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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Wednesday's friendlies: What we learned

    Michael Cox

    The final international break of the season produced some interesting results, and perhaps more importantly, offered a few hints about how major contenders might play in Brazil. Here are four conclusions from the week's matches: Diego Costa is...

    Blog | March 06, 2014
  4. What makes an offence dynamic? Here's a checklist...

    Michael Cox

    Tottenham's 5-0 defeat to Liverpool on Sunday proved to be the final nail in Andre Villas-Boas' coffin -- the Portuguese coach was sacked less than 24 hours later, to little surprise. It was one of those astonishingly one-sided games, between two ...

    Blog | December 17, 2013
  5. Unconventional playmakers to decide Milan, Schalke's UCL fate

    Michael Cox

    For those who yearn for the days of simple, old-fashioned knockout football throughout the duration of the European Cup, there are two standout contests among the eight matches on Wednesday, the final day of the Champions League group stage. Where...

    Blog | December 10, 2013
  6. The two sides of Moyes' match-winning plan

    Michael Cox

    Back in 1981, when Jimmy Hill introduced the "three points for a win" rule into English football, his reasoning was that it would make the game more attacking. More specifically, he wanted to improve the final 20 minutes of matches, as he felt too ma...

    Blog | November 11, 2013
  7. World Cup qualifiers: Four tactical conclusions

    Michael Cox

    Italy, Netherlands, Argentina, USA and Costa Rica all secured their qualification for the 2014 World Cup this week, joining Japan, Iran, Australia and hosts Brazil at next summer's finals. However, plenty of big nations struggled and we probably lear...

    Blog | September 11, 2013
  8. Michael Cox: Four tactical conclusions from the World Cup qualifi...

    Michael Cox

    Italy, Netherlands, Argentina, USA and Costa Rica all secured their qualification for the 2014 World Cup this week, joining Japan, Iran, Australia and hosts Brazil at next summer's finals. However, plenty of big nations struggled and we probably lear...

    Blog | September 10, 2013
  9. Brazil-Spain a lesson in tactical fouling

    Michael Cox

    Sunday's Confederations Cup final was simultaneously an open, exciting contest from an entertainment perspective and a fascinating tactical battle. Spain's meeting with Brazil was a long-awaited clash of opposing styles -- whereas Vicente del Bosque'...

    Blog | July 02, 2013
  10. Scolari to mull over Hulk dilemma ahead of final

    Michael Cox

    We cannot yet declare that Luiz Felipe Scolari has turned Brazil into a successful side, and it would be unrealistic to consider them an overly entertaining one. Nevertheless, among encouraging performances and positive results, the main feature of B...

    Blog | June 28, 2013
  11. Drama always center stage at EPL's Euro conquests

    Michael Cox

    It was far from inevitable that Chelsea would triumph in the Europa League final against Benfica on Wednesday night -- but it felt inevitable that if they triumphed, it would be in a dramatic manner. From a Chelsea perspective, Branislav Ivanovic'...

    Blog | May 16, 2013
  12. Top 10 footballing moments of 2012

    Michael Cox

    It's been an incredible year for football, both at the club and international level -- with that in mind, here are 10 of the most memorable moments of 2012. 10. Falcao's second goal versus Athletic Bilbao, Europa League final Falcao had won...

    Blog | December 28, 2012
  13. Azpilicueta, the right back Chelsea needed

    Michael Cox

    Roman Abramovich bought Chelsea in 2003 and spent the next nine years desperately hoping for one thing. No matter how many coaches he fired, no matter how many league titles Chelsea won, it simply didn't arrive ... until the summer of 2012. The final...

    Blog | September 13, 2012
  14. A new rivalry?

    Michael Cox

    Euro final preview

    Story | Conversation | June 30, 2012
  15. Who is the fairest of them all?

    Michael Cox

    Euro final preview

    Story | Conversation | June 30, 2012
  16. Michael Cox -- Champions League final -- Chelsea versus Bayern, a...

    Michael Cox

    After three seasons of Barcelona-inspired tiki-taka ruling Europe, deep defending and counter-attacking has experienced a revival, writes Michael Cox, who previews the matchup between Chelsea and Bayern Munich.

    Story | Conversation | May 18, 2012