Inverting The Pyramid

The History of Soccer Tactics

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By Jonathan Wilson

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$31.99 CAD

The fifteenth anniversary edition, fully revised and updated, of the widely beloved classic on soccer tactics, with fresh insights for fans, captains, and coaches worldwide

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. In this updated edition of the modern sports-history classic, Jonathan Wilson offers a masterly global history of the world's game, from unruly beginnings to contemporary strategy, and the countless, crucial innovations in between.

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 globalization and commercialization. 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.
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  • "A wonderful and comprehensive treatment of this important topic. Make sure to secure the revised and updated edition, of course."
    Stan Veuge, Senior Fellow, Economic Policy, American Enterprise Institute
  • “Here, for the first time in decades, is a top-class book on how soccer is actually played on the field.”
    Simon Kuper, New York Times–bestselling coauthor of Soccernomics

On Sale
Aug 6, 2024
Page Count
528 pages
Bold Type Books

Jonathan Wilson

About the Author

Jonathan Wilson is the author of eight books, including Inverting the Pyramid, which was named NSC Football Book of the Year in 2009 and won the Premio Antonio Ghirelli prize as Italian soccer book of the year in 2013. His books Behind the Curtain: Travels in Eastern European Football; The Anatomy of England; and The Outsider: A History of the Goalkeeper were shortlisted for the NSC award in 2007, 2011, and 2013. Wilson is the founder and editor of the soccer quarterly the Blizzard, writes for the Guardian, FoxSoccer, and Sports Illustrated, and is a columnist for World Soccer. He was voted Football Writer of the Year by the Football Supporters Federation in 2012.

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