Inazuma Eleven 3: Sekai e no Chousen!!
In the anime, it was used by Orpheus in episode 105, but Kidou was able to break through this tactic. It further evolved when Nakata joined, but it was broken again by Kidou, Fudou and Sakuma. This tactic lost to Little Gigant.
A few players on a team form a circle and mark the player on the opposing team, blocking out any possible passes to other players. One player then goes to the center of the circle, spins, and steals the ball from the marked player.
- "Catenaccio" is the Italian word for "bolt" (the one you use to lock a door or a window).
- Its name is derived from the fact it "locks" the opponent player in a circle.
- "Catenaccio" is also a typical Italian defensive playstyle.