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  1. Andrea Pirlo: I Think Therefore I Play

    Michael Cox

    Rating: Footballers' autobiographies are rarely interesting, especially when they involve current players. In general, they appear unable to articulate themselves lucidly, even with the assistance of a ghostwriter, or to arrive at original opinio...

    Blog | April 15, 2014
  2. Unlike Simeone's Atletico, Seedorf's AC Milan still searching for...

    Michael Cox

    The most fascinating aspect of Atletico Madrid is how the club resembles its coach, Diego Simeone. He was a hugely talented central midfielder, winning titles in Spain and Italy while becoming the first Argentine to collect more than 100 caps for ...

    Blog | March 10, 2014
  3. Thiago Motta thriving as an elite player at PSG

    Michael Cox

    It sounds ridiculous to suggest a player with two European Cup winners' medals should regard the competition as unfinished business -- but Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian midfielder Thiago Motta will be desperate to triumph in the competition for a t...

    Blog | November 05, 2013
  4. Juventus meeting a historical reminder for Real Madrid

    Michael Cox

    The last time Antonio Conte faced Real Madrid, it was a truly momentous occasion. The current Juventus manager played a very small role during La Vecchia Signora's 3-1 win over Real Madrid in 2003, replacing Edgar Davids late on as Marcello Lippi ...

    Blog | October 22, 2013
  5. The basic 4-4-2 is becoming trendy again

    Michael Cox

    Some elements of football strategy evolve consistently in one direction over a long period, becoming increasingly extreme. Other elements appear more cyclical -- moving routinely between two opposing concepts, which come in and out of fashion. The...

    Blog | October 04, 2013
  6. 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
  7. Trendsetters Buffon, Casillas keep it legendary

    Michael Cox

    On Thursday afternoon, Italy and Spain meet yet again -- this time for a Confederations Cup semifinal in Fortaleza, Brazil. When Gianluigi Buffon and Iker Casillas exchange pendants and contest the prematch coin toss, there'll be a particularly warm ...

    Blog | June 25, 2013
  8. Mario Balotelli's Azzurri rise

    Michael Cox

    Over the past three years, Mario Balotelli has become one of the most-discussed footballers in the world. However, among the stories involving grass allergy, car crashes, dart throwing, bib problems, fireworks and visits to women's prisons, coverage ...

    Blog | June 18, 2013
  9. If the World Cup started tomorrow: The dark horses

    Michael Cox

    The usual suspects will be among the main contenders to win next summer's World Cup. Previous winners Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, France, Germany, Spain, England and Italy will all be fancied if they complete qualification, with serial semifinalists ...

    Blog | June 12, 2013
  10. Prandelli has delicate touch as he reshapes Italy roster

    Michael Cox

    When an international side embraces a new generation, there is usually a high-profile loser. That was particularly clear on Wednesday evening, as German legend Michael Ballack played in his long-awaited farewell game. As recently as May 2010, Ball...

    Blog | June 06, 2013
  11. Valbuena has earned his chance with France

    Michael Cox

    France doesn't share Argentina, Brazil or even Italy's relentless obsession with the number 10, but having boasted the most celebrated creative midfielder of recent times, Zinedine Zidane, the number has since taken on extra importance. Since Zida...

    Blog | March 21, 2013
  12. Who is the fairest of them all?

    Michael Cox

    Euro final preview

    Story | Conversation | June 30, 2012
  13. A new rivalry?

    Michael Cox

    Euro final preview

    Story | Conversation | June 30, 2012
  14. Three greats together for first time

    Michael Cox

    Xavi, Xabi Alonso, Andrea Pirlo

    Story | Conversation | June 09, 2012
  15. Smashing football stereotypes

    Michael Cox

    Playing Styles

    Story | Conversation | May 24, 2012
  16. Michael Cox looks at four key Euro 2012 qualification matches tha...

    Michael Cox

    There's a slew of Euro qualies happening Friday, but which ones really matter? Michael Cox breaks down the matches that warrant your attention.

    Story | Conversation | October 06, 2011