Definitive overview: Who is a Raumdeuter as used in modern football Featuring Thomas Müller of Bayern Munich
A Raumdeuter is a term which originates from German and Bayern Munich footballer Thomas Müller. Thomas Müller who described himself as a “Raumdeuter” which means “Space Invader”.
It should be noted that a Raumdeuter or space invader is not a position in team or field of play but a rather a role in a team.
In football you have positions and then you have roles. Karim Benzema and Robert Lewandowski are both strikers position-wise but have different roles. The same applies to Trent Alexandre Arnold and Hakimi oir Roberto Firmino and Luiz Suarez for example. Raumdeuter is more of a role. That’s because they don’t occupy a specific position.
They “Raumdeuter” occupy different areas depending on situations and thus have the freedom to move more. In order to be a good reumdeuter or space invader, you need amazing tactical understanding. The role isn´t flashy but still very important and useful.
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Reason for that being their preference to play between the lines and adding value in the final 3rd. The flexibility of such a player is very valuable. Thomas Müller can be on the left, right in the box or as a 10. His understanding of these positions helps him predict others movement.
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