The rumours that Chelsea are one of three Premier League clubs talking to Atletico Madrid’s Arda Turan got me thinking about the potential tactical ramifications for the Blues next season. Does this spell the end for Oscar? Or at least the beginning of a more bit-part role? We […]
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 […]
Juventus is a well-run business, and aside from a few exceptions, a team which is being run as a business in a league in which most owners are still running theirs as fruit stands.
Welcome to Episode 43! Subscribe on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/under-the-cosh-coshcast/id767743946 S2_Ep43: Women’s World Cup; Copa America; Transfers (21/06/15) Back once again like the renegade master, Brazil’s women cannot avoid disaster as they crash out of the World Cup harder than Arturo Vidal after a couple of lagers. Elsewhere, Colombia hit Bacca […]
Welcome to Episode 42! Subscribe on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/under-the-cosh-coshcast/id767743946 This week, on the Coshcast, we sip from the Copa America. Chile have enough Vidality to see them past Ecuador, Uruguay Jamaic-it difficult for themselves against the Reggae Boys, and will Colom-bia disaster, after their loss to Venezuela? In the European […]
In May, we were privileged to interview former Tottenham full-back, Paul Stalteri. When we asked him what he thought of Pochettino’s first season in charge of Spurs, he said “Hopefully they stick with the manager and don’t make another change…they need to stick with somebody for the next […]
Norwich City’s recent history has been turbulent. Two successive relegations saw the club drop into League 1 in 2009. Paul Lambert’s appointment and back-to-back promotions returned them to the Premiership, but losing Lambert and a disastrous Chris Hughton reign once again saw the Canaries demoted to the Championship. […]
What Barcelona have achieved this season has been remarkable, which we discuss endlessly on our latest podcast, especially after it looked as though the club was in turmoil toward the end of 2014. Who better to help us re-live this unbelievable chapter of Blaugrana history than passionate culé, […]
Welcome to Episode 41! Subscribe on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/under-the-cosh-coshcast/id767743946 Sepp Blatter, Jerome Valke, the FBI will sort you out, Jack Warner in a corner Prince Ali got murked, Platini’s wet dream, Putin bursting at the seams, Migrant workers in Qatar, they’re not getting very far. Meanwhile on the continent, Barcelona are content, winners of […]
To me it was obvious that the team needed another experienced centrback to provide cover and competition. I also wondered why he didn’t get a proper defensive midfielder, seeing that the injury-prone Arteta’s performances had declined in the latter part of the previous season, and the fact that Flamini just isn’t a very good footballer.
If you thought last summer saw a lot of transfer activity at Old Trafford, you may want to brace yourself – now that the season is over, there is another whirlwind of activity about to get underway.
You couldn’t write Ogenyi Onazi – the most disappointing player for you this season – scoring the most important goal in many seasons. You couldn’t write Miroslav Klose putting gloss on the scoreline and reminding everyone of the secret behind much of our success.
Welcome to Episode 40, Sponsored by Oprah Winfrey! Subscribe on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/under-the-cosh-coshcast/id767743946 It’s not the final pod, but it is the cup final pod. In England, Arsenal break FA Cup records as Wenger makes Sherwood rub his temples at the cathedral of football that is Wembley. Sort of. In Germany, Wolfsburg […]
It’s time for the English curtain closer; the FA Cup final with another meeting between clubs from opposite ends of the table. Last year’s finale saw fourth placed Arsenal take on 16th placed Hull City. On Saturday, the gap widens slightly as we see third placed Arsenal take […]
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 […]
It was a season that promised to much for L’OM. A new manager with a temperament to match the city’s, a young, hungry and talented squad with a point to prove, and as always a fan-base that never shirks their duties in terms of producing an atmosphere. Everything started brilliantly. Somewhere along the line, though, the milk turned sour. To tell us more, here’s French football expert, Mohamed Mohamed. Follow him on Twitter at @MoeSquare.
As we discussed on our most recent podcast, it’s been one of the most bizarre seasons in Liverpool’s recent history. After blowing the Premiership away last time around, the Reds and Brendan Rodgers have struggled for consistency and togetherness in a season punctuated by flashpoints. Balotelli being dropped, […]
Welcome to Episode 39! Subscribe on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/under-the-cosh-coshcast/id767743946 The season may be over but this Coshcast is just beginning. Today, it’s a Premier League bonanza, and we’ve got prizes to award. Best manager, for example. Will it be Bruce, or will it be Sherwood? Keep listening to find out. […]
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 […]
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
Welcome to the first of our series of season reviews by fans of various clubs. In this installment, friend of the blog and Chelsea aficionado Jesus Martinez takes us through the remarkably smooth journey that was the Blues’ title-winning campaign. Follow Jesus on Twitter at @PP_CFC1905 You really […]
Welcome to Episode 38! We showed them passion. The Coshcast returns after an action-packed week of football. In the Champions League, Juve go Morata-tat-tat as they gun down Real Madrid, and Barcelona get through despite doing a poor job of parking the Busquets against Bayern. The Premiership is […]
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 […]
Welcome to Episode 37! Watch out for sink holes. The Coshcast returns! In Toronto it’s getting muggy. In the Premier League meanwhile, Leicester mug Southampton to extend their unbelievable run. QPR fall apart more completey than Harry Redknapp’s knees and Liverpool guard Chelsea’s honour. In La Liga, Moyes […]
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.
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, […]
A.S. Roma started this season like a house on fire. Their new signings had bedded in well, Rudi Garcia was the name on everybody’s lips, and it looked as though the Giallorossi would genuinely push Juventus all the way in the race for lo Scudetto. Since around the […]
On Saturday, April 18 Under The Cosh travelled to the Ontario Soccer Centre in Vaughan to meet Paul Stalteri. Stalteri, who retired in 2013, is Canada’s most-capped player, captained his country on 30 occasions, and was in the Canadian team that won the Gold Cup in 2000. In […]
Welcome to Episode 36! Subscribe on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/under-the-cosh-coshcast/id767743946 Chelsea are the champions, United’s style is cramped again, Nigel Pearson’s list of sins, listen in, the Coshcast begins. In La Liga, Barcelona struggle to overcome Cordoba, but eventually win 8-0. In Italy, Juventus make it Facebook official with the league […]
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 […]
Welcome to Episode 35! Subscribe on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/under-the-cosh-coshcast/id767743946 Welcome to the Coshcast. In the Premiership, Lamela manages a hand of God and Hull’s prayers are answered as they N’Doye a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace. Against City Brad Guzan proves to be a shit Shay Given,and Mirallas dents United’s […]
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, […]
Welcome to Episode 34! Subscribe on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/under-the-cosh-coshcast/id767743946 Welcome everybody to the wild, wild west, you’ll be out of that dress when you meet our football analysis. In the FA Cup, the Emirates is often described as a library but Arsenal just about got their Reading done, and Tim […]
The TV scheduling gods have royally screwed up this weekend. Chelsea against Manchester United is clearly the biggest fixture, but it’s being played at the same time as Arsenal’s FA Cup semi-final against Reading. What kind of nonsense is that? Never mind. There are also a few other […]
Welcome to Episode 33! Subscribe on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/under-the-cosh-coshcast/id767743946 This week on the Coshcast, United tie City up and whip them harder than Anastasia Steele, while Sherwood and Pardew compete for best cockney manager award as both their sides win again. In La Liga, Barcelona drop points while in Seria […]
The season is grinding its way to a dramatic conclusion, at least where the top four and relegation battles are concerned. It will take multiple Gerrard-esque slips for Chelsea concede the title now, but beneath them, Arsenal, City and United are battling it out to decide which of the top four spots each get.
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.
So why does Pardew not get the credit he deserves? The man has a reputation problem. The problem is that he has the reputation of being an absolute bell-end.
Welcome to Episode 32! Subscribe on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/under-the-cosh-coshcast The international break didn’t feel that bad while it was happening, but now league football is back we know it was actually total rubbish. This week, on the Coshcast: Sterling fails at giving a good interview to the BBC, then […]
Matchday 31 brings us the first of the final eight games of the season. Home stretch. This is right about the time that all the season’s ups and downs come together, once and for all. This is the business end of the season. This is, “squeaky bum time”. […]
Welcome to Episode 31! Subscribe on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/under-the-cosh-coshcast Back on Sunday and back on time, The Coshcast returns, so sit back and have an international kit Kat while we discuss the international break. England will definitely win the Euros after their drubbing of Lithuania, Spain are at pains […]
So, after investigation, we learn that the BBC will not be renewing Jeremy Clarkson’s contract. The rest of this season of Top Gear will play out, and then the BBC and the show’s team will figure how – or whether – to continue their work. There are parallels […]
Welcome to Episode 30! 1200 million viewers! Subscribe on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/under-the-cosh-coshcast It may be a day late but it’s better than resorting to Plan B, yes, ladies and gentleman, it’s The Coshcast. It’s been a weekend of violence. In Spain, Real lost El Clasico and Madridistas thought punching Bale’s […]
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 […]
It’s coming thick and fast. The Champions League and Europa League knockout phases are now causing the fixture schedule to burst at the seams. Managers are under immense pressure to get the balancing and rotation of their squads right as we approach the final stretch of the season. […]
Watching Arsenal in the Champions League is much akin to going to an extremely good strip club (I’d imagine). They are sexy and exciting, exotic and enticing, and yet after you’ve spent a good deal of money to watch them for an hour and a half, you are likely to be left achingly frustrated.
Welcome to Episode 29! Knockout punches all around! Subscribe on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/under-the-cosh-coshcast/ The Cosh takes a break from hanging out with former Liverpool goalkeepers to bring you another podcast. Chelsea can’t beat Southampton, United give Spurs a lamping and Arsenal spent so long in the West Ham half […]
Under The Cosh traveled to Ottawa to meet Liverpool legend, Bruce Grobbelaar. Bruce discussed his present situation as goalkeeping coach for Ottawa Fury F.C. as well as the good old days at Liverpool. We also coaxed him into discussing the current Liverpool side and Simon Mignolet especially. Enjoy! Below […]
I’m not one to bet against Manchester United but I don’t see how they’ll win this game. Good teams have come to Old Trafford and shown absolutely no fear. Tottenham will do exactly the same in this encounter.