ball-playing ‎(not comparable)

  1. (soccer) Focused on attacking and progressing down the field.
    • 2011 March 2, Chris Whyatt, “Arsenal 5 - 0 Leyton Orient”, BBC:
      Irish debutant Conor Henderson - another ball-playing midfielder - probed for a gap through the back-line and the 19-year-old's deflected pass was pounced on by Tomas Rosicky, who sped to the byeline to clip a square ball through the legs of Charlie Daniels across the box.
    • 2014, Neil Collins, Make Us Dream: A Fan's View of the 2013/14 Season, (ISBN 9781291940701), page 290
      And despite his terrific form, it was always going to be Sterling making way especially against a ball-playing team away from home when we'd have to absorb a lot of pressure.
    • 2014, Anon,, The Secret Footballer's Guide to the Modern Game: Tips and Tactics from the Ultimate Insider, Faber & Faber (ISBN 9781783350636)
      Barcelona have recognised that a ball-playing midfielder is a more effective centre-half than a John Terry-style centre-half given they rarely encounter an attacking threat that warrants a traditional back four.

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