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Passing football is on the decline

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Changing with the times, football has become a much more aggressive game, with many teams opting for a physical style of play in order to win matches.

Many brilliant creators still playing are into the twilight of their careers, and many are looking to retire soon.

Some household names include Andrea Pirlo, Xavi Hernandez and Steven Gerrard. Before his recent retirement, Paul Scholes was a fantastic deep-lying playmaker as well.

These players rarely venture forward, but instead sit in a deep-lying midfield position.They are generally mainstays in the team, and can subjugate a game like no other player can. 

Their greatest attributes tend to be their vision, and of course, their passing ability.

Players like Xavi can entertain the crowds by merely stroking the ball around the pitch with such ease that it never ceases to amaze.

Furthermore, passers of the ball tend to see a lot of possession, as they often release the ball and get it back soon after.

There could be multiple reasons while older, more experienced players in their thirties tend to be better operators of that holding midfield position.

Firstly, older player tend to have less pace and speed on the ball. Thus, they cannot play in more advanced attacking positions where they have to run more with the ball.

Instead, slower players can thrive in a deeper position as there is usually less running to do. Secondly, from a deeper position, players are able to see more of the pitch.

Hence, players like Xabi Alonso or Gerrard have more options to play their trademark 50 yard passes to their forward players.

Lastly, sitting right in the centre of the pitch allows players to have a much greater impact on the tempo of the game.

Central midfielders are the players which see the most of the ball, and the more of the ball they see, the more they can exert control over the pace of the game.

Yes, in this day and age, there are still young players who are brilliant passers of the ball, such as Mesut Ozil and Cesc Fabregas.

However, they lack the panache and style which can time after time draw "oohs" and "aahs" from ardent supporters.

Although these players can play a pass, they just don't control the game the same way as Pirlo or Xavi do.

Unfortunately, it seems near impossible nowadays to find a player who can rein in the tempo of the match with a simple touch or pass like the veterans do.

Nowadays, attacks are created by punting hopeful long balls up the pitch, or by some magical dribbling,but it is rare to see teams passing their way into the goal, bar Barcelona, and maybe Arsenal.

One of football's greatest sights to behold, the art of the pass is fast becoming a dying art.

With football becoming a physical game which no longer has a place for master architects, it may well be soon that we see the final passing great retiring from the game, and the art of the pass fading away forever.

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