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In many team sports, the playing positions on the far right or left in the formation are called wingers . The term also applies to the players in these positions.

The one winger who saw from the attacking team out on the right side of the court, is called Right Wing , called during the Left Wing plays on the left wing position (classic, however, only with left- and right-wing winger meant). Usually the winger in football wore the shirt numbers 7 (right) and 11 (left).

The wingers have a special function in many sports.

Sports with wingers

In football , the outside positions are one of the most running-intensive positions. Depending on the game system, the position is taken over by midfielders or full- backs. The main task of the outside positions in the offensive movement is to overcome the opposing defense by running across the flank and (high) passing the ball from the sideline in front of the goal ( flank ). In addition, he has the task of protecting the full-back if he pushes forward. Particularly offensive and dangerous wingers such as B. Cristiano Ronaldo or Marco Reus are called wingers because they often push into the penalty area and not only mainly provide assists.

In handball , where the term outside player (or simply "outside") is more common, they have a different function: unlike in football, the wingers are also responsible for scoring goals.

In basketball there are two wing positions, forwards called. As a rule, a distinction is made between power forward and small forward . The forwards usually play in the front court , i.e. near the basket, on both the defensive and the offensive.

In ice hockey there are also two wing positions in the storm row. Both are responsible for scoring goals in a three-man formation with a center .

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