Michael Cox is one of the most respected football journalists working today and he has made his name through writing highly entertaining in-depth tactical analysis. He is the editor of Zonal Marking, a football blog dedicated to tactics, and writes regularly for the Guardian and ESPN. The Mixer is his first book.
`A compelling examination of the evolution of tactics in the Premier League. A fine read, and a powerful reminder of how much has changed.' - Matthew Syed, The Times
`Thanks to his meticulous research and his focus on strategy, Mr Cox finds a fresh perspective on a story that football fans will think they already knew' - The Economist
`The Mixer, by Michael Cox is a very unusual football writer in that he specialises in the game as it's actually played, rather than the gossip or folklore around it. The Mixer is a tactical history of the English Premier League, with telling anecdotes on every page. It's deeply informed and a pleasure to read.' - Financial Times
`If you're in mourning that the footie season is over, this is for you. Delving deep into the beautiful game, it's a look back at how the sport has changed over the years. Nostalgia will hit as you'll remember iconic matches, too' - The Sun
`Intelligently written. Impressively researched. Fascinatingly
addictive. Michael Cox is like a cartographer, remapping the
landscape of the Premier League so we see the contours of it
afresh. That's some feat.'
- Duncan Hamilton, two-time winner of the William Hill Sports Book of the Year
`Michael Cox provides brilliant tactical context to our
favourite moments of Premier League nostalgia.
The Mixer is as entertaining as a Wanchope dribble, with the authority of a Shearer finish and the panache of a Cantona celebration. And you may even learn to love Tony Pulis a little bit.' - Ben Lyttleton, author of Twelve Yards: The Art & Psychology of the Perfect Penalty