Michael Cox is the author of The Mixer. A football writer for the Guardian and ESPN, he is also the co-founder of the Zonal Marking website. He lives in south London and is a season-ticket holder at seventh-tier Kingstonian FC. Zonal Marking is his second book.
Praise for Zonal Marking
`An entertaining and brilliantly researched look at football tactics' - FourFourTwo
`A fascinating assessment of football in 2019' - Observer
Praise for The Mixer
`A compelling examination of the evolution of tactics in the Premier League. A fine read, and a powerful reminder of how much has changed.' - Matthew Syed, The Times
`Thanks to his meticulous research and his focus on strategy, Mr Cox finds a fresh perspective on a story that football fans will think they already knew' - The Economist
`The Mixer, by Michael Cox is a very unusual football writer in that he specialises in the game as it's actually played, rather than the gossip or folklore around it. The Mixer is a tactical history of the English Premier League, with telling anecdotes on every page. It's deeply informed and a pleasure to read.' - Financial Times
`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