Intriguing, riveting, and compelling, it tells the story of an investigative journalist who sets out to examine the world of match-fixing in professional soccer. Soccer fans love to argue about the tactics a manager puts into play, and this fascinating study traces the world history of tactics, from modern pioneers right back to the beginning, where chaos reigned.Along the way, author Jonathan Wilson, an erudite and detailed writer who never loses a sense of the grand narrative sweep, takes a look at the lives of the great players and thinkers who shaped the game, and discovers why the English in particular have proved themselves so “unwilling to grapple with the abstract.” This is a modern classic of soccer writing that followers of the game will dip into again and again. With the growing popularity of soccer in North America, Mc Ginniss has written the rags-to-riches story of how an Italian soccer team, Castel di Sangro from the Abruzzi region, rose through the ranks from the very bottom (Terza Categoria) to the Serie BAa remarkable feat.The single greatest simultaneous human collective experience is the World Cup final.
It will be how the team adapts to the challenges it now faces that will decide more than Cup wins or Championships could.Already celebrated internationally, by David Winner. Soccer fans will not want to miss this chronicle of the rise of Total Football (soccer, of course, is known as football everywhere but in North America). Here you have to get a little philosophical; you have to learn to handle phrases like “a new theory of flexible space” to wrap your mind around the idea that a football pitch isn’t merely a big rectangle.The Dutch, who invented Total Football about three decades ago, are, according to Winner, a nation of special neurotics.Rites of birth and marriage are infinitely diverse, but the rules of soccer are universal.
No world religion can match its geographical scope.
This extremely well written and exciting book, like Nick Hornby’s immensely enjoyable by Graham Poll.