Ball possession

Ball possession is the amount of time a team possesses the ball during a game of football. Possession is usually expressed as a percentage (for example, 60% for team A, 40% for team B). Historically, Dutch clubs (especially Ajax) were famous for dominating ball possession,, but more recently FC Barcelona of the Liga BBVA became the best in maintaining ball possession;[1] Germany's FC Bayern Munich came out second. Xavi Hernandez is considered to be the most possessive player in recent years.

Supremacy in ball possession is generally seen as desirable and useful by coaches, but it is by no means certain that it can guarantee victory; for example, Italian clubs are extremely successful in European football without putting much emphasis on ball possession.

References

External links

  • www.transfermarkt.co.uk


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