Middle runner

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Center half ( Center Half ) a former player position referred to in football . Together with the first as foreign Decker, later in midfield acting outside runners he made in the Scottish furrow the runner series .

In the Scottish Furche (2-3-5), the middle runner had mainly game design, but also defensive tasks until the 1920s and was - in addition to the goalkeepers - as the central player mostly the captain of the team. In the World Cup system (3-2-5) he was withdrawn from midfield (where the runner row was) to strengthen the defensive. As a “stopper” (later also “pre-stopper”) between the two defenders, he had the task of eliminating the opposing center forward , but could, depending on the game situation, operate further up front. With the increasing mobility of the position, the middle runner developed over time into the Libero , which is no longer occupied in the modern four-back nowadays. His shirt number was "5", which comes from his original position in the runner row.

The most famous German players on the center stage were Hans Kalb , Ludwig Leinberger , Ludwig Goldbrunner , Werner Liebrich and Willi Schulz . Liebrich played center runner in the 1954 World Cup final against Hungary , Schulz - already as a sweeper - in the 1966 final against England . It stands for the phase of transition from middle runner to libero in the German national team, which was also nominally completed before the 1970 World Cup , whereby Schulz was not replaced by Franz Beckenbauer , as expected , but by Karl-Heinz Schnellinger . It was only after the 1970 World Cup that Beckenbauer, with the number 5 on his back, took over the role of Libero, which he had previously taken on at Bayern Munich .