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February 25th, 2016 09:24
What You Donít Know about


Want to know the best way to figure out what a defender does? First, become a striker. Seriously. At least thatís the method that worked out best for me. Letís call it a happy accident.

When I was 14, I played on the left wing for a Berlin youth team Ö Well, right up until our team showed up for a match in Sweden with our entire defensive line out with injuries.

ďOkay, JťrŰme, youíre playing defense,Ē my coach said.

Sure. Why not? Iíd been playing offense since I was six years old, so it was like having the top-secret plans. The codes. I had infiltrated the mainframe. I knew where the strikers wanted to go, what they wanted to do and how they were going to do it, because I was one of them. That experience still serves as the foundation for my play as a defender today.

But for those who donít have the secret codes, allow me to share with you what Iíve learned on the pitch.

You know the obvious: I have to stop the other team from scoring. But what exactly does that look like? Itís not just about being part of an actual wall front of the ball (even though that does happen, which weíll get into). Rather every movement, every pass, every tackle, every clear, every time I cover man-to-man ó everything I do on the field is a factor. Every decision is one small part of my teamís overall strategy to make sure the other team does not score.


It starts with talking to guys around me. Communication ó it probably comes as no surprise ó is crucial for our defense. Usually at Bayern weíll play with three or four guys in the defensive line, and whatever the formation I play center back. This means I have to speak a lot to the guys next to me and to the midfielders in front of us about which direction we want to send the ball up. The vibe changes if Iím playing with the German national team. With the national team, I only see my teammates a handful of times every couple of months, so we need to talk more. I work every day with my guys at Bayern, so I know exactly what theyíre going to do, or what they donít do, what they like, where they run on offense and defense, and whether I should play them on the right or left foot. Weíre just technically in sync on the pitch, so we donít need to say too much to each other.

And our mission to prevent a goal never ends. As soon as we stop one attack it pretty much starts all over again. Iím the first one with the ball after our goalkeeper, so itís my job to space out the other team and to open the game up. A big part of that is setting up our offense for a quick attack. So for me, whether I win the ball or get it from a teammate, Iím looking immediately for our striker. Heís the guy who is furthest up the field, and if I can get the ball to him, it will open up the field and start a counterattack. That can be a lot more difficult than it seems, because teams in the Bundesliga often play heavy on defense. Most times when I get the ball at my feet there are already eight or nine guys from the opposing team back up the field. So Iím trying to get off a perfectly timed and perfectly placed kick through a minefield. No big deal, right?

If I do make that connection, I hardly have time to rest, because once the ball goes through, Iím already thinking about the oppositionís counterattack. At our level there are a lot of touches and changes of possession, so even if our team is taking shots on goal youíre constantly getting ready for their strikers to come bearing down on you. And it wonít be long before they do, especially against teams like Barcelona and Madrid, who are, without a doubt, the toughest offenses we face. Each has a solid line of three strikers up front, and they all work together seamlessly.

So what do you do when a player like Messi, Ronaldo or Neymar is coming at you full speed?

You have to assess the tactical situation. Quickly.

Am I covered, with my other defenders on my back? If I have cover, I can risk going for the ball in a duel or tackle. But if Iím the last man on the line, I canít risk a tackle. I need to do whatever I can to slow the ball down by using my positioning, hoping I can buy time for my teammates to track back.

With Ronaldo or Messi, whatever option you choose is difficult if they come at you with open space. Theyíre just so fast. Neymar and Messi are low to the ground and can turn quickly, so itís difficult for defenders like me, who are tall centerbacks (Iím 6-foot-3). Ronaldo, heís got the height, but heís also got incredible speed, strength and a good header. You canít be lazy or caught on your heels with those players, because they will win and they will score. They are just too good for you to make even a little mistake. More than speed or technique though, as a defender you need confidence. Ronaldo, Messi, SuŠrez, Neymar ó they can all smell if youíre afraid to duel with them. One whiff and then they destroy you. So you gotta show up.


Confidence is a huge part of my job.

Thatís the biggest growth in my game over time: Iím more confident, Iím more calm. I know when I have to tackle or duel or just try to slow down a break. When I was younger, if my team lost the ball I wanted to get it back as quickly as possible, and then Iíd make stupid mistakes. That doesnít work in the Champions League. The speed of the game is so quick that any stupid a mistake can cost you a goal.

And if we do give up a goal, this is my one rule: I canít lose my mind. I canít think, Oh, my God! Come, come! Quick, quick! We have to score a goal! Thereís 90 minutes in a match. Even if the clock is at 80 minutes, you still have time and extra minutes to get it back.

Now letís talk about everyoneís favorite part of my job ó tackling.

Tackling all comes down to timing. Before I go in for a tackle, I have to be 100 percent sure I can get the ball. If Iím not, then I just stay close to the striker. Itís not worth the risk of getting a red card and setting my team back. Of course, the difficult part is you have all of two seconds before you have to decide. You start sprinting asking yourself, Are you gonna tackle? Are you sure? Or do you keep running and make time for other players to get back? But nothing feels better when weíre under pressure than when a tackle goes well and I can clear for my team.

In the World Cup matches against France and Brazil in 2014, I had a couple of good tackles, plus a few more in the final against Argentina. It was a huge step up from my debut with the German national team when I was 20 years old. I got both a yellow and a red card. I was nervous and eager to earn my place on the field and made poor plays.

Which brings me to another point: So much about being a defender is about whatís going on in your head, and that varies from player to player. Some guys may have a tweak, a small injury or arenít 100 percent fit, and they are totally fine. But for me, I have to be completely focused. Like if my knee hurts, or even if thereís something going on in my own life off the pitch, then I know Iím not going to be fully there. Honestly, itís like any other person who has a job and is sitting at their desk worrying about something else that might be going on. And thatís when things can fall apart: I make a bad tackle, Iím a little late to the ball. Iím not playing the best I can.


All of this so far has been about defending when the ball is rolling. But letís talk about the other 50 percent of my job ó set pieces.

Iím sure youíve all seen the small group of defenders who line up before a free kick. Our faces probably look all twisted, preparing for one of the hardest kickers in the world to launch a ball directly at us. Whatís going through my head? Take one for the team.

Itís a human reaction to want to turn away. One time in a match, the ball came straight at my face. I just turned a little bit to take the hit on my shoulder instead ó and the referee called handball. (It wasnít, by the way.) But you gotta learn to stand there and just take it. And it sucks, but thereís the other guys who are right out there with you.

Especially the goalkeeper. If you are defender, thereís probably no one more important to you than that guy. That free-kick line? Heís telling you how to form the wall. You can see him screaming on TV. The same goes for corner kicks. Heíll yell out instructions:

Whatís going through my head? Take one for the team.
ďDonít jump!Ē

Heís running things back there, and you better listen.

For us back there, set pieces are the most technical aspect of our game. For those, weíre always moving so weíre not too concentrated or leaving too much space between us. Then, when the ball comes, the nearest player jumps to it and tries to and clear it away.


With Madrid and Barcelona it can be pretty difficult to get a good clear (are you seeing a pattern here?). Theyíre quick on the ball and relentless. So if Iím in the box, I canít just swat the ball away up the pitch. Theyíll get it and keeping coming back and keep pressuring us.

Which is why clearing, like most things on defense, is another time where you need to assess the situation pretty quickly. Youíve seen defenders who kick the ball out, giving up another corner kick. Youíre probably asking why weíd set up the other team again. The only answer I can give you is that itís usually the lesser of two evils.

Obviously, the first thing I hope I can do is clear the ball up the field to my teammates. But sometimes the ball pops up, and you just need to get it out of there without taking the risk of handling it and turning it around right in front of your own goal. It may seem like a haphazard move, but thereís actually a lot of strategizing behind it. Iíd rather take my chances with another corner than give a player like Messi or Neymar even one more second with the ball right in front of the net.

And when youíre on the pitch, seconds become luxuries. If Iím guarding a striker, Iím feeling where he is, trying to sense where heís going. I try to be one second before him on the ball. Just one second is what I want against a guy. A second is my biggest weapon.

That, and my early days as a striker. I know whatís going on in their heads. When you watch them play often enough, you know their movements and think, O.K., most of the times heís going to cut inside and try to shoot with his left foot.


Itís almost like poker. Every striker in the world has their signature move, their tell. But when youíre facing the really good ones, thereís no secret plans on how to stop them. What makes Ronaldo so difficult is he can shoot so brilliantly with both his right and left foot. You donít know where heís going most of the time.

Thatís why, as good as I try to be at my job, I am thankful for the one guy who will always be behind me. My keeper.

What You Donít Know About: Being a Midfielder
February 18th, 2016 01:37
washingtone17 Guardiola switch

Bayern could have launched similar attacks, but Martinez, as mentioned, was simply being too slow with the ball. Therefore Guardiola made a very subtle but absolutely crucial change. He switched the positions of Martinez and Boateng.

This was the most Guardiola change you’ll ever see. It was unconventional (you don’t ever see centre-backs swapping positions midway through a game), it was subtle (many in the stadium wouldn’t have even noticed) and it underlined the concept of universality (it was a change in defence – to improve the attack). It was also the game’s key moment.

Boateng passes

Now Martinez was faced by Mkhitaryan, and Boateng was free in the centre. And, within 5 minutes, Bayern were ahead after Boateng exploited his new-found freedom and launched a pass downfield for Muller breaking in behind the defence (drifting into the space between Hummels and Lukasz Piszczek, who were looking at Lewandowski and Gotze respectively). Muller took the ball past Roman Burki and scored. It was Route One, but it was also attributable to Guardiola’s change.

Boateng continued to hit these long balls from defence, sometimes in behind the opposition but also out to the wingers. In the first minute of the second half, Bayern essentially wrapped up the game, going 3-1 up, from an almost identical goal – Boateng’s long pass found Lewandowski running in behind, and he scored.

It was reminiscent of Juventus’ play under Antonio Conte – when Pirlo was being tightly marked, Leonardo Bonucci would play the Pirlo passes. Here, Boateng was playing the Alonso passes, and created more chances than anyone else in the game.

The contrast between Martinez’s passes before the switch, and Boateng’s afterwards, was huge.
February 13th, 2016 20:11
The Green One He's still a ****ing mard arse who can't defend. Like Pique, he's had the benefit of playing in an excellent team with little pressure on them defencively.
February 13th, 2016 15:13
washingtone17 They used to call him a Manchester City failure, but now he’s better known as a Champions League and World Cup Winner.
September 25th, 2014 20:57
Best of Enemies

September 25th, 2014 16:56
The Green One It deflected in off Gotze, Hart had it until then.
September 25th, 2014 00:20
July 14th, 2014 20:15
...ein zurŁck fŁr die Experten winken...

Originally Posted by The Green One View Post
I was absolutely right about him. And most pundits these days seem to agree with me.
October 15th, 2013 19:51
The Green One I was absolutely right about him. And most pundits these days seem to agree with me.
October 15th, 2013 12:16
Right, I was (w)rong, you were wrong(g)gerÖ

Originally Posted by washingtone17
He is not combative or impulsive but I thought he would add grace, maturity and composure to any team he plays for in whatever position.

Originally Posted by The Green One View Post
He's a shit defender, two penalties he should have been punished with last night. Absolutely no brain.
August 21st, 2013 14:16
August 21st, 2013 12:11
Beechy LOL! You're a legend. A confusing genius if ever I've seen one
August 17th, 2013 13:55
washingtone17's darkness; Narny's Xtratiming

Originally Posted by Narny View Post
Washington I've read your posts for over 10 years now and I still don't understand a word you say!

Originally Posted by Narny View Post
Washington I've read your posts for over 10 years now and I still don't understand a word you say!
Thanks for your post, Narny, and for your patience.

Here's to another ten years of Xtratiming.
August 17th, 2013 13:44
Rain in ManChester part 48

Originally Posted by The Green One View Post
Why did you post this here?
He plays for Bayern Munich.
August 16th, 2013 16:03
Beechy Washington I've read your posts for over 10 years now and I still don't understand a word you say!
August 5th, 2013 23:14
The Green One Why did you post this here? He plays for Bayern Munich.
August 5th, 2013 21:56
washingtone17 http://www.bubblews.com/news/613291-...jerome-boateng

Champion League Story : The Missing Medals of Jerome Boateng
Submitted by eyic on June 05th, 2013 Ė Flag this news as inappropriate
Category: Sports
The success of Bayern Munich won the Champions League this season leaves its own story for Jerome Boateng. Had lost medals, Boateng happy after the object was re-discovered.

At Wembley Stadium on 26 May, Die Roten successfully beat Borussia Dortmund to ensure themselves the Champions League as well as the second title this season.

Bayern retainer was then dissolved in joy to celebrate the success of end to wait for 12 years came back to win the highest trophy in European club competitions.

Bayern defender Jerome Boateng, who was too busy celebrating success, until he realized that the medals that were scattered around his neck.

"All the team mates a laugh in the dressing room when I revealed that I was missing a medal. When I saw the necklace on my neck, the medal was not there," said Boateng as reported by Sports Illustrated.

But, luck seems to be on the side on the Boateng. A journalist from Sports Illustrated, Nick Zaccardi, find medals belong to 24-year-old defender.

After all the fanfare Bayern victory celebration is complete, Zaccardi 'fad' toured around the stadium to spend time. Not intentionally, he found the medal Boateng scattered in the VIP tribune.

To find the owner of a medal that he found, Zaccardi also had to do a search of some video footage on the internet. But, to no avail.

Until finally Zaccardi find photos Boateng who was lifting the trophy after a 10 day search. He saw Boateng necklace without a medal.

"I thought, I found the medal Jerome Boateng. Plese give feedback if he did lose it," Zaccardi wrote in an e-mail to one of Bayern's board of directors, Martin Haegele.

Heagele Boateng was then informed about the news of someone who has managed to find his Champions League medal.

"Heagele told that he had a surprise for me. He said that someone had found my medal. I'm very happy," said Boateng.

For Boateng, the incidence of loss of medals is not the first time. He never lost the first medal of his career as a footballer with Hertha Berlin.

"For the (medal) that one, I have always been to get it back," he said.

September 28th, 2011 18:05
Originally Posted by The Green One View Post
He's a shit defender, two penalties he should have been punished with last night. Absolutely no brain.

Didn't see the game; heard about the (w)right result.
September 28th, 2011 16:05
The Green One He's a shit defender, two penalties he should have been punished with last night. Absolutely no brain.
September 27th, 2011 22:09
washingtone17 Jerome Boateng has hit out at Manchester City ahead of their trip to Bayern Munich on Tuesday, claiming his former club aren't good enough to win the UEFA Champions League.

The defender, who joined Bayern from City in the off-season, believes Roberto Mancini's squad are too individualistic to win Europe's elite club trophy in their first campaign.

Having only managed 24 appearances during his one year in Eastlands, the 23-year-old is confident his new club will prove they are serious contenders against the Citizens at the Allianz Arena.

"They're a huge squad and the team had no sense of togetherness," said the Germany international.

"I do not see them getting to the final because there are others (who are better). We have the better team.

"But I still have a lot of contact with the players in England and clearly I will be teasing them."

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