Inverting the Pyramid

Inverting the Pyramid A History of Football Tactics

Fifteenth anniversary edition

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Publisher's Synopsis

'MASTERFUL' Time Out
'REVELATORY' Scotland on Sunday
'GLORIOUSLY READABLE' Metro
'FASCINATING' Independent
'EXCELLENT' Telegraph
'ABSORBING' Guardian

Winner of the British Sports Book Awards
Football Book of the Year


The fifteenth anniversary edition, fully revised and updated, of Jonathan Wilson's modern classic.

In the modern classic, Jonathan Wilson pulls apart the finer details of the world's game, tracing the global history of tactics, from modern pioneers right back to the beginning, when chaos reigned. Along the way, he looks at the lives of great players and thinkers who shaped the sport, and probes why the English, in particular, have proved themselves unwilling to grapple with the abstract.

Fully revised and updated, this fifteenth-anniversary edition analyses the evolution of modern international football, including the 2022 World Cup, charting the influence of the great Spanish, German and Portuguese tacticians of the last decade, whilst pondering the effects of football's increased globalisation and commercialisation.

Book information

ISBN: 9781399610094
Publisher: Orion
Imprint: Seven Dials
Pub date:
Edition: Fifteenth anniversary edition
DEWEY: 796.3342
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 512
Weight: 412g
Height: 129mm
Width: 197mm
Spine width: 33mm