Inverting the Pyramid

Inverting the Pyramid : The History of Football Tactics

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'One of the most revelatory sports books of the year' SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY

'Masterful ... it could be the best thing to have happened to English football in years' TIME OUT

'Gloriously readable, eccentric and informative' METRO


In Inverting the Pyramid, Jonathan Wilson pulls apart the finer details of the world's game, tracing the global history of tactics, from modern pioneers right back to the beginning when chaos reigned. Along the way, he looks at the lives of great players and thinkers who shaped the sport and probes why the English, in particular, have 'proved themselves unwilling to grapple with the abstract'.

This tenth-anniversary edition of a footballing modern classic has been fully updated to include the development of gegenpressing as pioneered by German coaches such as Ralf Rangnick and Jurgen Klopp, and its subsequent influence on the world game. It also analyses the tactical evolution of Pep Guardiola, the increasing alternatives to possession-based football and the changing role of the goalkeeper, as well as investigating the trend of full-backs developing into midfielders and the consequent return of three at the back.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 512 pages
  • 138 x 199 x 33mm | 380g
  • WEIDENFELD & NICOLSON
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1474609295
  • 9781474609296
  • 6,695

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a fascinating analysis of the way the game has evolved tactically from the 1970s until the last season... as a summary of the first 140 years of football tactical history, it is hard to imagine a more readable or thorough effort. * IRISH EXAMINER * This is a masterful piece of research and lives up to the claim to be nothing less than "a history of football tactics"... Facinating * SCOTSMAN -Books of the Year * You will never read a more entertaining or erudite history of tactics * SUNDAY TELEGRAPH-CHRISTMAS BOOKS * A gloriously readable, eccentric and informative trawl through the changing tactical mindsets and formations that have helped shape the beautiful game. * METRO * Absorbing and informative * GUARDIAN ON LINE * 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 1870s to the present day, could be so engrossing and entertaining. * SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY * [A] fascinating history of tactics, a book that is guaranteed to enhance your football watching; your team may still lose, but you'll have a far better idea why they did. * INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY * For a detailed analysis of how a single striker became the norm throughout football, you had better read Jonathan Wilson's excellent new book about tactics. -- Patrick Barclay * SUNDAY TELEGRAPH * Facts and stats, plus anecdotes, interviews and Wilson's deft touch with football-speak, give colour to a subject that can be a little dry and all-too confusing for those watching (and often those picking the side). * CQ * 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 *
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About Jonathan Wilson

Jonathan Wilson's Inverting the Pyramid won the National Sporting Club Book of the Year award, and was shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year award. His other books include Behind the Curtain: Travels in Eastern European Football; Sunderland: A Club Transformed; The Anatomy of England: A History in Ten Matches; Nobody Ever Says Thank You, a critically acclaimed biography of Brian Clough; The Outsider: A History of the Goalkeeper; The Anatomy of Liverpool; Angels with Dirty Faces: The Footballing History of Argentina; and The Anatomy of Manchester United. He writes for the Guardian, Sports Illustrated and World Soccer, and he is the editor of The Blizzard.

Follow him on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/jonawils
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8,097 ratings
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4 38% (3,051)
3 16% (1,281)
2 3% (276)
1 1% (110)
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