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The Tactical Showdown: 3-3-4 vs 3-4-3 in Real Football

This week I wanted to confront two tactics of our beloved game, but the confrontation will be done with real-life soccer data. We will analyze these two tactics in depth, the 3-3-4 and the 3-4-3.

Both tactics offer unique advantages and present particular challenges, making them suitable for different match situations and team strategies. This article delves into the intricacies of these tactics, comparing their functionalities, advantages, disadvantages, and countertactics, and providing insight into their optimal use.

Understanding the 3-3-4 Tactic

The 3-3-4 tactic consists of three defenders, three midfielders, and four forwards. It is an aggressive tactic designed to overwhelm opponents with attacking prowess.


1. Defense: The three defenders must be highly skilled and organized, often including a sweeper or a central defender who can distribute the ball effectively.

2. Midfield: The three midfielders play a crucial role in linking defense and attack, often consisting of one holding midfielder and two box-to-box players.

3. Attack: The four forwards provide immense pressure on the opponent’s defense, typically comprising two central strikers and two wide attackers.


1. Offensive Power: With four forwards, the team can constantly press the opponent’s defense and create numerous goal-scoring opportunities.

2. Width and Depth: The wide attackers stretch the opponent’s defense, creating space for central strikers.

3. High Press: Allows for an effective high press, disrupting the opponent’s build-up play.

4. Flexibility in Attack: The tactic can easily transition into a 4-2-4 or 4-3-3 during different phases of the game.

5. Overloading: Can overload the opponent's defensive lines, making it difficult for them to manage all attacking players.



1. Defensive Vulnerability: With only three defenders, the team is susceptible to counter-attacks, especially if the wing-backs are caught out of position.

2. Midfield Weakness: Only three midfielders can struggle against teams with a strong midfield presence.

3. High Energy Requirement: The tactic demands high physical fitness, as both forwards and midfielders need to cover a lot of ground.

4. Risk of Overcommitting: Overcommitting players forward can leave gaps in defense.

5. Coordination Needs: Requires excellent coordination and communication among players, particularly between midfield and defense.



To counter the 3-3-4, teams often use tactics like the 4-5-1 or 4-4-2, focusing on solid defensive organization and exploiting spaces left by the aggressive forwards.


Optimal Use:

The 3-3-4 is best used when a team needs to chase a game, requiring goals to overturn a deficit or to break down a highly defensive opponent.


Understanding the 3-4-3 Tactic

The 3-4-3 tactic comprises three defenders, four midfielders, and three forwards. This tactic balances between attacking and defensive stability.



1. Defense: Similar to the 3-3-4, the three defenders must be adept at handling one-on-one situations and initiating attacks from the back.

2. Midfield: The four midfielders provide a strong central presence and width, often featuring two central midfielders and two wing-backs.

3. Attack: The three forwards typically consist of a central striker and two wide forwards who can interchange positions.



1. Balanced Play: Offers a balance between defense and attack, making the team resilient in both phases.

2. Midfield Control: With four midfielders, the team can dominate possession and control the tempo of the game.

3. Versatile Wing-Backs: The wing-backs provide both defensive cover and additional attacking options.

4. Defensive Solidity: More defensive stability compared to the 3-3-4, with wing-backs able to drop back to form a five-man defense.

5. Fluid Attack: The front three can interchange positions, creating unpredictability and fluid attacking movements.



1. Wide Vulnerability: Wing-backs need to be highly disciplined; otherwise, the team can be exposed on the flanks.

2. Complex Transitions: Requires precise coordination between midfield and attack during transitions.

3. Dependency on Wing-Backs: Heavy reliance on wing-backs to provide width and support both in attack and defense.

4. Midfield Congestion: Can become congested in the midfield if opponents play with a dense central setup.

5. High Tactical Discipline: Requires players to have a deep understanding of their roles and tactical discipline.



To counter the 3-4-3, tactics like the 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3 are effective, focusing on exploiting the spaces behind the wing-backs and stretching the three-man defense.


Optimal Use:

The 3-4-3 is ideal for teams looking to maintain a balance between attack and defense, suitable for matches where controlling the midfield is crucial and against opponents who press high.


Conclusion and Opinion

Both tactics offer unique advantages and disadvantages. The 3-3-4 tactic is highly effective for teams needing an aggressive approach to score goals and press opponents high up the pitch. However, it requires excellent coordination and physical fitness, making it risky against well-organized teams. On the other hand, the 3-4-3 provides a balanced approach, offering defensive stability while maintaining attacking potency, making it versatile for various match situations.

In my opinion, the 3-4-3 is the superior tactic due to its balance and adaptability. While the 3-3-4’s aggressive nature can be beneficial in specific scenarios, the 3-4-3's ability to control the midfield and provide defensive solidity makes it a more reliable option for consistent performance across different types of matches. This balance allows teams to adapt more fluidly to the flow of the game, ensuring both offensive and defensive responsibilities are met.


We will meet again next week in this humble space of general interest for the tactics that we are so passionate about.







Hello, this is Matushevsky!


It's time to end the series - today the last weekly tasks, the remaining seasonal tasks, and the analysis of profits (and maybe even losses, we'll see). Due to requests, the analysis in today's edition will be slightly accelerated.


Tasks in the CLOAKROOM category:


1/ EXCHANGE COMMON/UPGRADED/RARE ITEMS (LOCKED) 5 TIMES - this task requires 15 common, 15 upgraded and 15 rare items - but we have to buy them because the ones obtained from the packs were used in the tasks a week ago. The cost is 15 x 10 credits + 15 x 12 credits + 15 x 32 credits, which gives us a total cost of 810 credits per week and 3,240 credits per month. The profit is 2,490 GB, i.e. the equivalent of 300 credits. Difference per month - 2,040 credits. 


2/ EXCHANGE COMMON/UPGRADED/RARE ITEMS 5 TIMES - the cost is identical to the previous task - 3,240 credits per month, but the profit is higher - 6250 GB, i.e. about 750 credits per week - difference per month - 240 credits.


3/ COMPLETE 7/21/63 AUGMENTATIONS - we count down 28 augmentations that need to be done to unlock meals in the cafeteria (because you have to do them anyway). Therefore, we must additionally buy at least 35 crystals. Let's assume that we will make additional augmentations on a red item, so the implementation cost is 75 GB x 35 = 2625 GB, i.e. the equivalent of 315 credits per week. The profit is a total of 2,000 energy - this is the equivalent of 8 energy packs, or 240 credits. The cost is therefore 75 credits per week - 300 per month.


4/ UNLOCK 5 UPGRADED/3 RARE/1 EPIC ITEM - weekly profit is 1100 energy, and the cost of unlocking items in energy is 9 x 150 energy, i.e. 1350 - every week we need on average 1 energy pack - 30 credits. An additional cost is GB - a total of 4,615, i.e. the equivalent of 555 credits. The cost per month is therefore 2,340 credits.


Seasonal task related to the LOCKER ROOM tab:




Level 1 - 2500 energy - 10 energy packs - 300 credits

Level 2 - XP Drink VI - 1300 credits

Level 3 - 2 x XP Drink VI - 2600 credits

Level 4 - 1 x Gold Crystal of Success - 900 credits.


Therefore, the costs of the above tasks are 4,920 credits per month and the profits are 5,100 credits. We gain the equivalent of 180 credits per month.


Time to analyze the remaining seasonal tasks:




Level 1 - 200% more training in auto training for 48 hours - profit of 800 credits

Level 2 - 2 x random legendary cards - profit of 3,000 credits

Level 3 - 1 x Ball of Success 60% - 2000 credits

Level 4 - 1 x Historical Crystal of Success - 3700 credits

Level 5 - 1 x Hero Star - it's hard to value it because it is a passive bonus. Let's assume 5,000 credits.


In total, we receive the equivalent of an additional 14,500 credits per month.




Level 1 - 5 x random epic card - 3000 credits

Level 2 - 1 x Success Ball 60% - 2000 credits

Level 3 - 1 x Ball of Triumph - 7000 credits

Level 4 - 1 x Hero Star - Let's assume 5000 credits.


We once again gain the equivalent of a huge amount of credits - in this case 17,000. Are you shocked? Because I really do.


However, this is not the end of seasonal tasks, as there is an entire MATCH tab:


The tasks in this tab do not require financial outlays, they involve playing the appropriate number of minutes in individual competitions - 1st league, Super League, National Cup, European Tournament, Champions Tournament. I am not including the profits from this task, because not every player has a chance to take part in these competitions, but I will only mention that these are specific prizes - boosters in the amount of even several dozen, several thousand energy or several thousand GB. It's worth it - because it's free. 


Having completed the analysis of individual tasks, let's move on to the global summary. The series consisted of 8 parts, here are the "financial results" from each of them:


Part 1 - profit depending on the player's level of advancement - between 3 and 12 thousand credits - on average 7,500 credits.

Part 2 - profit of 25,910 credits

Part 3 - profit 480 credits + rewards for exchanging 30 collections (space!)

Part 4 - profit of 3,000 credits

Part 5 - profit of 5,555 credits

Part 6 - loss of 680 credits

Part 7 - loss of 1,750 credits

Part 8 - here's the wow effect - profit of 31,680 credits!


The total profit for completing ALL tasks is 71,695 credits per month. You see right - 71,5 thousand credits! It should be remembered that in addition to this, there is good character development, rewards from the collection, a strong deck of cards and rewards for card duels, and the completion of one-time tasks. 

Madness. Of course, we won't see these credits on our profile because all rewards have locks, but the sum of the value of the items that we would have to buy for such character development is this much.

Author: Matushevsky





Good afternoon, dear readers of the magazine. Welcome to the new issue. This week, the eighteenth season began on the European server, and a long event ended that lasted for seventeen days, but after it failed to end, the developers announced changes that will be in the future that some players were shocked by such news. But we will not talk about this in this article, since everyone has their own opinion about it and everyone has it differently, especially for developers and ordinary players. In this article, we will look at the changes that occurred this offseason. Sit back and enjoy reading the magazine to you.


In the offseason, as always, there are their own movements and the struggle to get into the Super League. As always, she is not as strong as we would like, and this time only the club Hakuna Matata flew out of the Super League and came in their place. La Familia But as always, the struggle was minimal and those who wanted to get there passed without any problems. And now the club has returned to the Spanish First League, where it will fight for the championship from the club Hakuna Matata. Their confrontation is not the first since the club Redemption returned to the same league from where they moved to the super league.


It is worth noting that in this offseason there were very few transfers between clubs, that is, we can say that the players found themselves the most beloved clubs from which they do not want to leave? Or is it the so-called calm before the storm and in a season or two there will be a big transition of players?


This concludes this short article. Ask why she is so small? And I don't know myself, maybe because of a lack of my imagination or because of a lack of interesting events in the game during the week. It's up to you.

Thank you all for reading this article, I hope you enjoyed it. As always, in the end, I wish every player and club good luck in the season and more victories and awards in the packs.

Author: Dodo





This week I finished a season where a lot of dreams were exploited against the reality that there are many teams but only one champion, there is a super league champion, there is a champion from each league, a national cup champion and a Champions League champion, and European Cup of so many teams that are playing. 

Only a handful are champions so there is a common interest of all the teams that make up this game which is to share the same dream. But what happens when that dream falls into reality and you have to force yourself to keep your feet on the ground and see what you can count on and what you can't when it comes to achieving it.

Every time a league starts, dreams are renewed and teams increasingly begin to be more realistic. There are teams that reduce their dream to a reality. "I would love for our team to be able to enter the cup zone to play this cup or next season".  

Although it may not seem like that is a big dream, if you are a mid-table team, others will say who can have such a small dream. However, if you are playing with your group of friends and you are realistic, maybe finishing fifth will celebrate it like a championship. Sometimes it is more rewarding. If you have been fighting for the middle of the table every season and you are bored of coming out tenth, twelfth or thirteenth, entering the top 8 is a great achievement.  

There are people who perhaps have more armed teams, they fight a lot, they are already used to the cups, they have a team with a lot of chemistry and they say: “why can't we aspire to finish second, even if it is enough to enter the Champions League?”. 

Our dream is to play in the Champions League. Champions League, it seems like not, but there are teams for whom that is equivalent to a phenomenal achievement.  Others who are lucky enough to have a great team just want to be champions. Generally there is a trio of great teams in each league unless one from the super league falls to frustrate their plans. 

There is also a common interest in this game, especially for those who want to fight the leagues being competitive and not knowing in advance that you are going to come out second, third, fourth because there is a team that is broken full of players, but is playing a first division. Those teams should throughout the game try to see what it does with these teams, see if there is a possibility that they will not go down to break a first division and a national cup and take away sleep from the weakest. It would be great if tomorrow there is a limit of OVR per team to make everything more even as well as in real football, there is an economic fair play so that there are not many best players on a single team. 

Here, the same thing should be possible and thus make more fun leagues more entertaining and the game much more enjoyable. Just a piece of advice from this server, I am for your orders see you next week







Hello everyone, how are you? I'm Fábio Muri and I will bring you another interesting article.

Let's start with a question: What do Albert Einstein, Alexander the Great, Barack Obama, Ayrton Senna, Bill Gates, Charlie Chaplin, Pelé, Leonardo Da Vinci, Gandhi, Beethoven, Paul McCartney, Jimi Hendrix have in common?

Hmm! Let's think a little. They were all outstanding in some areas, they did important things, but that is not what brings ties between them, but rather the fact that they are left-handed.

What does science say?

Modern scientific research shows that the main factor responsible for a person being right- or left-handed is their spinal cord, therefore there is no cerebral influence on the process.

In the general average of the world population, 10% of people are left-handed and the other 90% are right-handed. Although if we take gender into account, 12% of men and 8% of women are left-handed.

How were they treated in history?

During the Inquisition period, countless people were killed at the stake under accusations of witchcraft, for using their left hand as a base. In schools around the world, many students were forced to become right-handed. Cesare Lombroso, the Italian father of modern criminology, pointed out that left-handed people had a greater propensity for crime. And so there are myths and prejudices against the preferential use of the left hand and foot. Among the Eskimos, left-handers are considered powerful sorcerers and in Morocco they are thought to be bad omens or demons.

But after so many controversies, left-handed people won World Left-Handed Day, which is celebrated on August 13th.

And what are they like in football?

In football we have the prodigies on the left, true ball jugglers of which we can highlight, Maradona, Willem van Hanegem, Stoichkov, Robben, Salah, Rivaldo, Puskas, Roberto Carlos, Raul, Hagi, Giggs, Bale, Vieri, Messi, Courtois, Maldini among many others.

Don't forget that the late football king Pelé was left-handed.

In a data survey carried out in the Brazilian football Series A in 2022, on penalty shootouts and charges in regular time, there were 70 penalties taken with the right foot, with 44 goals, 26 errors and a success rate of 62.8%. Already with the left foot, there were 44 penalties and just one error - an impressive performance of 97.7%.

There is almost a consensus that left-handers have a different vision of the game, which makes them excellent playmakers. They are capable of making precise passes and surprising dribbles, which can destabilize the opposing defense.

Training for left-handers must be adapted, as they have different skills than right-handers and therefore need specific training. Of course, that's if the coach wants to enhance the player's skills.

However, the main advantage of the left-handed player is not intelligence, nor skill, much less tactical application, but the fact that the vast majority of players are right-handed and have difficulty marking and following left-handed players on the field.

And are you a right-handed or left-handed player? Tell us in the comments


Thank you and see you next week!

Autor: Fábio Muri





Greetings everyone.

A grandiose sporting event is waiting for us all very soon. The Champions League final of the 2023/24 season, which will take place at the legendary Wembley Stadium on June 1st. This will be the 69th draw of the main UEFA club tournament and the 32nd since its transformation into the UEFA Champions League. And this is also the last season of the Champions League in a similar format. Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund will play in this final. Real Madrid is a 14-time winner of the Champions League and is the undisputed favorite in this match. But you don't get to the final that easily, so Borussia will fight to the end. In this article, I will talk about whether everything is so obvious in this match or does Borussia have a chance? Let's figure it out.



First of all, do not forget that sensations often occur in European tournaments. And here is an example - Atalanta's confident victory in the Europa League final, in which Bayer Leverkusen was the favorite. But Borussia's luck may not be enough against the class and skill of Real Madrid's players.

But Borussia's defense is playing very well in this Champions League. Everyone noticed how in great physical shape Mats Hummels is, who not only defends, but also scores important goals. And the team skillfully adjusts to its opponent, defending itself with almost the entire team. And the matches against PSG in the semi-finals clearly demonstrate this. Borussia have conceded only 8 goals in this tournament. And it is with such defensive teams that Real Madrid may have problems. But Real Madrid have top players in every position who, thanks to their individual skill, can create a dangerous moment at the gates of Borussia. And then there are two contenders for the Golden Ball award at once - Vinicius Junior and Jude Bellingham. And the gate will be defended by Thibaut Courtois, who has recovered from a serious injury. And of course Toni Kroos, whose broadcasts are simply magical.

If you look at how the teams have spent the current season, you can see a big difference. Borussia took only 5th place in the Bundesliga and there are many questions about the team's game. There are a lot of missed goals and individual mistakes of the players. At the same time, Real Madrid confidently won La Liga, suffering only 1 defeat.

At the same time, it is worth noting the good game of Borussia by the second number, when the team uses fast counterattacks. The central defenders, primarily Nico Schlotterbeck, have an excellent pass and can launch their team's counterattack. And fast players on the flanks are involved in creating dangerous moments. But this is both a plus and a minus for Borussia. After all, there is no backup plan for the game. There is only hope for the defense and that it will be possible to score a goal in a counterattack. But if Real Madrid scores first, then Borussia will have to change the style of play and attack more, which means they will have to connect defenders to attacks and the risk of conceding another goal increases dramatically. Real Madrid can play in different ways. And defensively, both in the game against Manchester City, and attacking the whole match, as in the game against Bayern Munich.

It is also worth considering the personal motivation of the players. The same Jadon Sancho has staged a reboot of his playing career and this final is a good opportunity for him to prove that he is a top footballer. And for Marco Reus, this is the last opportunity to win a trophy with Borussia.

As it became known recently, Toni Kroos is retiring at the end of this season. Let me remind you that he moved to Real Madrid from Bayern Munich 10 years ago. Before this transfer, Toni Kroos won the Champions League. Then Bayern and Borussia played in the 2013 final. And the final was held at Wembley Stadium. Bayern won with a score of 2:1. And now Toni Kroos is back in the final and again against Borussia, and again at Wembley. It's symbolic.

We will wait for this final to find out whether Real Madrid will become a 15-time winner of the Champions League or a miracle will happen and Marco Reus will lift the coveted cup over his head.


Author: Zidane






Hello! In this article, we will discuss economic groups that have clubs around the world.


The majority of football clubs, whether small, medium or large, are still managed in the associative club model, constituted in the form of a non-profit civil association, although obtaining revenue to maintain or increase the club's assets is not prohibited.


But since football is a sport that generates billions and billions of dollars in revenue annually, investment groups and billionaires turn to buying football teams and profiting from it. 


Challenges arise, such as how to reconcile reason and passion, how to maintain a long-term project, in the face of immediate results. 


Group City Football is a conglomerate, led by Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan and chaired by Khaldoon Al Mubarak, focused on the integrated management of football clubs. Clubs belonging to the City Group are:


⚽ Manchester City F.C.(England)

⚽ New York City FC (United States)

⚽ Melbourne City FC (Australia)

⚽ Mumbai City FC (India)

⚽ Lommel United SK (Belgium)

⚽ ES Troyes AC (France)

⚽ Montevideo City Torque (Uruguay)

⚽ Yokohama F. Marinos (Japan)

⚽ Girona FC (Spain)

⚽ Sichuan Jinyu (China)

⚽ Palermo FC (Italy)

⚽ Club Bolivar (Bolivia) – partner club

⚽ Bahia City (Brazil)

⚽ Istanbul Basaksehir (Türkiye) – partner club


777 Partners was founded in 2015 by partners Josh Wander and Steven Pasko, in Miami, Florida. Since then, it has invested in technology and insurance businesses, in addition to the sports market. In football it has the following teams:


⚽ Hertha Berlin (Germany)

⚽ Genoa CFC (Italy)

⚽ Standard Liege (Belgium)

⚽ Red Star FC (France)

⚽ EVERTON F.C. (England)

⚽ Melbourne Victory FC (Australia) finalizing the purchase


The Eagle Football Holdings LLC group, owned by American John Textor, also has some clubs around the world, they are:


⚽ Crystal Palace F.C. (England)

⚽ Botafogo FR (Brazil)

⚽ Olympique Lyon (France)

⚽ RWD Molenbeek (Belgium)

⚽ FC Florida (United States)


The Red Bull Company, famous for Formula 1 and the world leader in the sale of energy drinks, also entered the football market in 2005 with the acquisition of the Austrian team SV Austria Salzburg, which was later renamed to Red Bull Salzburg in 2005. Today the group owns the following teams:


⚽ Red Bull Salzburg (Austria)

New York Red Bulls (United States)

Red Bull Bragantino (Brazil)

RB Leipzig (Germany)


There are still other corporations and family groups that own clubs, but this is a subject for a future text.


Is your favorite team an association, a company or does it have another administrative model? Tell us in the comments.


Hugs and see you in the next edition.



Autor: Fábio Muri





The Fédération Internationale de Football Association, commonly known as FIFA, was founded in 1904 in Paris by representatives from seven countries: Belgium, Denmark, France, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. The establishment of FIFA aimed to standardize the rules of the game and coordinate international football competitions, ensuring consistency and order in the rapidly growing sport.


In the early years of its existence, FIFA gained more and more members, attracting new countries from different continents. The organization quickly expanded its activities beyond Europe, leading to a significant increase in its influence and importance in the global world of football.


One of the most important moments in FIFA's history was the organization of the first FIFA World Cup in 1930. The tournament took place in Uruguay, with teams from around the world participating. Since then, the World Cup has been held every four years, becoming an increasingly prestigious and popular event. Each edition attracts the attention of millions of fans, the media, and sponsors, making the tournament one of the largest sporting events in the world.


As FIFA grew in strength, the organization introduced further initiatives aimed at developing football worldwide. One of the key elements of FIFA's activities became training programs for coaches, referees, and sports officials. Thanks to these initiatives, the level of knowledge and skills of those involved in football significantly improved, which contributed to the enhancement of the quality of competitions at all levels.


FIFA also engages in various projects aimed at developing football infrastructure. The organization supports the construction and modernization of stadiums, training centers, and other sports facilities worldwide. With funding and technical support from FIFA, many countries have been able to create modern conditions for playing football, which in turn has contributed to the popularization of the sport in different regions of the world.


With the globalization of football, FIFA continually strives to increase the number of national football associations. The organization actively supports the establishment of new football federations, offering assistance in management, training, and infrastructure development. As a result of these efforts, the number of FIFA members has significantly increased, and football has become one of the most popular sports globally.


FIFA also plays a crucial role in promoting the values of fair play, equality, and social integration through football. 

The organization implements numerous campaigns and educational programs aimed at combating discrimination and promoting gender equality and respect in sport. FIFA collaborates with various international organizations and governments to implement these values and create a more friendly and inclusive football environment.


In the face of the growing popularity of football, FIFA also undertakes actions aimed at fighting corruption and ensuring transparency in its structures and the competitions it organizes. It introduces strict regulations and controls to ensure fairness and integrity in the management of football at all levels.


Thanks to its extensive activities, FIFA has significantly contributed to the development of football worldwide. The organization continually strives to raise standards in the sport, promote social values, and support the global football community. FIFA remains a key player on the international football stage, influencing the development and popularity of football across all continents.


Over more than a century of existence, FIFA has become a symbol of global football, contributing to its development and popularization. Through the organization of the World Cup, the introduction of high standards, and initiatives promoting equality and fair play, FIFA continually works towards uniting people and nations through football.


Thank you in advance for reading my article! If you enjoy this kind of topic or have an idea about what I could write next, feel free to leave your suggestion in the comments. 


Author: Kiero DS




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