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Inverting the Pyramid: The History of Football Tactics

Jonathan Wilson

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From the publisher:

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.

The author:

Jonathan Wilson's Inverting the Pyramid won the National Sporting Club Book of the Year award, and was shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year award. His other books include Behind the Curtain: Travels in Eastern European FootballSunderland: A Club TransformedThe Anatomy of England: A History in Ten MatchesNobody Ever Says Thank You, a critically acclaimed biography of Brian Clough; The Outsider: A History of the GoalkeeperThe Anatomy of LiverpoolAngels with Dirty Faces: The Footballing History of Argentina; and The Anatomy of Manchester United. He writes for the GuardianSports Illustrated and World Soccer, and he is the editor of The Blizzard.


Weidenfeld & Nicolson
20 x 13 cm
512 pages
June 2018