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Inverting the Pyramid

Narrated by: Damian Lynch
Length: 18 hrs and 21 mins
Categories: Sport, Football
4.5 out of 5 stars (85 ratings)

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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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Hard for the Modern Football Fan

Great listen, I enjoyed it thoroughly and couldn't get enough. my only fault and that with it, a concern I have is that modern day fans want more about individual teams from this century as well as the story telling and info of the last.

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excellent in depth footballing history book.

this book talks about the tactics that constantly changed to game and the personalities that did it. Excellent book which has been meticulously researched.

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Woeful, Desperate, Bitter

A bitter and desperate swipe at the game that left him behind, an average footballer at best, and an ego that fits a world class player. The only insight into the game this book has to offer, is the insight that TSF is an utter waster.

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