A general description of the roles and alternatives each player has in a very geometrical way of looking at the game. I liked though the concept of "open ball" or "closed ball" giving options to players on doing this or that depending on the possibilities given by the situation the player with the ball finds him/herself in. I think the book is good because the author only proposes to look at the system and alternatives in this universal way. The geometry of the system and the field is waht it is and you can still apply your own style.
Massimo Lucchesi............remember the name and look out for his books on systems of play. I can't praise the book highly enough. It was set out in such a way to build up both the coaches understanding and how to produce practice sessions to enable a team to fully understand the system. Clear phases of play and defined positional guidance is given throughout. A must have to coach the 4-3-3 system. A great book.
Honestly, this book is written very simply in two distinctive parts: the player roles and duties (extremely briefly) and then page after page of hypothetical fantasy diagrammatic explanation.
Its not awful. But, you'd do yourself a hell of a favour and just scouring wordpress etc for free amateur writers who write about tactics and strategies.
If you've read any of the Ajax books/Brilliant Oranje etc - this is simply nowhere near their league. It's your average wordpress blogger who's written a book with a lot of 'I think', 'now lets look at' and 'here's a diagram I drew' pages...
But if you like that kind of stuff and you're not into well written, realistic coaching translation, mind opening stuff then this might be your thing.
Its simply your average arm chair football fan/football manager fan who has put together a whole of hypothetical solutions - made at root decision.
Glad I just got the ebook version and saved myself one or two pounds...
and by the way: (1)4-4-3 is 12 players?
and not once do you include the keeper as a third member of the 3v2 scenarios.
But not perfect. It could have been but for the cheap translation job done on this work. I am actually pretty annoyed that for a book with '4-3-3' in its title could constantly refer to it as the '4-4-3' instead. Add to that the generally poor translation and it can be pretty confusing in parts.
Other than this, the work of the author himself is very impressive. The diagrams are clear and concise and it will give you a good idea of how to organize this formation while in possession or defending. I'd highly recommend this book to anybody who is starting out in coaching to give you a taste of basic tactical planning and simple approach play.