What Happened to Two-Man Striker Teams?

  • Published on Jul 4, 2018
  • What happened to two-man striker teams?
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    There have been a number of interesting tactical trends at this World Cup, and one of them is the general absence of two man striking teams. Edinson Cavani and Luiz Suarez of Uruguay constitute probably the only pure team of two strikers in the tournament. While 4-4-2 has made something of a comeback from its heyday at the standard tactic in football well in to the 2000s, this is largely as a defensive measure. The 4-4-2 allows two compact banks of four for defence, as shown by Iceland, Burnley, or Athletico Madrid, and gives good coverage of the whole pitch.
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  • Mustapha Mohammed
    Mustapha Mohammed 18 hours ago

    Nice video, I enjoyed it but it’s important to know that in the classic 442 one striker would be a playmaker (10) and the other would be a goal poacher (9). In your video you made it appear as though both strikers had to be goal poachers inorder for it to be considered a 442.

  • Azariah Carty
    Azariah Carty 7 days ago

    Simple...3 is better than 2

  • ar13fkc4mbah
    ar13fkc4mbah 10 days ago

    Enrico Chiesa - Hernan Crespo (AC Parma)
    Del Piero - Inzaghi (Juventus)
    Salas - Vieri (Lazio)
    Totti - Montella (AS Roma)
    Morientes - Raul (Madrid)
    Yorke - Cole (Man U)
    Berbatov - R. Keane (Hotspurs)
    A. Smith - M. Viduka (Leeds)
    Miss the old times

  • bluerisk
    bluerisk 10 days ago

    Some day we will have some sort of 10-0-0.


    If theirs any man who can make the 442 is this mane who’s running the TheXvid channel props to all the in depth statistics man and how things run w each and every formation for people who wanna learn about football this Channel is amazing depending on what your looking for really goes in depth w every formation the positives and the negatives amazing Chanel my friend !

  • Breh Breh
    Breh Breh 12 days ago

    Lukaku and lauturo

  • Pratik Pathak
    Pratik Pathak 12 days ago

    Now they have valvedere as well
    Meanwhile Argentina is an epitome of bad luck 😝

  • Israel Flores
    Israel Flores 13 days ago

    Senegal? Really?

  • Jimmy Hinder
    Jimmy Hinder 14 days ago

    They’ve all gone to fifa teams

  • Myaka M
    Myaka M 14 days ago


  • َAnass ALAMMIRI
    َAnass ALAMMIRI 14 days ago +1

    4-4-2 is being applied now by Conte in Inter.

  • El Gweedy
    El Gweedy 17 days ago

    Aubameyang and Lacazette are my favourite couple rn

  • leandro rodrigues
    leandro rodrigues 17 days ago

    Portugal had won 2 internationales recently in this formation with Fernando Santos and for one year didn't losd an single official match, even tough cr7 wasn't used to it, it worked quite well.

  • Eric Shan
    Eric Shan 19 days ago +1

    Inter is now a 2 striker team with 2 classic strikers in the 3-5-2 formation

  • Giann B
    Giann B 19 days ago +5

    Actually there still quite a few top managers and clubs playing with 2 classic strikers upfront:
    - Diego Simeone and Atletico Madrid (4-4-2)
    - Antonio Conte and Inter Milan (3-5-2)
    - Julian Nagelsmann and Leipzig (4-4-2 or 4-2-2-2)
    - Simone Inzaghi and Lazio (3-5-2)

    • Giann B
      Giann B 19 days ago +2

      @Tifo Football Yes, of course, I didn't mean it as criticism to you guys (love your work, as I have said repeatedly). It's just that I am fan of classic 9s (prefer them a hundred times over false 9s) and wanted to mention this so that others who also like real 9s and striker partnerships take heart!

    • Tifo Football
      Tifo Football  19 days ago +2

      Actually two of these got their jobs after the World Cup when this was published. And only Simeone was using it at the time.

  • Leslie Lewis-Walker
    Leslie Lewis-Walker 19 days ago

    Would you say that Romario was a second striker when Ronaldo came into the Brazilian team?

  • jaskicd
    jaskicd 21 day ago

    Schevchenko and Inzaghi

  • Reshma Shanavas
    Reshma Shanavas 26 days ago

    If you play with two strikers then both strikers never assist to each other and score individually (Selfish things will happen)

  • KuPuteh Puteh
    KuPuteh Puteh 29 days ago

    Thats why wenger buy 2 no.9 and lucas torriera. To make use takctical of uruguay

  • Seán Munn
    Seán Munn Month ago

    Who's Hodgerson 😂

  • K J N
    K J N Month ago

    Pressing cuts down on crossing? I'm sorry, but Newcastle haven't gotten relegated, that can't be right.

  • Mike the Moocher
    Mike the Moocher Month ago

    Was thinking about that a few years ago never see two strikers up front nowadays too many defensive minded teams with the ability to counter on the break with ease

  • anggungunara
    anggungunara Month ago

    How will anyone explain Leverkusen 2001/02 tactic in today's wording? It surely didn't really look like today's most popular shape, but it made a lot of rigid European 4-4-2 sides questioning themselves that year. I think it's still based on German classic shape and philosophy in many parts (Ramelow, anyone?), but the fluidity, defensive sensibility, and ambition to cover space as efficiently as possible is I think a bit ahead of its time. It's almost a diamond with an axis (Ballack switching with Basturk), plus much deeper wingers than today's wing forwards, but in hindsight, I think Neuville - who was supposed to be the lone striker - often acts like one with his wide run to the inside.

  • Victor Tarigan
    Victor Tarigan Month ago +3

    And now we have a lautaro and lukaku

  • doczg88
    doczg88 Month ago

    That's so 1999...

  • Carrington Ndhlovu
    Carrington Ndhlovu 2 months ago

    United are bringing it back

  • Mod 66
    Mod 66 2 months ago

    Football is shit now and it is because everything is too safe and predictable due to changing formats.

  • Carlos Soares
    Carlos Soares 2 months ago

    Hey, could you guys take a look at Jorge Jesus' Flamengo in Brazil? He uses a 4-4-2 with intense pressing and fast, vertical, transitions. And while on the topic, maybe take a look at the Brazil squad at 1994 world cup? 4-4-2 at its best. Thank you and have a nice day!

  • Naveen Pisharody
    Naveen Pisharody 2 months ago

    Earlier they played for the team, The more the strikers, the better, Now they play for money, So One striker...

  • Maverick
    Maverick 2 months ago

    Ronaldo at number 9 and Messi at number 10. Dream lineup

  • Haadi Husain
    Haadi Husain 2 months ago

    4312 best formation

  • Pibzy
    Pibzy 2 months ago

    If I ever become a manager I’m having a 3-4-3 with 2 defensive minded mids preferably on the left and right

  • John
    John 2 months ago +2

    Leicester 2015/2016: am I a joke to you?

    • anggungunara
      anggungunara Month ago

      Yeah, it's so strange that the video deliberately overlooked them, when they won a very big thing with arguably old-fashioned 4-4-2.

  • Jesse Comitogianni
    Jesse Comitogianni 2 months ago

    Napoli under Ancelotti use a cool 4-4-2. They have Either Insigne Zyelinski or Ruiz at wide left mid, and in attack they drop behind the striker and it creates a 4-3-1-2.

  • Felipe  Mendes
    Felipe Mendes 2 months ago

    Jorge Jesus is doing a great job with Flamengo at Campeonato Brasileiro and Copa Libertadores with a 2-man striker system

  • Ali Babi
    Ali Babi 2 months ago

    really well made video, the content is just amazing, the narration is also good, however im just here wondering two things, how long does it take you to make this videos and what software do you use to make them.

  • Viktoria Vasiliev
    Viktoria Vasiliev 2 months ago


  • Shardul Tirlotkar
    Shardul Tirlotkar 3 months ago

    But Ferguson played 4-4-2
    Front 2 strikers and achieved 13pl

  • Joseph Youll
    Joseph Youll 3 months ago

    Who the fuck is Roy Hodgerson???!

  • Paddy A
    Paddy A 3 months ago

    Wingers cut inside now and full back overlap them giving support
    Cdm can drop between centre backs

  • Markus Ikast
    Markus Ikast 3 months ago

    442 is the formation of the underdogs.
    Atleti Got into two Champions league finals and won the league on a Way smaller budget than other clubs.
    Burnley do Very Good in the bpl despite their budget.
    Sweden Got into the quarter finals of the World cup.
    Sweden beats Big teams Like England, despite it being such s small country, and Monaco Got into the chl semi finals.

  • Muhammad Hasham
    Muhammad Hasham 3 months ago

    I love the 4-4-2
    remember dennis and anelka
    andy cole and yorke
    dennis and thierry
    drogba and anelka

  • BatJoker
    BatJoker 3 months ago

    Ya guys should watch Flamengo's matchs, they sometimes play with two strikers.

    • BatJoker
      BatJoker 3 months ago

      The manage is Jorge Jesus

  • Bionity
    Bionity 3 months ago

    No nation have two N°9 this talented...
    France struggle to have one. If we have this two guys... wow.

  • James Ebola
    James Ebola 3 months ago

    I like 1 - 9 system and so do the supporters.

  • David Dumitrică
    David Dumitrică 3 months ago +1

    I used to play a 4-2-4 on FIFA ;)

  • Keir
    Keir 3 months ago

    Midfield happened

  • Ben Dover
    Ben Dover 3 months ago

    They are gone

  • menoflowicz
    menoflowicz 3 months ago

    Poland had 2 strikers.

  • Hidden Secrets
    Hidden Secrets 4 months ago

    Man after the worldcup in 06 everyone started playing with 1 Player up front

  • Club Astro Transcendental Motor

    And now we have Simeone doing exactly this using Costa and Morata.

  • Atlètico needs a UCL immediately

    Aúpa atleti

  • Romano onamoR
    Romano onamoR 4 months ago

    This is what happened. Suddenly everybody wanted to play 4-3-3.

  • Adnan
    Adnan 4 months ago

    It disappeared because Lippi said so 🙃

  • RSD1
    RSD1 4 months ago

    4-2-3-1 made Wingers most expensive position

    THE ENLIGHTENED ONE 4 months ago

    Kevin Phillips and Nial Quinn. Best little and big man front 2 ever.

  • fatbelly27
    fatbelly27 4 months ago

    Roy Hodg-er-son?

  • Kieran Connelly
    Kieran Connelly 4 months ago

    2-1-5-2 😉

  • Suro
    Suro 4 months ago

    coventry had one in that season

  • Foo Aloysius
    Foo Aloysius 5 months ago

    What happened to them? They won the world cup (see Griezmann and Giroud)