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Enter Carlos Bilardo, Bleacher Report commenter Ricky Granados' seemingly favourite person and student of Osvaldo Zubeldia. There is a good chance the 3-5-2 was born under this man.
"They told me I was wrong, that I'd named three central defenders. But I told them I was not confused. We were going to use three defenders, five midfielders and two forwards," (from Jonathan Wilson's Inverting the Pyramid).
The system, explained by Bilardo here on the warm-up tour for the upcoming FIFA World Cup, worked, despite many directing ridicule in his direction.
Bilardo's men won the biggest prize in football in 1986, then finished as runners up in 1990.
Diego Maradona was, for obvious reasons, his most influential player, but the Jose Luis Brown-Oscar Ruggeri-Jose Luis Cuciuffo defensive line was the best in the business.
At one point, Argentinians may just have forgotten about Daniel Passarella and co.