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Girondin de Bordeaux: Sometimes you have a vintage year

The promising youngsters that had been cultivated in the Bordeaux set-up left that summer, leaving us to wonder what could have been had they managed to keep the likes of Bixente Lizarazu, Christophe Dugarry, and Zinedine Zidane together and into their prime.

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. […]

Five meetings I would have tomorrow at MUFC

“Thanks for coming in, Louis. I’m sure you know why I’ve asked you here. Things just aren’t progressing as they should. It appears you’ve lost the players and now you’ve lost the supporters, too. We appreciate some of the good work you’ve done – like turning Mike Smalling into a proper centre-half and getting rid of some of the deadwood around here. But this is Manchester United…

Watching English Football in GMT-5

I get up when I want, except on Saturdays, when I get rudely awakened by Martin Tyler. I put my sweatpants on, have a cup of coffee and I think about not leaving the house till all games are finished. I feed myself – I sometimes feed myself twice. It gives me a sense of enormous well-being. And then I’m happy for the rest of the day safe in the knowledge that even if we lose there will always be a bit of my heart devoted to it.

Liverpool – Remember November

On our latest podcast we discussed Liverpool’s absolute battering of Manchester City. Here, @Real_LFC_Fan gives us a sense of how Liverpool fans are feeling as we reach the end of Klopp’s second month in charge. Christmas is quickly approaching and Liverpool have already gifted their fans the two of […]

The Changing Face of Manchester United

While I believe a title challenge is obviously within our grasp in what can only be classed as an ‘unusual’ top flight season, the new focus on keeping goals out is something not seen in these parts for some time. United have usually been the sexy, gallivanting team in years past – not the one who puts steely defence above all.

NYCFC: Pirlo & Lampard can’t save Kreis

At the start of the 2015 Major League Soccer season, making the playoffs was the goal for expansion side New York City FC. While admirable, the reality is that first-year teams in U.S.-based sports leagues rarely make the postseason. But this lofty target, and the failure to reach it, ultimately cost NYCFC head coach Jason Kreis his job.

Remi Must Have His Garde Up

This season is going to be a tough one for Remi Garde. He will experience a bulk of criticism, little praise, a tiny cheque- book and an expectant fan base. He needs to implement his policies and impose his personality upon Aston Villa, and he
needs to do it sooner rather than later. No pressure.

All Hail the Klopp!

Based on the reaction among fans on Twitter, it is quite humorous to find people judging Klopp of his first few weeks, when in reality it has been the players’ performance and individual errors that have lead to the frustration with losing leads, missing crucial goal-scoring opportunities and defensive errors.

Manchester United – Season Review

Louis van Gaal’s first season at Manchester United has been fun to watch from a neutral point of view. Big signings failing to make an impact, players who were once thrown on the scrap-heap coming back to prove their worth, a philosophical battle between 3-5-2 and 4-3-3…we’ve seen it all. Here to give us a United perspective on the whole season, is Ken Frampton. Follow Ken on Twitter at @kframpton

Domesticated Lions

There has been a lot written about the state of English football. We know that England have failed to play with any type of attacking verve in the last 3 major tournaments. It’s a shame really. Amongst other factors, its no surprise when you know that only 36% […]

Manchester United 2012/2013 Season Review

Manchester United Season Review 2012/2013 Spurred on by an uncharacteristic late season capitulation in the 2011/2012 season, Sir Alex Ferguson pledged that Manchester United would never lose the Premier League title on goal difference again. The ol’ timer’s response to this disappointment was to lure the best player […]