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Ten Players That Switched Positions – Part 2

Today, the Fan Park Crew brings you part two of the feature on players that switched positions. In today’s list we see the likes of Andrea Pirlo and Thierry Henry.

Moussa Dembele

Former Position: Striker

Current Position: Central Midfielder

The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder used to be a striker when played for Dutch outfit AZ Alkmaar.

Andrea Pirlo

Former Position: Attacking midfielder (Trequartista)

Current Position: Deep lying playmaker

Pirlo made his footballing debut at the age of 16 for Brescia and then played as a Trequartista, but when he moved to Milan, Carlo Ancelotti changed his role and he ended up playing a lot deeper.

Thierry Henry

Former Position: Winger

Current Position: Centre forward

When Henry was playing for Monaco, he was used as an out-and-out winger. Henry moved to Arsenal a few years later and was turned into a deadly centre forward, thanks to Arsene Wenger.

Franz Beckenbauer

Former Position: Attacking midfielder

Current Position: Libero centre-back

The German legend was an attacking midfielder most of his life, but after the 1966 World Cup, his role changed and he ended playing as a centre back.

Marouane Fellaini

Former Position: Defensive Midfielder

Current Position: Attacking Midfielder/Striker

The big Belgian started off his career in a deep midfield role, but as he has matured, managers have used him higher up the park. 

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