Paul Pogba: Respect earned

It’s important to remember that the vast majority of the French squad is originally of African descent. They didn’t shy away from their roots, in fact they used it to unify the squad and bring the non-Africans aboard and Pogba was the architect of this. If you didn’t smile watching Antoine Griezmann trying to shaku shaku with the African boys then you might just be an angry old man. 

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Coshcast: A World Cup Final to remember

This week on the Coshcast:

West Ham have signed Felipe Anderson, Cristiano Ronaldo has joined Juventus, France have won the World Cup and Vladimir Putin has gone from handing out golden medals to dossiers with golden showers in the space of two days.

Coshcast: Penalties, penalties and more penalties

Thank you for listening to the Coshcast. If you enjoyed it, please subscribe on iTunes. https://s3.amazonaws.com/Coshcast/Season+5/Coshcast+World+Cup+2018_Penalties%2C+penalties+and+more+penalties.m4a Harry Kane scores the best worst hattrick of all time, Ahmed Musa for President of Nigeria. Toni Kroos redeems himself, Iran almost knock out Portugal and so much VAR. There’s been so much […]

Why on earth did Arsenal sell Szczęsny?

That a club with the stature, expectations and standards of Juventus were willing to replace their greatest ever goalkeeper with Wojciech Szczęsny should have been the subtlest of clues to Arsenal that they shouldn’t sell. When their options were a visibly declining Cech and a too-short-to-ever-be-good-enough Ospina, and one of Europe’s leading clubs wanted their man, Arsenal perhaps should have realized what they had. Instead, the Pole was sold to Turin for a pitiful 12m Euros. 

World Cup Memories: Laudrup strikes a pose

As the buildup to the quadrennial summer showpiece continues, one can hardly be less enthusiastic about the fact that it is being hosted in uncharted territory – Russia. Nevertheless, there is no doubt that once the images of the fans, the team colour, and the festivities begin alongside […]

Manchester United: Summer Plans

In a game in which both sides seemed to have a lack of motivating factors behind them, Chelsea were slight pre-match underdogs. The fans were the only ones in the stadium providing a typical cup final atmosphere after the morning’s Royal Wedding bonanza, as the football began slowly. Both […]

Coshcast: Arsenal pull their Wenger out | Napoli in with a shout

Arsenal finally pull their finger out as it’s Wenger out at the Emirates – we look back at the career of the Gandalf of football – the glory and the yawns, the glamour and the false dawns, and ask who is the right man for this brave new era, from Max Allegri to Patrick Vieira.

Elsewhere there’s FA Cup action to discuss as Mourinho mourinhos his team past Spurs who spurs themselves right in the spurs, and in things you never thought would happen, Giroud goes on a mazy dribble, and Napoli beat Juventus in Turin.

Coshcast: Blue Moon Risen

This week on the Coshcast, Manchester City get handed a title, ironically by the son of a wealthy aristocrat, Arsenal are like a 5 year old on their first play-date, struggling away from home, like L’oriel’s reputation Chelsea get saved by a beautiful Frenchman, and Liverpool reach 300 pops under Klopp.

Coshcast: Collapse at the PathEtihad

This week on the Coshcast,
City fail to buy a centreback better than Otamendi at half time allowing United to storm back and beat them at the Etihad, somehow a Merseyside derby featuring Dominic Solanke and a team managed by Sam Allardyce doesn’t produce any goals, Spurs and Arsenal scrape past Mark Hughes past and present, and Chelsea continue to defy all logic by not using Ross Barkley to fire them into the Champions League spots.

How Arsenal miss Santi

For a good few years, Santi Cazorla and his diminutive stature papered over the giant cracks in Arsenal’s midfield. His magical ball retention and ambidextrous ability lulled fans into forgetting about the lack of cover and depth. Now the memories haunt them more than ever.

What TFC can expect from Ager Aketxe

Aketxe is an exciting player whose impressive rise through the Athletic Club ranks certainly had fans clamouring for his mark to be made on the first team. However, the slight playmaker has had a turbulent time over the past two years, being sent out on loan to Cadiz in the second division before succumbing to a serious knee injury over the summer limited his playing time this season.

The key to Manchester City’s success is…

An energized, lean, mean-looking Manchester City outfit has come to the party this season. Undefeated so far, they have shattered records with an incredible 55 points in 19 games. That’s 58 points from a possible 60. Such form has never been seen before in the league and the credit has gone to Josep “Pep” Guardiola for proving to his doubters that he can indeed succeed in the Premier League.

The Second Half: Things to Expect in the EPL

Boxing day has arrived and the season’s second half has begun. The title race may be all but over, but the domestic cups are still to play for and the Europa and Champions League knockout stages have yet to commence. Just a few weekends ago we were delighted at the onset of another footballing season. Now, we find ourselves wondering how things will transpire as we prepare for another World Cup.

Manchester City: The heroes the Premier League deserve

Last season Pep Guardiola finally arrived at Manchester City. The club chased him for almost a decade as they looked to cement themselves as a true world footballing giant. The thought was that Pep would come in and take the team to new heights. City had already won the league and multiple cups. Now City wanted to play with panache and contend with the big boys, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus and Bayern Munich.

Where does Griezmann go from here?

With Diego Costa’s imminent return to the Atletico side, it will be absolutely fascinating to see how the pair combine in a partnership that looks, on paper like it should work brilliantly. Costa the aggressive, sociopath bully ready to drive defenders bonkers, Griezmann the impish magician, darting around him into the spaces the opposition barely registered.