Discussion in 'Archive: The Arena' started by RealMadrid, Dec 8, 2006.
What's the difference between a striker and a forward in football?
The following is all, 'IMO':
In most cases, a forward can be a striker, and a striker can be a forward, but sometimes players can be neatly pigeon-holed into one or the other category...
A pure striker is dedicated to scoring goals. They will be the focal point of a team's attacking ambitions - often spending their time off the ball loitering around the 18 yard box and if play dictates, the 6 yard box. Always sniffing for goals.
Examples of strikers: Robbie Fowler, RvN, Francis Jeffers, Luca Toni, Michael Owen, Adriano, Emile Heskey (officially), James Beattie, Louis Saha.
A forward is someone who can play striker, but is also capable of fulfilling a much more generalised role. They will either be right upfront with the main striker, with licence to drop back and get a bit more involved with the play, or will be operating just behind the main striker and linking play between the midfield and whatever is going on further up the pitch. They can also fill wider roles if necessary.
Examples of forwards: Raul, Wayne Rooney, Thierry Henry, El-Hadji Diouf, Albert Luque, Ronaldinho, Robbie Keane, Francesco Totti, Luis Boa Morte.
Everton is right