The Anatomy of Liverpool

Much of the acres of football news coverage these days has little to do with what actually occurs on the pitch. Jonathan Wilson has established himself as one of the sport's pre-eminent writers, focusing on the tactics (with the award-winning "Inverting the Pyramid") and how events on the pitch have shaped football history ("The Anatomy of England"). His new book is a compellingly forensic analysis of ten key Liverpool matches that have shaped...

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Brian Clough

It's a fair criticism of this book to say it focuses on Clough the manager rather than Clough the man. There are so many enjoyable anecdotes from his professional life though, that the book doesn't go short of content.While it is probably not necessary to record every single result of his career, as the book does, there are so many stories about Clough from his former players bordering on the unbelievable, that this biography does not...

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The Outsider

I went into this book with a few expectations that I gained from reading the books description and its synopsis. I expected it to mostly be centred around the goalkeepers character and personality. What does make him different? And how has the position changed and evolved to where it is in the modern game, which at the time sounded interesting. Now the book does this quite well in sections, the examination of the characters and their respective...

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The Blizzard

Another superb edition of The Blizzard that makes its mark early with three pinch hitting posts articles that expose the corruption surrounding World Cup bidding - that Nicolas Sarkozy pressurized Michel Platini into backing Qatar's bid for the 2022 tournament is particularly expertly highlighted by regular contributor Philippe Auclair.Elsewhere, Ben Mabley is excellent on the Gamba Osaka ultras and their disdain for typically...

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The Blizzard

Another great outing for The Blizzard with a quite brilliant article about Colombia's rogue football league from the 1940s and 1950s the highlight. Bogota based writer Carl Worswick is the author of that piece - my dad had told me about some of the background to this former day version of Kerry Packer's rebel cricket tours and this marvellous article replete with evocative photos plundered from the archives filled in the...

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Inverting the Pyramid

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...

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The Blizzard

I didn't quite enjoy this issue of The Blizzard as much as previous ones despite the inclusion of one of the best articles the publication has yet run with - a brilliant critique of the Mansour family's impact (or lack of) on the Mancunian economy from David Conn of The Guardian . Other highlights include Anthony Clavane on the parallel links between Leeds United and northern realism and editor Jonathan Wilson himself on...

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The Blizzard

The Blizzard is a quarterly publication - part book, part magazine. Put together by a cooperative of journalists and authors, its main aim is to provide a platform for top-class writers from across the globe to enjoy the space and the freedom to write what they like about the football stories that matter to them. * No rules * No agenda * No editorial line * No restrictions on length * No drive for the mainstream * David Winner talks to Dennis...

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The Blizzard

A fifth outing for the venerable Blizzard (there was an issue zero; reviewed here) and the quality remains high.Challenging When Saturday Comes and a rash of superb blogs in the production of considered and intelligent soccer writing, this particular issue's highlights include a marvellous account of the short-lived Athletic Bilbao/Barcelona rivalry of the early eighties from Scott Oliver, Graham Hunter's portrait of Catalan...

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The Blizzard - The Football Quarterly

The Blizzard is a quarterly publication, put together by a cooperative of journalists and authors, its main aim to provide a platform for top-class writers from across the globe to enjoy the space and the freedom to write what they like about the football stories that matter to them. Issue Zero contains 25 articles under 13 different headingsSt Pauli------------* The Conversion of St Pauli?, by Uli Hesse—Back in the...

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