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  1. David Silva's lack of goals shouldn't obscure his brilliance

    Michael Cox

    David Silva's performance at Old Trafford on Tuesday night was one of the most magnificent displays of the Premier League season. Literally from the kick-off Man City's Spanish playmaker took control of the game, an almost insultingly simple victo...

    Blog | March 27, 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. 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. Three talking points during the international break

    Michael Cox

    Usually, international friendly breaks are greeted with a sigh of disappointment from across the globe as intense club seasons are disrupted by half-hearted matches, ones that increasingly appear of little interest to footballers. This week, howev...

    Blog | March 04, 2014
  5. Why can't Juan Mata and Jose Mourinho just get along?

    Michael Cox

    It would have been an enormous shock for Juan Mata last summer, when he realised he had been deemed unsuitable for the strategy of the incoming Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho. Not only had Mata been consistently exceptional throughout his first t...

    Blog | January 09, 2014
  6. The masters of universality

    Michael Cox

    In a tactical sense, 2013 hasn't been a particularly fascinating year: There have been no major innovations and no widespread return to a specific formation or style. There have been individual moments of interest, and coaches have tried new things, ...

    Blog | December 31, 2013
  7. 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
  8. The biggest problems facing World Cup contenders

    Michael Cox

    The fascinating thing about international football is that managers must cope with a very definite group of players. Whereas at club level, weaknesses can be solved by signing new players, at international level it's not unusual for a top-class side ...

    Blog | October 11, 2013
  9. England need consistency and chemistry to elevate their game

    Michael Cox

    The use of well-worn football cliches can be frustrating, but the cliches themselves are generally easy to understand -- which, of course, is why they remain so frequently used by fans and pundits alike. It can be confusing, however, when two ac...

    Blog | October 08, 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. Espanyol are embracing their role as Barcelona's second team

    Michael Cox

    Big football cities are defined by rivalry. There's the odd one-club settlement and some countries like France and the Netherlands that barely feature any intracity conflicts. However, travel to Milan, London, Madrid, Manchester, Moscow, Lisbon, G...

    Blog | September 26, 2013
  12. Marek Hamsik's creativity ideal for Rafa Benitez's Napoli revolut...

    Michael Cox

    It has been an exciting summer of coaching changes across Europe: The top seven favourites for the Champions League, the top three in England, the top two in Spain, plus the champions of France, Germany and Portugal all started 2013-14 with a new man...

    Blog | August 22, 2013
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. Starting anew: Deeper Spain lacks strong XI

    Michael Cox

    While club football's evolution from a "team game" into a "squad game" has been widely acknowledged the past two decades, the situation at the international level remains uncertain. After all, major international tournaments are decided during the...

    Blog | June 13, 2013
  16. 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