Inverting the Pyramid
by Jonathan Wilson
In INVERTING THE PYRAMID, 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’.
This fifth-anniversary edition of a football modern classic has been fully updated to include an investigation of the modern-day Barcelona and how their style of play developed from Total Football, which itself was an evolution of the Scottish passing game invented by Queens Park and taken on by Tottenham in the 1930s. It also analyses different styles in the early British game and the changing mentality of South American football in the 1970s, as well as looking at the birth of the 3-5-2 system so prevalent today.
The Anatomy of Liverpool
by Jonathan Wilson, Scott Murray
Jonathan Wilson and Scott Murray provide a forensic analysis of ten key Liverpool games that have shaped the club’s fortunes over the last century: from the long-lost triumphs of Tom Watson (a 19th-century Bill Shankly) to 1970s European triumphs over the likes of Borussia Monchengladbach and the mind-blowing 2005 comeback against AC Milan.
Aston Villa v. Liverpool
Wolves v. Liverpool
Liverpool v. Leeds
FA Cup final, May 1965
Liverpool v. Crvena Zvezda
Liverpool v. Borussia M?nchengladbach
European Cup final, May 1977
Liverpool v. Roma
European Cup final, May 1984
Liverpool v. Nottingham Forest
Everton v. Liverpool
Roma v. Liverpool
AC Milan v. Liverpool
Champions League final, May 2005
by David Winner
The Anatomy of England
by Jonathan Wilson
Having invented the game, everything that has followed for England and its national football team has been something of an anticlimax. There was, of course, the golden summer of 1966, and the great period of English dominance on the world stage, which fell roughly between 1886 and 1900, when England won 35 of their 40 internationals … But before long foreign teams, with their insistence on progressive ‘tactics’, began to pose a few questions. And much of what followed for England constituted a series of false dawns.
In THE ANATOMY OF ENGLAND Jonathan Wilson seeks to place the bright spots in context. Time and again, progressive coaches have been spurned by England – technique being all very well, but what really matters is pluck and ‘organised muscularity’, or, to quote Jimmy Hogan’s chairman at Aston Villa in 1936: ‘I’ve no time for these theories about football. Just get the ball in the bloody net.’
Wilson takes ten key England fixtures and explores how what actually happened on the pitch shaped the future of the English game. Bursting with insight and critical detail, yet imbued with a wry affection, this is a history of England like none before.