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.
We’re joined by CBC’s Tom Harrington as we look back on the weekend’s Premier League action. Arsenal were wobbly at Wembley and got thrashed 1-0 as only Petr kept Spurs in check, it was the De Bruyne and Aguero show at the Etihad where City put five past a lackluster Leicester, and we’ll also chat about easy wins for Liverpool and Newcastle.
The January transfer window has closed, because it’s February. Funny that.
It’s the Coshcast! It’s been a weekend full of debate about decisions. Were they bad calls? Were they called well? All we know is that we’ve got Steven Caldwell on the pod and we couldn’t be happier about it.
They have made their January moves, made changes where they felt necessary and we now get to see whether or not those changes have made a difference. If they don’t make a difference, there will be some tough decisions to make at the club this coming summer, after missing out on the top four for another season.
Of course, in real life, any chance any of us had of becoming footballers ended when a 14 year-old Mohaned’s parents said “no” to a trial at Newcastle, due to the lack of education he’d receive if he were join them. Fair. Understandable. Incredibly frustrating.
There was a time – somewhere between the late 1990s and the early 2000s – that saw the rise (and fall) of (really) tall centre forwards, a species of warrior that would feel rather alien in the world of Guardiola’s total football.
This week on the Coshcast, much like on the altcoin exchanges it’s an absolute transfer frenzy.
With the signing of Aubameyang all but confirmed, we take a look at the tactical ramifications for the shape of the team, and how Arsene Wenger might go about getting all four of his star players into the same side.
Arsenal win but lose on social media, Lingard adds a Latin element to his dance squad and Chelsea Brighton their own mood after links with Andy Carroll. All this and we’re joined by the wonderful Laura Armstrong of the Toronto Star. Enjoy.
Yes ladies and gentleman like the plausible but threat of nuclear war, the Coshcast has returned. And what a week to do so!
He makes good runs, takes up good positions, but his teammates just don’t find him. Maybe he’s too short? They can’t see him? He must be terribly frustrated. Both by his size, and lack of service.
I know he plays for us now and I don’t want to spoil it but choosing Canada shouldn’t have been difficult for Junior f***ing Hoillet
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.
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.
Lukaku being a flat track bully is an indisputable fact based on these statistics. The question is whether it is his fault. The answer, for the most part, is no.
Pep vs. José. Mourinho vs. Guardiola. Real Madrid vs. Barcelona. Manchester United vs. Manchester City. Speaking about two of the best working coaches in the world is to refer to a great chasm in the philosophy of football. Indeed, it could be said that the abyss that divides them pertains to a crucial question: Why do we play, watch and love football?
This week on the Coshcast, Manchester City slap Spurs to bits, Liverpool hit back at their critics, somewhere an old white man probably criticizes analytics, has Lukaku found his stride? Moyes has definitely hit his, and even old Roy is doing the business.
Like the Seattle Sounders’ feelings of insecurity and inferiority, the Coshcast is back.
Where else to start but with Toronto FC and the MLS Cup as we’re joined by former TFC employee Asif Hossain as we look back at the big game, bask in the warm glow of a drunk Jozy Altidore, and look at who may be shown the door this winter.
Redemption is red. At least that is what Toronto FC are telling their fans. Winter is here in Toronto but the footballing atmosphere in the city is red hot.
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.
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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.
In the North London derby it was Mustafi and Alexis,
Chelsea make West Brom pay and it’ll be the last time Pulis collects his,
Pogba comes back and immediately connects with
Lukaku meanwhile De Bruyne is so good on his left, it’s almost as good as Salah who scored two and clicked ‘next’ while Moyes can’t save West Ham – who amongst us would have guessed?
It would not surprise anyone if I say that Marcelo Bielsa is by far one of the most enigmatic figures in the world of the beautiful game. After all, why do players, coaches, fans and even journalists speak so highly of a coach whose record boils down to three Argentine League titles and an Olympic gold medal with Argentina’s U-23 team?
The Gooners’ pride is on the line. Let’s see if they can regain it or else St. Totteringham’s day may be cancelled for a long time to come.
The most outstanding game of the week past was the Copa Libertadores semi-final match between the two remaining Argentinean contenders, River Plate and Lanus. River Plate, arguably the favourites to win the continental tournament, had the upper hand for roughly two thirds of the game: not only had they carried forward a one-nil lead from the first game, but they had a two-nil lead in the second-leg…
It’s the Coshcast! We know you have a choice so thank you for flying with us. We start in the MLS playoffs as Toronto FC progress and Jozy Altidore is forced to take the Bulls by the horns.
Of all the unimportant things, football is the most important and so today amid all the actual important news, here’s the Coshcast’s for what we’ll generously call an hour’s mental relief.
Madison Solow is a Canadian midfielder playing in Italy for Chievo Verona. We interviewed her in the summer to find out how the move came about, and here Madison tells us more about little Verona, its four Serie A clubs and the upcoming local derby between her newly […]
It’s the Coshcast! You’d be a bit surprised if it wasn’t, I suppose.
It’s nearly Halloween and we start with Toronto FC who jack Atlanta’s win and hit astronomical heights by stealing the Galaxy’s points record.
This week on the Coshcast, we’re joined by a special guest.
The transfer window in the Premier League opens again in January and already there are a number of rumours flying around about who could be moving clubs. Here is a look at three players who may be involved in the biggest moves at the start of 2018. Virgil […]
On October 10th, 2017, the United States Men’s National Team had one job. Don’t lose to Trinidad and Tobago. A draw against one of CONCACAF’s most underwhelming sides would have been enough to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup without sweating.
We all know the severity of the situation in war-torn Syria and the national team’s progress in World Cup qualifying was a ray of hope in an otherwise bleak situation. Unfortunately, for those of us who love an underdog story, Australia won in extra time.
Following their 0-1 home defeat to Burnley at the start of October, the Everton players left the field to a chorus of boos that is becoming an all-too familiar sound at Goodison Park.
It’s all going wrong and it’s all Koeman’s fault. If things don’t change in the next three games, the pitchforks should be out.
It’s the Coshcast! Yes, like Liverpool’s defensive issues, we’re here every week. We start in MLS where Justin Morrow’s hat-trick came just in time to seal the Supporters’ Shield for Toronto FC. In the Premier League, City go to Stamford Bridge, put Chelsea neatly in De Bruyne paper bag and walk off home.
It’s the Coshcast and this week we’re chatting about what happened in New England as Toronto FC lost their second game in a row, and old England where Crystal Palace lost their sixth.
We’ve got all the latest covered from the Premier League where Rooney gets 100 hours of community service – that’s one for every yellow card he’s ever received, and today we’re also joined by special guest Joshua Kloke to go in depth on Toronto FC and review the latest from the Bundesliga.
I had the opportunity to sit down, turn on my laptop and Skype Icelandic youth international and Wake Forest University sensation Hulda Hrund Arnarsdóttir. Hulda just joined the university, but her journey did not start with a plane ticket out of Reykjavik.
Throwdown Thursday is back for the new season. We had a big debate on the thread recently about Carlo Ancelotti and his time at Bayern Munich. Is he failing? Is he to blame for the current situation? What about the board and players? Check out our thoughts and have your say.
In the Premier League City smash Liverpool as the curse of Oxlade Chamberlain continues and Sadio Mane creates a profile on Faceboot so that he can send his thoughts and prayers to Ederson. Elsewhere, Arsenal take a bite of the sour cherries, Mourinho is the only person in the world pining for Fellaini and for Swansea, we Renato ways to say that Sanches had a bad game.
In a summer that saw some of the most insane transfer business ever witnessed, it’s heartening to see Spurs staying true to their principles, trying to do things ‘the right way.’ Whether that will be enough to finally see this talented team make the final step and win major honours remains to be seen.
City have so many questions to answer, Liverpool just look like they know a bit more about themselves. So in many ways, this match should give us an indication of both teams’ ability to challenge for the league and make their mark on the European stage.
It can surprise nobody that Alex Oxlade Chamberlain is choosing to leave Arsenal. His playing time has been hampered by injuries, his development stalled by mismanagement, his expectations messed with and his value to the club taken for granted until it was too late.
Arsenal get slammed by Liverpool’s press and then in the press and can’t even release a press statement as they agree sell their media and communications department to Chelsea for 35m.
“I took some wrong turns and lost a lot of time, but fortunately I eventually got my game footage in front of the President at Fimauto Valpolicella here in Italy and she decided to take a chance on me.”
Laura Armstrong joins us on this week’s Coshcast. Chelsea go all-out trench warfare against Tottenham as Marcos Alonso proves his worth and Lloris struggles in just the latest example of the French setting up a wall and the opposition quickly finding a way around it.