Soccer fans love to argue about the tactics a manager puts into play, and this fascinating study traces the world history of tactics, from modern pioneers right. The History of Football Tactics In INVERTING THE PYRAMID, Jonathan Wilson pulls apart the finer details of the world’s game, tracing the global history of. In INVERTING THE PYRAMID, Jonathan Wilson pulls apart the finer details of the world’s game, tracing the global history of tactics, from.

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Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Add both to Cart Add both to List. Very complete and easy to read. This must surely go down as one of the most revelatory sports books of the year, as well as one of the best, who would have thought that a book charting the history of football tactics and strategy, from the s to the present day, could be so engrossing and entertaining.

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Want to Read saving…. This book is admirable for its erudition and its focus on the evolution of tactics from the playing fields of nineteenth century public schools to the present. There’s much more to it than that, of course. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. The end of forward thinking: Write a customer review. However, this book raises football to a science and it is unlikely is there has ever been a non-coaching book aimed at a popular audience on this topic.


Without doubt this book is an amazing piece of research and extremely thought-provoking. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. It comes off quite oddly in some places, particularly in references to “Total Soccer” instead of “Total Football.

Showing of reviews. Nice to see statistics used to destroy the logic behind invertijg “long ball” style of football of the ‘s – speaking as someone who watched Ian Branfoot’s truly woeful Southamtpon team play in this fashion in the first half of this decade!

When Brian Clough stormed the First Division from the Foofball with Nottingham Forrest, he dispensed tactics in favor of granting somewhat nebulous responsibilities to each individual player.

Inverting the Pyramid: The History of Football Tactics

Fears that it might resemble the football equivalent of a trainspotters’ guide prove unfounded. The game is still played with a ball and two goals, 22 players on the field, but beyond that and its most basic rules, the tactics generally have the greatest significance.

And how a formation with one less defender may end up being more defensive than a traditional back four i. Firstly, you must love football. Such as how Greece can deservedly won Euroby controling matches without even controling the ball. I wouldn’t say I am a tactics geek but I am interested in knowing a bit more than what the pundits say, mainly because they don’t often say anything very insightful.

Hisory explained the following about the evolution of football tactics: The book also serves as an excellent history of the game; I always feel that Association Football soccer, football, futbol, calcio, etc has been around from time immemorial, forgetting that, as an organized sport with codified rules, and as a professional sport, Baseball is older than soccer.


Inverting the Pyramid: The History of Football Tactics by Jonathan Wilson

There was a problem filtering reviews right now. And even if it was truly a game, then it was never just about scoring goals.

I really enjoyed this book. My appreciation of my actions on field and my love of watching the sport have been greatly enhanced by reading this, what more could you want? tne

Of course, after what he’s done for my team, I’m in favour of having him canonised. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Jonathan Wilson’s book is a tangled but fascinating discussion of the history of what Americans call soccer and the slow developing tactical changes that have altered the way the game is played.

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In this way, the players essentially self-organized into a powerhouse, however short-lived. Amazon Tacitcs Stream millions of songs. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.