Thursday Throwdown: Xabi or Xavi?

Spanish deep-lying playmaker Xabi Alonso today announced that he will retire at the end of this season. The Cosh boys discuss their memories of him, and how he compared to his compatriot, Xavi Hernandez.

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Liverpool pole-vault over Arsenal into 4th

Thank you for listening to the Coshcast. If you enjoy it, subscribe right here on Itunes. This week on the Coshcast, we delve into the the latest from the Premier League’s top stories including Chelsea’s American Football-style tactics, the continuing shambles surrounding Arsenal, Tottenham’s frenetic victory over Everton, The […]

Arsenal playing 3-5-2

One team that hasn’t adopted the fad is Arsenal, which is hardly a surprise. Arsene was not an early adopter of the transition from 4-4-2 to 4-3-3, and he’s shown no recent signs of increased tactical flexibility. Thus, I preface the following by saying that it is a dream. A hypothetical.

The Case For Burnley’s Defence

Tom Heaton, the club’s captain, keeps goal. Michael Keane and Ben Mee, the centre-backs, play directly in front of Heaton. All three players have one thing in common. They started their careers in Manchester. The reason they are all now at Burnley is not due, solely, to the proximity of that large city.

Toronto FC: A Club on a Mission

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?

Arsenal City Plans Fail

Thank you for listening to the Coshcast. If you enjoy it, subscribe right here on Itunes. It’s Coshcast time! The Premier League suffers a dip in form this week but unlike Loris Karius, we keep it in the line up, beginning at the Etihad where we saw the biggest […]

Pep, Mou & the battle for equality

Listen to our latest podcast below. If you enjoy it, subscribe right here on Itunes. Chris Darwen is a sports writer and author living his dream on the Costa Blanca in Spain.  Tales From The Top Flight has been featured each week in the largest English speaking newspaper in […]

Red Tinted Glasses

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 […]

Toronto FC: The Bradley Question

Though I’m not a season-ticket holder, I’m aware that Bradley’s performances throughout the season haven’t generally been as bad as he was in the Conference Final. I’m also aware that he has rarely looked brilliant either, with each rare excellent performance drawing both praise and confusion as to why it doesn’t happen more often.

Toronto FC: A Beautiful, Bonkers Night

The city celebrated. Voices, beers, scarves, nerves – all were lost. The Cosh were privileged to be in attendance at a game considered the greatest MLS playoff match in history. This is what the game is about. We look forward to the MLS Cup final on December 10th, also in Toronto at BMO Field. In ten days it won’t be 36,000 fans but 5 million in the Greater Toronto Area cheering the Reds on.

Arsenal’s midfield mindf*ck

Since injury removed Santi Cazorla from the equation in mid-October, Arsenal have failed to find balance in the two positions at the base of the midfield.Without that balance, the team does not function properly. Mesut Ozil is playing the #10 role, but it is a very advanced interpretation of the position and this season he has spent a lot of time on the shoulder of the opposition’s defenders, looking to run behind them.

A Twattrick for Ronaldo

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 […]

Man United vs. Arsenal: World class or no class

For us here at Under The Cosh, this is the biggest game of the season. It’s the Red Devils vs. the Gunners and our friendships will be temporarily strained. Last season Arsenal gave Man United a pasting at the Emirate with a 3-0 victory and the Gooner contingent were full of banter. The return fixture saw 18 year old Marcus Rashford score a brace on his Premier League debut to seal a 3-2 victory for United bringing them redemption.

Jamie Carragher Talks in Toronto

On November 14, 2016, the Liverpool-based events company 5times brought Jamie Carragher to Toronto’s Opera House for an evening of football stories. Eric Anderton was there, and graciously gave us a quick rundown on what these events entail. Here’s Eric: The occasionally rowdy pockets of the crowd fall […]

Toronto FC playoff magic

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 […]

A Great Day For Einsteins

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 […]

Chelsea FC: Emenalo’s Woes

In the following imagined scenario, Nanu Emannuel Ugwu takes us into the mind of Chelsea’s controversial Director of Football, Michael Emenalo ahead of his club’s massive game against Mourinho’s Manchester United. Follow Nanu on Twitter @Nanu759. Stamford Bridge, London The Chelsea scouts returned late from Manchester after the […]

On Lille, Football Shirts & Sponsors

It changed the season I was working in the Liverpool club store, and the reaction was one of shock, to say the least. As part of the publicity push I was asked to wander around the city centre wearing the new shirt and advertising pre-sales. I was consistently accosted by fans, aghast at the new change, furious at the interloper Standard Chartered.

Red Monday, Red Icardi.

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.

Just a Lille Bit About Football

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It was a throwaway line from an article on the unparalleled Run of Play blog that I can remember neither the author nor subject of. The paraphrase would go along the lines of “inside the stadiums we are all from Ancient Greece.” The insinuation that nationality is set aside for municipality inside the crucible of sporting competition is one that we’ve all experienced, even if the internet has – digitally, at least – extended the boundaries of some territories.