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The Mixer: The Story of Premier League Tactics, from Route One to False Nines Audiobook

The Mixer: The Story of Premier League Tactics, from Route One to False Nines

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Publisher's Summary

An absolutely essential book for every modern football fan, about the development of Premier League tactics, published to coincide with 25 years of the competition.

Back in 1992, English football was stuck in the dark ages, emerging from a five-year ban from European competition. The game was physical, bruising and attritional, based on strength over speed, aggression over finesse. It was the era of the midfield general, reducers, big men up front and getting it in the mixer; 4-4-2 was the order of the day. Few teams experimented tactically.

And then, almost overnight, it all changed. The creation of the Premier League coincided with one of the most seismic rule changes in football history: the abolition of the back-pass. Suddenly defenders had no get-out-of-jail-free card, goalkeepers had to be able to field and play the ball and the pace of the game quickened immeasurably. Tactics evolved dramatically, helped by an increased foreign influence.

The Mixer is the first book to delve deep into the tactical story of the Premier League and take a long view of how the game has developed over the last quarter century. From Ferguson's directness to Keegan's relentlessly attacking Newcastle outfit to Mourinho's cagey, reactive Chelsea, all the way to Ranieri's counterattacking champions, The Mixer is one of the most entertaining, rich and knowledgeable football books ever written.

©2017 Michael Cox (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

"Intelligently written. Impressively researched. Fascinatingly addictive. Michael Cox is like a cartographer, remapping the landscape of the Premier League so we see the contours of it afresh. That's some feat." (Duncan Hamilton, two-time winner of the William Hill Sports Book of the Year)
"Michael Cox provides brilliant tactical context to our favourite moments of Premier League nostalgia. The Mixer is as entertaining as a Wanchope dribble, with the authority of a Shearer finish and the panache of a Cantona celebration. And you may even learn to love Tony Pulis a little bit.' (Ben Lyttleton, author of Twelve Yards: The Art and Psychology of the Perfect Penalty)
"This is more than the impeccably researched and authoritative account of the English game's tactical evolution over the last quarter of a century you'd expect from a master of the genre. It is also packed with anecdotes and stories - some familiar, others far less so, a number of them hilarious - which give it flesh and ensure this book will be revisited many times, not just by those looking for imaginative and sometimes profound analysis, but by any football fan who enjoys a good tale well told." (Philippe Auclair, author of Cantona: The Rebel Who Would Be King)

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    Oye London, United Kingdom 18/08/2017
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    "Excellent review of Premier League history"

    This was very informative and quite humorous. Really enjoyed listening to it. Fans of several teams, especially Man Utd, Arsenal and Liverpool will learn a lot about their teams' tactics over the last 25 years.

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    "One of the greatest football books ever written!"

    Perfectly connects tactics within the English game from 1992 to the present day. Very easy listening and thoroughly enjoyed from start to finish!

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    "excellent and interesting book"

    great look back at the premier league's evolution, fascinating and teaches you things you never noticed about the tactical evolution.

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    Kwez 11/11/2017
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    "Top football read"

    Very interesting factual account of English football from the start of the Premier League era

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    "fantastic - loved this book"

    the only problem with this book, is I finished it too quickly. I couldn't turn it off!

    I was listening to it at every opportunity. Highly recommended.

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    Thomas 17/09/2017
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    "Excellent!"

    Fun and informative. Great narration. Sad its over, A great journey through football. No floccinaucinihilipilification here!

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    Jack Sutcliffe 09/09/2017
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    "As good as Mel Gibson in Payback"

    A truly excellent book. A must read/listen for any football fan. Hats off for all the work and research.

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    william 06/09/2017
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    "Leave off the accents, mate"
    Where does The Mixer: The Story of Premier League Tactics, from Route One to False Nines rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Different to many so can't really rank like that.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It's non-fiction...


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Grating dedication to accents. OK, Alex Ferguson has a distinctive Scottish growl, but lurching into every quote (there are many) in the speaker's accent becomes incredibly annoying. Really no need to act out an Italian or Croatian speaking English every time.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Thes questions don't really make sense; it's a pretty dry, though interesting, analysis of tactics in football.


    Any additional comments?

    Generally, I feel narrators should just narrate, not try to act out like a radio play. You feel a lot less clever, for example, reading a book on geopolitics if the narrator is doing an 'evil Russian drawl' for Putin quotes.

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    Anonymous 05/09/2017
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    "Really enjoyable, just drop the accents next time!"

    Really enjoyable and insightful book overall, with the only downside being the cringeworthy accents in its performance.

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    Michael Wood Bradford, UK 30/08/2017
    Michael Wood Bradford, UK 30/08/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "A nice idea badly done"

    The Mixer is a great idea for a book, a look into how tactics in football have changed over the modern era, but the outcome of that idea is poor.

    Cox's approach quickly forgets the tactics he talks about in the introduction and goes into a bog standard season by season review of the Premier League going into fairly tedious side stories and ending in an unnecessary refresher on opera, football and 1990.

    The book is a good idea badly done and one still awaits a similar project that is more interested in tactics than trivia.

    The performance of the book however is offensive in its voice work. The accents are broad characturure of European cliché but worse, considering this is a book for British football fans, British football fans when voiced are mindless yobs.

    I'd rather not be portrayed like that.

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    "One of the greatest football books"

    Even if you are not very into the Premier League, this book is absolutely mind-blowing

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