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  1. All-time greatest captain - Dino Zoff - the quiet genius

    Michael Cox

    All-time #GreatestCaptain

    Blog | Conversation | August 29, 2014
  2. Managers' jobs threatened from within

    Michael Cox

    Tactics & Analysis

    Blog | Conversation | July 29, 2014
  3. Heat and Pirlo will stifle England

    Michael Cox

    Tactics & Analysis

    Blog | June 13, 2014
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Cox: Unlike Simeone's Atletico, Seedorf's Milan searching for ide...

    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 hi...

    Blog | March 10, 2014
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. Trendsetting goalkeepers 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
  15. 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
  16. Balotelli emerging on international front for Italy

    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