Trevor Francis scores the winning goal during the European Cup Final between Nottingham Forest and Malmö FF in 1979 (Copyright: The Economist)

I’ve always liked reading Jonathan Wilson’s footy writing. They are thoughtful, well-researched pieces with good insight which always make me feel smart.

His book on the history of football tactics, Inverting The Pyramid, is a challenging but fulfilling classic. It now has an American-ised edition with ‘soccer’ blindly replacing ‘football’ in the text. Total Soccer sounds like a farcical end result of a rushed publisher’s simplistic find & replace job.