Each week the languagecaster team explains a football phrase for learners of English who love the sport. This week we take a look at the term, ‘playmaker‘. You can read the transcript below, while you can also find many more examples by going to our huge football glossary here.

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Playmaker

playmaker This is a player on the team who usually provides most assists to their team mates – the Playmaker Award is given to the player who has the highest amount of assists each season. A playmaker – someone who ‘makes plays’ often controls the tempo of the side and is usually regarded as the one member of a team who can break down opposing defences.
  • Example: Barcelona playmaker Xavi was voted the best player at the 2008 European Championships
  • Example: Manchester United fans have been crying out for a playmaker since Scholes retired.
  • Example: Harry Kane won the Playmaker Award for his 14 assists – the most in the 2020-21 season.

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Football GlossaryEpisode 418