• The Barcelona Inheritance

  • The Evolution of Winning Soccer Tactics from Cruyff to Guardiola
  • By: Jonathan Wilson
  • Narrated by: Charlie Anson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (83 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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Too much about the “Special One”

This book was disappointing. I love Barca but this author cared more about the “Translator” than the club.
Please don’t waste your money.
Don’t get me wrong there was some good stuff but not enough to recommend a purchase.

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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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Diehard Barca Fans Only

This book is well written and goes in great detail. However, unless you are Barca fan, you may be disappointed as the level of information shared goes beyond a cursory passive fan perspective.

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OK but way too much talk about the Speshl 1

I enjoyed the bits about Barca, but dissaspointed in how much time was given to Mourinho. If I wanted a book about the self proclaimed "special one" then I would have purchased a different book, not a Barca book. Good book but left me wanting more Barca history and content about the internal machine that drives the behemoth club. Instead there seemed to be more time spent on Mourinho than any other coach (incuding Pep!), and Mourinho never even coached Barca!!

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Atrapante y didactico

Creo que es el audolibro que mas rapido escuche. Va muy a fondo sobre las distintas etapas de los tecnicos mas influyentes de los ultimos treinta años, que, de alguna manera u otra, se vieron influenciados por el Barça de Cruyff. Muy recomendable.

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must read for football lovers

geeky, consize and chewable for Monday morning managers.

the Mourinho chapters had their over the top soap opera feel to it , but it goes with the subject matter so yeah the cheap thrills are all in here .

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Fantastic

A great listen to the coaching growth and philosophy of the Barcelona coach. A must read.

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another great book by Wilson

well written, well thought through. the synopsis of how different players, managers adopted what they learned through their time at barca and ajax is welcomed. good for any modern coach to think about. adapt to your situation or forever keep your chosen prinicples, that's a good question.

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the greatest football book of all time

You learn so much from this book and deeply understand the importance of Johan Cruyff in football his philosophy his impact and his importance. As it goes deeply into specifics of what made him so great as well as the ripple effect of the impact he made on the sport

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Amazing as always

Jonathan is one of the best. Great book to understand the reach of Cruyff's philosophy

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