To suggest that Mourinho needs three or four more transfer windows to produce a decent team is to admit that he cannot coach the best out of the talented players he already has. Which, of course, is the crux of the matter.
Colin Crawford is a museum worker with a well cultivated taste for the arcane and unusual. Buy him a cup of tea and he’ll talk about anything to do with soccer. This season Colin is exploring Ligue 1, club by club. This week? FC Lorient! You may have […]
In the following imagined scenario, Nanu Emannuel Ugwu takes us into the mind of Chelsea’s controversial Director of Football, Michael Emenalo ahead of his club’s massive game against Mourinho’s Manchester United. Follow Nanu on Twitter @Nanu759. Stamford Bridge, London The Chelsea scouts returned late from Manchester after the […]
En Avant de Guingamp is a team that has mastered the art of the cup run, electrifying fans and giving them memories to pass on to their children whilst remaining a charmingly regional outfit. In a slight deviation from regular programming, I actually spoke to a fan of the Breton club – an old friend from my Liverpool days – Liam Kelly.
It seems that France really isn’t crazy about sport, certainly not year round, and the half empty stadiums I’ve been witnessing when watching the games stand in testament to that. Zizou’s projection onto a national monument was a powerful gesture; here was the son of Algerian immigrants who had made it to great heights from the roughest parts of Marseilles. A symbol for the secular post-racial republic France viewed itself as. But with a new dawn, the symbol is lost, the light from a single bulb struggling vainly to hold back the flood from a star.
Why was Cavani not substituted long time ago and how will PSG solve the Cavani conundrum?
Can Wenger fit Coquelin, Cazorla and Xhaka into the same team?
Colin Crawford is a museum worker with a well cultivated taste for the arcane and unusual. Buy him a cup of tea and he’ll talk about anything to do with soccer. This season Colin is exploring Ligue 1, club by club. This week? SM Caen, and their away […]
To hear them talk about the education of young players, about the work ethic they instill in their own children, about the countless hours they voluntarily put into learning Spanish as quickly as possible, about the way they would like their teams to play and their players behave, makes one sit up and take notice. It is infectious. It makes one want to stand up and shout “preach” or “amen” as if in church. It makes one think “if this was my coach, manager or boss I would hang on every word”. Such is the passion, clarity and earnestness with which they speak about the game.
It was an action packed Saturday in the Premier League as Pep’s City play football from another planet and leave Manchester United very much like Saturn – with rings run around them, despite Claudio Bravo’s best attempts to ruin everything.
Listen to the latest episode of the Coshcast below and subscribe on iTunes right here! Chris Darwen is a sports writer and author living his dream on the Costa Blanca in Spain. Tales From The Top Flight has been featured each week in the largest English speaking newspaper […]
Listen to the latest episode of the Coshcast below and subscribe on iTunes right here! So Tottenham have signed Moussa Sissoko. For 30m. Which is a fleecing. Let’s be honest. Even in “this market”, that kind of money for a player who has shown flashes of class but […]
Chris Darwen is a sports writer and author living his dream on the Costa Blanca in Spain. Tales From The Top Flight has been featured each week in the largest English speaking newspaper in the south of Spain for over a year now and he is delighted to […]
Listen to the latest episode of the Coshcast below and subscribe on iTunes right here! Colin Crawford is a museum worker with a well cultivated taste for the arcane and unusual. Buy him a cup of tea and he’ll talk about anything to do with soccer. This season […]
Welcome to Episode 3 of Season 4! Thank you for listening to the Coshcast. If you enjoy it, subscribe right here on Itunes. This week on the Coshcast: The Premier League (apart from West Brom) delivers goals again as Watford lose to Arsenal after a first half so sinfully […]
On Wednesday, August 24, Bernie and I made our way to The Midtown, a pub in Toronto that acts as headquarters for the Toronto branch of Arsenal Canada. Given his support for Manchester United, Bernie would probably have felt the slight senses of nausea and embarrassment at any […]
Listen to the latest Coshcast below, featuring exclusive behind-the-scenes audio content from Arsenal’s match against Leicester last weekend. Subscribe on Itunes right here! I awoke to the news that Roberto Martinez has appointed Thierry Henry as one of his assistant coaches for the Belgian national side. “That’s a […]
Ciarán Breen is a sports writer and multimedia journalist. Here, he reports on the rituals and superstitions Toronto FC fans have developed over the club’s decade-long history. Follow Ciarán on Twitter. Toronto, On. — On Saturdays, Kristin Knowles packs her bag before work in the usual manner. Red […]
I know I’m personally looking forward to seeing if Sebastian Squillaci can still run at the age of 36…
Some quick thoughts on the whole set-up before getting into the game proper. I didn’t think much of the Angers kit. It was a pretty straightforward white number with a thick black stripe down the sleeve and black cuffs. It wasn’t offensive, but looked a little drab next to Montpellier, who have orange in their colours and thus immediately look more exciting. It was, however, made by Kappa, so points for that, and the socks were excellent.
Rob Palmer is a Southampton fan. He’s also the one on The Final Third Podcast what does a lot of puns. In this piece he tells us about how Southampton have had possibly the best season in their history, and yet it has flown under all our radars. […]
Ben Jarman is a freelance football writer with a soft spot for Spanish football, and a an understandable interest in one of Europe’s most interesting clubs, Athletic Bilbao. In this piece, he tells us about the Basque side’s magnificent season. Follow Ben on Twitter Athletic Club finished in […]
Welcome to Episode 41! Thank you for listening to the Coshcast. If you enjoy it, subscribe right here on Itunes. On this episode of the Coshcast we sing a song (again), review a fantastic FA Cup final for Manchester United and Louis Van Gaal while analyzing the impending […]
It’s been a difficult season for Chelsea fans. This one has stronger opinions than most. Nanu Emannuel Ugwu takes us through a season of inexplicable behaviour, decisions and performances.
Ciarán Breen reports on Toronto FC as they head back to BMO Field next week with some questions to answer. Follow Ciarán on Twitter | Read more from Ciarán here. Below: Listen to our latest podcast! Toronto FC round-up towards the end. Toronto FC surpassed the early season […]
Soccer has always been the most played sport for children in Canada, both because it is the world’s game and Canada is as multicultural a nation as it gets, but also because compared to hockey or baseball, soccer is relatively cheap and accessible. However, there is a creeping […]
Week after week, United supporters watch as their team struggles with incomprehensible tactical decisions, lackadaisical performance levels and being generally not good enough. I asked Ryan Giggs to steal a glance and fill us in on the Dutchman’s stratagems and deepest thoughts.
If you like football podcasts, try the Coshcast. Listen here, subscribe here. Enjoy! Pochettino was the first to go, of course. His extremely impressive work at Southampton had won him the chance to be the one tough social worker that would finally get the wayward and stroppy […]
Ciarán Breen believes that TFC have been short on luck on their grueling road trip, but have reasons to remain positive. Toronto FC can consider themselves unlucky after debatable officiating has marred each of their opening four games but performances suggest that when their luck turns, they […]
Every passing day brings us closer to Antonio Conte’s first season in charge of Chelsea, but how will the Italian do at the club that has expectations so few have managed to meet? His first season is likely to go rather well. Chelsea currently sit in tenth place […]
Since taking over as Arsenal manager in 1996, Arsene Wenger has signed well over 100 players for the club from all over the world. It struck me recently though that among the absolute catalogue of nationalities represented by Wenger’s signings, Italians are few and far between. I did […]
On our latest podcast we touched on Liverpool’s 1-2 victory over Crystal Palace. Here, @Real_LFC_Fan discusses how the team have bounced back from their League Cup Final defeat, and who the standout performers have been for Klopp’s evolving side. There it goes…Liverpool’s chance of winning silverware this season. […]
Greg Sleter is a journalist, a New Yorker and a football fan who runs the fantastic SleterFC.com. On our recent podcasts we’ve discussed the long list of players who have recently joined clubs in the Chinese Super League. In this piece, Greg asks whether China’s financial clout may […]
Stephen McGovern is the Content Manager for The Final Third podcast. He’s also a student journalist who has written this piece about the growing gulf – pun firmly intended – between oil-rich Manchester City, and cultural capital-rich Manchester United. Instead of living in Ferguson’s shadow at Old Trafford, […]
While not every club can be Athletic Bilbao, in an era of globalization, obscene wages, gated communities and made-for-TV kick-off times, local players are just about the last thing the fans have to relate to, and clubs will ignore that element at their own peril.
On our latest podcast we discussed whether Christian Benteke was good enough to captain a team of Liverpool youngsters past Exeter in the FA Cup. Here, @Real_LFC_Fan wonders whether the Belgian is good enough for the club at all. The month of December was quite a rough […]
Like we did this time last year, we’re going to avoid writing about incoming transfer rumours, and instead turn to fans of clubs across Europe and ask: “who do you want to see leave your club?”
The results are in, and they’re definitive.
Welcome to Episode 21! Thank you for listening to the Coshcast! If you enjoy it, we’d be very grateful if you could rate, review and subscribe to the Coshcast right here on Itunes, all of which helps to rank the show, and spread the word. The Coshcast returns […]
It’s the Coshcast, and unlike Jose Mourinho, we have plenty to say as the Klopp effect takes effect at Stamford Bridge.
The situation room at SW6 was seldom opened to members of the playing staff except during extensive contract negotiations and never before had anything like this occurred. Roman wanted the meeting to be concise but accepted they were so many layers to get through. They all sat down in a circle in no particular order…
If there was any question about the Canaries’ ability to defend in the Premier League, it was answered abruptly on the pitch at St. James’ Park.
Apologies in advance for harkening back to the days of Lennon and Bale, but on the right and left respectively they would beat the full-back and drive crosses across the six-yard box multiple times a game. None of Crouch, Defoe or Pavlyuchenko were anything more than decent Premier League strikers, but they scored frequently because good chances were created for them.
Welcome to episode 12. Thank you for listening to the Coshcast! If you enjoy it, we’d be very grateful if you could rate, review or subscribe to the Coshcast right here on Itunes, all of which helps to rank the show, and the spread the word. The shakes […]
Welcome to Season 3 Episode 11. Thank you for listening to the Coshcast! If you enjoy it, we’d be very grateful if you could rate, review or subscribe to the Coshcast right here on Itunes, all of which helps to rank the show, and the spread the word. […]
The Premier League has another ‘Jurgen the German’, and I think it’s fair to say that Liverpool fans and neutrals alike are quite excited about it. Klopp is the managerial equivalent of chasing tequila with RedBull, a high-octane cocktail of energy, risk and potential reward.
This is a call to arrest that slide into darkness. Not for passive, unthinking support for everything the manager or club does, but a more measured approach that doesn’t lead to Nigel in Hemel Hempstead calling 606 to complain to Robbie Savage that Pochettino doesn’t care about the fans. Leave that kind of embarrassing nonsense behind.
The Coshcast is here and like the world’s attitude to dealing with global warming, better late than never.
Moussa Dembele has not made a through-ball since the 2012/13 season. Not one. That is mind-blowing. Disgraceful. Sad. So very Tottenham
By Cameron Dhaliwal It was the first game on day two of the Emirates Cup, and Villarreal made a host of changes at half time. These changes weren’t regarded as significant to many, but under the microscope they can be labelled as evidence to why Villarreal are one […]
By Cameron Dhaliwal It was not to long ago that arguably the most talented creative midfielder retired from football, a player well ahead of his time and never fully appreciated for his genius. He was an artist trapped in a athletes game, a player who left more questions […]
The England national team – A football club so richly steeped in national dishonour they would be more aptly associated with Marcus Junius Brutus than seen as the inventors of the greatest sport of all time. A team so unjustly engulfed in optimism, they are, somehow, masters of under-performing – even though they have only ever won one major competition in their pathetic 141 year history. A team so shit that their fans are forced to quote a senile, fair-weathered, narcissistic old man like Pele in a bid to gain credibility.