How to Win the World Cup: Secrets and Insights from International Football’s Top Managers (Hardcover)

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How to Win the World Cup: Secrets and Insights from International Football’s Top Managers (Hardcover)


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'Superbly insightful . A brilliant new perspective on World Cup management' – Jamie Carragher

'Superb - great stories about the greatest tournament' – Daniel Taylor

Master tacticians, crazy tyrants and lucky generals... This insightful investigation reveals the mindsets and, frankly, at times unbelievable approaches of the coaches who strive to deliver football's ultimate prize.


Godlike genius or the focus of a disappointed nation's fury – the world's most prestigious tournament makes or breaks a national coach. Only 20 managers have guided their team to World Cup glory, so what are their secrets? From revolutionary tactics to hare-brained schemes, this book searches for the keys to the most exclusive club in international football.

They may silently plot on the bench or manically gesticulate from the sidelines, but what can the coach really do to influence their team's performance? Discover the tactical innovations and brilliant strategies as well as the bizarre superstitions, psychological masterclasses and bonkers team-building regimes that managers have employed in the quest for that iconic trophy.

Charting the successes, failures, dramas and controversies of 90 years of World Cup action, through the insights of journalists, players and managers with first-hand experience of World Cup competition, this book comprehensively documents the lengths the man in the dugout will go to in order to bring home the greatest prize.

The book features contributions from leading World Cup stars, including Luiz Felipe Scolari, Geoff Hurst, Carlos Alberto Parreira, Pierre Littbarski, Roberto Martinez, Mick McCarthy, Tomas Brolin, Jamie Carragher, Alexi Lalas, Patrick Barclay, Raphael Honigstein and Graham Hunter.

'A rich and rewarding football read' – Patrick Barclay

'A fascinating read' – Barry Davies

Chris Evans is a freelance writer whose work regularly appears in FourFourTwo magazine. He is also the editor of The Set His work has appeared in The Guardian, Independent and Mail Online, and other nationals.
Product Details ISBN: 9781472990792
ISBN-10: 147299079X
Publisher: Bloomsbury Sport
Publication Date: September 20th, 2022
Pages: 304
Language: English

Superbly insightful … A brilliant new perspective on World Cup management” —Jamie Carragher

Superb – great stories about the greatest tournament” —Daniel Taylor

A fascinating read” —Barry Davies

If you like a rich and rewarding football read, look no further” —Patrick Barclay

Detailed, humorous, extensively researched and very difficult to put down” —Terry Butcher

A wonderful look into the beautiful game and the quest to unlock the secret to winning its ultimate prize” —Alexi Lalas

An incisive analysis of “the beautiful game” at its highest levels… a must-read for soccer fans” —Publishers Weekly

“Evans takes 19 aspects of both management and the World cup itself (penalty shoot-outs, qualifying, tactics, star players) unearths a succession of stories... and sprinkles them with interviewees.” —The i

"Insight into how simply punching above one's weight in the qualifying stages is a world cup victory in itself." - When Saturday Comes

"Superbly insightful... a brilliant new perspective" - talkSport

"Evans has spoken to an impressive and eclectic cast of characters with vast experience in the international game. The quality and calibre of those who offer their perspectives in the book really make it stand out … It serves as both a study in how to manage an international time and also a reflection on why international football is so special." - All Sport Book Reviews

"fascinating" - BBC Radio 5 Live