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Left Back - Ukraine Team of the Decade

We have a goalkeeper and Right back, it is time to pick the left back. It is a position Ukraine have been strong in, Andriy Nesmacnhyi and Serhiy Popov being prominent holders of the position, now who has been your man for the last decade? There are only three players who have fit our criteria. Head on over to Twitter now to vote for your left-back!

Yevhen Selin

Period active: 2011-14 Appearances/Goals: 15/1 Finals: Euro 2012 3/0

Vyacheslav Shevchuk

Period active: 2011-16 Appearances/Goals: 40/0 Finals: Euro 2012 0/0; Euro 2016 2/0.

Eduard Sobol

Period active: 2016-present Appearances/Goals: 14/0 Finals: N/A

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What is a full back?

The full-backs (the left-back and the right-back) take up the holding wide positions and traditionally stayed in defence at all times, until a set-piece. There is one full-back on each side of the field except in defences with fewer than four players, where there may be no full-backs and instead only centre-backs.

In the modern game, full-backs have taken on a more attacking role than was the case traditionally, often overlapping with wingers down the flank. Wingerless formations, such as the diamond 4–4–2 formation, demand the full-back to cover considerable ground up and down the flank.

Due to the physical and technical demands of their playing position, successful full-backs need a wide range of attributes, which make them suited for adaptation to other roles on the pitch. Many of the game’s utility players, who can play in multiple positions on the pitch, are natural full-backs. A rather prominent example is the Real Madrid full-back Sergio Ramos, who has played on the flanks as a full-back and in central defence throughout his career. In the modern game, full-backs often chip in a fair share of assists with their runs down the flank when the team is on a counter-attack.


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