The English in Europe

A Bundesliga aficionado will come at you hard with impeccably high fan attendance figures, mercurial stadia and passionate fan support with – bar Bayern Munich – relatively good financial equality between clubs. A La Liga advocate will always argue that the Spanish league houses the world’s best talents as well as cite Spanish clubs’ recent domination of European competitions. English fans’ best retort has predictably been the high competitive level between Premier League teams.

Matchday 27: The Heat Is On!

Matchday 27. Only 11 games to go in the league this season! As we mentioned last week, “Squeaky Bum Time” is now in full swing. Let’s recap what happened last weekend: Recap of scores from Matchday 26: Chelsea 1-1 Burnley: A shock for the champions-elect as Burnley stole a […]

Coshcast Season 2 Ep 25: Hurri-Kane Harry

Welcome to Episode 25! Subscribe on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/under-the-cosh-coshcast/ Just like Dortmund’s intensity, the Coshcast is back this week after rip roaring action across Europe. In England, Arsenal are dealt some bitter medicine as Kane offers Spurs fans more sugar. City can’t haul themselves past Hull, and United vs West […]

Matchday 24: Derbies Galore

Matchday 24 is here and it is a weekend of derbies in London, Liverpool, and Madrid! We also take a look at PSG-Lyon as well as an old classic in Italy of Juventus vs AC Milan. Before that, though, let’s take a quick look back at last weekend. Recap […]

Coshcast Season 2 Ep 24: Peasants Galore

Welcome to Episode 24! Subscribe on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/under-the-cosh-coshcast/ Welcome back to the Coshcast. This week in the Premiership, its a mixed bags of surprises and #standard tings. On the surprise side, Pardiola loses a game, Walters gets a perfect hattrick, and Jonjo Shelvey takes down Southampton. On the list […]

Matchday 23: Lampard Returns

Matchday 23 is here. The FA Cup fixtures provided several shocks, and perhaps those results could stir the pot for the league games coming up. The Bundesliga gets back up and running this week after a five week layoff and the final push for league titles goes into […]

Bale, Suarez and…Pogba?

When I went back to Juventus, [Gianni] Agnelli called me and told me he had to sell Zidane,” Lippi recalled in an interview with Sky. “He was the best player in the world, but they gave us €77m (£58m), he told me not to worry, that it would all be spent on the team. “We bought, [Gianluigi] Buffon, [Pavel] Nedved and [Lilian] Thuram, regrouped and the team kept winning. – Marcelo Lippi

Coshcast Season 2 Ep 22: Big Game by a Little Man

Welcome to Episode 22! Subscribe on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/under-the-cosh-coshcast/ Another week, another Coshcast. In the Premiership, Allardyce abandons his famous tiki taka to tak on further misery for Hull. Santa may have delivered a striker to City over Xmas but Santi delivered them a right dicking as Arsenal abandon their […]

AFCON 2015: Stars, Thunder, and Foxes

Hosting a tournament of this size requires national budget approvals in democracies. The only countries that can get these done are incredibly football mad ones or ones run by dictators. Equatorial Guinea falls in the latter category and it should be of no surprise to anyone that their nickname is “National Thunder.”

Predictions: Matchday 22

Matchday 22, and the awards for the previous year have now been doled out. The 22nd match of the Premier League campaign is taking place and we will be right there with it. Our predictions race is tighter than ever, and it is getting tense! Recap of scores […]

Coshcast Season 2 Ep 21: The Great Messi Debate

Welcome to Episode 21! Subscribe on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/under-the-cosh-coshcast/ The year is younger than Martin Odegaard but there’s already been more narrative than the final Hobbit film. Speaking of orcs, there’s Stoke losing to Arsenal, Chelsea carving up Carver’s ‘castle, and Naismith saying nae to City as the Citizens drop […]

Predictions: Matchday 21

Another round of cup games aside and it is time for matchday 21! Most leagues are back in action now (except for the Bundesliga). Let’s see what happened in the last round of league fixtures predicted. Recap of scores from Matchday 20: Stoke City 1-1 Manchester United: Another draw […]

CoshCast S2E20: The Magic of the Cup

Welcome to Episode 20: The Magic of the Cup Subscribe on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/under-the-cosh-coshcast/ Happy new year and a very happy new Coshcast, in which we round up the latest from the Premiership: Chelsea’s Kaning by Spurs, Szczesny’s flailing errors and Leicester taming Rodgers, all covered. Now, which football competition […]

EPL Mid-Term Report 14/15

Christmas has come and gone, turkey has been consumed in mass amounts. The New Year has been welcomed with lots of bubbly. This also means we’ve reached the midway point of the Premier League season making it appropriate to take a look back at the 2014/2015 season so […]

Matchday 20: Second Half Begins

Happy New Year to all, and best wishes! The second half of the season officially begins and we can all use our much-needed wildcards for fantasy football. 2014 featured some absolutely epic football. We can only hope that 2015 will bring more of the same, though I have […]

Matchday 18: Boxing Day 2014

Season’s Greetings everyone! It is now Matchday 18, which brings us to the famous Boxing Day fixtures. Between now and New Years day, three matches will be played. Are you ready for all the action? Historically, the look of the league table after this period is a good […]

Coshcast S2E19: One Bulge to Rule them All

Welcome to Episode 19: Dat Bulge Doe! Subscribe on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/under-the-cosh-coshcast/ Merry Coshmas to you! Coming up, Southampton get back to winning ways with Yoshida’s yoshoulder, Arsene Wenger finally proves his point that possession means nothing in football, and Falcao saves the day after De Gea finds one square inch […]

Matchday 17: Tyne-Wear Derby

Here comes Matchday 17! We are almost at the halfway mark of the season already…can you believe it? The predictions race standings are close and the actual Premier League table has finally taken a bit of shape. However, these things are still subject to change as always and […]

Coshcast S2E18: You Shall Not Pass

Welcome to Episode 18:You Shall Not Pass Subscribe on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/under-the-cosh-coshcast/ Never fear, the Coshcast is here and so is our weekend’s round up of the Premiership. City beat Leicester as Pellegrini finds it Lamp-hard to let Frank go; It’s a case of dumb and dummet for Newcastle as they […]

Matchday 16: Pub Games

Here comes Matchday 16! Some leagues have just a few more games before winding down for the much discussed winter break, while the EPL kicks into high gear. With games every 3-4 days, squad rotation is key and this is when managers experience a real test of their […]

Coshcast S2E17: Fork in the Road

Welcome to Episode 17:Fork in the Road Subscribe on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/under-the-cosh-coshcast/ The Coshcast is back and it’s getting festive. In the Premiership, Arsenal Stoke the fire as QPR leave Burnley burning, the big winners of course are West Ham as Carrol proves worth his weight in hair, and City […]

Lord Have Mersey

Last season we saw the rise of the Mersey. This season the rivers banks are so low you probably can stand in it without soaking your ankles. Excuse my hyperbole but in a footballing sense the fall from grace that we’ve seen from the city of Liverpool’s two […]

Coshcast S2E16: Szczesny’s Arrogant Haircut

Welcome to Episode 16: Szczesny’s Arrogant Haircut Subscribe on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/under-the-cosh-coshcast/ It’s an action packed Coshcast for you this week: In the Premiership, Glen Johnson gets the kick in the face so many Liverpool fans think he deserves, but this time it saves Rodgers’ blushes! United smash Hull, QPR & […]

Matchday 13: Pochettino v Martinez

What a weekend of predictions during matchday 12! An amazing round where every participant managed multiple perfect predictions. The standout predictor was undoubtedly Rishay, with five perfect scores and 19 points overall! There were many other honourable mentions, but first, let’s recap the scores. It was the weekend […]

Coshcast Season 2 Ep 15: A Plethora of Mumus

Welcome to Episode 15: A Plethora of Mumus Subscribe on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/under-the-cosh-coshcast/ It’s Coshcast time and on Liverpool’s chance to shine, they end up polishing Palace’s Crystal. Hull mull it over as Eriksends them to defeat, and Arsenal contemplate hiring Bill Murray as manager if this Groundhog Day thing […]

Real Moyesiedad

At first, David Moyes as manager of Real Sociedad sits a little uncomfortably. It’s like when your first girlfriend asks you to stop wearing baggy clothes and buys you a tight-fitting t-shirt. You’re a little bemused, you can’t immediately see what the benefit is, but over time you […]

Coshcast Season 2 Ep 12: Blue Moon over Manchester

Welcome to Season 2, Episode 12! The Manchester Derby! Subscribe on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/under-the-cosh-coshcast/ It’s the Coshcast, and what a weekend it was. We take you around the grounds in the Premiership where Smalling and falling gifted City victory in the Manchester derby, Villa took a last-minute Kaning from Tottenham, […]

Borussia Dortmund’s Fall from Grace

What on earth has happened to previously high-flying Dortmund, this season? Ahead of their massive clash with Bayern Munich this weekend, Adrian Sertl breaks it down for us: Follow Adrian on Twitter at @AdrianSertl for excellent Bundesliga coverage and more. To say that Borussia Dortmund’s current Bundesliga campaign […]

Coshcast Season 2 Ep 11: El Clasico

Welcome to Season 2, Episode 11! El Clasico! Subscribe on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/under-the-cosh-coshcast/ This week there’s the little matter of El Clasico, or if you’re an overpaid under informed pundit, “The Clasico.” There’s news from the premiership where Allardyce’s Russel Brand of football is winning hearts and minds, Spurs and […]