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Marseille turn

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Marseille turn
The Marseille Turn, also known as the 360, the, the Roulette the Laudrup Feint and the Mare is a specialised
dribbling skill unique to the game of football. Contrary to popular belief its creator is Michael Laudrup. A number of
famous footballers have been known to use it, including Diego Maradona, Michael Laudrup, Zinedine Zidane,
Alessandro Del Piero, Lionel Messi, Ronaldinho, Thierry Henry, Kak and Ronaldo.
Execution
The Marseille Turn can be simplified into three basic steps; the master foot drag-back, the body spin, and the weaker
foot drag-back. It can be executed while the player is stationary or during a run. The first step may be performed
with either foot (in which case the other foot performs the second drag-back), however it is more common for
players to initiate it with their master foot, or the foot they most prefer to kick the ball with.
Master Foot Drag-Back
The move begins with the player facing the ball and the ball just a step away or less. The player launches off with his
weaker foot, extends his master foot, steps lightly on the ball with the tip of his sole and pulls the ball along the floor
towards himself. The foot should remain in contact with the ball momentarily only; once the ball is set in motion, the
master foot continues in its original direction and lands on the floor to provide support for the second part of the
body spin.
Body Spin
The Body Spin actually commences at the same time as the master foot drag back. The executing player throws his
body forward over the ball as it is being pulled back. Concurrently, he spins his body 90 degrees by turning to facing
the side of his weaker foot.
The second part of the body spin commences as the ball approaches the player's weaker foot; the master foot touches
the floor and the player uses it to continue pivoting his body. He spins until he faces the direction of his master foot
in his original position.
Weaker Foot Drag-Back
The player steps on the ball with his weaker foot as it approaches to stop its motion, then pulls the ball back with the
sole of his boots, in the direction of his master foot in his original position. This drag-back is performed
simultaneously with the second part of the body spin. With the completion of the body spin, the direction the player
faces coincides with that of the motion of the ball.
Uses and Effectiveness
The manoeuvre is most effective when the opposing player approaches head on or from the side of the player's
master foot.
The first drag back enables the player to retain control of the ball by removing the ball from the arc of the opposing
player's tackle. The body spin positions the back of the dribbling player's body in between the opposing player and
the ball to shield the ball. The second drag-back changes the direction of the ball, and, when combined with the
completion of the spin, allows for both player and ball to move in the same direction and hence gain momentum for
a continued run or a shot.
When performed at speed, the manoeuvre is almost impossible to defend against as it incorporates a sudden change
in direction with a continuous shielding of the ball. One tactic the defending player can call upon is to use his body
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to shove the dribbler off balance during the move. This may invite a foul called upon the defending player,
depending on the referee's judgement. The reason players like Zidane and Maradona have been able to use it with a
high success rate is due in no small part to their own considerable body mass, as well as their excellent balance.
The manoeuvre can also be used when the ball is going out of play away from the player. By using a lunging step for
the first drag-back in the roulette, the player can prevent the ball from exiting the field of play and continue dribbling
along the touchline in one fluid motion.
Variations
Zidane has been known to use different variations of the marseille turn. Instead of using his sole to drag the ball back
in the move's first phase, he sometimes uses his instep, especially if he is performing the move while running at high
speed.
The possible merits of this variation can be derived from the difference between stud-less training shoes and football
boots with studs. The studs of football boots provide less contact area with the ball when compared to a stud-less
shoe, thereby increasing the possibility of the move being unsuccessful. However, since Zidane has performed both
versions of the move using studded boots, it is possible that his decision is based on instinct.
Franck Ribry and Aiden McGeady have also performed slightly modified versions of the spin. The modifications
include dragging the ball behind their standing foot instead of to the side during the first phase. The third phase also
sees them using the outside of the boot in instead of the sole.
Notes and references
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