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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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    "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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    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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    Aaron K 11/08/2017
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    "Awesome impressions by Colin Mace"

    Great summary and narrative creation of the last 25 years. Nothing new to most football fans but the anecdotes and maces impersonations are fun. Great audio book.

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    Liam W. 10/08/2017
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    "Best audio book I've downloaded yet "

    The best compilation of English football tactics available. Great narrator and I would recommend highly.

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    being a football coach i am always looking for more knowledge on the sport this book was probably the best for tactics and info and I have listened to at least 15 books from players and managers.

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    "Good book, let down by the narration"

    As the title suggests, this is a very interesting book detailing the evolution of tactics in Premier League history.
    If only the narration was better. The narrator takes it upon himself to impersonate every footballer quoted in the original text. This is very distracting, especially with the narrators many attempts at non British accents. I would avoid this as an audio book until a better version is available.

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    Great book but the narration becomes unbearably grating and distracting.

    The volume is very uneven... within one sentence some words are too quietly read while others are spat out. It feels like the narrator gets bored halfway through the book and gallops through to the end.

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    "Fantastic"

    Well Researched and a great insight into the Tue tactics of the game. enjoy it.

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    The book is well written and insightful although he is clearly not a lover of Manchester City.

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    Amazon Customer 04/07/2017 Member Since 2016

    I read things about Europe mostly. Sometimes about Sport. My favourites are Calvino, Joyce and Highsmith.

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    "Tremendous book, brought to life."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It is comprehensive, insightful and really, really good fun. Colin Mace's voices for the cast of characters from the Premier League era is delightful and Cox brings his predictably brilliant view of how tactics have evolved. The book becomes more than a text about football and ends up asking awkward questions about English identity. Beyond all this 'clever stuff' it is also a fantastic nostalgia-fest with a encyclopaedic-ally sourced range of contributions.


    What other book might you compare The Mixer: The Story of Premier League Tactics, from Route One to False Nines to, and why?

    Fever Pitch - for the humour and social comparison.<br/><br/>The Ball is Round - for the comprehensiveness and authorial confidence.<br/><br/>


    Which character – as performed by Colin Mace – was your favourite?

    Probably Arsene Wenger - nearly usurping AC Jimbo.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A tactical masterpiece.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't be put off by thinking this might be a bit technical and dry - it is full of anecdotes and humour.

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