Total Football - A graphic history of the world's most iconic soccer tactics (Paperback)

The evolution of football formations and plays

By Sanjeev Shetty

Aurum Press, 9781781317846, 192pp.

Publication Date: June 7, 2018

List Price: 25.00*
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You've never seen football formations and tactic explored like they are in Total Football ever before. A must-have for football experts!

A goalkeeper, two defenders and eight attackers – it’s no surprise that in the 1950s under this popular formation scores like 9-3 were common. So what changedTotal Football tells the evolution of football tactics: from the birth of Total Football in the Netherlands to the dominance of tiki taka in Spain and Brazil, each chapter explores an iconic tactic.
Innovative graphics alongside expert text guide you through the manager decisions that developed new formations, the pure talent of players that defined each playing style and the matches that propelled the winning tactic to legendary status
Sanjeev Shetty explores how each tactic works, how they came to dominate and how opponents worked to find a way to beat them. From Pele to Messi, Cruyff to Mourinho, Total Football explores the tactics that made the legends, giving you a new understanding of how the beautiful game is played.

About the Author

SANJEEV SHETTY is a sports journalist with nearly twenty years’ experience. He works for the BBC as a producer and reporter on their international services covering their sports news channels. He is the author of No Middle Ground and Messigraphica. Sanj lives in Cheshire, UK with his family.

Praise For Total Football - A graphic history of the world's most iconic soccer tactics: The evolution of football formations and plays

 ‘excellent book…swish graphics’ 
- Weekend Sport

'it's seriously good...I recommend this book for anyone looking to get into punditry'
- Andy Hinchcliffe, Set Piece Menu

'It’s a history book, a tactics book, and above all an enjoyable football book. It will have the reader turning pages back and forth'. 5 stars
- World Foodball Index

' innovative graphics and expert analyses'
- The Voice