3-5-2 Soccer Formation
This formation is similar to 5-3-2 except that the two wingmen are oriented more towards the attack. Because of this, the central midfielder tends to remain further back in order to help prevent counter-attacks. It differs from the classical 3-5-2 of the WW by having a non-staggered midfield.
It was used for the first time at international level by the Argentinian coach Carlos Salvador Bilardo in the FIFA World Cup Mexico 1986. Many teams also use a central attacking midfielder and two defensive midfielders, so the midfielders form a W formation. Teams that used this formation
* Argentina, 1986 World Cup winner.
* Brazil, 2002 World Cup winner:
* Rangers F.C., won seven consecutive Scottish Premier League titles between 1991 & 1997 under Walter Smith mostly using this formation.
* CSKA Moscow winner of the UEFA Cup 2005 (managed by Valery Gazzaev)
* Galatasaray SK, 2000 Uefa Cup winner
* D.C. United, Major League Soccer.
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This video of the 3-5-2 Football (soccer) formation shows how to properly play this formation as the ball moves around the field.