Whilst Pele is renowned for his over-optimistic predictions, such as his statement that an African team would win the World Cup by 2010, he may have one prediction right: where he envisaged a time where a team would no longer play an outright central striker. Spain's adoption of a 4-6-0 hybrid formation may suggest that this time Pele's words were more than mere hyperbole. The Euros in Poland and Ukraine this summer have been on the whole a success with a wide variety of formations and tactics being adopted. However, unlike in the past where 4-4-2 was the mainstay formation that teams would adopt this tournament has highlighted the shift to more interchangeable systems such as 4-2-3-1, 4-3-3 and 4-5-1. The reason for this seems clear: to allow teams to keep the ball better and to protect the goal when the opposition has the ball. This growing trend has also been observed in the Premier League where few teams now play two outright striker, preferring forwards or wide men who tuck in when possession is lost, as otherwise the best teams such as the Spain's, Barcelona's or even Manchester Cities will punish you. But will these keeping-it-tight more cautious formations reduce the spectacle of football and lead to much lower scoring games? Certainly there have been fewer one sided high scoring games this tournament, however both the top scoring teams in these Euros (Germany and Spain) have played with one or even no strikers would suggest otherwise. But if we take out the Spanish win against the Republic of Ireland (where Spain deployed Torres as a striker - who scored two goals) away we see that they have only managed four goals in five matches without a central striker. Teams such as Croatia, Greece, Sweden and even England have certainly got higher goals per games ratio but nevertheless have much higher rates of goals conceded, although it is hard to compare mediocre European sides with possible champions. Italy were the only team to make the last four who could be claimed to play two outright strikers, however one of them usually plays deeper or out wide, yet the outright striker was what caused the German defence all sorts of problems as Balotelli rifled and headed in two superb goals, whereas the Germans struggled to get in behind a dogged defence and their wide forwards such as Podolski and Kroos looked uncomfortable in their wider and less central attacking roles, as they did all tournament. However, football is constantly evolving, as are tactics and training regimes, you only have to look at the 3-2-5 formation that England adopted against Hungary in their shock 6-3 defeat in 1953. So will the central striker become an outdated position just like the halfback or inside forward?