Jonathan Wilson's modern classic on football tactics has now been updated for its fifth-anniversary edition and includes an analysis of the great Barcelona, arguably the best club side of all time.
Jonathan Wilson is the author of a critically acclaimed biography of Brian Clough, a book on Eastern European football, The Anatomy of England: A History in Ten Matches, Sunderland: A Club Transformed, The Outsider: A Complete History of the Goalkeeper and The Anatomy of Liverpool. He writes for the GUARDIAN, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED and WORLD SOCCER, and he is the editor of THE BLIZZARD. Inverting the Pyramid won Best Football Book at the BRITISH SPORTS BOOK AWARDs and was shortlisted for the WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD.
[A] fascinating history of tactics, a book that is guaranteed to enhance your football watching; your team may still lose, but you'll have a far better idea why they did - INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAYThis must surely go down as one of the most revelatory sports books of the year, as well as one of the best. Who would have thought that a book charting the history of football tactics and strategy, from the 1870s to the present day, could be so engrossing and entertaining - SCOTLAND ON SUNDAYA masterful work; it could be the best thing to have happened to English football in years - TIME OUT