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LFFW | The Mixer: The Story of Premier League Tactics

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London Festival of Football Writing

We are delighted to present the launch of Michael's new book The Mixer: The Story of Premier League Tactics, From Route One to False Nines, 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 counter-attacking champions, The Mixer is one of the most entertaining, rich and knowledgeable football books ever written.

Michael Cox (@Zonal_Marking) is one of the most respected football journalists working today and he has made his name through writing highly entertaining in-depth tactical analysis. He is the editor of Zonal Marking, a football blog dedicated to tactics, and writes regularly for the Guardian and ESPN. The Mixer is his first book.

The event will be chaired by Marcus Speller from The Football Ramble.

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About the festival:

- Events will consist of approximately 45 minutes of discussion between panelists, with 30 minutes audience Q&A

- Events subject to change

- The events take place in the basement of Waterstones Tottenham Court Road. There is a lift that serves the basement and there is an accessible, gender-neutral toilet located on all three floors of the shop. If you have any further questions on accessibility, please do not hesitate to contact us - ldnfestivaloffootballwriting@gmail.com

- Seating is unreserved, but for those with hearing/sight impairment, seats can be reserved at the front of the room - please contact ldnfestivaloffootballwriting@gmail.com to arrange

- There is a fully licensed bar and cafe that is open during the course of the event

- Authors will be available to sign copies after the event, though this cannot be guaranteed. If you cannot come to the event, but still wish to purchase a signed copy, please call Waterstones Tottenham Court Road on 02074361886 to organise. You will be required to pay for the book prior to the event and, again, signed copies cannot be guaranteed.

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