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Catenaccio: Negative Soccer System

Have you ever heard the term of Catenaccio? I’m sure most of you have heard this term, although it may not know whether the Catenaccio. Okay, so do not linger, Catenaccio is one style of game in soccer that comes from Italy. Catenaccio means “door-bolt” in Italian. Although invented in Italy, but in fact this style was inspired by Karl Rapan, an Austrian coach, and popularized by an Argentine named Franco Helenio Herrera. Franco was the coach of Inter Milan in the 60s. Each game has a characteristic style in its application, no exception for Catenaccio. This style has two distinctive characters of “man-to-man marking” and the position of last defender. There are many versions of Catenaccio but the main character still escort “man-to-man” and the defender who was in between goalkeeper and defender ranks as the last bastion before the goalkeeper.

This system was very popular in the span of 20 years from the era of the 40s to 60s. This system was created because for decades in the history of football, defenders often made the mistake of position due to the influence of dynamic game. Especially when they were dealing with strikers with great running speed and the players were capable of accurate passing, regular formations would often messy and it would only create a difficult and ironic situation.

In the presence of one more player who has always been in front of the goalkeeper, then at least the goalkeeper will be calmer and the chances of a goal can be extremely reduced. Cattenacio also strengthen escort “man-to-man” so that the opponent’s midfielder and striker cannot coordinate in the attack. The opponent’s midfielder will be difficult to release the feed forward because it is always guarded by the other players, and the striker would experience difficult moves for free space because he is always overshadowed by a defender so that every attack that was built tend to be ineffective. The system is usually used by small teams those are facing teams that are considered more powerful with good reason, namely to force a draw.

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