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 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. I certainly think so. Follow him on Twitter at: 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.

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The pyramid of the title was the dominant early formation that grew out of the codification of rules and the more rigorous organization of sides. But, as I found out, to dismiss the story of tactics is to dismiss a fundamental part of the story of soccer. Published September 2nd by Orion first published June 26th Jan 31, Jess rated it it was ok Shelves: My library Help Advanced Book Search. The publisher appears to have recognized that Americans are getting more interested in soccer, and responded by producing an edition that, as far as I can tell, did nothing but search and replace “football” with “soccer,” including in the subtitle.

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

I wasn’t sure about the book being up-to-date there was a first edition then an updating then i contacted Jonathan Wilson on Twitter to be sure I was purchasing the right one I had seen a German version in a bookshop, but I wanted the english one ; He’s been so corteous to answer me; I do find it extremely kind and professional; Having said that, the book is compelling and covers lot of topics.


We need to use cookies to te this. Wilson explained the following about the evolution of football tactics: Far From True by Linwood Barclay. There are just too many people and places to try and put together.

Inverting the Pyramid

A gloriously readable, eccentric and informative trawl through the changing tactical mindsets and formations that have helped shape the beautiful game. This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [Je suis vois book? 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.

Perhaps this history is so difficult because Football is the most global of sports. Visit our Help Pages. As Argentinian football drifted into reclusiveness, writes Wilson, their domestic game flourished. If, like me, you grew up thinking the English is soccer the way God intended it and had been played since time immemorial, this will be a real eye-opener. But pressing is not strictly a tactical innovation, so perhaps it just didn’t fit with the narrative of the book.

I see skill, technique, and energy. There’s a problem loading this menu at the moment. And speaking of America, in the entire book there is not one mention of an American contribution to the game — and justifiably so.

Don’t let the title fool you – this isn’t just a treatise on tactics. See all Product description. British football seemed to lag behind from a vey early stage to the way the game was considered elsewhere.

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But what the book charts is the ebb and flow over time between more offense-oriented sets and more defense-oriented and not just the tactical reasons for the changes but the aesthetic tug of war between those who think the game ought to be beautiful and to flow as it only can when going forward versus those who think the point is to win trophies and artistry be damned.

The last time I played soccer competitively using the word loosely was for my junior high school team, in 8th grade.


A must read for a football viewer to develop a vision for the finer points of the game. From the early times of organized matches in England to the Dynamo Kiew scientific approach and the end of the enganche era of players like Riquelme. Ships from and sold by Bruker Books. Or that the USSR were pioneers in using data analytics to assess players?

When Brian Clough stormed the First Division from the Second with Nottingham Forrest, he dispensed tactics in favor of granting somewhat nebulous responsibilities to each individual player. 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.

Don’t have a Kindle? Along the way, he looks at the lives of great players and thinkers who shaped the sport and probes why Then, would it mean that football imitates life? For the casual fan it might present you with an opportunity to finally fall in love with the beautiful game. Unfortunately it was far from easy reading, and there were hours where I considered just skipping to the latter chapters regarding modern football.

There are many questions whether if tactics are the main factor of success and whether success can be achieved with the other factors in absence of tactics. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? As the Italian society dug deep, defended its nation, and waited for the best opportunity to pounce, these sentiments and feelings were transpired into its football tactics.

A Life in Parts by Bryan Cranston. I had already learnt a lot about history of football through other books but this gave me lot of informations i didn’t know. To some, this would be observed simply as a matter of the football pitch.