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.
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.
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.
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.
MLS has grown significantly over the last twenty years. No other league in world football has attained the status that MLS has in such a short time. Unlike it’s predecessor, the NASL, MLS is here to stay and we think it’s a league that may be able to challenge the European elite in a few years.
Rumors have been swirling about a possible swap deal between Manchester City and Arsenal involving Alexis Sanchez and Sergio Aguero. The Coshboys have their say on this fun bit of gossip. Check it out: 1. Swap deals are often rumoured. They tend to either go awry for one […]
For a while, United seemed to be focusing on replacing the injured Zlatan Ibrahimovic with one (or maybe two) of Alvaro Morata, Andrea Belotti or Romelu Lukaku. So far, United haven’t been able to push a striker through the door. As a result, Mourinho is now focusing on central midfield. If reports are to be believed Jose will be reunited with his former Chelsea charge Nemanja Matic. Let’s dive right in and analyze this potential transfer.
Since rumours first broke that Cristiano Ronaldo wants out of Real Madrid the football world has gone into a frenzy. Will he stay or will he go? We don’t address where he would go or where we’d like him to go because two of us are United fans […]
AC Milan have quietly spent a lot of money in this transfer window. The new owners have lived up to their promise to invest in the squad. A resurgent AC Milan is good for their fans but ultimately good for Italian football. How good are these signings really? Are Milan actually primed for a return to the big time? We ask the important questions and I’m sure you’ll find some surprising answers here. Enjoy and have your say in the comments section and on social media.
Manchester United and Ajax Amsterdam will battle it out on Wednesday for a European trophy. This sounds like the type of statement that would have been fitting in the 1990s given United’s dominance in England and Ajax’s Dutch and European legacy.
Saul, Koke, Carrasco and Gimenez are fantastic young players who will contribute greatly to the future of Atletico Madrid. The team will move into their new 70,000 capacity stadium next season. The future could be very bright but the light at the end of the tunnel is very hard to see without Diego Simeone.
Today the PFA announces it’s nominees for the PFA Player of the year award. The nominees are Romelu Lukaku, Harry Kane, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Eden Hazard, Alexis Sanchez and Ngolo Kante. After last year’s Leicester miracle, the nominees all come from the traditional big boys. We delve deep into the topic and discuss who will win, who should win and if there any glaring errors. Check out the throw down and let us know your thoughts.
This season on the Coshcast we’ve highlighted a few quotes from managers in the English Premier League. Sure, most of them have come from David Moyes but give us a break, the man is a legend! This week has been a hall of fame week for unbelievable statements from the bosses of the league. We thought you’d enjoy a quick round up. Share your thoughts in the comments as usual.
You don’t buy Ozil then play him out wide, or play him in front of sub-par defensive players in midfield. You don’t buy Ozil then stop playing possession football. All mismatches between Ozil as a player and Arsenal as a team.
Dimitri Payet and to a lesser extent Diego Costa have become the pantomime villains of the Premier League. Both have been painted as disrespectful and disloyal to football clubs that have made them rich and elevated their status in the game.Why? Because they have expressed desires to leave. […]
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Thank you for listening to the Coshcast. If you enjoy it, subscribe right here on Itunes. It’s the Coshcast and we join you from a Toronto with more snow than an investment banker’s Christmas party. Speaking of Toronto, we start with our take on the MLS Cup where Toronto […]
For us here at Under The Cosh, this is the biggest game of the season. It’s the Red Devils vs. the Gunners and our friendships will be temporarily strained. Last season Arsenal gave Man United a pasting at the Emirate with a 3-0 victory and the Gooner contingent were full of banter. The return fixture saw 18 year old Marcus Rashford score a brace on his Premier League debut to seal a 3-2 victory for United bringing them redemption.
Thank you for listening to the Coshcast. If you enjoy it, subscribe right here on Itunes. It’s international break Coshcast! Why? We’re not sure. But why not? This week we’ve got more mumus than a field of cows. There’s Ukrainian in being homophobic shock, Ryan Giggs feeling entitled, Enner […]
Sunderland however, is a disgracefully run football club. Football fans everywhere should be insulted by the way this football club performs season in, season out. It’d be better if they were relegated and spent a few years in the wilderness in order to reassess how they operate. Einstein defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results. If that’s the case then Sunderland are the custodians of the asylum.
One of the saddest and least talked about stories in this transfer window is the future of Mario Balotelli. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has told the Italian that he is no longer part of the plans at Anfield. After his wonderful Euro 2012 performance the sky was the limit for Balotelli but since then he’s been cast away by Manchester City, didn’t light it up in Milan, failed at Liverpool and on his return to Milan he was almost invisible. Safe to say, Mario Balotelli’s career has been a flop.
Three years ago Gareth Bale joined Real Madrid from Tottenham Hotspur for a world record 80m transfer fee. Real Madrid fans were upset because his signing came at the cost of Mesut Ozil’s place in the team as he was jettisoned to perennial underachievers Arsenal. Florentino Perez poached, […]
If you love Cristiano Ronaldo you are either a Manchester United fan or a minority of Real Madrid fans who refuse to whistle at him. Whether you love or hate Cristiano Ronaldo is simply irrelevant. His dominance of the beautiful game alongside Lionel Messi renders your respect for his […]
This past weekend, England came back from two goals down to beat Germany, the country that defeated the three lions in the semi-final of Euro 96 and went on to win the whole thing. For the first time in what feels likes centuries, the top two scorers in the English Premier League are English.
In the latest round of the Champions League, Barcelona and Real Madrid beat Arsenal and Roma, respectively, 2-0. It was comfortable, and though they drew the first leg 0-0, Atletico Madrid will expect to beat PSV Eindhoven in the home fixture and make it three Spanish clubs out […]
According to Sir Alex Ferguson, Mauricio Pochettino is the best manager in the Premier League. If you observe what the Argentine has done at Tottenham, it’s easy to see why the greatest manager of all time would say that. Pochettino has spent wisely enough, trusted in youth and created a […]
On a cold January morning in Toronto, we visited Danny Dichio at Toronto FC’s Kia Training Ground and put him Under The Cosh on a plethora of topics including his move to North America, his work as a youth coach, Toronto FC and the Premier League. The FA Cup […]
So, the inevitable has happened. Perez has sacked Rafa Benitez and employed in his stead, Zinedine Zidane. The Frenchman left a lasting impact on our childhoods with his unique talent as a player, but will he be able to create a legacy as a coach? Bernie and Alex discuss…
Welcome to Episode 20! 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. Some leagues just […]
Welcome to another Throwdown Thursday! As always, we pick a topical issue and discuss/argue it. This week we debate Gary Monk’s sacking by Swansea City. If any proof was required that it was coming, we debated it on our latest Coshcast a few days before the announcement. Have a […]
The English Premier League is full of thrills, upsets, brilliant goals, poor refereeing and much much more. Every week we sum it all up on the coshcast, but we’d also like to share our thoughts with you on some of the major talking points and highlights from the past […]
Like most fans of the English Premier League, we’ve been very impressed by Gary Neville’s analysis for Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football (MNF). It seems that his obvious tactical nous and his friendship and business relationship with Peter Lim – owner of Valencia and part-owner of Salford FC […]
After last night’s woeful performance in the Champions League at home to PSV Eindhoven, Manchester United are feeling the pain. The Red Devils must go to Wolfsburg and win to ensure qualification to the knockout rounds. A tough ask.
This Saturday, El Clasico kicks off. To some, the biggest game in the football calendar. We discuss who will win it, who will shine, and some of the factors in play come the weekend.
This week, Gerard Pique came out and said that if Barcelona and Real Madrid were to go to the Premier League right now they would have no chance of winning the Premier League title, at least not in their first season. His rationale? “If you go to Stoke, or other types of teams, then it will be really tough.”
Oct 14, 2015 will forever be remembered as the day Toronto FC finally qualified for the MLS Playoffs for the first time since the team opened the doors at BMO eight years ago. For us here at Under The Cosh, it was the first year we came to […]
No matter what anyone tells you, the mood within Chelsea is just not right at the moment and it’s all Jose’s fault. Players are lacking confidence and it’s in the managers job description to do something about that. The players are no longer running into proverbial brick walls for him. Aside from that, the spat with Eva Carneiro is further proof that the Special One may need to have his head examined.
Tomorrow, Manchester United and Liverpool go head to head once again. The rivalry stirs up hatred off the pitch, and on it many a player has literally seen red. This particular match has a fascinating subplot; the potential debut of Anthony Martial. We’ve all been told that he could […]
It’s tough to be a Manchester United fan right now. Chelsea hijacked Pedro, or United let Pedro go. No one knows exactly what happened but many United fans are upset. Rival fans are having a field day. Just look at Twitter. However, the following are the thoughts of […]
By Brent Billing Preview – Aston Villa v. The 2015 Champions…(it’s early, I am allowed to dream) Friday August 14, 2015 Villa Park, Birmingham On my second trip to the UK to see United, a trip to Birmingham was my initiation into sightseeing in what might be the […]
While the players are the focal point, Chile’s Argentine manager Jorge Sampaoli’s story brings up an interesting plot point. He was given his chance to manage at a high level in South America by clubs in Chile. Even though he calls Chile home now, it must cross his mind what it’d be like to be on the other side managing his compatriots; Aguero, Mascherano and Messi.
Today I received an email from my dad with the subject: “FIFA UNDER THE COSH.” The subject line was brilliant and gave us an idea on how to approach this touchy subject.
On May 24th, 2014, the lads and I watched Real Madrid win La Decima at Real Sports Bar in Toronto. The historic nature of that victory overcame us all as if we were Madridistas ourselves. As we all know, Atletico Madrid were one minute away from pulling off […]
Lionel Messi brought the magic back to football and made me stare at my ball and my boots for hours on end wishing my ankle wasn’t sore.
Eliaquim Mangala has so far been a big bust, and Bacary Sagna has been a wage gobbling non-event. What Fernando does, I’m not quite sure.
El Clasico is upon us once again. Despite how I may sometimes feel about the fixture, we get to see two of the world’s best teams and two of the world’s best player’s go at it. In fact, we should be watching two of the world’s best front […]
After a bit of a break to soak in the romance of the FA Cup, the Premier League is back and we are as happy as Kurt Zouma’s parents were when they gave him his middle name (look it up if you don’t know). Matchday 26 is here and as Sir […]
When I went back to Juventus, [Gianni] Agnelli called me and told me he had to sell Zidane,” Lippi recalled in an interview with Sky. “He was the best player in the world, but they gave us €77m (£58m), he told me not to worry, that it would all be spent on the team. “We bought, [Gianluigi] Buffon, [Pavel] Nedved and [Lilian] Thuram, regrouped and the team kept winning. – Marcelo Lippi
Hosting a tournament of this size requires national budget approvals in democracies. The only countries that can get these done are incredibly football mad ones or ones run by dictators. Equatorial Guinea falls in the latter category and it should be of no surprise to anyone that their nickname is “National Thunder.”
Christmas has come and gone, turkey has been consumed in mass amounts. The New Year has been welcomed with lots of bubbly. This also means we’ve reached the midway point of the Premier League season making it appropriate to take a look back at the 2014/2015 season so […]