Although there's nothing traditional about newly-promoted Stade Brestoisleading Ligue 1 – they have lately been playing in the traditional 4-4-2 formation.
They began the season generally playing with Nolan Roux up front on his own but young Czech striker Tomas Micola has pushed up alongside him since the goalless draw at home to AC Arles-Avignon.
Roux plays as more of an out-and-out forward, using his great speed and ability to score from any angle with his feet or head.
Romain Poyet and Benoit Lesoimier are on the flanks with Mario Licka and captain Oscar Ewolo in the middle.
Balance is key to this formation, with one of the central midfielders, in this case Ewolo, a ball winner, and the other, Licka, more of an attacking playmaker. Also, one of the two strikers, in this case Roux, plays more as an out-and-out striker, while the other, Micola - a real fighter who works the channels well - plays off his partner.
Poyet provides creatively with his crossing from the right, and Lesoimier injects speed out wide on the left – perhaps comparable to Beckham and Giggs in Manchester United's 4-4-2 of old.
It is a simple formation, but requiring wingers and full backs to work in tandem, covering each other defensively, while the full-backs must be ready to overlap the wingers on attacks.
The midfielders, particularly Licka for Brestois, support the front-men on attacks, while Ewolo backs up the defenders when the opposition are in possession.
It is a flexible formation in that it enables different forms of attacks, out wide or thorough the middle. It also allows quick shifts from defence to attack and vice versa.