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A defender in football is a player, who plays in at the back of the formation. There are many positions classed as a defender, mainly:
- Left Back
- Central Defender
- Right back
- Full Back
The defenders are the first number when referring to formations, for example:
- 4-3-3 is the formation. This formation shows that there are four defenders, three midfielders and three attackers.
- 4-4-2 is the formation. This formation shows that there are four defenders, four midfielders and two attackers.
- 3-4-3 is the formation. This formation shows that there are three defenders, four midfielders and three attackers.
|Player||Position||Current Club||Former Clubs||Best Ballon d'Or Position|
|Dani Alves||Right-Back||São Paulo||Barcelona, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain||19th (2011)|
|Retired||AC Milan||3rd (1994, 2003)|
|Franz Beckenbauer||Sweeper||Retired||Bayern Munich, New York Cosmos||Winner (1972, 1976)|
|Carles Puyol||Center-Back||Retired||Barcelona||11th (2010)|
|Lilian Thuram||Center-Back||Retired||AS Monaco, Parma, Juventus, Barcelona||25th (1997)|