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Inverting the Pyramid
By Jonathan Wilson

Inverting the Pyramid

The History of Football Tactics

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Inverting the Pyramid by Jonathan Wilson

Book Awards

  • Winner of British Sports Book Awards: Best Football Book 2009.
  • Shortlisted for William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2008.

Book Description

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 recent 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, is often brought to task for trying to smuggle the long ball game back into English football (his defence being his need to 'break the lines' of banks of defenders and midfielders). Jonathan Wilson is an erudite and detailed writer, but never loses a sense of the grand narrative sweep, and here he pulls apart the modern game, traces the world history of tactics back from modern pioneers such as Rinus Michels and Valeriy Lobanovskyi, the Swiss origins of Catenaccio and Herbert Chapman, 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'. This is a modern classic of football writing to rank with David Winner's 'Brilliant Orange' and Simon Kuper's 'Football Against the Enemy'.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780752889955
ISBN-10: 0752889958
Format: Hardback
(224mm x 140mm x 36mm)
Pages: 384
Imprint: Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Publish Date: 26-Jun-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Jonathan Wilson

Jonathan Wilson has been the Football Correspondent of the Financial Times, and currently writes for The Independent and Independent on Sunday. Behind the Curtain was his (very well received) first book.

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