In football, a man hit is a player who has the task of restricting the sphere of activity of a certain player on the opposing team and preventing him from scoring a goal. In the classic game systems , such as the 3-5-2 system, in which players are played with man marking , this defensive player plays a special role, as either a striker or an attacking midfielder must be "guarded". A man-marker, through consistent defensive work, sometimes decides a game in which the opponent's central player has no opportunity to develop. For example, Guido Buchwald guarded the Argentine superstar Maradona at the final of the 1990 World Cup and made sure that Maradona acted as seldom as dangerous and that Argentina could not defend the title. Other examples of successful man marking were Berti Vogts , who took Johan Cruyff in the 1974 World Cup final, and Claudio Gentile , who guarded Maradona and later Zico during the 1982 World Cup .
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