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

The Mixer: The Story of Premier League Tactics, from Route One to False Nines Review

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.

And 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.

Title:The Mixer: The Story of Premier League Tactics, from Route One to False Nines
Edition Language:English

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    The Mixer: The Story of Premier League Tactics, from Route One to False Nines Reviews

  • Bernard O'Leary

    Oh god, what a joyous, near-pornographic treat for football nerds.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 mi...

  • Ben Cullimore

    Michael Cox, founder of the Zonal Marking website and frequent contributor to the Guardian, has in recent years become the go-to guy for tactical analysis. His intelligent and accessible writing deser...

  • Gumble's Yard

    Michael Cox is the author of the football tactics website Zonal Marking http://www.zonalmarking.net/and a freelance football journalist, particularly featured in the Guardian.https://www.theguardian.c...

  • Joe O'Donnell

    "The Mixer" is billed as a tactical history of the English Premier League explaining - across 25 years in 25 chapters - how English football evolved from being traditionally backward and inward-lookin...

  • Jarvo

    I thought that this was a bit like watching 25 years of MOTD highlights, including some fairly standard football punditry. You get to see some fabulous players, the big teams (a lot) and have the illu...

  • Niels

    It would be challenging to find a 470-page book describing football tactics, concepts, people (some of whom you've never heard) and their actions on field, and keep you hooked to the last page. Michae...

  • Stephen

    Not just tactics but descriptions of all the league winning teams, key players and managers and who didn't get on with whom.A must read for every football fan !...

  • Andrewh

    Surprisingly, given the nerdy topic, I found this a really 'good read', although the author is no Brian Glanville stylistically. The conceit of the book is to examine the winners of the PL and see wha...

  • Lol Scragg

    Like to think of myself as reasonably knowledgable about football even though I was a bad player, support a suffering Premiership 'giant' and have a season ticket for a lower league Scottish club, but...

  • Siddharth

    I've been a fan of Michael Cox since I started following his Zonal Marking site. Over the years he has progressed from a niche tactical analyst to a journalist who is able to simplify football tactics...