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  1. Cox: How the U.S. can improve

    Michael Cox

    Tactics & Analysis

    Blog | July 02, 2014
  2. World Cup weak links

    Michael Cox

    One of the interesting things about international football is the way sides can encounter a severe weakness in one particular position. At club level, a manager would simply purchase an adequate player to plug the gap, but at international level that...

    Blog | May 29, 2014
  3. Five UCL lessons for Spain, Vicente del Bosque

    Michael Cox

    Lisbon was subject to a Spanish invasion for Real Madrid's dramatic 4-1 extra-time European Cup victory over Atletico Madrid on Saturday, and there was no more interested spectator than national coach Vicente del Bosque. - Marcotti: What's next f...

    Blog | May 27, 2014
  4. Sizing up the Real vs. Atletico tactical battle

    Michael Cox

    Big clubs have a nasty habit of ruining their little city rivals' celebrations. When Everton finished above Liverpool for the first time in years back in 2005, beating them to the final Champions League spot, the Reds went out and won the Europea...

    Blog | May 22, 2014
  5. Liverpool's fluid football will propel England

    Michael Cox

    The 2010 World Cup was a disappointing experience from a purely footballing perspective. Despite a cool climate that theoretically encouraged high-tempo, positive football, there were arguably only two sides that played a genuinely proactive game -- ...

    Blog | May 20, 2014
  6. Time of transition for Arsenal and Ashley Cole

    Michael Cox

    He joined Arsenal in 1996, and having spent 18 years revolutionising the club and developing a never-ending stream of talented young players, he's preparing to say goodbye -- hopefully with an FA Cup victory. No, not Arsene Wenger -- who has repea...

    Blog | May 15, 2014
  7. Tactical trends of 2013-14 Premier League season

    Michael Cox

    The Premier League isn't generally considered a division that places a great emphasis upon tactics, but this season was different. With a variety of new managers in place, there were some genuinely fascinating developments, particularly in terms of f...

    Blog | May 13, 2014
  8. Liverpool's defensive struggles down to a lack of leadership

    Michael Cox

    One isolated incident summarises Liverpool's defensive failings. It wasn't crucial. It didn't cost Liverpool any points. It didn't even cause them to wobble. In fact, it was a completely irrelevant goal -- a consolation for Cardiff City in their 3...

    Blog | May 08, 2014
  9. Still super, Edin Dzeko is no longer a sub

    Michael Cox

    For a striker who appears inconsistent from week to week, Edin Dzeko has actually been very consistent over the course of his Manchester City career. He registered 14 goals in his first full season, 14 goals in his second, and has now managed 14 in h...

    Blog | May 06, 2014
  10. Nuances of Mourinho's tactics save him from 'hypocrite' tag

    Michael Cox

    In one sense, Jose Mourinho is football's greatest hypocrite. He introduced the term "parking the bus" into English football nearly a decade ago, as part of a complaint about Tottenham's defensive tactics. He's now regarded as the ultimate expon...

    Blog | April 29, 2014
  11. Tony Pulis deserves praise for work at Palace

    Michael Cox

    Among plenty of discussion about Brendan Rodgers and Roberto Martinez's credentials for the upcoming Premier League Manager of the Year vote -- entirely understandable as the two ex-Swansea bosses have led the two Merseyside clubs to their best colle...

    Blog | April 24, 2014
  12. Tony Pulis deserves praise, award consideration

    Michael Cox

    Among plenty of discussion about Brendan Rodgers and Roberto Martinez's credentials for the upcoming Premier League Manager of the Year vote -- entirely understandable as the two ex-Swansea bosses have led the two Merseyside clubs to their best colle...

    Blog | April 24, 2014
  13. How Liverpool can win the Prem - a tactical breakdown

    Michael Cox

    Watching Liverpool's title charge unfold this season has been remarkable -- Brendan Rodgers' side have progressed from no-hopers, to outsiders, to dark horses, to challengers, to contenders, to nailed-on favourites. Most observers predicted Liver...

    Blog | April 17, 2014
  14. Is old-school Flanagan the key to LFC-Man City?

    Michael Cox

    Jon Flanagan is a proper full-back: a right-back, a left-back and a throwback. English football hasn't witnessed a youngster in his mould for a while -- a wide defender whose most eye-catching quality isn't his crossing or his pace, but his tackling....

    Blog | April 10, 2014
  15. Cavani's chance to be the main man

    Michael Cox

    In the modern era, the importance of shirts numbered 1-11 has unquestionably declined, but it's still pleasing to see combinations of players wearing traditional numbers: a left wing comprised of a no. 3 and a no. 11, for example, or a centre-back co...

    Blog | April 07, 2014
  16. The wisdom behind Roberto Martinez's savvy subs

    Michael Cox

    Roberto Martinez's greatest success as a football manager was a late victory, thanks to a goal from a substitute. As Ben Watson replaced Jordi Gomez with nine minutes remaining of last season's FA Cup final, it appeared a simple like-for-like chan...

    Blog | April 03, 2014