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Rare formation: New Pirates coach’s favourite playing system

The new Pirates' head coach's preferred configuration is a somewhat unusual one. 

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Jose Riveiro is part of Orlando Pirates' brand-new technical staff. Illustration by @OrlandoPirates / Twitter 

We've noticed that the new Orlando Pirates coach, Jose Riveiro, has a certain predilection when it comes to the formations his teams use. 


It was widely assumed that the Sea Robbers would choose someone like Benni McCarthy or Gavin Hunt as their new head coach, thus the news that they had hired a Spaniard came as a complete shock when it was revealed on 25 June by The South African website. 

The 44-year-old will bring with him Sergio Almenara and Miguel Bellver Esteve as his physical trainer, the club has confirmed. 

The RIVEIRO Method of Playing 

After doing some digging, we were able to learn the preferred field configuration of the new Bucs coach. 

While most coaches will say their system is based on their roster, there is still room for individual coaching styles. 

According to data compiled by Transfermkt, Riveiro's preferred formation during his three years as coach of Finnish club FC Inter Turku was the unconventional 3-4-2-1. 

The 3-4-2-1 formation, as described by Soccer Training Guide, consists of three defenders, four midfielders, two forwards, and one striker. 

It's safe to assume the Pirates possess enough technically adept and ambitious players to carry out the outlined plan. Training Manual for Soccer: Picture 

It is recommended that wingers be used in this formation so that they can protect the flanks and assist the strikers/forwards when going on the attack. 

However, the formation's defensive weakness stems from the fact that it only features three players in the back line. 

Another drawback of this formation is the increased defensive responsibility placed on the midfielders. 

You'll need "excellent stamina and conditioning" and "a lot of energy" to play midfield, the explanation said.


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