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Inverting the Pyramid

Narrated by: Damian Lynch
Length: 18 hrs and 21 mins
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Summary

Tenth Anniversary Edition - now fully updated.

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 10th 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 Jürgen 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.

Read by Damian Lynch.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2018 Jonathan Wilson (P)2018 Orion Publishing Group

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pen and pad

Probably need a pen amd pad to listen to this, so many names and dates made it all a bit difficult to keep on track. should of read this one maybe

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Absolutely Spectacular

After hearing Jonathan Wilson on the brilliant Tifo Podcast, I decided to listen to the book, and oh boy I wasn't disappointed. Between hearing the tales of how the English and Scottish Game diverged, to how the coffee house culture of Hungary and central Europe came to dominate the game of the 1920's and 30's, and how they shocked England into recognising that they were no longer the best footballing side in the world with a 6-3 defeat to Hungary. But my favourite bit of the book was the chapters centered around Russian Football. Massilov (excuse my horrific spelling) and Lobanovskyi's stories were incredibly interesting. Looking forward to reading more of Wilson's work.

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history of football through the lens of formations

stunning audiobook about formations and history in football. uses changes in back 3 and front 5 to show how history and priority changed the game.

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A Beautiful Book

This is beautifully written history of football tactics. Self indulgent in all the best ways. I loved it.

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Excellent insights into the evolution of football!

Excellent details into tactics from the begining of English football to the dominance of Barcelonas Tic-a-tac style. I honestly think any football coach or fan with an interest in the tactical side of football, must read/listen to this book. Not always knowing the players was different when learning about Austrian, Danish or other forgotten teams, but it was worth listening to the end.

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Great book but...

It’s a delightful insight to the history of modern tactics however - as it is a book on football tactics you don’t have the joy of any diagrams (apart from the visualisation in your head - which could be wrong) I also feel there was too much time spent on the historical elements leaving me sometimes detached by the mention of unrecognisable names

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Excellent

Excellent history of the tactical side of the game, updated recently to include Pep and also Gegen pressing. Well worth a listen.

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More of a history of football than tactics.

Only a small part goes into details on tactics. It’s more about important teams throughout history and the system they played.

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great read if you love football

I loved it. Insightful and engaging, even of periods and teams I already knew something about.

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Brilliantly Insightful

Awesome and faultless. Only knocked down on rating due to my own personal opinion regarding not enough modern day tactics; Diego Simeone's Atleti of '17, Redknapp's Spurs of '08, etc. This, however, is due to my age and me wanting more of modern football.