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.
Rob Palmer is a Southampton fan. He’s also the one on the excellent Final Third Podcast what does a lot of puns. Here he tells us about his optimism for the Saints at the start of the year, and the mixed feelings Puel’s side have left him with come the end.
Pre season didn’t start well. It never does, though, and again we had a new squad to gel. I wondered whether that donkey Chris Wood would ever develop a first touch. Couldn’t believe he cost us £3million.
Manchester United and Ajax Amsterdam will battle it out on Wednesday for a European trophy. This sounds like the type of statement that would have been fitting in the 1990s given United’s dominance in England and Ajax’s Dutch and European legacy.
The end of domestic season Coshcast is here. We go through the premier league race for top four in detail, asses the top six performances this year and what we can expect from them the next, as well as handing out some prizes for manager of the season, player of the season and goal of the season.
He is a shadow of his former self – once a breath of fresh air in a world of football with established elites.
This week we start with the Champions Chelsea as Michy bats away the critics to score the league-winning goal, and Cesc follows in Theresa May’s footsteps by promising a Blue assault on Europe.
Francesco Totti has confirmed that he will retire at the end of this season. Here, the Cosh boys discuss Spalletti’s handling of him, and how he will be remembered.
As ever with Ox, the first question is where he would play. With his luck he would probably end up competing with Milner for the left-back spot, but the current wisdom is that his preference is for central midfield.
The Coshcast joins you after a weekend that saw loads of exciting things happen that didn’t mean very much at all.
Saul, Koke, Carrasco and Gimenez are fantastic young players who will contribute greatly to the future of Atletico Madrid. The team will move into their new 70,000 capacity stadium next season. The future could be very bright but the light at the end of the tunnel is very hard to see without Diego Simeone.
The Coshcast is back after a weekend that saw more fake penalties than Donald Trump is imposing on Vladimir Putin.
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.
Messi gets Real Madrid to Zidane and shut up as his last minute winner puts Barcelona level with Daddy Yankee – number 1 in Spain.
So, the Premier League’s PFA team of the year is out and that always makes people angry. People like me. These nominations, as we saw last week with POTY, always create a lot of debate. Before we get into the details of who and why, I want to make […]
After Kylian Mbappe’s increasingly impressive performances in Ligue 1 and the Champions League, the Cosh discuss the kid’s cieling, and examine comparisons to his peers and past legends…
Whether they end up winning anything this season or not, Pochettino and the club’s recruitment network are in for a difficult summer.
It’s the Coshcast! Coming at you like a North Korean missile: some ups, some downs and probable fizzling out out at the end.
Can Mourinho get the same level of performance out of his side when there isn’t a vendetta involved?
Today the PFA announces it’s nominees for the PFA Player of the year award. The nominees are Romelu Lukaku, Harry Kane, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Eden Hazard, Alexis Sanchez and Ngolo Kante. After last year’s Leicester miracle, the nominees all come from the traditional big boys. We delve deep into the topic and discuss who will win, who should win and if there any glaring errors. Check out the throw down and let us know your thoughts.
Leicester are still in the Champions League,
Having beaten Sevilla, it’s hard to believe,
but there they are in the draw as the rounds wear on,
They’ll face Atletico Madrid at the Stade Calderon.
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.
Coshcast is here as the end of the season draws near.
This week we discuss which is trippier, Spurs’ right back or Fellaini captaining United. There’s Everton – Leicester in a great advert for how rubbish the Premier League can be, Liverpool try weird tactic of using best players to win game, Chelsea bop Bournemouth and we all get a little bit little bit David Attenborough as the world is given a glimpse of the lesser-spotted Delph.
Bono’s distribution needs work, but Atlanta’s pressing was effective and there were few options for Bono on the ball. His finger-tip save in the second half was incredible.
In this week’s Thursday Throwdown, the Cosh boys discuss the bottom three, as well as the prospect of Newcastle United back in the Premier League.
This season on the Coshcast we’ve highlighted a few quotes from managers in the English Premier League. Sure, most of them have come from David Moyes but give us a break, the man is a legend! This week has been a hall of fame week for unbelievable statements from the bosses of the league. We thought you’d enjoy a quick round up. Share your thoughts in the comments as usual.
It’s the Coshcast and unlike David Moyes’ latest comments, you’re unlikely to regret that you’ve heard it.
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…
League Position: 11th
Goals for: 42
Goals Against: 54
Goals Difference: Do the math
According to some simply horrifying football “news” outlets, Manchester United are readying a 173m pound or 200m euro deal to sign Neymar from Barcelona. The Cosh boys have a throw down on the topic as we aim to get to the bottom of this.
Coleman’s leg break
Uruguay’s heart ache
TFC & Kansas
We paint a picture on the canvas.