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- A composed central defender, Moore was admired for his reading of the game and ability to anticipate opposition movements, thereby distancing himself from the image of the hard-tackling, high-jumping defender. Indeed, Moore's ability to head the ball or keep up with the pace was average at best, but the way he read the game, marshalled his team and timed his tackles marked him out as world class.
Characterised by his seemingly effortless authority, elegance and skill, Bobby Moore was easily best defender in Britain in the 1960s and early 70s, some say the best defender ever. He is without doubt one of the best players, captains and Men this country has ever produced.
Although he didn't posses great pace, nor towering height, he compensated for this with his great anticipation and vision, and his tackling was clean, incisive, and perfectly timed. His unruffled and often diffident manner concealed a sharp, aware football brain.
I watched quite a few matches of him now and for his time at least, he was the most intelligent defender ever. Its Kinda impossible to compare players over different era's especially defenders with tactics evolving, changes to the offside trap etc. But because of the type of defender he was I reckon he would waltz into modern football. Moore was a diamond in the rough of hard tackling English defenders which wouldn't get away with half the stuff they did back then. The revolution in defensive tactics putting more prominence into zonal marking, clean interceptions and tackling while hard tackling defenders have become more of a dying art especially after FIFA's ban on the tackle from behind and all periodic vows to punish any dangerous mean a tackle is now far more likely to be considered a foul.
Moore being considered a 'master reader' of the game makes people believe that he should be res>def defender Which I dont think he was. Sure his reactions were superb, he would come out and intercept more so than say Nesta, but he didnt do this all the time. his reading of the game was more down to his intelligence and anticipation to know where the ball would end up and his ability to to 'steal' it.. like what P1rha referred to in Moore's thread. Watching him he just oozes class in the way he defenders not jumping in straight away ( like what most Res>Def defenders would do) rather just wait for the moment and take the ball away from the attacker. The famous clip of Jairzinho attacking him from the wing and the way Moore checks back to tackle him in the penalty area is one such example of his style and how he could read defensive situations like a book. He proved that if you have a great football brain you dont need great pace. He had a gift for being able to 'read the game' and get to the right position where the ball was going to end up before quicker players could.
He was also a great distributor of the ball from the back. England always seemed to have an extra outlet with his chipped balls from deep and he seemed to have a telepathic communication with Geoff hurst. Just like England's fourth goal in the WC against W. Germany. Jack Charlton said that when Moore got the ball down in the area of the corner flag, he was yelling at him to put it into the stands so that they could eat up the few remaining seconds that were left but that wasn't Bobby's way. He just calmly controlled the ball, looked up and hit a 40 yard pass that put Geoff Hurst in the clear to score. Calmness personified.
I think a agility/ DS swap would replicate him better. Agility doesn't need that be that high, he was very composed and elegant on the ball when turning his general movements are better represented with giving him higher DA.. Sometimes he could even be caught dwelling on the ball Against more high-pressing teams from the era just like Oriello's famous Poles
Still unsure about DS being that low though, it makes sense but then he did like to occasionally bring the ball forward out of defence and pass the ball from the halfway line, especially after his interceptions. I just like the way it feels in the game personally, I'd say that he uses his DS more than most classical playmakers for instance ( one of which im about to get to :p) and he is just as quick on the ball as player with similar ratings in the epl as well.
Not sure Id give him similar speed stats to Kompany for instance as well. The argument was that because he was so composed with the ball and so good in positioning that he doesn't need to go full speed.. but in my opinion if he doesn't show it enough during a game he doesn't deserve it.
World Cup: 1966
European Cup Winners Cup - 1965
FA Cup Winner - 1964
Footballer Of The Year - 1964
World Cup Player Of Players - 1966
West Ham Player Of The Year - 1961, 1963, 1968, 1970
BBC Sports Personality Of The Year - 1966
Awarded the O.B.E - 1967
Inducted into English Football Hall of Fame- 2002
"Bobby was my football idol. I looked up to him. I'm so proud to have played against him." - Franz Beckenbauer
"He was my friend as well as the greatest defender I ever played against. The world has lost one of its greatest football players and an honourable gentleman." - Pelé
"There should be a law against him. He knows what's happening 20 minutes before everyone else." - Jock Stein
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