Inverting the Pyramid

Inverting the Pyramid

A History of Football Tactics

Book - 2009
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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'.

Publisher: London : Orion, 2009
ISBN: 9781409102045
Branch Call Number: 796.3342 Wi
Description: 374 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 20 cm


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Apr 14, 2013

If you are a "student of the game" of futbol (soccer, if you must) this is a fascinating history of it from its inception until 2008. Not only are most classic eras in futbol covered and the tactics used during them explained but most great teams and some great players are profiled. The point of view is primarily that of the inventive managers of each time. I was afraid it would be very dry, but somehow there's enough human stories to that my brain didn't ache over the 4-2-4 versus the 4-4-2. I never knew of the link between Hungarian and Argentinian football or of the importance of Dinamo Kiev. Still, this book could be a bore if you don't have the bug.


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