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The Athletic’s Michael Cox, Tom Worville & Ali Maxwell break down the tactical & technical details of football past & present, focusing on a single subject each episode with the help of expert guests.

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The Athletic’s Michael Cox, Tom Worville & Ali Maxwell break down the tactical & technical details of football past & present, focusing on a single subject each episode with the help of expert guests.

    The Zonal Marking Euros Notebook - what we've noticed so far

    The Zonal Marking Euros Notebook - what we've noticed so far

    The Athletic's Micheal Cox, Tom Worville and Ali Maxwell have been hard at work watching every second of Euro 2020 so far and have been noting down anything and everything they consider to be interesting enough to bring to your attention.
    From England's creative throw-ins, Sweden's flat pack four, France's surprising counter-pressing, a proliferation of alliteration, a Scotsman with a better xG than record-breaker Cristiano Ronaldo, and loads more, we've got every tactical and analytical angle covered.
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    • 37 min
    Euro 2020 Preview - Groups D, E and F

    Euro 2020 Preview - Groups D, E and F

    The Athletic's Michael Cox, Tom Worville and Ali Maxwell are back with the second of our big Euro 2020 previews and this time we cover the second side of the draw with groups D, E and F
    Plenty to get stuck into here as England find themselves in group D with Croatia, Czech Republic and of course Scotland.
    Could Sweden be one of the tournaments 'dark horses' in Group E with Spain, Poland and Slovakia?
    And we've got the official Group of Death with France, Portugal, Germany and Hungary in Group F
    We look at every team in-depth and pick out the player to watch for each side - the perfect way to set yourself up for the start of the tournament in a few days time
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    • 52 min
    Euro 2020 Preview - Groups A, B and C

    Euro 2020 Preview - Groups A, B and C

    The Athletic's Michael Cox and Tom Worville join Ali Maxwell for the first of our big Euro 2020 preview pods and we kick things off with groups A, B and C.
    Michael has watched many hours of footage to bring you his considered take on every team and Worville has been scouring the data to try and unearth the key player to watch for each side.
    So if you want to learn more about the tactics and the players of Italy, Wales, Switzerland, Turkey, Denmark, Finland, Belgium, Russia, Austria, Netherlands, Ukraine and North Macedonia then step right this way!
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    Bonus Pod - England at the 2018 World Cup

    Bonus Pod - England at the 2018 World Cup

    This episode originally went out in March but seeing as we're having a week off to prepare for our massive Euro 2020 preview episodes next week we thought we'd kick this back up the feed for any of you who may have missed it first time round. Enjoy!
    The Athletic's Michael Cox, Tom Worville and Ali Maxwell travel back to summer 2018, to the hazy days of waistcoats and wasted pints, as Gareth Southgate's England came within twenty minutes of a World Cup final. We all remember the penalty shoot-out and the Trippier free-kick, but were England actually any good in that tournament?
    Cox and Worville have looked at the footage and the data to determine whether Southgate's Three Lions were worthy semi-finalists.
    We look at the supposed lucky draw, the reliance on set pieces and penalties, plus pick out some highlights featuring the likes of Dele Alli and Jesse Lingard that you've probably forgotten about by now.
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    • 53 min
    Pep v Tuchel - Champions League final tactical preview

    Pep v Tuchel - Champions League final tactical preview

    The Athletic's Michael Cox, Mark Carey and Ali Maxwell look ahead to Saturday's Champions League final between Manchester City and Chelsea from a tactical and analytical perspective.
    Can we learn anything from the two games they've played against each other recently? Will City stick with their strikerless approach or throw in Jesus or Aguero? Which of Chelsea's array of attackers are best suited to exploit City's high defensive line?
    All this and more as we study the game from all manner of tactical angles
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    • 41 min
    The Alternative Team of the Season

    The Alternative Team of the Season

    The Athletic's Michael Cox, Tom Worville and Ali Maxwell gather to offer their distinctive take on football's traditional end of season awards
    Tasked by Ali with picking an alternative team of the season, with the stipulation being that they can't pick any players who got more than one vote in The Athletic's writers poll, Tom and Michael have picked the players they think have gone under the radar this season and were perhaps more deserving of a bigger share of the votes.
    As well as the teams we go through a few alternative categories of our own including Tactical Change of the season, Underrated Player of the Season and the inaugural Zonal Marking Data Darlings award.

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    Sports Interactive's Tom Davidson will deliver a top level briefing on the secrets of FM21 and then former Rangers, Aston Villa and Birmingham manager Alex McLeish will be in the studio to pass on some real life lessons from nearly 25 years in management.
    There are top prizes to be won too, not least the opportunity to take on McLeish in a live streamed, winner-takes-all game of FM21.
    Your ticket will give you full access to the Football Manager Masterclass. This includes an audience quiz and a chance to take on Alex McLeish in a live streamed Football Manager game. You will also get top tips and game insight from Sports Interactive insider, Tom Davidson and a touch of football management reality from Alex McLeish. All for £7.
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    • 51 min

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