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Some of our favourite box-to-box footballers from down the years...

No.1 Clarence Seedorf




No.2 Bryan Robson




No.3 Roy Keane




No.4 Bastian Schweinsteiger




No.5 Johan Neeskens




No.6 Lothar Matthaus




No.7 Patrick Viera




No.8 Frank Lampard




No.9 Socrates




No.10 Jean Tigana

Jean Tigana was a great all-round midfielder who had a bit of everything in his game. Despite being a fine technical player, it was his boundless energy for which Tigana was most renowned. His slight frame was deceptive, as he covered seemingly every blade of grass, hounding and pressing the opposition in a bid to win the ball back or to force them into a mistake.

Whilst this ability would sometimes see Tigana deployed as a holding or defensive midfielder, his relentless running also made him one of the great box-to-box midfielders of the 1980s, particularly when playing for the national team as part of that tremendous midfield quartet known as Le Carré Magique (the Magic Square). With Luis Fernández sat at the base of the four, Tigana could get up and down the pitch at will, supporting the creative talents of the other two members of the midfield partnership, Michel Platini and Alain Giresse.

Tigana’s incredible engine was never better demonstrated than in the epic semi-final of Euro’84, when, deep into injury-time, and with the game looking like it was heading for the dreaded penalty-shootout, Tigana summoned up the energy for one last lung-bursting surge into the Portuguese box, setting up Platini for a glorious winner and giving the rest of us one of the greatest football commentaries.










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