What is 4-2-4′?
4-2-4′ meaning a formation that consists of 4 defenders, 2 midfielders and 4 forwards. Made famous by the lighting-quick World Cup champion Brazilians in 1958. The two deep wing backs initiated attacks along the touchlines, transforming the team into 2-4-4.
reference: SoccerCoachingInternational’s Glossary of Soccer Terms