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The Anatomy of England: A History in Ten Matches (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Jonathan Wilson

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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.

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 416 pages
  • Editeur : Orion (20 mai 2010)
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  • Langue : Anglais
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 loved this book 5 décembre 2010
Par Cruyff Fan - Publié sur Amazon.com
had to read this slowly chapter by chapter, it is so enthralling. If you are a fan of England football team in your middle ages who can remember some of these games and the emotional ups and downs that accompany them, you will love this book. If you are a soccer fan who enjoys reading about old soccer games of particular importance, described incisively and entertainingly by Professor Wilson, you are also going to really enjoy this book.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Rule Britania or Fool Bitania 7 septembre 2013
Par Charlie Bartel - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Jonathan Wilson is one of the best modern Football Writers working today. His work INVERTING THE PYRAMID is THE definitive work on the history and development of Football Tactics. And now, for this first time, he devotes his talents to his native England. In THE ANATOMY OF ENGLAND he undertakes a comprehensive analysis of English International football by selecting the 10 most important matches over the last 90 years and explaining why these particular matches matter.

Do not assume that he investigates only famous victories. Far from it. He begins his study with 1929 loss to Spain, the first time England is beaten by someone other than Scotland, Wales, or Ireland. He takes care in his match analysis to clearly explain WHY each match mattered. His analysis includes the lineups, the goalscorers, the managers, the referee, and even the match attendance. His play by play makes you feel like you're in the stadium watching the action as it takes place. He is that good as a writer!

Surprisingly he does not select the World Cup final against the West Germans back in 1966. Instead he chooses the dramatic Quarter Final match against Argentina, marked by the controversial dismissal of the Argentine Captain Antonio Rattin. I have often felt that had Rattin not been thrown out of the match, they very well could have won the match and eventually won the World Cup final the following week. Wilson's match analysis is remarkably free of raw patriotic propaganda, giving you a clear sense of just how talented a team they were.

Oddly Wilson does not select an England - Scotland match. I would like to have read about the 1928 5-0 Scottish victory or the 1967 match where Scotland became the first nation to beat England after the 1966 World Cup, but you can find details on both matches in other works. If this is the only critique I can offer you quickly get the idea how good I think this book is.

Buy it, read it, and enjoy it.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 TERRIFIC HISTORY AND TACTICAL SURVEY 15 août 2014
Par Whippany Reader - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Excellent analysis of the England national team, its limitations (many of which seem self-imposed) and its ongoing difficulty in succeeding at a level commensurate with expectations. Very enjoyable, insightful, and enhanced my technical understanding of the game.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 History of the England Football Team 12 décembre 2013
Par David Lindsay - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This is an enjoyable read, but if you support England it is also slightly depressing. It follows the history of the England national football team since the 19th century. Unfortunately there are more lows than highs but Jonathan Wilson does an excellent job explaining the ups and downs. Wilson is a good writer with an encyclopedic knowledge of the game. He has a good understanding of tactics and is able to analyse in detail how England has performed over the years.

Wilson focuses on ten matches starting in 1929. There are four victories and six defeats. The first match he reviews is the 1929 defeat to Spain, this is the first time England lost to a non-British team. Wilson includes the highs – 1966, plus a 3-1 beating of France in 1982 and the 4-1 demolition of Holland 14 years later. The lows include: Hungary - 1953, Norway - 1993, Germany - 1972, and Germany - 1990. The final match takes place in 2007, a 3-2 defeat to Croatia.

Being England manager is a tough job and eventually everybody is fired, even Alf Ramsey who won the World Cup in 1966. Most incumbents never really recover after being sacked, their credibility has usually been destroyed by the press. The English FA has a habit of picking mediocre managers, who had never previously won anything of note. Bob Paisley and Brian Clough who between them won five European Cups (now called the Champions League) were never considered to have the right stuff to be an England manager. Wilson claims that England lost their way tactically because they refused to learn from the innovations being developed in other countries. He believes that arrogance led to the team falling behind the rest of the world.

The question is whether World Cup success really matters. The fast and physical game played in England continues to be popular, not just in Britain but worldwide. The English Premier League is the most popular league in the world. Three of the most valuable clubs in world sports play in the Premier League. There is a need to entertain and the negative, pragmatic football often played in international games tends to put people to sleep.

The book was written in 2009 and Wilson, like any deluded England fan, was optimistic about England's prospects in the 2010 World Cup. The England team usually underperforms and perhaps Wilson should have known better, but like any fan his heart probably ruled his head. The book is full of fascinating information and some of the sensationalist reporting by the English press now seems rather ridiculous.
Wilson is an intellectual and you probably have to be a bit of a nerd to fully enjoy this book.
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