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In association football, a playmaker is a player who controls the flow of the team's offensive play, and is often involved in passing moves which lead to goal.

One example of this position was Diego Armando Maradona, who has been described by FIFA as a "playmaker and goalscorer."

In English football the term overlaps somewhat with attacking midfielder, but the 2 types of mifielders are not necessarily the same.

In Italian football there are actually 2 types of playmakers, the trequartista (playmaker in the central attacking midfield position) and the regista (deep-lying playmaker).

The trequartista, jersey number 10, will sit between midfield and the forwards and make incisive passes to the wingers or forwards, seeing them through on goal or to deliver killer crosses.

The registas or deep-lying playmakers, jersey number 8, 6 or 5 (in south-american football), operate from a deep position - in or even behind the main midfield line, where they can use space and time on the ball to orchestrate the moves of the whole team, not just attacks on goal.

In Argentinian football a playmaker is known as an enganche, literally meaning hook.In Brazilian football the deep-lying playmaker is called meia-armador, while the attacking midfield playmaker is called meia-de-ligação.

The most complete playmakers are known as advanced playmakers, or free role playmakers, as they can operate both in central and attacking midfield and in wide...
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