As the buildup to the quadrennial summer showpiece continues, one can hardly be less enthusiastic about the fact that it is being hosted in uncharted territory – Russia. Nevertheless, there is no doubt that once the images of the fans, the team colour, and the festivities begin alongside […]
In a game in which both sides seemed to have a lack of motivating factors behind them, Chelsea were slight pre-match underdogs. The fans were the only ones in the stadium providing a typical cup final atmosphere after the morning’s Royal Wedding bonanza, as the football began slowly. Both […]
An energized, lean, mean-looking Manchester City outfit has come to the party this season. Undefeated so far, they have shattered records with an incredible 55 points in 19 games. That’s 58 points from a possible 60. Such form has never been seen before in the league and the credit has gone to Josep “Pep” Guardiola for proving to his doubters that he can indeed succeed in the Premier League.
Boxing day has arrived and the season’s second half has begun. The title race may be all but over, but the domestic cups are still to play for and the Europa and Champions League knockout stages have yet to commence. Just a few weekends ago we were delighted at the onset of another footballing season. Now, we find ourselves wondering how things will transpire as we prepare for another World Cup.
The recent talk about the restructuring of the summer transfer window period in the Premier League is refreshing. Managers seem to want to know their squads before the season starts, and players would also like to be settled down at their clubs.
As it stands, the transfer window still runs until the end of August, and clubs like Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal, Man United, and Tottenham are running out of time to finalize their squads for the season which has already started.
The stage is set, and the hot seats that Woodward and Perez occupy will be heavily scrutinized, the ambition of each club echoed in their every move, their every step. Their teams will take the pitch before them and demonstrate their wills. Who wants it more? Game on.
Where will Conte go now for his striking options if he doesn’t wish to reconcile with Diego Costa?
The upcoming 17/18 season will be one that precedes a World Cup, and many players will be desperate to prove themselves to make it to their national squads. This will have an impact on this summer’s transfer market, with the logical choice for players opting for playing time rather than necessarily making a move to a prestigious club.
He is a shadow of his former self – once a breath of fresh air in a world of football with established elites.
Squeaky bum time has arrived! It’s the time of the year where the choice of games on the television is overwhelming and everything seems to be happening at once. There are some incredible run-ins taking place across Europe.
They’ve been an enigma this season. They’ve played good football, they’ve controlled games and created chances aplenty. This is the football every Manchester United fan wanted to see after the days of LVG’s “possession” game, filled with sideways and backwards passes. This is exactly what every Red Devil wanted to see after David Moyes oversaw the rapid demise of the club in the first season after Sir Alex retired. It’s not quite all that glorious currently though, as their league position remains a bit of a mystery.
There was a buzz in the air just before kickoff, as the Reds had started the season undefeated with one win and two draws on the road and had the chance of a solid opening at home and to move top of the Eastern Conference. Fireworks and fans engulfed the stadium, followed by the raucous beating of drums…
Thank you for listening to the Coshcast. If you enjoy it, subscribe right here on Itunes. FA Cup weekend means FA Cup Coshcast along with news from around Europe and the African Cup of Nations. We’ll discuss Arsenal – Southampton and how much Lucas Perez plays like Messi, Tottenham […]
Thank you for listening to the Coshcast. If you enjoy it, subscribe right here on Itunes. The Coshcast is here and I’m delighted to say that the squad is back to full strength. We start this week by somewhat glazing over the third round of the FA Cup to […]
There are no periods for patient rebuilding anymore as evident with the constant sacking of managers. Chairmen are now results oriented and will buy to win no matter what the cost. Will any one team develop into a dominant force in the foreseeable future?
The club now have a task at hand – what will they have to show for their remarkable improvement under new management in recent years? Can they win the Supporters’ Shield? Can they get back to the MLS cup? Are they now a regular playoff team? Players like Giovinco, Altidore, and Bradley make up the core of the side and without them, the current identity of the club would be in peril. How long will they stay?
Thank you for listening to the Coshcast. If you enjoy it, subscribe right here on Itunes. The Coshcast is here, ladies and gentlemen so grab the beverage of your choice and settle in. We’ve gone for tea, in case you were wondering. We start in the Premier League where […]
Thank you for listening to the Coshcast. If you enjoy it, subscribe right here on Itunes. Another week, another Coshcast. Today, we look back on United versus Arsenal as Mourinho tries to make a point while Arsene settles for one. In North London Tottenham leave it White Hart Late […]
Thank you for listening to the Coshcast. If you enjoy it, subscribe right here on Itunes. The Coshcast is back after an incredible weekend of action. In the Premier League the North London Derby is hardly a party as an own goal from Wimmer turns out not to be […]
Thank you for listening to the Coshcast. If you enjoy it, subscribe right here on Itunes. It’s the Halloween Coshcast and we can’t decide which is scarier, Sean Dyche’s voice or David Moyes very public descent into madness. We start as ever in the Premier League where Chelsea do […]
Thank you for listening to the Coshcast. If you enjoy it, subscribe right here on Itunes. It’s flu season and so we’ve got an industrial strength Coshcast for you. We start in the Premier League where Manchester United are so clueless against Chelsea that they make the invasion of […]
Liverpool United shares similarities with abstinence in that both are anti-climax. Mourinho spoils Liverpool’s party again but only by a De Gea’s breadth while Chelsea do to Leicester what everyone did to them last season, Bob Bradley wears a pullover but can’t pull one over on old Arsene, and Manchester City ask if they can trade their penalties in for corners as they continue to find themselves useless from 12 yards.
This week on the Coshcast: Conte bans ketchup to avoid a dip in form while Costa and Batshuayi find each other complimentary, Arsene still gives his players few specific instructions but gets one in particular from Arsenal fans, United Zlatan Southampton’s hides and leave them up the river despite the best efforts of Van Dijk and Liverpool share an experience with Hillary Clinton and feel the Burnley.
Welcome to Episode 1 of Season 4! Thank you for listening to the Coshcast. If you enjoy it, subscribe right here on Itunes. Oh my god. It’s back, ladies and gentleman! The Coshcast is back. So is the Premier League, if you hadn’t noticed. Chelsea Conte their blessings as […]
Welcome to Episode 44! Thank you for listening to the Coshcast. If you enjoy it, subscribe right here on Itunes. Alors, il est un autre podcast sur le football! Today we look back at the first few days of Euro action as Payet’s play saves the day for […]
Like Ernest Hemingway, the Cosh have been to Europe, enjoyed the hell out of it and then come back to North America to write about it.
This week on the pod, we start with tales from the road as we recount racial profiling and Totti miracles in Rome, pretzels and Neo-Nazis in Berlin, rumblings of protest at the Emirates, and how to eat croissants with a spoon in Barcelona.
It was a hectic, dizzying, wonderful trip on which we saw the quietest and loudest of fans, some football more boring than we could have expected and some moments more magical and golden than we could have dreamed of witnessing, but above all we took in four different cities, cultures and attitudes and we did so together. For 10 days, Europe was Under The Cosh.
We hopped on a tram, encouraged to see a few people decked out in Roma scarves that we could follow once we stepped off. On the walk up to the stadium we could tell it was going to be a good game. There was something in the air. Perhaps it was the raw energy of the crowd. The Romans had a raw passion that was unrivaled in the other cities we visited. Football is seen as trivial by some, and as life or death by others. It was in Rome that we really felt the latter, and we knew that it would be an entertaining evening.
The trophy room, which contained every trophy won since the 1900s and also had some interesting artifacts like Hristo Stoichkov’s boots and a signed Maradona shirt. It was interesting to watch the markings on the Copa del Ray change over the years in correlation with Spanish politics. During Franco’s reign for example, it was called the Copa del Generalisimo.
First thing the next morning we were on a train from Liverpool Street Station to Stanstead Airport, and from there on a Ryanair flight to Barcelona that was so ‘no-frills’ that there weren’t even seat-back pockets. When the cabin crew came around with duty-free magazines, Mohaned rightly asked “even if I wanted one, where would I put it?”, which kind of sums up Arsene Wenger’s thoughts on buying a new striker.
Welcome to episode 37! Alright? Like Andy Carrol’s hopes of getting on the plane, the Coshcast is back. Another mad week of Premiership action sees barrels of incompetence everywhere as Arsenal and West Ham defend like children, Stoke, Newcastle and Chelsea leave their will to live at home, […]
Whose Under the cosh?Barcelona for a start, after Real Madrid Zidance around them in the Clasico as Los Blancos put in a performance as shiny as their manager’s head.
Meanwhile in the Premier League Spurs find a surprising similarity with Mesut Ozil as they start looking ahead and behind at the same time, with Leicester winning again – boring – and Arsenal finally playing like a team that actually has a lot of good footballers in it.
Welcome to Episode 35! Thank you for listening to the Coshcast. If you enjoy it, subscribe right here on Itunes. The Premier League may have abandoned you this week, but the Coshcast hasn’t. We look back at the exciting weekend of South American World Cup qualifiers as Argentina […]
Welcome to Episode 34! Thank you for listening to the Coshcast. If you enjoy it, subscribe right here on Itunes. Welcome to the Coshcast. This week the Premier League is more eventful than a night out with Yan M’Vila as Leicester dig their claws into the title, Newcastle […]
Welcome to Episode 33! Thank you for listening to the Coshcast. If you enjoy it, subscribe right here on Itunes. Hello! This week on the Coshcast, it’s an FA Cup and Premier League mashup stronger than anything DJ Khalid could come up with. United draw with West Ham. […]
Welcome to Episode 32! Thank you for listening to the Coshcast. If you enjoy it, subscribe right here on Itunes. It’s dat Coshcast again, innit! Tottenham 2 and Arsenal 2, stupid Coquelin sliding through, Mahrez scores to keep Leicester sailing past another big tester, meanwhile City put 4 […]
Welcome to Episode 31! Thank you for listening to the Coshcast. If you enjoy it, subscribe right here on Itunes. What a weekend to bring you a Coshcast. There’s League Cup Final drama to comb over as City wrestle victory from Liverpool and Yaya wrestles Lallana. Klopp has […]
Welcome to Episode 22! 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. Merry Coshcast! […]
Welcome to Episode 19! 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. Cometh the hour, […]
Keylor Navas deserves to be mentioned, and truly deserves to be honoured for keeping his head on his shoulders and being a true leader in an unforgiving environment, in which at times he has undoubtedly felt like the outcast.
Andre Ayew, Jordan Ayew, Bojan Krkic, Ibrahim Affelay, Yohan Cabaye, and Xherdan Shaqiri. Did I miss anybody? Probably. Have you guessed what I’m getting at yet? Good for you.
Look over the course of this season and notice which squad performs the most harmoniously, and I’ll bet you that missing a core player will upset their balance entirely.
Welcome to Episode 46! Subscribe on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/under-the-cosh-coshcast/id767743946 In this week’s CoshCast, Mohaned and Rishay cover current events in the world of football as Alex and Bernie are off on their respective scouting missions. We begin with a record breaking and breathtaking 4-4 draw between New York City FC […]
It is the way the club is run that makes me irate. Perez was voted in based on his promises of delivering “La Decima” – the elusive 10th Champions League – to the club as well as building another side full of “Galacticos”, which is just a fancy name for having a fine footballing harem.
Welcome to Episode 44! Subscribe on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/under-the-cosh-coshcast/id767743946 This week on the Coshcast, we probe into the Copa America as Uruguay get a bum deal, Guerrero and his team mates Peruve themselves, and Ospina nearly saves the day as Colombia fall to Argentina. Elsewhere, the USA makes up for […]
The final day is here! The title race may be over, the top four may be decided, but there is still a small battle for the final Europa League spot mainly between Tottenham and Southampton. Our final relegation spot hasn’t been fully decided yet either, as Hull City […]
The penultimate game of the season is upon us and things have settled down. The Champions of almost every league in Europe have been decided. La Liga, as well, is all but decided. Rumours have been circulating of managerial and player movements. A worthy note must be made […]
So, Chelsea ended up winning the league in unspectacular fashion last weekend, and now there is not much else to play for. Or is there? After dramatic finishes in the past couple of years, it is a bit underwhelming when a season finishes without any real surprises. Nonetheless, […]
Into the final three games of the league season and the champions are a foregone conclusion. Are Chelsea really boring or should we be inspired by their grit? The old adage “offense wins games, defense wins championships” could have some meaning, here. Then again, could we argue that a […]
The 34th match day of the season is upon us and the general consensus is that the title will be won by Chelsea (surprise, surprise), while the battle for spots 2, 3, and 4 look nearly settled other than which particular order those teams will finish in. Meanwhile, […]