One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The rearmost, roaming defensive player in volleyball or soccer.
- ‘Colquhoun has moved from being the libero last year to being the setter this year.’
- ‘Waterloo libero Brian Fuchs returns a serve as his teammates look on during Wednesday's action versus the visiting McMaster Marauders.’
- ‘The finals-clinching game, far from a free-wheeling exchange of firepower, was deadlocked at 1-1 for hours and ended, at last, on a fluke goal from the rear-guarding libero, of all people.’
- ‘The position of libero in volleyball is a very unspectacular one.’
- ‘‘We tried to let him play free more as a libero,’ says Schmid of Lalas' role.’
- ‘Oxford's men's team were missing their enigmatic libero (a specialist passer), Denis Zuev, but Benjamin Collier confidently took his place.’
- ‘Wing-back Fabrice Ehret and libero Teddy Bertin are the other main men.’
- ‘In soccer the bulk of media and fan attention is paid to the midfield liberos or the prolific goal-scorers.’
- ‘Ballack's former life as a libero has ensured that he shares with Matthaus a rare ability to shore up the midfield as well as punctuate it with important passes and well-timed surges into opponents' penalty boxes.’
1960s: from Italian, abbreviation of battitore libero ‘free defender’, literally ‘free beater’.
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