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The defender is the outfield player whose primary role is to prevent the opposition from attacking. In general, defenders must stop opposing players, particularly the strikers, from scoring and bring the ball out from their penalty area. You will have to be a good tackler and strong in the air.

Top 8 Boots for Defending

1. Nike Tiempo Legend

Liverpool’s defensive lynchpin Virgil Van Dijk and La Liga’s veteran legend Gerard Pique (Barcelona) are some of the world-class centre-halves that wear Nike’s Tiempo Legend. With the Legend 9 being the lightest Tiempo to date, defenders become more agile in getting into the right places to protect that clean sheet.

2. adidas X Speedflow.1

An all round popular option is the lightweight speed-focused adidas X Speedflow with the .1 laced version providing an adjustable fit. Popular with both wide defensive players like Pavard at Bayern, Marcelo at Real and Jordi Alba at Barcelona.

3. adidas Copa Sense .1

The Copa Sense .1 brings in a responsive fit because of the textile synthetic of the Fusionskin and the central lacing closure, very important if you want to react to attacks efficiently. The premium K-leather allows you to rest your toes easy on the forefoot.

4. Nike Phantom GT 2

Playing from the back is now a prevalent strategy in football. The Phantom GT 2's Generative Texture technology helps defenders in this mould to execute well. Attacking full backs would also benefit and improve their crosses with the GT 2. GT 2 is also available in a low-cut design.

5. Mizuno Rebula Cup

The physical toll of defending can be offset if you have a boot that offers a cushion-like comfort and a damp, padded ball touch for effective ball control. On that regard, the Rebula Cup is your boot of choice to meet those demands.

6. Mizuno Morelia II

A pure leather option with just the right amount of responsiveness and bulk. A simple boot for straightforward defending.

7. Puma King Platinum 21

The new-gen King Platinum needs more break-in than usual in today's standards, but after that you get a solid, very leathery boot, with a stable Move Control outsole that emphasises positioning above all else.

8. Puma Ultra 1.3

The Ultra keeps defenders light on their toes, enabling them to react instantly.

Goals are the highlight of football games and it is no surprise that the biggest names in the sport involve strikers and wingers. However, some excel in holding down the fort and banner their sides’ defence. These are the defenders of a football team and are the backline that forms in front of the goalkeepers. The defender is an outfield player whose primary role is to prevent the opposition from attacking. In general, defenders must stop opposing players, particularly the strikers, from scoring and bring the ball out from their penalty area. You will have to be a good tackler and strong in the air.

Boots for Defence

Positionally speaking, the backline of defenders is composed of the centre backs and the side fullbacks; the defenders are expected to be exceptional in terms of tackles, interceptions, and headers as clearing the ball from the opposition’s attack is their main priority. Centre backs, in particular, are likely to be physically strong as they primarily mark the striker's of the other team. In today’s football, the usual formation of a backline is either a back four of left and right fullbacks with two centre backs or a back three of three centre backs.

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Adapting to the growth of the sport, the defenders and their roles have also experienced innovation. At some point in the game’s history, there came to be a special and versatile type of centre back called a libero (sweeper) who was not tied to a certain area of the pitch but rather roams around the defensive area to sweep up and clear or win the ball. This function became obsolete with the introduction of zonal marking and the offside trap. Nowadays, there are centre backs who are comfortable with the ball in their feet for a more possession-based defence (instead of simply clearing out the ball) and better build-up of attack from the back, with some even going as far as midfield to initiate the offence.

The centre backs also contribute goals during set pieces by using their heading ability. The fullbacks, on the other hand, are now being pushed up higher in the field to overlap with the wingers on the flanks and allow such forwards to cut into the box. With that said fullbacks generally provide goal-scoring opportunities with their crosses to the box. Another trend with fullbacks is inversion which positions them on their weaker side to allow them to cut into their stronger foot for their crosses and/or goal attempts.