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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Adaptable Ancelotti getting the best out of Real Madrid

    Michael Cox

    Sometimes, football matches are won primarily by a single individual. Dortmund's 4-1 thrashing of Real Madrid in the European Cup last season, for example, was a good all-around team performance, but the German side owed a huge debt to Robert Lew...

    Blog | February 27, 2014
  7. Criticism unwarranted for struggling Mesut Ozil

    Michael Cox

    In football, the problem with appearing nonchalant is that you're at the mercy of your team's collective performance. When Dimitar Berbatov was challenging for the title, he was relaxed. When battling relegation with Fulham, he was merely lazy. When ...

    Blog | February 11, 2014
  8. Chelsea prove that speed is key in modern football

    Michael Cox

    The most significant feature of football's recent strategic development -- more than possession football, false nines, high defensive lines or inverted wingers -- has been something extremely simple: speed. Football has never been faster. Watch a...

    Blog | February 04, 2014
  9. Time for Man United to replace Nemanja Vidic?

    Michael Cox

    When judging a footballer's probable impact over the next couple of seasons, there are certain rules you must never break. The longer you follow English football, the more reluctant you are to break them. Here are three: 1. Never judge a player ex...

    Blog | January 21, 2014
  10. Are Clichy and Nasri better since leaving Arsenal?

    Michael Cox

    In Arsene Wenger's early days in English football, one of his specialities was selling players at exactly the right time. Whether he was inheriting veterans and squeezing a couple of extra seasons out of them or signing and developing talented youngs...

    Blog | December 13, 2013
  11. 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
  12. Lack of Moyes' identity to be tested vs. Everton

    Michael Cox

    A recent development in our expectations of football managers is the insistence that they boast an overarching managerial "philosophy" or "ideology." It's apparently no longer enough to simply pick the correct players and formulate tactics to get the...

    Blog | December 03, 2013
  13. Toni Kroos has earned right to be Bayern's key

    Michael Cox

    This summer's speculation about Pep Guardiola's probable Bayern Munich system took a simple format, one that fell in line with the standard approach for season previews: They assessed the Bayern side from the previous campaign and then considered whe...

    Blog | November 21, 2013
  14. How France can turn around their fortunes vs. Ukraine

    Michael Cox

    The number 84 is an important number in the history of French football. It was 1984 when France won the European Championship on home soil, led by exquisite Michel Platini, who scored nine goals in five matches -- two hat tricks, and a single goal in...

    Blog | November 18, 2013
  15. English football should learn from Southampton

    Michael Cox

    It took just 15 minutes of Southampton's 4-1 victory over Hull before the inevitable chants started from the Northam Stand, the loudest section of St Mary's. "En-ger-land, En-ger-land, Eng-er-land" was the first. "Come on England!" swiftly followed. ...

    Blog | November 12, 2013
  16. 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