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FC Barcelona - A Tactical Analysis: Attacking
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on April 28, 2012
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This book was an opportunity to learn how the best side of the world ever, apply their tactics in the attacking phase and I doubt that there will be a team equally succesfull to this Barcelona side. When I bought this book I didn't expect to be so insightfull and detailed. Very well organized as it breaks the complex parts of the playing style down to simple, so the coaches can better understand why certain things happen during the games. The attacking phase as well as the negative and positive transitions are presented in every detail and it is obvious that there was a lot of time spent on this book. As an UEFA PRO' coaching licence holder I would recommend this fantastic book to every advanced level coach who wants to know how pro teams apply their tactics. Congratulations to the author.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 27, 2012
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it contains excellent analysis of Barcelona's offensive. however it would have been nice if it included drills and/or progressive drills to train. The basis of this book purported for advanced coaches and teams.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 21, 2013
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I have a fair understanding of soccer and I know some books are better that others. But this one is a real joke. It met none of my expectations. The author starts by backing himself up by having viewed "all games in the 2010-2011 season creating a set of highly detailed notes on each." He says also that he watched some games over 20 times. At this point we say, wow, this is gonna be dense and well analysed. Wrong. It's bad. Where are those notes?? Chapter 2 is the philosophy of Barcelona, sounds awsome right? One puny little page. Then he explains some attacking techniques such as: "Pass and move combinations", kind of things we learn on every site of coaching youth soccer. The whole book is built on the same frame. One or two page per subject with some black and white images of fake players standing on the pitch and a bunch of arrows. The review of "mark szabo" is so true. It's a if I watched one game, put some drawings on paper, some arrows and some few (very few) general comments on it. That's it. That's the book. I would expect having more details explanations, some concepts, some quotes, something to read. Nop. The comments are so small and empty of content. You can find all what's presented in coaching youth soccer sites but in a far better way. It's a disappointing book, it's hard to image how. You will have a lot more on tactical analysis by looking at a game and by reading any coaching sites. I am wondering what the other customers learned with it.
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on June 6, 2013
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lots of spelling errors and other editorial errors in the book. most of the tactics can be seen in every game they play and don't really need to be drawn out for someone to understand them. the book doesn't explain why Barcelona do the things they do it just explains what they do. expected a lot more out of the book

still a good book though and its great for people who are new to soccer tactics
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on August 27, 2014
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Excellent service and product; will buy again!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 1, 2013
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Perhaps I had bigger expectations of this book. More to read, not only pictures about how they play in the particular situation.
I would liked to READ why they do it, the advantages and disadvantages ...
The author have studied it for so many years...share more then only pictures! I can see this for myself when watching a match!

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 7, 2013
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Save yourself the $... Just tape a Barcelona game, stop the video along the way, make a diagram of where the players are, then roll the video, stop, draw a diagram of where the players are.... If you know soccer, you are already aware of everything in the diagrams. If you don't know soccer then purchase a real book about coaching that actually explains the why of the movements (soccer coaching bible or something similar). Felt like I was reading a comic book when I was hoping for a worthy novel.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 13, 2013
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This book is absolutely brilliant. The fact is that I shared it with all my colleague coaches in the soccer academy I work and everyone loved it. We spent hours and hours talking about the strategies mentioned in it. I think it is by far one of the top books about soccer tactics and luckily it is about the best team of all times. The book is very well structured and presents the basic and the alternative formations (with two or three players at the back) used by Barcelona according to the opposition's system of play and how these formations helped the team to exploit the opponent's weaknesses. It shows with great detail how Barcelona tended to build up from the back and overcome the opposition's pressing by finding the free player. The analysis moves on how the team reached from the first to the final stage of the attacking phase by forming the appropriate shapes through the player's mobility and retained possession aiming to finding the weak spots. Very important chapter about how Barcelona dominated possession is the one which explains how the team maintained balance during attacking and made effective transitions from attack to defence. There are several diagrams that present the balance maintenance as well as indicate the positions of the safety player(s) who helped Barca to regain possession within a few seconds after loosing it.
However this book is exclusively about analyzing Barcelona's tactics and it doesn't contain any drills or SSGs which I believe that would be very useful.
I'd definitely recommend this book to every modern coach
Michael Hughes
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