Orion Sport HB November £18.99 224pp 978 1 4091 4441 0 ebook: £18.99 978 1 4091 4442 7
The Anatomy of Liverpool: A History in Ten Matches
Ten key games that shaped Liverpool. Wags, foreign owners, Sky pundits, Mario Balotelli's bathroom… so much news coverage of football has so little to do with what actually goes on on the pitch. Jonathan Wilson has made a name for himself focusing on tactics and how events on the pitch have shaped football history. Here, Wilson produces 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 to the mind-blowing 2005 comeback against AC Milan. Jonathan Wilson has written about football for the Financial Times, the Independent, Independent on Sunday and the Guardian. He is the author of Behind The Curtain, The Anatomy of England and a highly acclaimed biography of Brian Clough, Nobody Ever Says Thank You. He is the editor of The Blizzard, a quarterly football publication that provides a platform for top-class writers from across the globe to write about the football stories that matter to them.
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Orion/Non-Fiction/Sport • November/August 2013
Orion Sport HB August £14.99 384pp 978 1 4091 4586 8
Inverting the Pyramid The History of Football Tactics
The updated fifth-anniversary edition of the modern classic on football tactics. Jonathan Wilson’s Inverting the Pyramid won the National Sporting Club Football Book of the Year Award and was shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year. In this new edition, the football classic has been fully updated to include an investigation of the modern-day Barcelona. Jonathan Wilson pulls apart the finer details of the beautiful 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’. ‘A masterful work. . . It’s all deliciously nerdy – a cross between a coaching manual and a social history... It could be the best thing to have happened to English football in years’ Time Out ‘[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 Sunday