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Ewa Pajor: Wolfsburg’s Journey To The Goal

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Ewa Pajor playing for VfL Wolfsburg

In the world of women’s football, there are names that shine brightly on their own, and one of them is Ewa Pajor. Known for her skill, vision of the game, and goal-scoring ability, this talented Polish forward has left an indelible mark on Wolfsburg and football in general. In this article, we will explore how Pajor plays and why she is considered one of the best players in her position.

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Pajor, born in Poland, began her professional career at Medyk Konin, where she scored 64 goals in 60 appearances and won the Polish League twice and the Polish Cup three times. Her impressive performances caught the attention of German giants VfL Wolfsburg, who signed her in 2015. Since then, she has become a key contributor to the team, showcasing her skills and scoring goals on numerous occasions.

In this analysis, we will focus on the main characteristics of her game that allow her to create chances and score goals, emphasizing her clinical and precise finishing.

Outstanding technical abilities:

One of Pajor’s main strengths lies in her technical ability. Her precise first touch and ball control enable her to keep the ball away from direct opponents. Inside the box, she excels at turning and dribbling to create space for herself to finish. This skill is crucial for strikers, as demonstrated in our ‘Individual Secret #39’ video.

As seen below, Pajor receives the ball inside the box with a closely marking defender. Through her first touch and dribbling ability in tight spaces, she creates the necessary room to finish the play.

In this action, Pajor receives with a fierce marking but is able to create her own space to shoot thanks to guiding her first touch while turning.

Technical Skills 2

In this action, Pajor receives with a fierce marking but is able to create her own space to shoot thanks to guiding her first touch while turning.

In this other example, she receives the ball facing backwards and is able to complete a dribbling that allows her to finish the action.

Technical Skills 1

In this other example, she receives the ball facing backwards and is able to complete a dribbling that allows her to finish the action.

Unmarking Movements:

The Polish striker is also adept at freeing herself from opponents’ marks. In addition to her impressive speed, which allows her to outpace defenders, her tactical and technical movements are outstanding. Before initiating the movement, Pajor can identify gaps or imbalances in the opponent’s defensive line to exploit them.

As shown below, she identifies a significant gap between the center back and the full back and attacks it with determination and maximum effort. This enables her to gain an advantage, secure her position, and finish with finesse in the UEFA Women’s Champions League semi-final against Arsenal FC.

As we can see in this example, Pajor detects the gap and attacks it with determination, at 100%.

Unmarking. 1

As we can see in this example, Pajor detects the gap and attacks it with determination, at 100%.

Moreover, Pajor’s ability to anticipate the next action is exceptional. By initiating her run before her direct opponent, she gains time and an advantage in the play. Combined with her impressive speed, this makes her unmarking movements lethal for opposing teams. If a defender follows her movement, she can adjust her run during the unmarking movement to create space and receive the ball with sufficient time to finish the play. This ability is crucial for attackers to deceive defenders using feints or quick changes of direction.

Pajor starts running as when her teammate is about to receive the ball. This allows her to outrun her marker and face the goalkeeper.

Unmarking 2

Pajor starts running as when her teammate is about to receive the ball. This allows her to outrun her marker and face the goalkeeper.

Defenders are defending backwards, following Pajor's movement. Her sudden change of direction helps create the necessary space.

Unmarking 3 – Change of direction

Defenders are defending backwards, following Pajor’s movement. Her sudden change of direction helps create the necessary space.

Game Vision:

Pajor not only possesses skill but also demonstrates great vision and understanding of the game. Her ability to read the game and make quick decisions allows her to find spaces in the opposing defense and create goal-scoring opportunities for her team. It is remarkable how she provides continuity in the game, connecting actions, offering support, and moving intelligently for the next play. She can also recognize teammates in better positions than her and pass with an advantage, enabling them to finish the plays.

Pajor shows an outstanding game understanding, detecting the open player (Brand #29) and passing to her in advantage.

Vision 2

Pajor shows an outstanding game understanding, detecting the open player (Brand #29) and passing to her in advantage.

In the same action, she provides continuity and attacks the box with determination to finish the action.

Vision 2b

In the same action, she provides continuity and attacks the box with determination to finish the action.

In addition to the aforementioned qualities, Pajor displays excellent timing with her teammates’ unmarking movements, attempting passes at the right moment and choosing the optimal gaps to deliver the ball through. This crucial aspect allows her teammates to receive the ball in the best possible position, while also creating uncertainty for defenders in terms of how to defend against her runs.

As depicted below, Pajor waits for the opportune moment to pass the ball to Popp (#11), who gains a significant advantage to face the goalkeeper in a one-versus-one situation.

Pajor is able to understand the best timing to pass the ball, providing the maximum advantage to their teammates, as in this example where Popp (#11) can face the goalkeeper in a 1-on-1 situation.

Vision 1

Pajor is able to understand the best timing to pass the ball, providing the maximum advantage to their teammates, as in this example where Popp (#11) can face the goalkeeper in a 1-on-1 situation.

Furthermore, Pajor’s winning mentality and leadership qualities make her a standout player on and off the field. She consistently gives her all in every match, displaying contagious determination and passion. Her positive attitude and ability to motivate her teammates have established her as a leader within the team.

In conclusion, Ewa Pajor’s remarkable technical abilities, exceptional unmarking movements, and game vision set her apart as one of the best players in women’s football. Her contributions to Wolfsburg and her achievements throughout her career have solidified her status as a notable figure in the sport.

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