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Definition: A holding midfielder's primary role is to break up the opposition’s attacks. Holding midfielders help protect a team’s back line by sitting in front of the central defenders and do not contribute as much to attacking plays. An ability to tackle is a key attribute. Most good teams have a player capable of screening the defense, acting as an insurance policy should the team surrender possession.

Also Known As: Defensive midfielder, Anchorman, Midfield anchor.

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