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See also: centreback and centre back


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centre-back (plural centre-backs)

  1. (soccer) A central defender, a player who plays in the centre of defence, just in front of the goalkeeper
    • 2011 March 1, Phil McNulty, “Chelsea 2 - 1 Man Utd”, in BBC[1]:
      Ferguson was incensed as referee Martin Atkinson pointed to the spot - and United's sense of injustice deepened when Nemanja Vidic was sent off in stoppage time after receiving a second yellow card for a foul on Ramires, ruling the centre-back out of the visit to Liverpool on Sunday.


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