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Inverting The Pyramid: The History of Soccer Tactics Paperback – November 5, 2013

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There are books about soccer teams and soccer men, soccer nations, the culture of soccer, the business of
soccer, and fans of the game. But rarest of all are really cracking books that explore the way the game is played. (And,
no, we’re not talking about manuals that show you how to kick the ball.) Wilson, a respected journalist with a
half-dozen books to his name, has produced a landmark work that explains what happens on the field and why. Beginning
with the earliest days of soccer, he charts first the adoption of rules, then tactics, and the evolution of tactics,
with profiles and mentions of the geniuses (Viktor Maslov) and dunderheads (Wing Commander Charles Reep) who stamped
their marks on the game. National character plays a role, of course, with chapters devoted to the blood-and-thunder
English (“The English Pragmatism”), the defensive-minded Italians (“Catenaccio”), and the share-and-share-alike Dutch
(“Total Football”). While a remarkable work of sports scholarship, this isn’t for casual fans, and those who don’t know
their 4-4-2 from their 4-2-3-1 will definitely require a less challenging book. --Keir Graff

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About the Author

Jonathan Wilson is the author of seven books. Inverting the Pyramid was named NSC Football Book of the Year in 2009 and
won the Premio Antonio Ghirelli prize as Italian soccer book of the year in 2013. His books Behind the Curtain: Travels
in Eastern European Football; The Anatomy of England; and The Outsider: A History of the Goalkeeper were shortlisted for
the NSC award in 2007, 2011, and 2013. Wilson is the founder and editor of the soccer quarterly The Blizzard, writes for
the Guardian,, the National, FoxSoccer, and Sports Illustrated, and is a columnist for World Soccer. He was voted
Football Writer of the Year by the Football Supporters Federation in 2012.

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