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Arsenal: Season Review

To me it was obvious that the team needed another experienced centrback to provide cover and competition. I also wondered why he didn’t get a proper defensive midfielder, seeing that the injury-prone Arteta’s performances had declined in the latter part of the previous season, and the fact that Flamini just isn’t a very good footballer.


Manchester United: The Reshaping Continues

If you thought last summer saw a lot of transfer activity at Old Trafford, you may want to brace yourself – now that the season is over, there is another whirlwind of activity about to get underway.

Lazio: Season Review

You couldn’t write Ogenyi Onazi – the most disappointing player for you this season – scoring the most important goal in many seasons. You couldn’t write Miroslav Klose putting gloss on the scoreline and reminding everyone of the secret behind much of our success.

Bielsa’s Marseille – Season Review

It was a season that promised to much for L’OM. A new manager with a temperament to match the city’s, a young, hungry and talented squad with a point to prove, and as always a fan-base that never shirks their duties in terms of producing an atmosphere. Everything started brilliantly. Somewhere along the line, though, the milk turned sour. To tell us more, here’s French football expert, Mohamed Mohamed. Follow him on Twitter at @MoeSquare.

Liverpool: Season Review

As we discussed on our most recent podcast, it’s been one of the most bizarre seasons in Liverpool’s recent history. After blowing the Premiership away last time around, the Reds and Brendan Rodgers have struggled for consistency and togetherness in a season punctuated by flashpoints. Balotelli being dropped, […]

What happened to A.S. Roma?

A.S. Roma started this season like a house on fire. Their new signings had bedded in well, Rudi Garcia was the name on everybody’s lips, and it looked as though the Giallorossi would genuinely push Juventus all the way in the race for lo Scudetto. Since around the […]

Exclusive Interview: Paul Stalteri

On Saturday, April 18 Under The Cosh travelled to the Ontario Soccer Centre in Vaughan to meet Paul Stalteri. Stalteri, who retired in 2013, is Canada’s most-capped player, captained his country on 30 occasions, and was in the Canadian team that won the Gold Cup in 2000. In […]

Matchday 32: The Manchester Derby

The season is grinding its way to a dramatic conclusion, at least where the top four and relegation battles are concerned. It will take multiple Gerrard-esque slips for Chelsea concede the title now, but beneath them, Arsenal, City and United are battling it out to decide which of the top four spots each get.

Real Moyesiedad

At first, David Moyes as manager of Real Sociedad sits a little uncomfortably. It’s like when your first girlfriend asks you to stop wearing baggy clothes and buys you a tight-fitting t-shirt. You’re a little bemused, you can’t immediately see what the benefit is, but over time you […]

Borussia Dortmund’s Fall from Grace

What on earth has happened to previously high-flying Dortmund, this season? Ahead of their massive clash with Bayern Munich this weekend, Adrian Sertl breaks it down for us: Follow Adrian on Twitter at @AdrianSertl for excellent Bundesliga coverage and more. To say that Borussia Dortmund’s current Bundesliga campaign […]

Wayne Rooney – Captain Immaterial

It was inevitable, really, wasn’t it? As sure as Sepp Blatter’s three re-elections, as sure as Daniel Levy’s sacking of Tim Sherwood, as sure as Messi winning the Golden Ball at this summer’s World Cup…Wayne Rooney would be named captain of Manchester United. Admittedly, there is a defence […]

Toronto welcomes Nolberto Solano

On a chilly evening at Lamport Stadium, floodlights cut through the darkening skies and illuminated the light rainfall as Toronto welcomed Peruvian legend Nolberto Solano. Solano played for Boca Juniors – briefly alongside Diego Maradona in 1997 – before racking up over 300 Premier League appearances with Newcastle, […]

Barcelona vs Atletico: Battle for La Liga

By Andra Nasrie The portable radios were out at the Vicente Calderon, Nou Camp, and Santiago Bernabeu. Worldwide, fans frantically switched back and forth between channels on TV. Not since 2006/2007 has La Liga offered such an unpredictable climax. And on matchday 37, when every match were played […]

David Moyes: Don’t Look Back in Anger

Well, the deed has been done. Manchester Utd have finally sacked David Moyes after 10 months of abject failure. Moyes has overseen losses to the likes of West Brom, Stoke, Newcastle and Olympiakos. He’s overspent on Marouane Fellaini, pissed off Robin Van Persie, been clueless as to how […]

Tim Sherwood – We Will Miss You

And so we prepare to bid farewell to Timothy Alan Sherwood, after reports that he will be replaced as manager of Tottenham Hotspur come the end of this season, despite his side’s recent 5-1 drubbing of Sunderland. On the Coshcast, we’ve made no attempt to hide our bemusement […]

Carles Puyol – The Iconic Lion

By guest contributer, Andra Nasrie If Barcelona were a club sandwich, then Carles Puyol would be the meat in a team of frilly toothpicks. A vital balancing ingredient that, upon his imminent departure, will find both Barcelona and Spain in serious need of some cojones. October 23, 2002. […]