When a football team has a direct free-kick, you can be sure the opposing side will bust out that old favourite: the human wall.
A makeshift barrier of three, four or even more defenders usually serve to obstruct the set piece taker’s sight of goal, and reduce their chances of finding the target.
One problem the defending team continues to have, of course, comes from particularly-gifted dead ball specialists who can pick out tiny gaps in their blockade, leaving the wall as nothing more than something to stop the keeper seeing the shot coming.
Though they lost in their Brazilian Serie B (second tier) contest against Palmeiras at the weekend, their adaptation of ‘the wall’ whilst defending a free-kick has gone viral online.
As you can see in the video above, an extra player lurks behind the wall, before dropping down to the ground just after the whistle and laying across the back of his comrades’ heels.
The move, to prevent low free-kicks from seeping through, has been credited to Figueirense coach Adilson Batista.
But is it any good?
Let us know what you think: In the event of a free-kick indeed going low (this one didn’t), would this move help the defence? Or does it pose a pointless extra risk by inviting handballs and, thus, penalties?