Inverting the Pyramid: The History of Football Tactics

Jonathan Wilson

Format: Paperback / softback

Publisher: Orion Publishing Co

Published: 28-06-2018


Jonathan Wilson’s modern classic on football tactics, now fully updated for its tenth-anniversary edition’Masterful … it could be the best thing to have happened to English football in years’ TIME OUT

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‘One of the most revelatory sports books of the year’ SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY’Masterful … it could be the best thing to have happened to English football in years’ TIME OUT’Gloriously readable, eccentric and informative’ METROIn 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.

Additional information

Weight 0.38 kg
Dimensions 33 × 138 × 199 mm
Page Count 512