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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If tenable at all in the modern game, I’d love to see more coaches and teams play out this philosophy. The pivotal role of Aboutrika wasn’t highlighted either.

Book review: Inverting the Pyramid

Visit our Help Invertong. Please try again later. Lists with This Book. Broadly speaking, Wilson intelligently documents the evolution of modern football through the changes in formation, from the early, attack-oriented, line-ups — being the pyramid favoured in the s — through total football to today’s vogue for just one dedicated striker.

Wilson assumes that the reader has a fairly detailed historical knowledge of British soccer.

Soccer fans love to argue tthe 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. 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 Rushmore of books on soccer history itself. THIS must surely go down as one of the most revelatory pyraamid books of the year, as well as one of the best.

Oct 05, Brian rated it really liked it. Then the stream of names and numbers is just too much for me. Still, an interesting read. We need to use cookies to do this. 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. Even though the author tends to focus on the characters of the game, he does note many of the externalities that have profoundly influenced it, e.


Brand New, International Softcover Edition, Printed in black and white pages, minor self wear on the cover or pages, Sale restriction may be printed on the book, but Book name, contents, and author are exactly same as Hardcover Edition. I also enjoyed the recurring themes framing football tactics over the years. It is readable, informative and occasionally fun 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.

A monumental achievement when you consider the far-flung number of sources that Wilson had to weave into a seamless narrative. Also jumps back and forth between decades so much that one does not know where in time they are after a footall. For a detailed analysis of how a single striker became the norm throughout football, you had better read Jonathan Wilson’s excellent new book about tactics.

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.

Inverting the Pyramid: The History of Football Tactics by Jonathan Wilson

Author obviously did their research, but it is not an enjoyable read. Author Jonathan Wilson discusses the personalities–players, managers, journalists and even supporters and politicians–as well as the social conditions–colonialism and the Cold War, for example–that have brought the game to life over the years. Lastly, you must love history. The book gives the iinverting explanations of a lot of matches and team set-up, a lot of which gives a whole new angle on the histoyr we thought we knew when we watch them.

In conclusion I enjoyed reading the book but I strongly disagree with many of the things Mr. There is also some wonderful historical detail, particularly around the early 20th century, and English pioneers like Vic Buckingham whose legacy is continued by Pep Guardiola to this day. Nor the reason that many African countries have strong midfielders capable of making vertical runs think Yaya Toure and Michael Essien is because football pitches in Africa are mostly long, narrow, clogged by players, and hugged on its sides by a sewer or garbage dump.


Still the same for teams that could sp Ingerting interesting but still lacked many examples that needed to be highlighted. I really enjoyed this book. Foothall the coaches and teams who used them fo successfully. One would like to think that spectators, if nothing else, will prevent the game from reaching its logical conclusion, in an entirely defensive shell.

Book review: Inverting the Pyramid – The Scotsman

There are a lot of pages — odd — and a lot of text on each page, as well as handy diagrams showing team formations in some of the key matches under discussion, but there is nothing dry about Jonathan Wilson’s book.

Of course, as defensive as that is it isn’t quite aso it’s fair to wonder whether we aren’t still a ways from the End of soccer History. Apr 13, James rated it it was amazing. While he doesn’t privilege it the way I might, he emphasises how influential the English game has been while, at the same time, being among the most retrograde styles.

But I challenge any fan oyramid the game not to be enthralled by the the level of research and how reading this will enhance invegting understanding your understanding of he game. As an Pyramd sports fan of a certain age, I understand football tactics.

One person found this helpful. Read more Read less. The second is that this book is a challenge for non-British readers. Masters of Modern Soccer: