Mapping the Pitch

Football Formations Through the Ages

By: Edward Couzens-Lake

Price: CAD $21.95


Imprint: Meyer & Meyer Sport

340 Pages

8.25 X 5.75 X 0.71 ins

ISBN:  9781782550600 -- Paperback

Publication Date: 08/08/2015

This book takes an informal and entertaining look at some of the most influential football coaches and teams in the game s history as well as exploring some of the origins of football's more well-known formations and the players who were an integral part of them.

By taking an informative yet informal and entertaining look at the history and evolution of football formations and tactics, the author identifies just a few of some of the pioneering figures in the early years of the game, people like Jack Hunter, the visionary coach of Blackburn Olympic who prepared his team for a crucial match by taking them to the seaside for a few days of ...hard running on the town s famous sands as well as a regular diet of oysters, and, very strictly, no beer and the players of Queen s Park FC who conceived and played tiki-taka football over a century before Pep Guardiola and his all-conquering Barcelona players were even born.

Mapping The Pitch looks at some of the great international sides in the game s history, including the Hungary team which so astonished and captivated the sporting world in the 1950's.

It also explores the contemporary theme within the game that sees teams enter matches with a mentality of looking not to lose rather than to win, a telling but subtle difference between football today and how it was half a century and more ago, one typified by an emphasis on midfield domination and possession one that is not so dissimilar to the priorities teams adopted in mob football in the middle ages.

Edward Couzens-Lake, the author of Fantasy Football and Gossy: The Autobiography of Jeremy Goss, also contributes as a feature writer and weekly blogger to a number of both print and digital publications as well as several high profile websites. These include lifestyle and music magazines as well as both sport and business websites.


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