Inverting the Pyramid

Narrated by: Damian Lynch
Length: 18 hrs and 21 mins
Categories: History, World
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"An outstanding work ... the [soccer] book of the decade." (Sunday Business Post)

Inverting the Pyramid is a pioneering soccer book that chronicles the evolution of soccer tactics and the lives of the itinerant coaching geniuses who have spread their distinctive styles across the globe.

Through Jonathan Wilson's brilliant historical detective work, we learn how the South Americans shrugged off the British 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 forwards up front, while now a lone striker is not uncommon. 

Inverting the Pyramid provides a definitive understanding of the tactical genius of modern-day Barcelona, for the first time showing how their style of play developed from Dutch "Total Football", which itself was an evolution of the Scottish passing game invented by Queens Park in the 1870s and taken on by Tottenham Hotspur in the 1930s. Inverting the Pyramid has been called the "Big Daddy" (Zonal Marking) of soccer tactics books; it is essential for any coach, fan, player, or fantasy manager of the beautiful game.

©2018 Jonathan Wilson (P)2018 Hachette Audio
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Comprehensive and Excellent

A tremendous education on the game in general through the specific lens of tactics. An invaluable resource for a fan like me who wants to learn more and a deep level about the game.

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Brilliant!

Very informative and insightful from all corners of the globe according to Football. Deffo put me into the people I should study who were the masters and innovators in how the game is strategised.

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Mind Changing

I picked this up as a time killer and was awestruck at the amount of information laid out. This game wasn't played in my neighborhood and was never fully introduced to me until now. The depth and delivery are second to none.

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