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Inverting the Pyramid: The History of Football Tactics By JonathanWilson Inverting the Pyramid The History of Football Tactics Soccer fans love to argue about the tactics a manager puts into play and this fascinating study traces the world history of tactics from modern pioneers right back to the beginning where chaos reig

  • Title: Inverting the Pyramid: The History of Football Tactics
  • Author: JonathanWilson
  • ISBN: 9780752889955
  • Page: 201
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Inverting the Pyramid: The History of Football Tactics By JonathanWilson Soccer fans love to argue about the tactics a manager puts into play, and this fascinating study traces the world history of tactics, from modern pioneers right back to the beginning, where chaos reigned 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 playersSoccer fans love to argue about the tactics a manager puts into play, and this fascinating study traces the world history of tactics, from modern pioneers right back to the beginning, where chaos reigned 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 is a modern classic of soccer writing that followers of the game will dip into again and again.
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    1. James on said:

      One of the best, if not the best, soccer books I have ever read It approaches the history of soccer through a series of tactical innovations in the game If, like me, you grew up thinking the English 4 4 2 is soccer the way God intended it and had been played since time immemorial, this will be a real eye opener The title refers to the fact that, for much of the history of soccer, their has been a trend from purely attacking football 2 3 5 to defensive, possession oriented play e.g 1 4 4 1 or 4 [...]

    2. Santo on said:

      Manchester United captain Rio Ferdinand, evaluating on his team s sound defeat at the hands of FC Barcelona in the 2010 Champions League Final, exclaimed that Bar a had played without a forward, thus making life difficult for the Manchester defense.Indeed, on that glorious evening, Bar a played without a recognizable point man, and yet managed to score 3 goals Not only that, we had two wing defenders Alves and Abidal who spent time in midfield than in defense a center back who frequently made v [...]

    3. Abhinav on said:

      Summary 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 s [...]

    4. Miguel on said:

      This book is admirable for its erudition and its focus on the evolution of tactics from the playing fields of nineteenth century public schools to the present One really must admire a British specialist who digs into the entire global picture of football and comes up with a relatively comprehensible narrative out of what must have been reams of club histories and match reports that probably contain very little of the information the author seeks It is readable, informative and occasionally funny [...]

    5. Mahlon on said:

      A monumental achievement when you consider the far flung number of sources that Wilson had to weave into a seamless narrative I was hoping to learn about tactics to help me improve in Football Manager, the fact that I didn t get that is probably my fault I did learn a lot about the history behind the tactics, which is just as important This book is a smooth blend of both, Inverting the Pyramid traces the evolution of tactics from the late 19th century to the tika taka of Barca Profiling the coa [...]

    6. Ronnie on said:

      I won t pretend that this is an easy book to read even a football fan like myself found it very dry and occasionally difficult to continue reading That said, there is a great deal of fascinating tactical analysis and is clearly written by someone who not only loves the game, but has a clear, and in depth knowledge of the subject.As a Scotland fan, Craig Levein s recent foray into an ultimately disparaged 4 6 0 formation left me rather deflated but it s clear that the final chapter of this book w [...]

    7. Russell George on said:

      Most people understand the false number nine, the winger who needs to tuck in when they don t have possession, or midfielders who sit in front of the back four or three And though meeting someone who actively wants to talk tactics can be a nightmare, in about 100 years time the English football team will find someone who can pass these insights onto players who understand that the team is ultimately stronger than the individual What they probably shouldn t do, though, is give them a copy of this [...]

    8. Tfitoby on said:

      A fascinating look at the evolution of a sport via its visionary tacticians written by a talented sports journalist in a clear and informative manner I can t understand why the conversation surrounding football and the education of everyone who wants to play it from a young age isn t dominated by an understanding of so vital a part of the gameplay My appreciation of my actions on field and my love of watching the sport have been greatly enhanced by reading this, what could you want

    9. Clay Kallam on said:

      As an American sports fan of a certain age, I understand football tactics But as a fan of Euroleague and World Cup soccer, I understand nothing of football tactics that is, until I read Inverting the Pyramid.Jonathan Wilson s book is a tangled but fascinating discussion of the history of what Americans call soccer and the slow developing tactical changes that have altered the way the game is played As one who loves both history and strategy and who needed to upgrade my soccer knowledge for writi [...]

    10. Mikko Karvonen on said:

      Inverting the Pyramid offers a thorough and insightful look into the history of football tactics, specifically from the viewpoint of the development and using of different formations Jonathan Wilson tackles the subject with authority, wide scope although admittedly being Europe and South America centric , and clear and fluent writing, effectively creating a book that s enjoyable read for any football enthusiast.There is one aspect, though, that I found lacking and forced me to drop one star from [...]

    11. Amr Fahmy on said:

      Very interesting but still lacked many examples that needed to be highlighted one of them, which is fundamental to me, is the dilemma of a classic winger or an inside forward I still liked seeing my country Egypt highlighted in the success of the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations as a model of going back to a three man back line however the name of Hassan Shehata, the coach then, was not even mentioned The pivotal role of Aboutrika wasn t highlighted either Still the same for teams that could spring su [...]

    12. Dan on said:

      Firstly, you must love football Secondly, you must love the finer points to football Lastly, you must love history This book details the progression of tactics in football from its infancy to its lucrative modern iteration What this book really describes is how the game itself has changed amongst all the peripheral evolutions such as money, athletes, league and cup structures The game is still played with a ball and two goals, 22 players on the field, but beyond that and its most basic rules, th [...]

    13. Mohamed El-Dhshan on said:

      I really enjoyed reading this book, as a football fan i know that football isn t about tactics only and there s other aspects of the game but still the tactics important in the long term.i think this is the best book about the evolution of football tactics, if you re interested to know how we have our modern football model now, I recommend this book to you.

    14. Kundan on said:

      A must read for a football viewer to develop a vision for the finer points of the game Whatever league you would be watching, getting to know how football developed in that nation and how fledglin clubs developed ushered an era of galacticos, is something that sets the book apart The takeaway for me in this book is the belief that it s the team s manager coach who is the scriptwriter and director and the players are the playmakers who interpret his script on the field.

    15. Jess on said:

      FINISHED AT LAST.I will not lie, a lot of this was over my head and it wasn t exactly what I was hoping for But I finished.

    16. Spiros on said:

      The last time I played soccer competitively using the word loosely was for my junior high school team, in 8th grade Being very slow, and relatively tall, I played left fullback, across from our best player, Ralf Venne, the right fullback When I was fortunate enough to dispossess an opponent I would quickly pass the ball forward to the outside half, the slightly less hapless than I Kevin Ellsberry, or the left middle half back I can t remeber if that was Brian Kehoe or John Corr I knew, given my [...]

    17. Ramnath Vaidyanathan on said:

      Quite simply, the finest book written on football Don t let the title fool you this isn t just a treatise on tactics Jonathan Wilson uses tactics as a parameter to depict the evolution of the beautiful game, from the ultra attacking 2 3 5 in its infancy, to the basic flat four defensive lineups we are so used to today There are two things that really struck me about the book one, the number of countries and clubs that have had a major influence on how the game evolved extend far beyond the usual [...]

    18. Robert on said:

      Wow I think that page count is wrong It must be over 600 Seemed like This could be the most obscure thing I ve finished reading The history is pretty interesting for about half the book Then the stream of names and numbers is just too much for me Perhaps this history is so difficult because Football is the most global of sports There are just too many people and places to try and put together I suspect a book of this length could be written on any one of the countries or major clubs discussed I [...]

    19. Scott on said:

      I hesitate to mark down a book because it wasn t what I wanted, but this book grabbed me in the first 15% and the last 15% where it really delved nicely into the tactical strategies In between it was much a biography of coaches, seemingly concerned with personalities instead of tactics I was hoping for textbook and less anecdotes.

    20. Saajid on said:

      I have to begin by saying that I m not one of those often FM addicted football fans obsessed with tactics and statistics However, I am very interested in football history and this book does a great job of telling it right from its beginning to the time of writing through the changes in formations and footballing ideologies, and it s truly fascinating.

    21. Maycon Dimas on said:

      For those who enjoy ahem football tactis this book is a bible It does cover its history thoroughly and shed a light on how, for example, the magnificent Bar a of Guardiola s came to be But if you re just a fan of the sport this book will sound like nothing than a collection of hyphenised numbers and assorted names that in the end make the reading understandably disruptive.

    22. Ipswichblade on said:

      After a few recent fairly poor books on football, this has been a delight to read A really well researched book on tactics and why and how they were introduced It also focuses on the managers and coaches who invented and used the tactics It doesn t get bogged down in too much technical info which makes for a great read

    23. Ben on said:

      Jonathan Wilson s encyclopedic narrative explores the evolution of on field soccer tactical strategies, commonly just referred to as tactics throughout the history of the game Mr Wilson s masterfully detailed and well organized account offers the most compelling case for the importance of tactics that any fan could ever hope to read At times it can be dry, but I imagine it is the seminal popular history of soccer tactics, as well as a worthy face on the Mount Rush of books on soccer history itse [...]

    24. Edwin Setiadi on said:

      A very smart book, on a passionately entertaining subjectThis is the fascinating long history of the Great Game, from the tactical perspectives and the philosophies that come with them.The book began right from where it all started the meeting organised by H.C Malden of Godalming, Surrey, in his Cambridge rooms in 1848, which summons university representatives of Harrow, Eaton, Shrewsbury, Winchester, Rugby, and 2 non public schoolboys, to create the first unified Laws of the Game, the Cambridge [...]

    25. Matthijs Snepvangers on said:

      Jonathan Wilson is op dit moment een van de beste voetbalschrijvers ter wereld Van zijn hand kwamen al klassiekers als Angels With Dirty Faces geschiedenis van het Argentijnse voetbal en Nobody Ever Says Thank You biografie over Brian Clough In een van zijn eerste werken bespreekt hij de historie van de voetbaltactiek Een verhaal waarbij je denkt aan saaie, droge kost Niet bij Wilson, de Brit heeft er een makkelijk te lezen verhaal van gemaakt.Het boek gaat niet uitgebreid in op Pep achtige tact [...]

    26. Ebenezer Lancerio on said:

      The in depth book analyzes the evolution of football within the last 150 years and offers snippets of revolutionary changes for clubs and countries alike Wilson bounces back and forth between the both, and describes how each era of domination on behalf of Holland, Germany, Argentina, and Spain are in part due to the club domination within that country The book also weaves culture and the evolution of the game seamlessly For example, I found the perspective of football managing under the construc [...]

    27. Nick on said:

      Beyond essential for any football fan.Inverting the Pyramid markets itself as the history of football tactics, and on the surface that s just what it is and it does a fabulous job of recounting that history Yet there is a line in the opening few pages that explains why it reaches beyond that with such ease while Wilson recounts a conversation that takes place at a dinner party, he explains how, when one man a Brit, naturally declares boldly that tactics are largely irrelevant as long as you have [...]

    28. Gene de Gourville on said:

      I wanted to read this book for a while but once I finally got to it I was a bit disappointed That isn t to say that this isn t a good book or that I would not recommend it to someone, but I personally had a tough time getting through it I am a big fan of the sport of soccer and have been for my entire life but I found most of this book to be tedious and a dry read Once the book progressed to the 70 s through present I found it fluid, but that may of course be because the subject matter focused [...]

    29. Fred on said:

      This book is exhaustive and exhausting Jonathan Wilson tells the story of the evolution of soccer tactics across 150 years In short he wants to show that coaches inverted the pyramid from a 2 3 5 full of attacking players sending the ball down field to the W M, to a 4 3 3, then 4 4 2, then 3 5 2 3 5 1, which when dropping into defense became a default 5 3 2, inverting the pyramid At times the book sparkles telling anecdotes of rouge visionaries who dreamed of increasing width, keeping possession [...]

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