The Mixer: The Story of Premier League Tactics, from Route One to False Nines
An absolutely essential book for every modern football fan, about the development of Premier League tactics, published to coincide with 25 years of the competition.
Back in 1992, English football was stuck in the dark ages, emerging from a five-year ban from European competition. The game was physical, bruising and attritional, based on strength over speed, aggression over...more
The Mixer really is just 400 pages about things like the difference between 4-3-3 and 4-2-3-1, and why inverted wingers can lead to midfield congestion. By rights, this book should be quite boring.
Cox makes it interesting by spinning the whole thing into a narrative that's gripping all the way through. The basic plot is that post-Heysel British football decided in 1992 to reinvent itself, with money from Rupert Murdoch and driven ...more
and a freelance football journalist, particularly featured in the Guardian.
This book is effectively a tactical history of the UK Premier League, based presumably on his years of analysis for his website supplemented by many hours of re-watching of past matches, and also (from the index) based on scouring footballer’s (auto)biographies and contemporary ...more
I had a seed of doubt in the opening pages when the author is making some disparaging comments about long ball football, and the fabled 'position of maximum opportunity'. Now I'm no fan of the theories of Wing Commander Hughes and ...more
Cantona was unlike anything England had ...more
Having spent enough time reading through stuff on Zonal Marking, its no surprise that the same level of insightful analysis is applied here at a broader level rather than at an individual game level and the themes work out pretty well
There is a lot of history, a lot of past matches and a whole lot of fond memories of games and this is truly a fantastic read
Amazingly for a book focused on football tactics the author manages to pull it off without it becoming turgid, without it becoming obscure and, most impressively of all, without having to resort to the use of diagrams. That might make it a ...more
The book is about the evolution of English football from a lowly sport to one that is remarkably unrecognizable from its humble start. The book covers 25 years of the intriguing spectacle people around the world witnessed.
This book is entertaining! Full of eye-opening detailed analysis into matches and behind-the-scenes which fans are not often privy to.
Right now, the Premier ...more
You don't have to go far to find people who are tired of the same punditry cliches, but in my experience there can be too much analysis that gets boring after a while. Cox knows what he is talking about when it comes to tactics, but reading this it became clear he is a football fan who is interested in tactics, and not ...more
The book is defined as a history of the Premier League, but it hits upon the travails of English clubs in Europe and the English national team - most ...more
The Mixer was an interesting read for me because of its focus on such a well-known (we thought...) contemporary league, given that I normally read football books that are a bit more out there ...more
Absolute page turner and a must read for anyone who follows the premier league.
Its fascinating now to look back on when premier league first started and how the league has evolved so far in terms of tactics, players and managers. As of 2019, the premier league has some of the best coaches and players from around the world. In it's formative years however, just the arrival of some remarkable foreign individuals (Cantona, ...more
I liked the contrast between different styles of playing across European leagues -- the efficient German game, the disciplined and defensive Italian game, the technical Spanish game, and the ...more
25 chapters for 25 years of premier league football tactics.
This, obviously, isn't a book for casual sports readers to enjoy. I've been able to pick up some great NFL and baseball books in the past having never seen an entire game of either in my life. Such was the style of the book.
However, this is for the football purists. This is for the premier league nerds out there.
If you're the type of football fan that hates certain teams just for being certain teams, then this ...more