Breaking Down the 10 Most Popular Formations in World Football

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Breaking Down the 10 Most Popular Formations in World Football
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Bleacher Report is here to bring you the comprehensive breakdown of the 10 most popular formations in world football, ranging from Pep Guardiola's experiments to Jose Mourinho's bread and butter.

Across Serie A, the English Premier League, the Bundesliga and La Liga this season, we've seen real variation in how managers want to set their teams up.

But what's the difference between a 4-5-1 and a 4-3-3, why does a three-man defensive system fail, and why is the 4-4-2 becoming extinct?

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