Inverting the Pyramid : The History of Football Tactics
Whether it's Terry Venables keeping his wife up late at night with diagrams on scraps of paper spread over the eiderdown, or the classic TV sitcom of moving the salt & pepper around the table top in the transport cafe, football tactics are now part of the fabric of everyday life. Steve McLaren's switch to an untried 3-5-2 against Croatia will probably go down as the moment he lost his slim credibility gained from dropping David Beckham; Jose Mourinho, meanwhile, was often brought to task for trying to smuggle the long ball game back into English football. Here Jonathan Wilson pulls apart the modern game, traces the world history of tactics from modern pioneers right back to beginning where chaos reigned. Along the way he looks at the lives of great players and thinkers who shaped the game, and probes why the English, in particular, have 'proved themselves unwilling to grapple with the abstract'.
- Paperback | 384 pages
- 130 x 196 x 23mm | 310g
- 04 Aug 2009
- Orion Publishing Co
- Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
- London, United Kingdom
A masterful work, It's all deliciously nerdy - a cross between a coaching manual and a social history - and if its publication helps foster a flowering of interest in the tactical and analytical side of the game in this country, it could be the best thing to have happened to English football in years. TIME OUT - book of the week
This tome delivers a top-class, thorough, and, most importantly, engaging discussion of football tactics. Boring topic, great cover, revelatory book. Buy it. MAXIM an outstanding work, cerebral and fully engaging...the football book of the decade SUNDAY BUSINESS POST the perfect book for an serious follower of football who wants to be enlightened, educated and entertained GOOD BOOK GUIDE
About Jonathan Wilson
Jonathan Wilson has been the Football Correspondent of the FINANCIAL TIMES, and currently writes for THE INDEPENDENTand INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY. BEHIND THE CURTAIN was his (very well received) first book.