Resurgence of the Back Three

One of the most notable tactical trends of the 21st Century is the decline of the 3-man defence. The popularity of the 3-4-3 formation originated during the late 1980s and early ’90s in Italy, when an influx of centre-backs occupied Serie A. Originally created as an extremely offensive formation, the evolution of the 3-4-3 into its current variations (3-5-2, being the most popular) has made it a versatile formation that can be now be used for attacking and defensive set-ups. It grew as a way to counter the most influential formation in modern football, the orthodox 4-4-2. Now many years on, this formation has become a forte to win League titles and Knockout Championships.

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The Decline of the Number 10 Role

In the ever-evolving landscape of modern football players need to get busy or try till the end. Because if they don’t, they start to look outdated in a new age. The archetypal modern midfielder might be the most demanding position on the field, combining the complexity of different traits that require a relentless all-action style. The traditional number 10, then, doesn’t fit that mould.

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