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Brazil World Cup 2002 Winning Tactic

A FM 2017 tactic of 2002 World Cup winners Brazil, whom strangely played a 3-4-3 formation with 7 defensively minded players yet delivered adventurous football.

By on Jun 25, 2017   17223 views   4 comments
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Football Manager 2017 Tactics - Brazil World Cup 2002 Winning Tactic
Defence is the best kind of Attack. Brazil’s 2002 World Cup winning formation perhaps saw them at their best.


The back three and midfield two were functional, destructive players. In front of a back three that used a libero.

Elsewhere, the front 3 was a joy to watch, in a free-flowing 3-4-1-2ish formation that saw as wonderful an attacking trident. as the tournament has ever seen in Ronaldo (Trequartista), Rivaldo (Shadow Striker) and Ronaldinho (Advanced Playmaker). Ronaldo was the spearhead, with Rivaldo remaining in close contact, and Ronaldinho dropping deepest to collect the ball.

The wide players, Cafu and Roberto Carlos, had the luxury of playing as wing-backs rather than as full-backs, meaning they scampered forward more than ever.

Brazil’s three-man defence also worked wonderfully despite possessing the awful Roque Junior. One of the other two defenders, usually Edmilson, played as a sweeper with license to bring the ball forward from the back, which produced this wonderful goal against Costa Rica.

The team was predicated on this teak-tough core, with Cafu and Roberto Carlos getting up and down, defending and attacking, and with a truly exceptional attacking trident of Ronaldinho, Rivaldo or Denilson, and Ronaldo. Get the ball to those lads, keep the rest of the pitch tight, and the World Cup is your oyster.

Tactically, international teams can never get that familiar with anything, due to lack of training time with however you set the side up. It’s an annoyance, but with the players available to the Selecão it’s not too much of an issue.

The team is set up like this:




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Discussion: Brazil World Cup 2002 Winning Tactic

4 comments have been posted so far.

  • goqs06's avatar
    Am terribly sorry... I only tried this with the Brazil International Team
  • Muta's avatar
    im giving this a try,,,,,,,,, may you share results you got with this ?
  • Madness's avatar
    Very interesting looking tactic. I definately plan to give it a try although I don't like the look of the Complete Wing Backs. In my experience 95% of players in that role completely neglect their defensive duties in FM17, meaning you end up conceding goals from running crosses on a regular basis. You end up either needing the best possible CWB's for your division or turning it into a regular Wing Back(Attack), which fulfils a similar role but doesn't tend to neglect thier defensive responsibilities quite so often. However I've never tried CWB combined with a Libero, so that'll be interesting to see if it patches the defense somewhat.
  • caceres4's avatar
    Looks filthy! Have you tested it in any league? Results?
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