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. The History of Football Tactics In INVERTING THE PYRAMID, Jonathan Wilson pulls apart the finer details of the world’s game, tracing the global history of. In INVERTING THE PYRAMID, Jonathan Wilson pulls apart the finer details of the world’s game, tracing the global history of tactics, from.

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As one who loves both history and strategy — and who needed to upgrade my soccer knowledge for writing purposes — I loved “The Inverted Pyramid” and I recommend it highly to anyone who wants to understand the game better, and to enjoy it more. Jonathan Wilson tackles the subject with authority, wide scope although admittedly being Europe and South America centricand clear and fluent writing, effectively creating a book that’s enjoyable read for any football enthusiast.

A fascinating look at the teh of a sport via its visionary invertinf written by a talented sports journalist in a clear and informative manner.

David Winner’s Brilliant Orange was a good companion of mine during my short stay in Holland, as I try to understand Dutch culture through its football tactics.

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The book began right from where it all started: It is, however, refreshing to read a book that makes no concessions to this country’s inflated sporting ego, and puts the focus where it rightly belongs: Keep me logged in on this computer. User Review – Flag as inappropriate An essential book for any Football fan. It was ameaning: 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’.

An interesting theory advanced by Wilson concerns the anti-intellectualism of British football. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics.

See all 3 questions about Inverting the Pyramid…. Representations of “the Jew” in English and American Literature. Whereas other chapters developed the story of a single innovator or the situation in a single country, this one just rushed through a myriad of modern formations and discusses sweeping issues such as the disappearance of the playmaker.


For instance, the style of play of a football team is apparently largely influenced by the contemporary political system and economic condition, like in Italy and Spain in s and Argentina in s when they were under military dictatorship they played a tough, muscular, and pragmatic football.

The author is extremely knowledgeable in tracing the salient developments in football with the most significant developments being shown to have taken place outside the football mainstream. This book is very much a part of a new generation of writing about football with the analysis and insight being extremely fascinating.

The last time I played soccer competitively using the word loosely was for my junior high school team, in 8th grade. Eighty years ago this week, England lost for the first time to continental opposition.

Unlimited One-Day Delivery and more. The game is still played with a ball and two goals, 22 players on the footbalo, but beyond that and its most basic rules, the tactics generally have the greatest significance. Please try again later. Why Sergio Busquet was the most vital player in Guardiola’s Barcelona.

Between Sisters by Cathy Kelly. My appreciation of my actions on field and my love of watching the sport have been greatly enhanced by reading this, what more could you want? Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Start reading Inverting the Pyramid: I ov enjoyed this book. Then the stream of names and numbers is just too much for me.

Forza Futbol Episode A masterful work, It’s all deliciously nerdy – a cross between a coaching manual and a social history – and if its publication helps foster a flowering of interest in the tactical and analytical side of the game in this country, it could be the best thing to have happened to English football in years.

But mortality has never been the hurdle to progress. Such as how Greece can deservedly won Euroby controling footbqll without even controling the ball.

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This is by no means a dry and academic book and whilst sometimes being complex, I felt really opened a window on how football is played to make the sport seem like a science. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. The coaches are allowed to speak through their own words and players are also quoted in explaining the logic behind the formations which does assist in making things a bit clearer. The book gives the technical explanations of a lot of matches and team set-up, a lot of which gives a whole new angle on the matches we thought we knew when we watch them.

I just would have liked tactisc read more on the subject, as Wilson obviously had more to say. Quite simply put, you cannot afford not to read this if you love the game in any shape or form.

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This could be the most obscure thing I’ve finished reading. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty.

Football is about the bigger picture. Malden of Godalming, Surrey, in his Cambridge rooms inwhich 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 Rules. The Italian catenaccio evolved during a period of lacking confidence, an Italian society that had lived through invasions after another. View all 5 comments. Tips and Tactics from the Ultimate Insider. Or that time Louis Van Gaal dropped his troussers in Bayern Munich’s dressing room, to literally show that he “has the balls” to drop star names.

In conclusion I enjoyed reading the book but I strongly disagree with many of the things Mr. Customers who bought this item also bought. Wilson refers to as “the mob game,” which “essentially involved two teams each trying to force a roughly spherical object to a target at opposite ends of a notional pitch.