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loved this book 5 décembre 2010
Par Cruyff Fan - Publié sur
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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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Rule Britania or Fool Bitania 7 septembre 2013
Par Charlie Bartel - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
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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Par Whippany Reader - Publié sur
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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.
History of the England Football Team 12 décembre 2013
Par David Lindsay - Publié sur
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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. He focuses on ten matches starting in 1929. There are four victories and six defeats. He has watched eight of the games on film and reviewed the press coverage and biographies of former players and coaches to obtain a better insight.

The first match he reviews is the 1929 defeat to Spain, this is the first time England lost to a non-British team. The final match takes place in 2007, a 3-2 defeat to Croatia. Wilson is doubtful that England were ever that good, but the Elo rankings show that England have been ranked number 1 on four occasions: 1872-76, 1892-1911, 1966-1970, and 1987-88.

Being England manager is one of the toughest jobs in Britain and eventually everybody is fired, even Alf Ramsey who managed to win the World Cup in 1966. Most incumbents never really recover after being sacked, their credibility has usually been destroyed by the tabloids. The English FA has a habit of picking mediocre managers, who have never won anything of note. Perhaps because of this they seem slightly intimidated by the celebrity players from the big clubs. Alex Ferguson who was manager of Manchester United during the period of the 2002 and 2006 World Cups stated in his autobiography that two of his players (David Beckham and Wayne Rooney) were not fit enough to play, but play they did.

Bob Paisley and Brian Clough who between them won five European Cups (now the Champions League) were never considered to have the right stuff to be an England manager. It's an interesting fact that England usually do better if the manager is fired before a tournament starts as the pressure seems to be off. This happened in 1990 and 1996 when England reached the semi-final of the World Cup and European championships.

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. Apart from the World Cup in 1966 English managers have tended to be poor at tactical innovation. Ramsey played a 4-1-3-2 formation, but most managers since have used 4-4-2 which is now considered antiquated.

England teams traditionally don't like to play in hot weather. This is often used as an excuse given that World Cups are usually played in the summer. A consistent line of attack by the press has been to accuse the players of being greedy and unpatriotic. This is usually unfair.These days England may suffer from an inferiority complex. Only recently have England fans accepted that England may not actually be that good after all.

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 football league in the world. Three of the most valuable sports clubs in the world 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 tabloids now seems rather ridiculous. Wilson is an intellectual and this book is more of a thinking person's guide to the England team, you probably have to be a bit of a nerd to fully enjoy this book.
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