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Toronto FC: Scarves, Socks and Superstition

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 […]

Montpellier vs. Angers – Match report

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.

Athletic Bilbao: A season to remember

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 […]

Toronto FC: Is anyone at home?

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 […]

Revealed – LVG’s scribbles

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.

Toronto FC: Half way to home

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 […]

Does Arsene Wenger distrust Italians?

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 […]

Liverpool: A Leap of Faith

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. […]

Not Benteking His Chances

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 […]

What Happens in SW6

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…

Harry Kane & The Inverted Winger

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.

If I Were Klopp

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.

Spurs: A New Mindset Required

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.

A Villarreal Challenge

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 […]

‘Teams I Hate in The Spotlight’ – England

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.

Has United’s Re-build Gone Too Far?

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.

Buying A Striker? Good Luck

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).

What’s your position?

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.

Chelsea: Someone Turan Box-to-Box

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 […]

Coshcast Season 2 Ep 43: Women’s World Cup; Copa America; Transfers

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 […]

Tottenham Hotspur: Season Review

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: Will The Canaries Soar?

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. […]

FC Barcelona: Season Review

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, […]