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Zonal Marking
A show about football tactics
The Athletic’s Michael Cox & 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. Subscribe to The Athletic using the special promo code zonalmarking  and receive 40% off! Also, subscribers will have access to exclusive episodes. SIGN UP NOW:
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Ratings & Reviews
4.7 stars from 182 ratings
Fun, Fresh & Approachable
A fun, fresh & approachable look at football tactics.
Coach Sarah Brady via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/06/20
A new podcast that looks at the different strategies , designs and tactical nuances of our beautiful game . For the purist and enjoyable throughout . Cox gives the Pod that touch of class .
RiccardoMantio via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 04/02/20
Great conversation
Listened to almost all episodes. I’ve found each very informative and simple to understand for non-tactical expert. The conversational relaxed manner very endearing. Keep it up. Byo, Fishersville, Va, US
fisherville listener via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/05/20
Recent Episodes
Michael Cox & Ali Maxwell are joined by The Athletic's Bournemouth writer Peter Rutzler to look at what has been a disappointing season for Eddie Howe's side. We pick apart the tactics - which may not be quite as open & entertaining as they once were - and look at the individual players...
Published 06/03/20
Jose Mourinho spoke to The Athletic's James Horncastle last week for an exclusive interview looking back at his treble-winning Inter Milan side ten years on, so for this week's pod we got James together with Michael Cox & Ali Maxwell for a deep dive into that famous season looking at the...
Published 05/27/20
The Athletic's Michael Cox & Ali Maxwell are joined by our resident Manchester City writer Sam Lee for a look at the tactical reasons behind City's failed title defence this season. Aiming to evaluate how much of an impact has the loss of Sane made, whether other teams have simply got better...
Published 05/20/20
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