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Inverting the Pyramid: A History of Football Tactics (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 28. Mai 2009

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This tome delivers a top-class, thorough, and, most importantly, engaging discussion of football tactics. Boring topic, great cover, revelatory book. Buy it. MAXIM an outstanding work, cerebral and fully engaging...the football book of the decade SUNDAY BUSINESS POST the perfect book for an serious follower of football who wants to be enlightened, educated and entertained GOOD BOOK GUIDE


Whether it's Terry Venables keeping his wife up late at night with diagrams on scraps of paper spread over the eiderdown, or the classic TV sitcom of moving the salt & pepper around the table top in the transport cafe, football tactics are now part of the fabric of everyday life. Steve McLaren's switch to an untried 3-5-2 against Croatia will probably go down as the moment he lost his slim credibility gained from dropping David Beckham; Jose Mourinho, meanwhile, was often brought to task for trying to smuggle the long ball game back into English football. Here Jonathan Wilson pulls apart the modern game, traces the world history of tactics from modern pioneers right back to beginning where chaos reigned. Along the way he looks at the lives of great players and thinkers who shaped the game, and probes why the English, in particular, have 'proved themselves unwilling to grapple with the abstract'.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen A History of Soccer Tactics 16. September 2014
Von David Lindsay - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
"Inverting the Pyramid: The History of Football Tactics" was written by British sports journalist Jonathan Wilson. Wilson charts the history of football tactics from the 1870s to the present day. Over time teams became more cautious and defensive as winning took priority.The book is an entertaining account of the evolution of football tactics around the world. It starts with the original 1-2-7 line-up favoured by England in 1872. By 1884, England was using a 2-3-5 formation. Over time teams added defenders and used fewer forwards. The initial pyramid formations (2-3-5) ended with being inverted (4-4-2) as time moved on.

Wilson discusses many of the great sides and the tactical innovations they introduced. Wilson starts in Britain in the 19th century. Scotland had an early reputation for slick, passing football with quick, skillful players, in marked contrast to England's more direct and pragmatic style. The English considered `passing' to be unmanly.

The game grew as British expats took the game to South America and continental Europe. Wilson describes how the game developed in different parts of the world. Wilson analyzes the boring, anti-football pf the Italian teams of the 1960s. The exciting Brazilian teams of the 1950s and 1960s. The "Total Football" of the Dutch in the 1970s. He does not spend much time discussing German football, which is a pity.

Wilson describes the sometimes eccentric coaches who built successful teams. Arsenal manager Herbert Chapman introduced the W-M system (3-2-2-3) in the 1920s. This system was used in England until the 1960s. Chapman is also credited with introducing the numbers on player's shirts. Gustav Sebes, who pioneered the 4-2-4 formation, was the coach of the fabulous Hungarian team of the 1950's. His ideas were taken to Brazil by his protégé Bela Guttman. The 4-2-4 formation was popular until 1966, when England won the World Cup playing 4-1-3-2.

The book discusses the innovations of Scotsmen Bill Shankly (Liverpool) and Matt Busby (Manchester United) who changed the face of the English game in the 1960s. He also writes about Valeriy Lobanovsky (Dynamo Kiev), Arrigo Sacchi (AC Milan), Helenio Herrera (Inter), Rinus Michels (Ajax) and many others. The author debunks the theories of Charles Reep and Charles Hughes, and their pseudo-scientific justification of direct football. Hughes claimed the Dutch and Brazilians were playing football the wrong way.

Today, 4-2-3-1, 4-3-2-1, and 4-3-3 are popular formations in the English Premier League. Many professional teams are flexible enough to change their formation during games. Inverting the Pyramid is an enjoyable and engrossing read. I would recommended it to anyone interested in understanding the tactical history of the game.
4.0 von 5 Sternen Soccer strategy and tactics revealed 6. Mai 2013
Von Clay Kallam - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
As an American sports fan of a certain age, I understand football tactics. But as a fan of Euroleague and World Cup soccer, I understand nothing of "football" tactics -- that is, until I read "Inverting the Pyramid".

Jonathan Wilson's book is a tangled but fascinating discussion of the history of what Americans call soccer and the slow developing tactical changes that have altered the way the game is played. As one who loves both history and strategy -- and who needed to upgrade my soccer knowledge for writing purposes -- I loved "The Inverted Pyramid" and I recommend it highly to anyone who wants to understand the game better, and to enjoy it more.

That said, Wilson's narrative veers between chronological and tactical, and sometimes loses the thread of the historical timeline to chase down a change in formation. For one not totally versed in the lore of football, it can get a bit confusing, as do the references to British (and other) football heroes that are at best only a rumor to American readers.

And speaking of America, in the entire book there is not one mention of an American contribution to the game -- and justifiably so. The MSL, the U.S. pro soccer league, is second-rate, and tactically, coaches here have always been behind the curve, at least until lately. It is, however, refreshing to read a book that makes no concessions to this country's inflated sporting ego, and puts the focus where it rightly belongs: On the soccer powers of the rest of the world, and how they got to where they are.

All in all, "Inverting the Pyramid" is an almost perfect book for the audience at which it's aimed (which doesn't happen as often as one might think), and those who are interested in the real football, history and tactics are in for a fascinating read.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Tactics, tactics, who needs tactics? Everyone 6. Juli 2016
Von Danny - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
I'm still currently reading the book, but I can say, this is a must have for football fans. Gives great insight into formations, tactics, and just overall information about the game. If you're a football fan, do yourself a favor and pick this up, you won't be disappointed, unless your name is Gerrard and you slipped.
4.0 von 5 Sternen Exactly as it is Titled 13. Januar 2013
Von Usvaldo de Leon, Jr. - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This is, exactly as titled, a history of football tactics, from the unorganized scrum of the mid 19th century through the 'pyramid' days of 2-3-5, to the myriad formations of today. I do not know enough about the history of soccer tactics to speak directly to the accuracy of the history given, but it feels authoritative. It starts in England, switches to Scotland, transfers to Central Europe, on to South America with special attention paid to Brazil, then back to Italy, etc. This focus on how the game spread around the globe and how regional differences were introduced that then went on to have international implications and influences.

The book, written by an Englishman, is Anglocentric, but England birthed the country and with the growth of the BPL is sort of the epicenter of the soccer world. All in all a very worthwhile read for anyone interested in learning the history of how soccer is played.
5.0 von 5 Sternen For the Technical and Football Mad 19. Juli 2014
Von Matthew A. Tumminia - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
Technical and in-depth look at the evolution of football tactics and the game which started in Scotland, moved to Austria, South America and back to Europe. Incredible amounts of history described without being boring and the reasons why things are constantly changing. From the Hungarians to the origins of "catenaccio", Wilson talks about teams and countries that have helped mold the game into what it is today. Gives lots of mentions of some of the older coaches who had major influences on the game like Guttman, Sacchi and Lobansky. Great read.
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