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.
On the Coshcast this week it’s everyone’s second favourite break after the Kit-Kat. Yes, it’s the international break.
Almost three months ago, I had the good fortune to be asked to write a preview for the good lads at Under The Cosh as to what I thought was going to happen during United’s summer transfer window.
Now that the hilarious and terrifying events of this summer’s business have thankfully concluded, there’s no better time to look back and see if I was right or wrong.
When you assess the abilities of Giroud and Walcott, they are both half an ideal striker. If you combined the two you’d get a beautiful Franglo physical specimen with gorgeous hair, extreme quickness and 25-30 goals a season.
There are times when watching Gabriel that you’d be forgiven for thinking you were watching Koscielny, save for the Brazilian’s rather Keown-esque features.
As the summer transfer window thankfully starts to wind down, it’s worth reflecting on what has been a period filled with very little other than lies, speculation and click bait.
Who is to blame for all the spurious, deceptive and fraudulent stories?
Backup strikers at top clubs these days have to be one – if not a combination of – the following:
Relatively unambitious (Remy).
Too old to expect a first team spot (Drogba) or too young and unestablished (Wilson) to expect a first team spot.
In decline or poor form and thus understanding that they do not merit a first team place (Falcao, Soldado, Van Persie).
Willing and able to play another position in order to get game time (Walcott, Welbeck).
The Coshcast returns and we dive straight into the Premier League where City beat Chelsea 3-0 and like a young man on Maury Povich receiving a positive paternity test, Mourinho declares it a fake result.
One wonders what the reaction will be once he inevitably owns the scoring record for both club and country. Will it be one of grudging respect or will these feats allow fans to realize how lucky they’ve been to see him play?
Newcastle United – a team so desperate to be viewed as the ‘King of the North’ that they tried to marry a Stark. The most illustrious and grandest team in all of England as long as the barometer of measurement is not winning trophies.
In the mid-90s had you told Romario that his primary function was to serve as a snow-blower for Luis Figo, he’d have probably knocked you out or died laughing. These days, the game’s poachers or “fox-in-the-box” types like Chicharito, Defoe and Soldado are staggering around in a daze, wondering what happened to the football they knew, and whether they’ll get a flick on from a target man ever again.
The rumours that Chelsea are one of three Premier League clubs talking to Atletico Madrid’s Arda Turan got me thinking about the potential tactical ramifications for the Blues next season. Does this spell the end for Oscar? Or at least the beginning of a more bit-part role? We […]
Juventus is a well-run business, and aside from a few exceptions, a team which is being run as a business in a league in which most owners are still running theirs as fruit stands.
Welcome to Episode 43! Subscribe on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/under-the-cosh-coshcast/id767743946 S2_Ep43: Women’s World Cup; Copa America; Transfers (21/06/15) Back once again like the renegade master, Brazil’s women cannot avoid disaster as they crash out of the World Cup harder than Arturo Vidal after a couple of lagers. Elsewhere, Colombia hit Bacca […]
In May, we were privileged to interview former Tottenham full-back, Paul Stalteri. When we asked him what he thought of Pochettino’s first season in charge of Spurs, he said “Hopefully they stick with the manager and don’t make another change…they need to stick with somebody for the next […]
Norwich City’s recent history has been turbulent. Two successive relegations saw the club drop into League 1 in 2009. Paul Lambert’s appointment and back-to-back promotions returned them to the Premiership, but losing Lambert and a disastrous Chris Hughton reign once again saw the Canaries demoted to the Championship. […]
What Barcelona have achieved this season has been remarkable, which we discuss endlessly on our latest podcast, especially after it looked as though the club was in turmoil toward the end of 2014. Who better to help us re-live this unbelievable chapter of Blaugrana history than passionate culé, […]