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From Cruyff's "Total Football" to the epic rivalry between Guardiola and Mourinho, a gripping chronicle of the rise and fall of Barcelona's dominance in world soccer.

Barcelona's style of play - pressing and possessing - is the single biggest influence on modern soccer. In The Barcelona Inheritance, Jonathan Wilson reveals how and why this came to pass, offering a deep analysis of the evolution of soccer tactics and style.

In the late 1990s, Johan Cruyff's Dream Team was disintegrating and the revolutionary manager had departed, but his style gave birth to a new generation of thinkers, including Pep Guardiola and José Mourinho. Today, their teams are first and second in the Premier League, marking the latest installment in a rivalry that can be traced back 25 years.

The Barcelona Inheritance is a book about the tactics, the personalities, the friendships, and, in one case, an apocalyptic falling-out that continue to shape the game today.

©2018 Jonathan Wilson (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Wilson offers broad historical perspective to bolster his claim that 'For a long time the best Dutch football has been played in Spain.' As with his remarkable history ofsoccer tactics, Inverting the Pyramid (2013), this latest will appeal primarily to wonky fans who see the game behind the game-but for them, it's a winner."—Booklist

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  • David
  • Austin, TX, United States
  • 12-23-18

Not about tactics at all!

This has very little to do about tactics and those with even a cursory knowledge of Barca’s history will find nothing new here.

Instead it’s a retelling of well-known stories about Cruyff, Guardiola and most of all Mourinho. In fact most of the book centers on Mourinho, with a huge portion devoted to his time at Chelsea and Porto.

Honestly the book’s title is completely misleading. I don’t recommend. Also the narrator mispronounces Mourinho’s first name as “Ho-zay” when it’s actually “Joe-say”.

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  • David
  • Austin, TX, United States
  • 12-23-18

Not about tactics at all!

This has very little to do about tactics and those with even a cursory knowledge of Barca’s history will find nothing new here.

Instead it’s a retelling of well-known stories about Cruyff, Guardiola and most of all Mourinho. In fact most of the book centers on Mourinho, with a huge portion devoted to his time at Chelsea and Porto.

Honestly the book’s title is completely misleading. I don’t recommend. Also the narrator mispronounces Mourinho’s first name as “Ho-zay” when it’s actually “Joe-say”.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    2 out of 5 stars
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  • David
  • Austin, TX, United States
  • 12-23-18

Not about tactics at all!

This has very little to do about tactics and those with even a cursory knowledge of Barca’s history will find nothing new here.

Instead it’s a retelling of well-known stories about Cruyff, Guardiola and most of all Mourinho. In fact most of the book centers on Mourinho, with a huge portion devoted to his time at Chelsea and Porto.

Honestly the book’s title is completely misleading. I don’t recommend. Also the narrator mispronounces Mourinho’s first name as “Ho-zay” when it’s actually “Joe-say”.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful