The Mixer: The Story of Premier League Tactics, from Route One to False Nines (Hardback)
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The Mixer: The Story of Premier League Tactics, from Route One to False Nines (Hardback)

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Hardback 496 Pages
Published: 01/06/2017

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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 finesse. It was the era of the midfield general, reducers, big men up front and getting it in the mixer; 4-4-2 was the order of the day. Few teams experimented tactically.

Then, almost overnight, it all changed. The creation of the Premier League coincided with one of the most seismic rule changes in football history: the abolition of the back-pass. Suddenly defenders had no-get-out-of-jail-free card, goalkeepers had to be able to field and play the ball and the pace of the game quickened immeasurably. Tactics evolved dramatically, helped by an increased foreign influence.

The Mixer is the first book to delve deep into the tactical story of the Premier League, and take a long view of how the game has developed over the last quarter century. From Ferguson's directness to Keegan's relentlessly attacking Newcastle outfit, to Mourinho's cagey, reactive Chelsea, all the way to Ranieri's counter-attacking champions, The Mixer is one of the most entertaining, rich and knowledgeable football books ever written.

'The Mixer is as entertaining as a Wanchope dribble, with the authority of a Shearer finish & the panache of a Cantona celebration.'
Ben Lyttleton, author of Twelve Yards

'Intelligently written. Impressively researched.  Michael Cox is ike a cartographer, remapping the landscape of the Premier League.'
Duncan Hamilton, twice winner of the William Hill Sports Book of the Year

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780008215545
Number of pages: 496
Weight: 730 g
Dimensions: 227 x 159 x 44 mm

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