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.

Quiztophe Dugarry

Thank you for listening to the Coshcast. If you enjoy it, subscribe right here on Itunes. It’s international break Coshcast! Why? We’re not sure. But why not? This week we’ve got more mumus than a field of cows. There’s Ukrainian in being homophobic shock, Ryan Giggs feeling entitled, Enner […]

A Footballing Smorgasbord

Thank you for listening to the Coshcast. If you enjoy it, subscribe right here on Itunes. Welcome to this week’s Coshcast: We start in the Premier League where Tottenham adopt alleged CIA methods by suffocating Manchester City to within an inch of their life to establish a lead, Liverpool […]

Plenty of sugar without Kane

Louis van Gaal wanted “virtual reality” training for United last season. Rooney was one step ahead for once, he has been living in a virtual reality for about 18 months, one where he is still a good player. Still, it was Rooney who was once again summoned from the bench to miskick the ball to a United player and claim it as an assist. Jose has it sussed now, give him ten minutes here and there and the damage should be minimal.

The Shambles That Is Sunderland AFC

Sunderland however, is a disgracefully run football club. Football fans everywhere should be insulted by the way this football club performs season in, season out. It’d be better if they were relegated and spent a few years in the wilderness in order to reassess how they operate. Einstein defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results. If that’s the case then Sunderland are the custodians of the asylum.

Adventures in Ligue 1: En Avant de Guingamp

En Avant de Guingamp is a team that has mastered the art of the cup run, electrifying fans and giving them memories to pass on to their children whilst remaining a charmingly regional outfit. In a slight deviation from regular programming, I actually spoke to a fan of the Breton club – an old friend from my Liverpool days – Liam Kelly.

TFTTF: Mourinho’s career begins to crumble

It is saying something when United fans are starting to reminisce misty eyed over the glory day of David Moyes. I mean, even Van Gaal didn’t manage to spend this much money and lose three games in a week. Not that it is all Mourinho’s fault, of course. The referees are to blame, as is Watford’s “luck” in making Rooney, Fellaini and Zlatan look somewhat average.

Quadruple? What the f*ck!

Welcome to Season 4, Episode 6! Thank you for listening to the Coshcast. If you enjoy it, subscribe right here on Itunes. Another week, another Coshcast. On this episode: Watford spank Manchester United whose squad is starting to look like a luxury yacht – hideously expensive and all at […]

Dijon FCO, Zidane & merger victims

It seems that France really isn’t crazy about sport, certainly not year round, and the half empty stadiums I’ve been witnessing when watching the games stand in testament to that. Zizou’s projection onto a national monument was a powerful gesture; here was the son of Algerian immigrants who had made it to great heights from the roughest parts of Marseilles. A symbol for the secular post-racial republic France viewed itself as. But with a new dawn, the symbol is lost, the light from a single bulb struggling vainly to hold back the flood from a star.

Tales From The Top Flight – Champions League Edition

I spent at least five minutes last night trying to remember a better Champions League debut. I recall Rooney getting a hat-trick for United on his first time in a red shirt when he was young, fit and pretty good but I don’t think anything comes close to Leicester City. Ranieri might be aiming for third place in the group but his players clearly have other ideas, racing to a 3-0 win over Club Brugge. It was that comfortable for them Mahrez even scored a penalty, which complimented his free kick rather nicely.

Gary & Phil Neville can save English football

To hear them talk about the education of young players, about the work ethic they instill in their own children, about the countless hours they voluntarily put into learning Spanish as quickly as possible, about the way they would like their teams to play and their players behave, makes one sit up and take notice. It is infectious. It makes one want to stand up and shout “preach” or “amen” as if in church. It makes one think “if this was my coach, manager or boss I would hang on every word”. Such is the passion, clarity and earnestness with which they speak about the game.

Zidane’s Youth Revolution

Listen to the latest episode of the Coshcast below and subscribe on iTunes right here! Adura Adegbuyi is a Real Madrid fan based in Toronto, Canada. He is on Twitter at @aduraadura. Zinedine Zidane replaced Rafa Benitez on January 04, 2016 as head coach of Real Madrid after […]