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Inverting the Pyramid: The History of Football Tactics

Jonathan Wilson

3 Reviews

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Prose: non-fiction, Football (Soccer, Association football)

Jonathan Wilson's modern classic on football tactics, now fully updated for its tenth-anniversary edition

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

'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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Praise for Inverting the Pyramid: The History of Football Tactics

  • [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

  • 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 masterful work; it could be the best thing to have happened to English football in years - TIME OUT

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Jonathan Wilson

Jonathan Wilson is the Football Correspondent of the Financial Times and author of the critically acclaimed 'Behind the Curtain: Football in Eastern Europe'. He is also writing a history of football tactics.

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