Central defenders are the heart of your defense and obviously their defending skill is their most prominent attribute.
You cannot field more then 3 central defenders (today is impossible, at the beginning of the game you would have lose week training). This means there's a maximum of 10 trainees for defending trainers.
The abbreviation CD is commonly used for central defender.
- Normal — The defending skill contributes to the defence ratings - mainly the central defence, but also a lesser contribution to wing defence. A lone central defender will contribute equally to both wing defence zones, while one of a pair will contribute only to the side on which he is playing. In addition, the playmaking skill contributes a small amount to the midfield rating.
- Offensive — The defender uses less defending and more playmaking. His defending still contributes to all three defence ratings. His playmaking contributes to the midfield ratings (though less than an extra inner midfielder or even a winger towards middle
- Towards wing — More of his defending contributes to the wing defence (and less to the central defence). Also, he will contribute some wing skill to the wing attack on his side.
A ranking of specialties on CD:
- Powerful defender — is the key player to improves pressing tactic. He loses more stamina in the sun, but gains defending in the rain.
- Head defender — improves chance of scoring on a set pieces, but can have negative effect from Technical wingers and forwards.
- Unpredictable defender — can eliminate negative effects with high defending, but needs good passing to create chances.
- Quick defender — can stop quick event from wingers and forwards, but has big negative drawback in losing defending in rain and sun.
- Technical defender — have no effects and may be useful only to playmaking (when playing offensive).