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Manchester United: The Macheda Moment

It was a frantic finish to the 08/09 season and I was approaching the end of my first year of university. Back home for the weekend, with finals around the corner, the United game was on. It was (and still is) a standard ritual to watch the United game while planning the rest of the day around it, and so everything else was naturally cast aside.

Coshcast: Tottenham Spur Chelsea On & Barcelona fall to Malaga

Coshcast is here as the end of the season draws near.
This week we discuss which is trippier, Spurs’ right back or Fellaini captaining United. There’s Everton – Leicester in a great advert for how rubbish the Premier League can be, Liverpool try weird tactic of using best players to win game, Chelsea bop Bournemouth and we all get a little bit little bit David Attenborough as the world is given a glimpse of the lesser-spotted Delph.

Thursday Throwdown: Pogba So Far

What is Jose Mourinho trying to do by defending Pogba so ferociously? Alex: Relieve the perceived pressure on Pog. The press and fans are obviously paying very close attention to every Pogba performance such that he is questioned every time he isn’t brilliant. This is the state of […]

Pep, Mou & the battle for equality

Listen to our latest podcast below. If you enjoy it, subscribe right here on Itunes. 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 […]

Toronto FC: A Beautiful, Bonkers Night

The city celebrated. Voices, beers, scarves, nerves – all were lost. The Cosh were privileged to be in attendance at a game considered the greatest MLS playoff match in history. This is what the game is about. We look forward to the MLS Cup final on December 10th, also in Toronto at BMO Field. In ten days it won’t be 36,000 fans but 5 million in the Greater Toronto Area cheering the Reds on.

Jamie Carragher Talks in Toronto

On November 14, 2016, the Liverpool-based events company 5times brought Jamie Carragher to Toronto’s Opera House for an evening of football stories. Eric Anderton was there, and graciously gave us a quick rundown on what these events entail. Here’s Eric: The occasionally rowdy pockets of the crowd fall […]

On Lille, Football Shirts & Sponsors

It changed the season I was working in the Liverpool club store, and the reaction was one of shock, to say the least. As part of the publicity push I was asked to wander around the city centre wearing the new shirt and advertising pre-sales. I was consistently accosted by fans, aghast at the new change, furious at the interloper Standard Chartered.

Just a Lille Bit About Football

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It was a throwaway line from an article on the unparalleled Run of Play blog that I can remember neither the author nor subject of. The paraphrase would go along the lines of “inside the stadiums we are all from Ancient Greece.” The insinuation that nationality is set aside for municipality inside the crucible of sporting competition is one that we’ve all experienced, even if the internet has – digitally, at least – extended the boundaries of some territories.

A Footballing Smorgasbord

Thank you for listening to the Coshcast. If you enjoy it, subscribe right here on Itunes. Welcome to this week’s Coshcast: We start in the Premier League where Tottenham adopt alleged CIA methods by suffocating Manchester City to within an inch of their life to establish a lead, Liverpool […]

Plenty of sugar without Kane

Louis van Gaal wanted “virtual reality” training for United last season. Rooney was one step ahead for once, he has been living in a virtual reality for about 18 months, one where he is still a good player. Still, it was Rooney who was once again summoned from the bench to miskick the ball to a United player and claim it as an assist. Jose has it sussed now, give him ten minutes here and there and the damage should be minimal.

TFTTF: Mourinho’s career begins to crumble

It is saying something when United fans are starting to reminisce misty eyed over the glory day of David Moyes. I mean, even Van Gaal didn’t manage to spend this much money and lose three games in a week. Not that it is all Mourinho’s fault, of course. The referees are to blame, as is Watford’s “luck” in making Rooney, Fellaini and Zlatan look somewhat average.

Quadruple? What the f*ck!

Welcome to Season 4, Episode 6! Thank you for listening to the Coshcast. If you enjoy it, subscribe right here on Itunes. Another week, another Coshcast. On this episode: Watford spank Manchester United whose squad is starting to look like a luxury yacht – hideously expensive and all at […]

Tales From The Top Flight – Champions League Edition

I spent at least five minutes last night trying to remember a better Champions League debut. I recall Rooney getting a hat-trick for United on his first time in a red shirt when he was young, fit and pretty good but I don’t think anything comes close to Leicester City. Ranieri might be aiming for third place in the group but his players clearly have other ideas, racing to a 3-0 win over Club Brugge. It was that comfortable for them Mahrez even scored a penalty, which complimented his free kick rather nicely.

Zidane’s Youth Revolution

Listen to the latest episode of the Coshcast below and subscribe on iTunes right here! Adura Adegbuyi is a Real Madrid fan based in Toronto, Canada. He is on Twitter at @aduraadura. Zinedine Zidane replaced Rafa Benitez on January 04, 2016 as head coach of Real Madrid after […]

Lorient vs. SC Bastia – Match Report

Lorient went down to nine men in the 77th minute after an absolutely bizarre passage of play. Majeed Waris, who had been playing well for Lorient as number 9, had turned well in the area and was shaping to shoot before getting hauled down. The referee was no more than five yards away and inexplicably signalled play on, eliciting howls of frustration from the Lorient players, none more so than Benjamin Jeannot. In his rush to get to the loose ball the Lorient midfielder, who had been subbed on only 15 minutes earlier, shoved the referee out of the way, earning himself a straight red.

Pep puts his Willy ahead of his Hart

Pep is already doing his best to become a true Manchester lad, choosing his Willy over his Hart on a Saturday night out in town. Joe Hart was dropped due to the fact he is not very good at passing the ball, as opposed to not very good at keeping the ball out of the net which would have been far more obvious.

Adventures in Ligue 1 – Angers SCO

Last season Angers SCO finished 9th in the table, but that doesn’t really tell the whole story of their campaign. Back in the top division after over two decades, the expectation was for the team to largely act as fodder for their bigger rivals, with relegation certainly not out of the equation. Instead, based on a solid defensive set-up devised by coach Stéphane Moulin, Angers spent much of the season in contention for European competition…

Adventures in Ligue 1

The idea is to take a closer look at French football, choosing not to scale the PSG monolith, but instead searching for stories in the tattered remains of the clubs that have crashed into it. I’m looking forward to this as there’s always been a hint of Francophilia in my veins; I liked Amelie, I own several stripy sweaters and my favourite skater is Lucas Puig.

Tottenham Hotspur: 2015/16 Season Review

The next few years are going to be bristling with change. The old stadium is going, a new one is being built. Hopefully there won’t be as much coming and going with the playing staff, and certainly not the manager. There is a combination of rigidity and flare in this current squad which, if it continues to be nurtured and improved in key places, quite frankly means it could take on the world.

Coshcast: Euro 2016 Preview

Welcome to Episode 43! Thank you for listening to the Coshcast. If you enjoy it, subscribe right here on Itunes. Bonjour! Today on the Coshcast we have conversation about les Euros – the tournament, not the currency – including a semi-informed preview of just about everything. Elsewhere there […]

Valencia CF: Learning the hard way

There’s no sugar coating it, this season was atrocious. As a Valencia CF fan you get used to a rollercoaster ride every season, but I have experienced few with quite so many drops as this one. The only comparison I can make would be the 2007/2008 season – a season where Valencia was almost relegated, our most iconic players were ousted from the club and our own captain even sued the club’s ownership…

FC Barcelona: 2015/16 Season Review

If you want to understand the club that FC Barcelona is you should probably start by knowing that there was, and still is, a sense of disappointment all around (players, club, fans) about not achieving the seemingly impossible and never-before-seen task of winning two trebles in a row. And while this might sound insane for people on the outside looking in, the thing is that this feeling is based on the belief that this Barça team is the best team in Europe.

Arsenal: 2015/16 Season Review

Mario Rivas hosts the Full90Gooner podcast. In this piece he tries to sum up Arsenal’s disappointing season, and asks the two big questions.’ Why?’ and ‘what next?’. Well here we are. The Premier League season is over. It feels like so long ago that August 9, 2015 came […]

Liverpool FC: 2015/16 Season Review

Coutinho, Lallana and Henderson have become hot topics this season. Although they’ve all had bouts of brilliance, I am not sure that they can carry on being great contributors to the team. Personally, I think that these three players should be more consistent at this stage in their careers, but nothing tells me that it is happening anytime soon.

Norwich City: Klose but no cigar

It’s been another turbulent season for Norwich City. At times looking dead and buried, at times looking sure to avoid relegation, the fans have been through the mill. Here to tell the tale of a season that ended in yet another relegation is James Stangroom of Canadian Canaries. […]