The likes of Puskas and Hidegkuti thrived in a 2-1-2-3-2 formation, which can be best described as a 5-3-2 in the modern game. Guardiola would probably drool at the possibilities of passing triangles.
A 4-3-3? Maybe. This is just an attempt to nail these 11 players down on paper. On the pitch however, this team played high up in the opposition half, pressed like a Jurgen Klopp side and changed positions seamlessly. What was later called ‘Total Football’ influenced many a manager over the years
Technically a 4-2-2-2, but the Brazilian players of that era would probably tell...