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4 unusual formations used in football

Each football team has its own tactics and strategies and to score goals and win matches, they will employ certain formations.

Trainers tend to use the most common formations, such as 4-4-2, 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1. Some coaches go out of their way to do extraordinary things.

To attract attention, they use bizarre formations. We will be reviewing the four most unusual football formations.

1. Ajax (1994/95) 3-3-1-3

Louis van Gaal's Ajax won the European Champions League in 1995. He used local talent to build a strong team.

Ajax was also unbeaten in the Dutch league that season. Ajax was the best club because of their incredible power.

Did you know Louis van Gaal used a unique formation back then? Van Gaal was a creative coach, and he used 3-3-1-3 formations.

Frank de Boer and Danny Blind were used as three man defenders behind defensive midfielder Frank Rijkaard. Clarence Seedorf, Ronald de Boer and Edgar Davids were next in line.

Van Gaal had a Litmanen finger, who was also known for being very talented. Finidi George and Marc Overmars were also prominent names on the frontlines, as was Patrick Kluivert.

It was quite remarkable. Van Gaal was highly praised for being an innovative, brave and brilliant interpreter.

2. Australia (2006) 3-6-1

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Guus Hiddink, another Dutch maestro, presented Australia with a unique formation of 3-6-1.

This formation also helped them reach the World Cup for only the second time since 1974. Hiddink's six-man midfield team, which consisted of three players each, enabled him to manage tactical flow and adjust the form to fit the team's needs.

Mark Viduka was a striker who was often placed in the attacking role. He would be supported at the back by Harry Kewell, Tim Cahill and Jason Culina, who were attacking midfielders. Australia was able to shine on the World Cup mat with this formation.

They were able to take control of ball against Japan, Croatia, Italy and even 47% over the Brazilian team which is known for being superior.

The Socceroos' achievement of reaching the knockout round at the World Cup was a huge accomplishment. It was evident that the 3-6-1 combination could prove to be very effective during their journey in that tournament.

2. Spain (2012) 4-6-0

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Vicente Del Bosque won the Euro 2012 under the Spanish National Team. The 'False 9' formation was born. They used these tactics well.

Spain was able to achieve unprecedented success thanks to Del Bosque’s advanced strategies. At that time, the matador team won both the 2010 World Cup as well as Euro 2012.

The False nine strategy was well executed and had a huge impact. Cesc Fabregas was the one who played the role as false nine with confidence. Despite being one of the most difficult roles in football, he scored two goals.

1. France (1984) 4-2-2-2

This formation is called 'Magic Square' by Les Blues and is widely considered one of the best midfield tactics in football history.

Michel Hidalgo, Jean Tigana Alain Giresse Luis Fernandez Michel Platini and Alain Giresse were the four extraordinary players who built a great midfield.

Tigana and Platini had full freedom of movement and displayed the best qualities of their respective games with Fernandez leading the way. Tigana would stand by Fernandez every day to ensure that France's defense was properly protected.

The talented quartet was able to work in a collaborative role and was the brain, machine, and center of the creative play that led to France becoming the champion.

Platini was the main player in the game of the rooster and scored 9 goals over five matches. And he has been a hero because of his contribution to the glory of France's national team.

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