Inverting The Pyramid: The History of Soccer Tactics

Inverting The Pyramid: The History of Soccer Tactics

JonathanWilson / Sep 15, 2019

Inverting The Pyramid The History of Soccer Tactics Soccer fans love to argue about the tactics a coach puts into play sometimes years later they wake in the middle of the night and curse a decision Arsene Wenger or Alex Ferguson made in and this

  • Title: Inverting The Pyramid: The History of Soccer Tactics
  • Author: JonathanWilson
  • ISBN: 9781568587387
  • Page: 252
  • Format: Paperback
  • Soccer fans love to argue about the tactics a coach puts into play sometimes years later, they wake in the middle of the night and curse a decision Arsene Wenger or Alex Ferguson made in 2000 and this pioneering study traces the world history of tactics, from modern pioneers such as Johan Cruyff, Arrigo Sacchi right back to the beginning, where tactical chaos reignedSoccer fans love to argue about the tactics a coach puts into play sometimes years later, they wake in the middle of the night and curse a decision Arsene Wenger or Alex Ferguson made in 2000 and this pioneering study traces the world history of tactics, from modern pioneers such as Johan Cruyff, Arrigo Sacchi right back to the beginning, where tactical chaos reigned Along the way, author Jonathan Wilson, an erudite and elegant writer who never loses a sense of the grand narrative sweep, explores the lives of the great players and thinkers who shaped the game.This brilliant work of historical detective work explains the tactical development and innovations of soccer and how geography, history, culture and politics also affected the game s development Wilson shows how tactics spread around the world How the South Americans shrugged off the colonial order to add their own finesse to the game How the Europeans harnessed individual technique and built it into a team structure How the game once featured five strikers up front now a lone striker is not uncommon How and why it was the Scots who introduced passing into the game Why did the Scottish introduce passing into the game And in this new edition the first for the North American market Wilson will provide a definitive understanding of the tactical genius of Barcelona, arguably the greatest team ever, whose innovations on the field hard pressing, the inter movement of players, a focus on the retention of possession with close passing, and a team composed of players who grew up together, in their case through the academy at La Masia, have made it the team both to beat and emulate.

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        Jonathan Wilson is a British sports journalist and author who writes for a number of publications including the Guardian, the Independent and Sports Illustrated He also appears on the Guardian football podcast, Football Weekly.


    1. One of the best, if not *the* best, soccer books I have ever read. It approaches the history of soccer through a series of tactical innovations in the game. If, like me, you grew up thinking the English 4-4-2 is soccer the way God intended it and had been played since time immemorial, this will be a real eye-opener. The title refers to the fact that, for much of the history of soccer, their has been a trend from purely attacking football (2-3-5) to more defensive, possession-oriented play (e.g. [...]

    2. تطور تكتيكات كرة القدم منذ أول مباراة دولية بين إنجلترا وإسكتلندا عام 1872حتى نهائي أمم أفريقيا بين مصر والكاميرون عام 2008 :Dمن 2 - 3 -5 إلى 4 - 5 -1 مستعرضا عبر التاريخ أشهر الفرق التى أحدث الفارق بتكتيكاتها المميزةإبطاليا فيتوريو بوزو في الثلاثيناتالمجر الذهبية في عهد بوشكاش وهيدي [...]

    3. Manchester United captain Rio Ferdinand, evaluating on his team’s sound defeat at the hands of FC Barcelona in the 2010 Champions League Final, exclaimed that Barça had played without a forward, thus making life difficult for the Manchester defense.Indeed, on that glorious evening, Barça played without a recognizable point-man, and yet managed to score 3 goals. Not only that, we had two wing defenders (Alves and Abidal) who spent more time in midfield than in defense; a center back who frequ [...]

    4. Summary: For soccer fans, following, discussing, and arguing about the tactics a manager puts into play are part of what makes the sport so appealing. This fascinating study traces the history of soccer tactics back from such modern pioneers as Rinus Michels, Valeriy Lobanovskyi, Catenaccio, and Herbert Chapman. Along the way, author Jonathan Wilson, an erudite and detailed writer who never loses a sense of the grand narrative sweep, takes a look at the lives of the great players and thinkers wh [...]

    5. This book is admirable for its erudition and its focus on the evolution of tactics from the playing fields of nineteenth century public schools to the present. One really must admire a British specialist who digs into the entire global picture of football and comes up with a relatively comprehensible narrative out of what must have been reams of club histories and match reports that probably contain very little of the information the author seeks. It is readable, informative and occasionally fun [...]

    6. A monumental achievement when you consider the far-flung number of sources that Wilson had to weave into a seamless narrative. I was hoping to learn more about tactics to help me improve in Football Manager, the fact that I didn't get that is probably my fault. I did learn a lot about the history behind the tactics, which is just as important. This book is a smooth blend of both, Inverting the Pyramid traces the evolution of tactics from the late 19th century to the tika-taka of Barca. Profiling [...]

    7. I won't pretend that this is an easy book to read; even a football fan like myself found it very dry and occasionally difficult to continue reading. That said, there is a great deal of fascinating tactical analysis and is clearly written by someone who not only loves the game, but has a clear, and in-depth knowledge of the subject.As a Scotland fan, Craig Levein's recent foray into an - ultimately disparaged - 4-6-0 formation left me rather deflated but it's clear that the final chapter of this [...]

    8. Most people understand the false number nine, the winger who needs to tuck in when they don’t have possession, or midfielders who sit in front of the back four (or three). And though meeting someone who actively wants to talk tactics can be a nightmare, in about 100 years’ time the English football team will find someone who can pass these insights onto players who understand that the team is ultimately stronger than the individual. What they probably shouldn’t do, though, is give them a c [...]

    9. A fascinating look at the evolution of a sport via its visionary tacticians written by a talented sports journalist in a clear and informative manner. I can't understand why the conversation surrounding football and the education of everyone who wants to play it from a young age isn't dominated by an understanding of so vital a part of the gameplay. My appreciation of my actions on field and my love of watching the sport have been greatly enhanced by reading this, what more could you want?

    10. 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 knowled [...]

    11. Inverting the Pyramid offers a thorough and insightful look into the history of football tactics, specifically from the viewpoint of the development and using of different formations. Jonathan Wilson tackles the subject with authority, wide scope (although admittedly being Europe and South America centric), and clear and fluent writing, effectively creating a book that's enjoyable read for any football enthusiast.There is one aspect, though, that I found lacking and forced me to drop one star fr [...]

    12. Very interesting but still lacked many examples that needed to be highlighted one of them, which is fundamental to me, is the dilemma of a classic winger or an inside forward. I still liked seeing my country Egypt highlighted in the success of the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations as a model of going back to a three-man-back line however the name of Hassan Shehata, the coach then, was not even mentioned. The pivotal role of Aboutrika wasn't highlighted either. Still the same for teams that could spring [...]

    13. Firstly, you must love football. Secondly, you must love the finer points to football. Lastly, you must love history. This book details the progression of tactics in football from its infancy to its lucrative modern iteration. What this book really describes is how the game itself has changed amongst all the peripheral evolutions (such as money, athletes, league and cup structures). The game is still played with a ball and two goals, 22 players on the field, but beyond that and its most basic ru [...]

    14. I really enjoyed reading this book, as a football fan i know that football isn't about tactics only and there's other aspects of the game but still the tactics more important in the long-term.i think this is the best book about the evolution of football tactics, if you're interested to know how we have our modern football model now, I recommend this book to you.

    15. A must read for a football viewer to develop a vision for the finer points of the game. Whatever league you would be watching, getting to know how football developed in that nation and how fledglin clubs developed ushered an era of galacticos, is something that sets the book apart. The takeaway for me in this book is the belief that it's the team's manager/coach who is the scriptwriter and director and the players are the playmakers who interpret his script on the field.

    16. FINISHED AT LAST.I will not lie, a lot of this was over my head and it wasn't exactly what I was hoping for. But I finished.

    17. The last time I played soccer competitively (using the word loosely) was for my junior high school team, in 8th grade. Being very slow, and relatively tall, I played left fullback, across from our best player, Ralf Venne, the right fullback. When I was fortunate enough to dispossess an opponent I would quickly pass the ball forward to the outside half, the slightly-less-hapless-than-I Kevin Ellsberry, or the left middle half back (I can't remeber if that was Brian Kehoe or John Corr); I knew, gi [...]

    18. Quite simply, the finest book written on football. Don't let the title fool you - this isn't just a treatise on tactics. Jonathan Wilson uses tactics as a parameter to depict the evolution of the beautiful game, from the ultra attacking 2-3-5 in its infancy, to the basic flat four defensive lineups we are so used to today. There are two things that really struck me about the book - one, the number of countries and clubs that have had a major influence on how the game evolved extend far beyond th [...]

    19. Wow I think that page count is wrong. It must be over 600 Seemed like This could be the most obscure thing I've finished reading. The history is pretty interesting for about half the book. Then the stream of names and numbers is just too much for me. Perhaps this history is so difficult because Football is the most global of sports. There are just too many people and places to try and put together. I suspect a book of this length could be written on any one of the countries or major clubs discus [...]

    20. I hesitate to mark down a book because it wasn't what I wanted, but this book grabbed me in the first 15% and the last 15% where it really delved nicely into the tactical strategies. In between it was much more a biography of coaches, seemingly concerned more with personalities instead of tactics. I was hoping for more textbook and less anecdotes.

    21. I have to begin by saying that I'm not one of those (often FM-addicted) football fans obsessed with tactics and statistics. However, I am very interested in football history and this book does a great job of telling it right from its beginning to the time of writing through the changes in formations and footballing ideologies, and it's truly fascinating.

    22. For those who enjoy — ahem! — football tactis this book is a bible. It does cover its history thoroughly and shed a light on how, for example, the magnificent Barça of Guardiola's came to be. But if you're just a fan of the sport this book will sound like nothing more than a collection of hyphenised numbers and assorted names that in the end make the reading understandably disruptive.

    23. After a few recent fairly poor books on football, this has been a delight to read. A really well researched book on tactics and why and how they were introduced. It also focuses on the managers and coaches who invented and used the tactics. It doesn't get bogged down in too much technical info which makes for a great read

    24. Jonathan Wilson’s encyclopedic narrative explores the evolution of on-field soccer tactical strategies, (commonly just referred to as “tactics”) throughout the history of the game. Mr. Wilson’s masterfully detailed and well-organized account offers the most compelling case for the importance of tactics that any fan could ever hope to read. At times it can be dry, but I imagine it is the seminal popular history of soccer tactics, as well as a worthy face on the Mount Rushmore of books on [...]

    25. A very smart book, on a passionately entertaining subjectThis is the fascinating long history of the Great Game, from the tactical perspectives and the philosophies that come with them.The book began right from where it all started: the meeting organised by H.C. Malden of Godalming, Surrey, in his Cambridge rooms in 1848, which summons university representatives of Harrow, Eaton, Shrewsbury, Winchester, Rugby, and 2 non-public schoolboys, to create the first unified Laws of the Game, the "Cambri [...]

    26. Jonathan Wilson is op dit moment een van de beste voetbalschrijvers ter wereld. Van zijn hand kwamen al klassiekers als Angels With Dirty Faces (geschiedenis van het Argentijnse voetbal) en Nobody Ever Says Thank You (biografie over Brian Clough). In een van zijn eerste werken bespreekt hij de historie van de voetbaltactiek. Een verhaal waarbij je denkt aan saaie, droge kost. Niet bij Wilson, de Brit heeft er een makkelijk te lezen verhaal van gemaakt.Het boek gaat niet uitgebreid in op Pep-acht [...]

    27. The in-depth book analyzes the evolution of football within the last 150 years and offers snippets of revolutionary changes for clubs and countries alike. Wilson bounces back and forth between the both, and describes how each era of domination on behalf of Holland, Germany, Argentina, and Spain are in part due to the club domination within that country. The book also weaves culture and the evolution of the game seamlessly. For example, I found the perspective of football managing under the const [...]

    28. Beyond essential for any football fan.Inverting the Pyramid markets itself as the history of football tactics, and on the surface that's just what it is (and it does a fabulous job of recounting that history). Yet there is a line in the opening few pages that explains why it reaches beyond that with such ease; while Wilson recounts a conversation that takes place at a dinner party, he explains how, when one man (a Brit, naturally) declares boldly that tactics are largely irrelevant as long as yo [...]

    29. I wanted to read this book for a while but once I finally got to it I was a bit disappointed. That isn't to say that this isn't a good book or that I would not recommend it to someone, but I personally had a tough time getting through it. I am a big fan of the sport of soccer and have been for my entire life but I found most of this book to be tedious and a dry read. Once the book progressed to the 70's through present I found it more fluid, but that may of course be because the subject matter f [...]

    30. This book is exhaustive and exhausting. Jonathan Wilson tells the story of the evolution of soccer tactics across 150 years. In short he wants to show that coaches inverted the pyramid from a 2-3-5 full of attacking players sending the ball down field to the W-M, to a 4-3-3, then 4-4-2, then 3-5-2/ 3-5-1, which when dropping into defense became a default 5-3-2, inverting the pyramid. At times the book sparkles telling anecdotes of rouge visionaries who dreamed of increasing width, keeping posses [...]

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