Is your desire to win greater than your fear of losing? Then I have a formation you might like to know more about: the 4-3-3 formation as played by the dutch. The dutch weren't the first to use the 4-3-3 formation, but when they adopted the 4-3-3 formation they used it as part of a highly successful flexible attacking system.
A very brief history
The first major development of the 4-3-3 formation was by the Brazilian national team under Moreira in the 1962 world cup. They were using a 4-2-4 formation but Zagallo would drop deep into the midfield thus creating an asymetric 4-3-3. The next major development was by Holland's National Team at the 1974 World Cup under Michels, and then the 1978 World Cup under Happel. It is also worth mentioning the Argentines under Playersotti who used the dutch 4-3-3 to beat Holland in the 1978 World Cup final. Note, this guide ignores the "Total Football" approach Michels used (which developes into the 3-4-3 under Cruijff and Van Gaal). The last phase of development relevant to this guide is the 4-3-3 formations used by the highly successful dutch club teams of the 70s, 80s and 90s.
variations and red-herrings
The are many variations of the 4-3-3; wingers or inside forwards, wingbacks or fullbacks, and the three midfielders staggered in any combination.
This guide isn't just about the positions and particular roles of the players, but a philosophy of how the team moves and operates. This is a guide which focuses on how each player should operate with his/her teammates rather than a set formation. The movement of Zagallo is how the Brazilians came about the 4-3-3 in the first place.
The best way to play the dutch style 4-3-3 depends on each match. You may just find that you eventually develop into the 3-4-3 or the 4-2-3-1 systems. A little bit of history repeating, eh? :) Notable variations
French national team in the 1998 World Cup final again Brazil: Henry and Djorkaeff on the wings, Zidiane as an advance playmaker with Deschamps and Petit as holding midfielders.
Was used again by the French to win Euro 2000. This is also a formation usually used by the Mexican national team