'''Deep-lying forwards''' have a long history in the game, but the terminology to describe them has varied over the years. Originally such players were termed '''inside forward'''s, or deep-lying [[centre forward]]s. More recently, the preferred terms have been "withdrawn striker", "second striker" or playing "in the hole" (i.e. the space between the midfield and defence of the opposing team).
The position was initially developed by the famous Hungary national football team of the late 1940s and mid-1950s led by [[Ferenc Puskás]]. Later it was popularized in Italian football as the ''trequartista'' ("three-quarters"), the playmaker who plays neither in midfield nor as a forward, but effectively pulls the strings for his team's attack. Many players in this position can play as an attacking midfielder or sometimes on the wing. These players usually hang off the [[last man (football)|last man]] so they can beat him for pace.
Whatever the terminology, the position itself is a loosely-defined one somewhere between the out-and-out striker and the midfield. Such a player is either a skilful, attack-minded midfielder or a striker who can both score and create opportunities for centre forwards. Widely-known former deep-lying forwards include [[Pelé]], [[Diego Maradona]], [[Zico]], [[Roberto Baggio]], [[Eric Cantona]], [[Dennis Bergkamp]] and [[Gianfranco Zola]].
Many attacking midfielders have also been employed in this area by club and country, including [[Zinedine Zidane]] for [[France national football team|France]], and [[Francesco Totti]] for [[Italy national football team|Italy]].
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