Inverting the Pyramid

Inverting the Pyramid

A History of Football Tactics

Book - 2008
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For soccer fans, following, discussing, and arguing about the tactics a manager puts into play are part of what makes the sport so appealing. This fascinating study traces the history of soccer tactics back from such modern pioneers as Rinus Michels, Valeriy Lobanovskyi, Catenaccio, and Herbert Chapman. Along the way, author Jonathan Wilson, an erudite and detailed writer who never loses a sense of the grand narrative sweep, takes a look at the lives of the great players and thinkers who shaped the game, and discovers why the English in particular have proved themselves so unwilling to grapple with the abstract”. This will be a modern classic of soccer writing that followers of the game will dip into again and again.

Publisher: London : Orion, 2008
Description: 374 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 23 cm
ISBN: 9780752889955
Branch Call Number: 796.3342 Wil


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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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