With the World Cup fast approaching Grant Wahl has put out a new book, Masters of Modern Soccer, that focuses on some of the top players in the world, and how they play the modern game of soccer.
Grant has a way with words, making the complicated seem understanding, and breaking it down for everyone to be able to understand the world’s game.
He speaks to a variety of people, each one able to focus on a different aspect of the game, and give a better vision of how the game unfolds from the sporting director on down to the forwards.
- Christian Pulisic – USMNT’s up-and-comer, talks about his learning abilities, and his constant ability to read a play and know what’s going on around him
- Xabi Alonso and his control on the ball
- Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez and his ability to break down a play, but more importantly how he cherishes the role given to him of “goal poacher”, where it’s not a derogatory thing, but him being in the right place at the right time
- Juan Osorio, the Mexico National Coach, and his balance of players, sometimes sitting his top guys, all in an effort for perfect “synchronization”, trying to break the curse of Mexico not making it past the round of 16
- Vincent Kompany as the “Master of the Castle”, and how to defend correctly while also having the technical and physical abilities to execute that defensive knowledge
Borussia Dortmund’s sporting director Michael Zorc, Belgium’s coach Roberto Martinez, and German goalie Manuel Neuer round out the group.
From players tips that they’ve learned over the years, to great insights into how the great teams are put together, this book is full of awesome material for fans of any level.