About this formation
Sweeper Keeper: In addition to being a good shot-stopper, the goalkeeper must be capable of reading the game, and quick to come off his goal-line; he must also have good dribbling ability and distribution.
Wing Backs: They must be offensive wing backs, not merely defensive minded full Backs. The use of quick, hard-working attacking wing backs is one of the most important aspects of Zeman's tactics and formation, as they often overlap with the wingers to provide crosses into the box, whilst also returning to defend.
Center Backs: Complete and strong, with good heading ability, marking, tackling, jumping, pace, positioning and acceleration.
Central Midfielders: The center midfielder in Zeman's system is a complete player who is a hybrid of a defensive midfielder, a box-to-box midfielder, and a deep-lying playmaker. The centre-midfielder, therefore, must be effective defensively, but he must also be equally capable of creating plays and making offensive runs into the area. He must be a quick, hardworking, physically fit, and strong player, as well as being creative, and a good long passer and tackler. The left & right centre midfielders must also be hard-working and well rounded box-to-box players, with good technique, offensive capabilities, and passing ability.
Wing Forward: Zeman's formation makes a fundamental use of hard-working wingers with pace, stamina, and good creative and technical ability. Instead of hugging the touchline like traditional wingers, however, in his system, they are set to move into channels, often functioning as inverted wingers or outside forwards. Although they are given more tactical freedom than most players in his formation, they must also be capable of scoring as well as making the right attacking movements.
Central Forward: The striker must be a complete and intelligent team player, who is quick, strong, and an accurate finisher with both feet and head. The centre-forward must also have reliable technique and a good positional sense, as well as the ability to hold up the ball for team-mates when playing with his back to goal, in order to lay off the ball to players making attacking runs.
Тренер: Здењек Земан