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Assessing Tottenham’s Transfer Window

In a summer that saw some of the most insane transfer business ever witnessed, it’s heartening to see Spurs staying true to their principles, trying to do things ‘the right way.’ Whether that will be enough to finally see this talented team make the final step and win major honours remains to be seen.

Coshcast: Chelsea see red, Giroud uses head, Lukaku leaves West Ham for dead

The Premier League unzips and swings itself around – we admire Giroud as Arsenal pull themselves out of a quagmire that started with McGuire and at Vicarage Road it was Firmino’s wiry frame that caused Marco Silva to perspire. Special guest Feroze Ali talks to us about Chelsea who possibly had too much fire and conspired to lose at home to Burnley, Crystal Palace wonder whether they made the right hire and Manchester United set West Ham atop a pire and burn them to ground.

Coshcast: Gold Cup, Transfers & Neymar

This week on the Coshcast we look back at Canada’s run in the Gold Cup as they pass the Hondurance test but ultimately suffer from Larin’s itis, round up any latest transfer madness by which I mean primarily make fun of West Ham, and course where would we be without Mumu of the Week? We’d be up a tree without a Mumu, of course.

Canadian Soccer in the US System

With the news of the Canadian Premier League sparking Canadian interest in soccer from Victoria to St. John’s, it is worth taking a look at the Canadian clubs under US governing bodies and their histories, be it top division sides like Toronto FC and Vancouver Whitecaps or lesser known PDL sides such as Forest City London or Calgary Foothills FC.

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.