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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This is a very good book about the evolution of football and its tactics. 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’.

Oct 29, Clay Kallam rated it really liked it Shelves: There is a logical progression in how the way the game has played with new formations coming into fruition to combat the challenges produced my earlier styles of play. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. Customers who bought this item also bought. As a Scotland gistory, Craig Levein’s recent foray into an – ultimately disparaged – formation left me rather deflated but it’s clear that the final chapter of this book was his inspiration.

footbqll Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Inside the Minds of Football’s Leaders. Please try again later. Deeper than the replay of a missed Baggio penalty. Admittedly, I was initially skeptical about Mr.


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Book review: Inverting the Pyramid – The Scotsman

If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Second, the significance of a country’s socio-cultural mindset on its footballing style e. Within this long tactical evolution the author, Jonathan Wilson, demonstrates a very thorough research down to the smallest incidents on any match played, such as a big match in or when there weren’t even a television coverage. I also enjoyed the recurring themes framing football tactics over the years.

It also analyses different styles in the early British game and the changing mentality of South American football in the s, as well as looking at the birth of the system so prevalent today. Unfortunately it was far from easy reading, and there were hours where I considered just skipping to the latter chapters regarding modern football. We invent new things, come up with new ideas.

View all 5 comments. Trivia About Inverting the Pyr Learn more about Amazon Prime. This fascinating study traces the history of soccer tactics back from such modern pioneers as Rinus Michels, Valeriy Lobanovskyi, Catenaccio, and Herbert Chapman.

Book review: Inverting the Pyramid

Nice to see statistics used to destroy the logic behind the “long ball” style of football of the pramid – speaking as someone who watched Ian Branfoot’s truly woeful Southamtpon team play in this fashion in the first half of this decade! The breadth and depth of research check out the bibliography! Books by Jonathan Wilson.

It must be over A must read for a football viewer to develop a vision for the finer points of the game. Review 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.


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Inverting the Pyramid: The History of Football Tactics

And now a special note of derision for the U. Create An Account Why Join? In most cases his writing gave the impression of someone who knows his subject so well that he has trouble spelling it out to others in a clear and straight-forward manner, leaving me with a vaguely unsatisfied feeling. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Wilson dwells off Scotland’s significant contribution to football, and especially on this small nation’s early reputation for slick, passing football with quick, skilful players, in marked contrast to England’s more pragmatic style. A very enjoyable reading!

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