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5 Football Hipster Terms You Need To Be Familiar With To Play Football Manager

5 Football Hipster Terms You Need To Be Familiar With To Play Football Manager
By Mikey Traynor
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For the true football hipsters, Football Manager represents a chance to dig deep into the youth setups of some of Europe's top or most obscure clubs in the hope of unearthing the next great player, so that they can say they knew about him before he went mainstream, but for others, the jargon that the game can use in certain situations can cause confusion.

So fear not, as we are here to make sure you are familiar with some of the football hipster terms you will no doubt come across in Sports Interactive's life draining management simulator.


A deep-lying play maker, the 'regista' conducts the orchestra from a sitting midfield position. A great reading of the game, an unlimited range of passing, and generally perfectly sculpted facial hair are required to truly operate as a 'regista'. The term was basically designed for football hipsters to discuss Andrea Pirlo in a way that others were not.



This is a new player role feature for Football Manager in recent years, and a new hipster term to many. The German term, which is most closely translated to "space investigator", is used to describe a wide player who looks for pockets of space to operate in rather than sticking to a traditional wide position. Again, this is basically a fancy way of describing the Thomas Muller role.

False Nine

Due to the mainstream adoption of the term, most football hipsters are now referring to 'False Nines' as a 'shadow striker', but the original hipster term will once again be present in Football Manager. A 'False Nine' is a central striker who doesn't lead the line the way a traditional number nine would, but instead drifts deep to support the midfield. The term has become popularly associated with Lionel Messi's role in the Barca team of 2011.

Inverted Wingback

While it sounds like a move a stunt pilot would perform at an airshow, the 'inverted wingback' role is used to describe a full-back who doesn't hug the touchline like a traditional full-back, but instead regularly cuts inside and makes runs to drag wide defenders out of position. The role is commonly deployed in South American football, which gives it more hipster credibility.


Another term which, unfortunately for football hipsters, has become more popular is the role of trequartista. An alternative term for playmaker or 'second striker' a trequartista is an advanced midfielder who has less defensive duties and is more concerned with find space for short, quick passes in the opponent's half of the field. Hipsters are now turning to the term "enganche" which is the Argentinian translation.


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