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European Football Championship: Cheers to the Futschler

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Mr. Draxler likes to chew old school. The young German wet the Slovak Juraj Kucka with a stepover. It's actually out of fashion. What the hell? Then it was 2-0.

Fooling around, getting wet - that's sports ground slang. It stands for the same thing as tricking, fumbling, cheating, the dictionary of football has a lot to offer. So that everyone knows what we're talking about: "The player runs and guides the ball as close as possible to his foot in order to run past the opponent through a body deception." This is how dry Wikipedia describes the individual technique of dribbling.

You have to love cheating, without football would be so much poorer. This is often forgotten when studying combination play, possession rates and packing: Passing is of course important and looks good. But it is much nicer when a player sweeps the ball through entire rows of defenses, flies over feet and legs. And you rarely score goals with passes alone. Teams that only pass are easy to see through. Players who always pass the ball quickly are missing something.

Cryuffs Turn, Ronaldinhos Elastico, Péles Runaround Move

The football fan adores them, the good dribblers, the old heroes. On days when there were no games, he marveled at the stepping-over Ronaldo (the Brazilian) on YouTube, who trampled on the opponents like a buffalo herd. Or the ballet dancer Johan Cruyff, as he looked to the flank in the middle and instead passed the ball behind his standing leg. He has misled legions of defenders with the Cruyff Turn. Nobody could take the ball from bow-legged Pierre Littbarski.

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Or the long solos of Diego Maradona, the Argentine ball lightning with the deep translation that made half of England look old when he scored his goal of the century. Ronaldinho perfected the Elastico or Flip Flap: he slowly guided the ball with the outside of his strong foot towards his strong side, then moved his foot around the ball, always in contact with it, and then pulled the ball on the inside, quickly in the other direction. The enemy defended air. Pelé even let the opponents run into space with his runaround move without touching the ball. And Emperor Franz teased her with the Beckenbauer twist.

This EM is also a fair for dribbling. The Germans have Draxler, but also the feline Mesut Özil or the elegant Toni Kroos. Mario Götze sticks the ball to the foot on good days. Mario Gomez is the giant slalom driver. Manuel Neuer doesn't let himself be deterred sometimes either.

The French have circled Paul Pogba, the Mustang, who resembles his opponents, LeBron James, with large-scale movements. The Belgian weasel Eden Hazard has a completely different dribbling style, who strings together many short ball contacts. Three Hungarian defenders weren't enough to prevent his goal. Little Italian Emmanuele Giaccherini likes to leave his opponents behind in the same way. Not quite as filigree, but with more speed. His teammate Eder scored a goal against Sweden in this way and copied Roberto Baggio, who could sue him for copyright.

Dribbling never goes out of style, but there are trends. The Marseille Turn is on the rise again this year, which Maradona liked to use and which Zinédine Zidane brought to bloom in a variety of ways. This is a 360-degree rotation where you waltz with both soles on the ball. In France he is experiencing a small renaissance. Pogba performed it, as did the Swiss Xherdan Shaqiri.

Today's footballer also uses the leg shot again. That is a special humiliation for the opponent. Daniele de Rossi missed Andres Iniesta with an impact. Thomas Müller, on the other hand, is unlikely to lose the title of the most tunneled player in this tournament.

Then you saw a very old trick: you put the ball past the opponent on one side and sprint around him on the other side. The Swiss Stephan Lichtsteiner got away with this number. Maybe says something about the quality of this EM. Out, on the other hand, is the climber with whom Cristiano Ronaldo likes to nibble his captors. But you shouldn't copy it, keyword Draxler. The main thing is to get past the defender.

Dribbling is not just a question of aesthetics, the bag of tricks must not become an end in itself. The Futschler is needed when the game comes to a standstill, which happens all the time in football. Then you need weapons. Sorry for the vocabulary, but that's how people talk in football. Is not meant to be warlike. You don't have to think of rifles straight away, but rather of Zorro's foil, which cuts through a defense like a cloth. And creates gaps and spaces for others.

With fast dribbling you can put several opponents under stress at the same time. Even a single win can change a game, turn direction, even if it doesn't lead to a goal or an opportunity. It shows the opponent vulnerability. And a signal to yourself and your fellow players: Something's going on. The other way around: if you get wet, you stand there damp. The greatest disgrace is the ankle breaker, in which the defender only stumbles through the feint.