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Flat Back Four: Tactics of Football [Hardcover]

Andy Gray , Jim Drewett
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5 Jun 1998
The Sky TV presenter and former Scotland striker, Andy Gray, provides a guide to football tactics with the help of anecdotes from players, managers and coaches about how tactics were conceived, developed and put into practice. The explanations are accompanied by examples of memorable matches and great players, teams and managers whose radical approaches to the game have been responsible for its evolution.

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Boxtree Ltd; First Edition edition (5 Jun 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752211943
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752211947
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 769,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Straight to the point 19 Dec 2001
Andy Gray gives a brief outline of all the tactics and strategies that exist in this beautiful game called football. He goes thorough the advantages and disadvantages of different tactics and how different teams used them. Then, he emphasises on the combination that is called Flat back four" and gives his personal view on that tactics of 4-4-2. This book would be usefull for everybody who has something to do with football - whether you are a football coach or a team supporter. You will enjoy the style and manner of writting and will take a trip to that unknown world of tactics where it is so easy to get lost!
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5.0 out of 5 stars masterclass 12 Oct 1999
A book which I am going to start loaning to all my friends, mainly so they will stop all the usual nonsense they talk about football in the pub, and open their eyes for once! Joking aside, what I like about Andy Gray's perspective on football tactics, is that it comes from a basic understanding about how 11 individuals have to be moulded together for a common team cause. Chapters on the "psychological factor" and "underdog tactics" are a refreshing contrast to the analysis of formations, which Gray manages to explain in vivid detail. The use of selected games and teams to illustrate his main concepts is excellent. It's a book that every football supporter can learn from, and even better, one that encourages further debate and analysis. A well-thought out and presented guide.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable enough 30 Aug 2010
By Acis
This starts well, the glide over the history of football and how shapes and formations changed I really enjoyed. The sections on how England played in 66, or the Hungary team that destroyed them earlier, and so on, are both informative and nicely told with a bit of wit and humour. The more "up to date" later sections (which given this is an old book means late nineties) I found less convincing though. Perhaps because they have less iconic value now ten years later (some of the players names now largely forgotten etc) but I also felt the writing seemed a little less enthusiastic; there was a little less verb about the thing. So, first ninety minutes played well but tired in extra time. Overall though a good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for the football fan 25 July 1999
By A Customer
This book is written by a former experienced football player Andy Gray, who stared in the Everton team which was very succesfull in the 1980's. The book reviews tactics from various time eras and shows how they have changed. The book even goes back into the earliest games of football in the late 1800's where the legendary formation 'WM' was used. Any football fan who reads this book immediately gets a better understanding of the game, and when sitting there on a saturday afternoon losing 1-0 and the manager puts a defender on and takes a forward off, this book helps understand why it was done and the benefits it could reap. Almost every possible formation is reviewed, along with stratagys, and a few inside the dressing room storys. This is a must for any football fan!!
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