“I took some wrong turns and lost a lot of time, but fortunately I eventually got my game footage in front of the President at Fimauto Valpolicella here in Italy and she decided to take a chance on me.”
Laura Armstrong joins us on this week’s Coshcast. Chelsea go all-out trench warfare against Tottenham as Marcos Alonso proves his worth and Lloris struggles in just the latest example of the French setting up a wall and the opposition quickly finding a way around it.
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 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.
Its the season opener! Season 5! We discuss the Community shield, European Super Cup, and the EPL opening fixtures coming up this weekend. We predict league winners, top 4, league top scorer, CL winners, and the possible dark horses. Enjoy!
The Bundesliga champions are set to take on the DFB Pokal champions, Borussia Dortmund, in the DFL Supercup, the annual contest between Germany’s two best teams from the previous season and their most important pre-season test.
Vieira turns to Pirlo and Giovinco becomes peerless as Toronto FC smash four past New York City FC and we team up with Daniel Rouse to preview the English Premier League season.
“Tell me why you deserve to have a Canadian Premier League side”, was what I said to @SaugaSG, on Twitter.
Ronald Koeman has stated that Ross Barkley will definitely leave Everton this summer. The Cosh discuss whether Barkley has made the right choice, where he may want to go, and what his realistic choices may be.
A special Coshcast as we sit down with writer and actor Kevin Claydon, who has a prominent role in the CBC’s new soccer-based drama 21 Thunder.
The problem has always been the AFCON’s influence on the European leagues. Up until the tournaments last edition, it was always held in the winter months which meant that eligible African players would have to miss anywhere between 3 to 6 fixtures for their European club teams in the crucial run in period. The Premier League has always felt this effect in full force.
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.
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.
The key point is being the main man. Messi will stay at Barcelona for life and that might be another 3-4 years playing the second lead for Neymar. As much as he loves playing with Messi, he may feel the need to break out of the Argentinian’s simultaneously huge and tiny shadow.
Napoli, however, must view this season as their chance to win the Scudetto for the first time since 1987, when the great Maradona led them to glory evading tackles and tax bills at will.
MLS has grown significantly over the last twenty years. No other league in world football has attained the status that MLS has in such a short time. Unlike it’s predecessor, the NASL, MLS is here to stay and we think it’s a league that may be able to challenge the European elite in a few years.
Where will Conte go now for his striking options if he doesn’t wish to reconcile with Diego Costa?
City have turned instead to Spurs’ Kyle Walker – another chief target – and it looks like the deal will go through. We discuss the pros and cons of the situation, below. Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
The Cosh meet James Hutton, founder of Barton St. Battalion, the Hamilton supporters club ready for the Canadian Premier League. We discuss everything Hamilton, CanPL, TFC, and the Canadian national team. Enjoy!
The Canadian Premier League is set to kickoff as early as next season, despite only two locations so far confirmed as homes to future clubs of the league. That being said, it is safe to expect news relatively soon for another six to eight clubs.
In the off-season Toronto FC added attacking midfielder Victor Vazquez to an already-strong squad that lacked a little guile, subtlety and creativity. The Spaniard has provided these attributes in droves. The Cosh boys discuss his quiet impact.
In 2005, MLS determined it was time for Toronto to be awarded a division one franchise, which Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment purchased for $10 million. Potential fans were given four choices in an online poll on naming the club. Sorry, but Toronto McTorontoFace was not an option.
Everton now have a mammoth challenge ahead of them in what is one of the weirdest transfer decisions this off-season: to get a player on 250 grand a week who is very much past his prime, to play like a star signing.
Happy Canada day, happy American independence day, happy Lacazette day, and whatever you’re celebrating, like some kind of illicit substance the Coshcast is here to make it that much better.
This week we’ll check in on TFC after they become just another victim from the north east to get blown apart in Dallas, check out the market where there are more transfers in and out than the Cayman islands, touch on the Confederations Cup final where Germany remain cool against Chile, and end with an update on the Canadian Premier League.
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.
Rumors have been swirling about a possible swap deal between Manchester City and Arsenal involving Alexis Sanchez and Sergio Aguero. The Coshboys have their say on this fun bit of gossip. Check it out: 1. Swap deals are often rumoured. They tend to either go awry for one […]
With the lack of football this summer (with the exception of MLS, the Confederations Cup, U21 and U20 tournaments, legends matches, and some friendlies, I’ve found myself with quite a bit of time to do a lot of thinking, and that generally does not end up being a good thing.
For a while, United seemed to be focusing on replacing the injured Zlatan Ibrahimovic with one (or maybe two) of Alvaro Morata, Andrea Belotti or Romelu Lukaku. So far, United haven’t been able to push a striker through the door. As a result, Mourinho is now focusing on central midfield. If reports are to be believed Jose will be reunited with his former Chelsea charge Nemanja Matic. Let’s dive right in and analyze this potential transfer.
It’s been a busy week on the site. Here’s everything you need to read or listen to in one place. Enjoy:
Since rumours first broke that Cristiano Ronaldo wants out of Real Madrid the football world has gone into a frenzy. Will he stay or will he go? We don’t address where he would go or where we’d like him to go because two of us are United fans […]
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.
Hello and welcome to the Coshcast. We didn’t really fancy talking about Luka Modric going to jail, or or Ronaldo – God forbid – having to pay his taxes, so we thought we’d do something a bit different.
Mohamed Salah’s move from Roma to Liverpool appears all but done. The 25 year old who reached double figures in goals and assists in Serie A last term will join the Merseysiders for a lot of money (the exact amount remains unclear), and he’s an exciting addition to the team, and the league. The question is, of course, where does he fit in?
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.
Pickford – though still relatively unproven – is certainly better than Robles or Stekelenburg. Klaassen is a young, creative attacking midfielder, who will be a lot more reliable than the spasmodic Ross Barkley.
The squad was littered with talent, both established or otherwise, with the Brazilian winger Malcolm and Valentin Vada being particularly fun to watch. Jeremy Menez continued to be an absolute nutcase occasionally capable of magic.
AC Milan have quietly spent a lot of money in this transfer window. The new owners have lived up to their promise to invest in the squad. A resurgent AC Milan is good for their fans but ultimately good for Italian football. How good are these signings really? Are Milan actually primed for a return to the big time? We ask the important questions and I’m sure you’ll find some surprising answers here. Enjoy and have your say in the comments section and on social media.
The story of FC Metz’s season can only really be discussed as pre-Cheick Diabaté and post-Cheick Diabaté. This was a club mired in problems for the first half of the season, the fans sending an opposing goalkeeper to hospital with a flare and the club apparently agreeing to accept a sponsorship from the tourist board of Chad, a country in the midst of an economic crisis.
Everything has finally been decided. The Champions League Final saw a powerhouse club retain their title, the relegation playoffs are complete and it’s time to sit down with a Yann Tiersen record playing and go over the season of French football that was.
An amazing campaign but one that only really felt so good in the context of the one that preceded it.
In a tale of two vastly different seasons, Edin Dzeko “flipped the switch” this season after having, arguably, one of the worst seasons of his career in 2015-2016.
Dustin Hoffman once famously said “There’s a rebirth that goes on with us continuously as human beings. I don’t understand, personally, how you can be bored. I can understand how you can be depressed, but I just don’t understand boredom”.
The decisiveness and rapidness with which Arsenal have tried to do their business this transfer window, whether internally or externally, suggests a shift in approach.
Today on this truncated Coshcast we pore over the remains of the Champions League final, deplore Sergio Ramos, Ronaldo shouts ‘vamos’ and Buffon deals with another loss. We also bring you old England in a Tony Adams-laden Mumu of the Week and New England as we look back at Toronto FC’s away defeat.
It’s a very special Coshcast today as we welcome Paul Beirne onto the pod to talk about the Canadian Premier League and we’ve got more questions than Mike Flynn’s interrogators.
The FA Cup Final, Manchester United’s silly “treble”, the upcoming Champions League Final, Totti’s emotional farewell…it’s been a hectic week in the world of football. Look back over it with us in the following articles and podcast:
The Champions League final is upon us! The lads debate the key topics about the titanic clash between Real Madrid and Juventus. Who will win? What does this game mean for Zinedine Zidane and what about Gonzalo Higuain. Check it out and hit the comments.
While I admire the Mourinho mentality that says, “if we’re in a competition, we’ll try to win it”, I don’t think any United fan will look back on 2016/17 as another treble season. With all apologies to Liverpool and what some dubbed the ‘Mickey Mouse treble’, this campaign is just barely a double. I mean, the Community Shield isn’t a major trophy, is it?
Totti’s retirement sees the most tears in Rome since earlier this week when Donald Trump visited the Pope.
If you want to see where Spurs lost the title race, it was at the early point in the season where they didn’t even realize they were in one.