include left and right midfielders are the 4−4−2, the 4−4−1−1, the 4–2–3–1 and the 4−5−1 formations. Jonathan Wilson describes the development of the 4−4−2 formation: "…the winger became a wide midfielder, a shuttler, somebody who might be expected to cross a ball but was meant to put in a defensive shift."
Notable examples of wide midfielders are Ryan Giggs. The historic position of wing-half was given to midfielders, it became obsolete as wide players with defensive duties have tended to become more a part of the defence as full-backs. Defensive midfielders are midfield players; these players may defend a zone in front of their team's defence, or man mark specific opposition attackers. Defensive midfielders may move to the full-back or centre-back positions if those players move forward to join in an attack. Sergio Busquets described his attitude: "The coach knows that I am an obedient player who likes to help out and if I have to run to the wing to cover someone's position, great." A good defensive midfielder needs good positional awareness, anticipation of opponent's play, tackling, interceptions and great stamina and strength. A holding or deep-lying midfielder stays close to their team's defence, while other midfielders may move forward to attack; the holding midfielder may have responsibilities when their team has the ball.
This player will make short and simple passes to more attacking members of their team but may try some more difficult passes depending on the team's strategy. Marcelo Bielsa is considered as a pioneer for the use of a holding midfielder in defence; this position may be seen in the 4 -- 2 -- 3 -- 4 -- 4 -- 2 diamond formations. A defensive midfielder, or "destroyer", a playmaker, or "creator", were fielded alongside each other as a team's two holding central midfielders; the destroyer was responsible for making tackles, regaining possession, distributing the ball to the creator, while the creator was responsible for retaining possession and keeping the ball moving with long passes out to the flanks, in the manner of a more old-fashioned deep-lying playmaker or "regista". Early examples of a destroyer are Nobby Stiles, Herbert Wimmer, Marco Tardelli, while examples include Claude Makélélé and Javier Mascherano, although several of these players possessed qualities of other types of midfielders, were therefore not confined to a single role.
Early examples of a creator would be Gérson, Glenn Hoddle, Sunday Oliseh, while more recent examples Xabi Alonso, Michael Carrick. The latest and third type of holding midfielder developed as a box-to-box midfielder, or "carrier", neither destructive nor creative, capable of winning b
Guus Hiddink is a Dutch football manager and former player, the manager of China national under-23 football team. He enjoyed a long career playing as a midfielder in his native Netherlands, playing for sides such as De Graafschap and NEC Nijmegen, as well as some time spent playing in the United States. Since retiring from playing the game in 1982, Hiddink has gone on to enjoy an illustrious career in management, leading both clubs and countries from across the globe to achieve various titles and feats. In March 1987, Hiddink was appointed PSV manager after serving as assistant. Hiddink's PSV side won three consecutive Eredivisie titles, three consecutive KNVB Cups and the European Cup in the historic Treble-winning season of 1987–88. Hiddink spent one unsuccessful season at Istanbul side Fenerbahçe the following season was appointed manager of Valencia, where he stayed until November 1993, he returned to the Mestalla in March 1994. Hiddink took charge of the Dutch national team in January 1995, leading the Dutch to the quarter-finals of UEFA Euro 1996 and a fourth-place finish in the 1998 FIFA World Cup.
He resigned as Netherlands manager after the World Cup, where he was appointed manager of Spanish giants Real Madrid. His time in Madrid ended prematurely after he was sacked in February 1999 as Real were struggling in the league, he took over the reins at fellow La Liga side Real Betis in February 2000, but was sacked just three months following the season's conclusion. The lure of taking another team to a World Cup led to Hiddink taking the South Korea national team job in January 2001. South Korea were joint hosts of the 2002 World Cup, so expectations were high, he became a national hero there. Hiddink returned to the Netherlands to rejoin PSV after the conclusion of the World Cup. During his second spell, he won three more Eredivise titles and another KNVB Cup, making him the most successful football manager in Dutch history. In July 2005, Hiddink was appointed manager of the Australian national team, serving as manager of both PSV and Australia simultaneously, he led Australia to qualify for their first World Cup in 32 years, while at the 2006 World Cup itself, he led the nation to the knockout stages, the first time in the Socceroos' history.
Following the World Cup, he joined the Russian national team. Russia scraped through qualification at the expense of England reaching the semi-finals of Euro 2008. In February 2009, while still managing Russia, Hiddink was appointed interim manager of English club Chelsea, he enjoyed success during his short stay at Stamford Bridge, winning the FA Cup, whilst restoring Chelsea to a respectable position in the league. Meanwhile, after Russia failed to qualify for the 2010 World Cup, Hiddink resigned as its manager, he returned to Turkey as Turkish national team manager, but his time in charge ended two years after the nation failed to qualify for Euro 2012. In February 2012, Hiddink made a return to club management, taking charge of Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala. After a period of relative success, Hiddink left Anzhi in July 2013. Following the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Hiddink succeeded Louis van Gaal as Dutch national team manager, his second stint in charge of his home nation, his time at the helm ended, however, as the Netherlands were struggling to qualify for Euro 2016.
Following this, nearly six years after his previous departure from Chelsea, Hiddink was again appointed interim manager of the London-based club in December 2015 following the sacking of José Mourinho. Hiddink was born in Varsseveld and started his career as a player in the youth side of amateur club SC Varsseveld, he turned professional after signing on for Dutch club De Graafschap in 1967. Hiddink played at the Doetinchem club under manager Piet de Visser. In 1973, Hiddink and manager de Visser earned promotion to the Eredivisie, the top league in Dutch football. Since, the careers of the two Dutchmen have intersected: De Visser scouted numerous South American players, such as PSV players Ronaldo, Romário and former Chelsea defender Alex, for Hiddink's PSV. De Visser, in his role as personal advisor to Roman Abramovich, was influential in bringing Hiddink to the Russia national football team and more to Chelsea as caretaker manager following the dismissal of Brazilian Luiz Felipe Scolari, it was De Visser who introduced Hiddink to Abramovich during a meeting in Eindhoven in 2004.
He spent most of his playing career at De Graafschap, including three years under de Visser, remains a fan of the club. He joined PSV in 1970, but after failing to win a permanent position in the team, he rejoined De Graafschap after just one year and remained there until 1977. In 1981, he retired a year later, he played as a midfielder during his playing days. Having honed his coaching skills as an assistant manager, Hiddink took over the managerial role at PSV Eindhoven in 1987 after holding the assistant manager position for the club from 1983 to March 1987. Hiddink took over in March 1987, whilst the team was trailing by three points behind Ajax with ten matches remaining in the league. PSV, managed to win the championship six points ahead of Ajax, it was at PSV where he led the team to its first European Cup triumph in 1988, affirming the Eindhoven club's ranking as one of the three giants of Dutch football, alongside rivals Ajax and Feyenoord. He won three Eredivisie titles with the club in between 1987 and 1990.
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The 2006–07 A-League was the 30th season of top-flight soccer in Australia, the second season of the A-League since its establishment the previous season. Football Federation Australia hoped to build on the success of the first season and on the interest generated by the Socceroos competing in the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Fox Sports had signed a A$120 million deal over 7 years for the exclusive broadcast rights of the A-League, AFC Champions League, national team matches; the television advertisement campaign used for the 2006–07 season was the same as the previous season, with different music. Scribe's song "Not Many" was replaced with Manuel Neztic's "Kickin Down"; the second season was marketed as "A-League: Version 2". The following do not fill a Visa position:1Those players who were born and started their professional career abroad but have since gained Australian Residency; the opening round was 15 July 2006. The competition featured a group stage, with three regular rounds and a bonus round, followed by a two-week finals playoff.
The bonus group round matched up teams against opponents from the other group, offered the incentive of "bonus points" based on goals scored. The Pre-Season Cup was used to enhance the A-League's profiles by playing pre-season games in regional centres including the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Launceston, Wollongong, Port Macquarie and Tamworth; the pre-season cup was won by Adelaide United at the final on 19 August 2006. The league season took a triple round-robin format, took place over 21 rounds between 25 August 2006 and 21 January 2007; the Asian Football Confederation announced on 21 November 2006 that Adelaide United and Sydney FC would represent Australia in the 2007 AFC Champions League. Despite an appeal by the Football Federation Australia, it was determined that the 2005–06 A-League premiers and champions would qualify and not those from the current season; the AFC indicated that the qualification arrangements would not be reviewed prior to 2009. The FFA have indicated that the premiers and champions of A-League 2006–07 will qualify for the 2008 AFC Champions League – establishing a precedent of maintaining a one-year lag between qualification and participation.
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Dingley Village, Victoria
Dingley Village is a suburb in Melbourne, Australia, 22 km south-east from Melbourne's central business district. Its local government area is the City of Kingston. At the 2016 census, Dingley Village had a population of 10,320. Dingley was the original name before being renamed to Dingley Village in 1991 In 1856, Thomas Attenborough bought land in the area and named his house Dingley Grange, after Dingley Hall which exists in Dingley in his native Northamptonshire, England. A farming community developed remote from either the bayside or Gippsland railway lines, moving into market gardens and poultry to supply metropolitan markets. There was no identifiable centre to the area apart from Christ Church at the corner of Centre and Old Dandenong Roads, with its attractive architecture and bell tower; the Post Office opened on 21 July 1913. A family of five brothers – the Gartside – solved the problem of vegetable gluts by opening a cannery in about 1920; the cannery employed up to fifty local people.
They donated land for the primary school which opened in 1925. In 1936 the Kingswood Golf Club, opened its new course at Dingley. A progress association was formed in 1947, a recreation reserve acquired in 1954. Urbanisation in Dingley began in the early 1960s. A small shopping centre, kindergarten and Sunday Markets on the reserve created a village atmosphere which resulted in the official change of name. Two more primary schools, one Catholic, opened along with the Spring Park Public Golf course and nearby tennis-courts complex. Near the Moorabbin Airport is an industrial zone set in a garden landscape, separated from the Dingley Village residential area by a reservation for the Mornington Peninsula Freeway; the rock band Jet originated from the suburb. Dingley Primary School, established in 1925 and located on the corner of Centre Dandenong and Marcus roads. Kingswood Primary School established in 1976. St Mark's Primary School is a Catholic primary school within the Archdiocese of Melbourne.
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In association football, a playmaker is a player who controls the flow of the team's offensive play, is involved in passing moves which lead to goals, through their vision, ball control and passing ability. In English football, the term overlaps somewhat with an attacking midfielder, but the two types of midfielders are not the same, as playmakers are not constrained to a single position. Several playmakers can operate on the wings, or as a creative, supporting striker. Other players still function as deep-lying playmakers, in a free role, behind the midfield line. Playmakers are not known for their defensive capabilities, why they are supported by a defensive midfielder; as many midfielders and forwards have the aforementioned creative and technical attributes, they tend to be the playmakers of a team. The most complete and versatile playmakers are known as advanced playmakers, or free-role playmakers, as they can operate both in central, attacking midfield positions, as well as in wider positions on the wings.
The attacking playmakers are sometimes called the "number 10" of the team, as they wear the number 10 jersey. The attacking midfield playmaker will sit in a free role between the midfield and the forwards, either in the centre of the pitch or on either flank; these offensive playmakers will make incisive passes to the wingers or forwards, seeing them through on goal or to deliver killer crosses, as well as scoring goals themselves. They are usually quick and technical players with good vision, passing and dribbling ability. In Italian football, as creative, advanced playmakers are known not to be reserved to a single position, they are described as the "fantasista" or "trequartista". In Brazil, the offensive playmaker is known as the "meia atacante", whereas in Argentina, it is known as the "enganche". In the English language, this position is sometimes colloquially referred to as playing "in the hole", as these playmakers link the midfield and attack by operating in the gap between the opposition's midfield and defence.
Diego Maradona, Zico and Francesco Totti are examples of advanced midfield playmakers. Deep-lying playmakers, who wear jersey numbers 8, 6 or 5, operate from a deep position, in or behind the main midfield line in a central or defensive midfield role, where they can use space and time on the ball to dictate the tempo of their team's play and orchestrate the moves of the whole team, not just attacks on goal. Deep-lying playmakers are known for their vision and passing. Many are known for their ability to switch the play or provide long passes that pick out players making attacking runs, as well as their striking ability from distance. Although several deep-lying playmakers are not known for their tackling, work-rate, or defensive skills, it has become more common for a box-to-box midfielder with good passing, technique and ball-winning ability, such as Yaya Touré, to play in this role, since it is in a similar position to that of a defensive midfielder, the role allows them to break down plays and subsequently create scoring opportunities themselves after winning back possession.
In Italy, the deep-lying playmaker is known as a "regista", whereas in Brazil, it is known as a "meia-armador". Xavi, Andrea Pirlo, Luka Modrić, Michael Carrick, Paul Scholes, Pep Guardiola are some examples of deep-lying playmakers. Playmakers are not constrained to a single position; some playmakers can function in a more central midfield role, or alternate between playing in more offensive creative roles and participating in the build-up plays and controlling the team's tempo in a deeper midfield position, such as Zinedine Zidane, Nécib, or Juan Román Riquelme. Creativity, vision, tactical awareness and good passing ability are the true requirements of a good playmaker. With the increasing physical and athletic demands of modern football, it has become common for midfield playmakers, in particular those who are known for their dynamism, ability to read the game, work-rate off the ball, to play in deeper roles and be given more defensive responsibilities, in addition to their creative duties: midfielders such as Bastian Schweinsteiger, Toni Kroos, Paul Pogba play in the centre of the pitch and occupy multiple roles, functioning both as box-to-box midfielders and creators dropping back and helping to press opponents and win back possession, subsequently either carrying the ball forward, or dictating play and starting an attack with their vision and passing.
According to Jonathan Wilson, Luka Modrić is another example of a midfielder who occupies multiple roles on the pitch. He continued to play in a deeper midfield role in Real Madrid's 4–2–3–1 system. However, Wilson has noted that, although Modrić plays as a holding midfielder, he is "neither destructive or creative", but a "carrier", "capable of making late runs or carrying the ball