Globalisation is blurring national styles, but tradition perpetuated by players, coaches, pundits and fans is strong enough that they remain distinguishable. What became apparent while writing this book is that every nation came fairly quickly to recognise its strengths, and that no nation seems quite to trust them. Brazilian football is all about flair and improvisation, but it looks yearningly at the defensive organization of the Italians. Italian football is about cynicism and tactical intelligence, but it admires and fears the physical courage of the English. English football is about tenacity and energy, but it feels it ought to ape the technique of the Brazilians.

Loving the book!

Jonathan Wilson, Inverting the pyramid.

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