Mourinho Deserves No Patience

To suggest that Mourinho needs three or four more transfer windows to produce a decent team is to admit that he cannot coach the best out of the talented players he already has. Which, of course, is the crux of the matter.

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 […]

Mourinho wins in Fergie-time

Welcome to Episode 3 of Season 4! Thank you for listening to the Coshcast. If you enjoy it, subscribe right here on Itunes. This week on the Coshcast: The Premier League (apart from West Brom) delivers goals again as Watford lose to Arsenal after a first half so sinfully […]

An evening with Nwankwo Kanu

On Wednesday, August 24, Bernie and I made our way to The Midtown, a pub in Toronto that acts as headquarters for the Toronto branch of Arsenal Canada. Given his support for Manchester United, Bernie would probably have felt the slight senses of nausea and embarrassment at any […]

Thierry Henry is a terrible idea for Belgium

Listen to the latest Coshcast below, featuring exclusive behind-the-scenes audio content from Arsenal’s match against Leicester last weekend. Subscribe on Itunes right here! I awoke to the news that Roberto Martinez has appointed Thierry Henry as one of his assistant coaches for the Belgian national side. “That’s a […]

Lorient vs. SC Bastia – Match Report

Lorient went down to nine men in the 77th minute after an absolutely bizarre passage of play. Majeed Waris, who had been playing well for Lorient as number 9, had turned well in the area and was shaping to shoot before getting hauled down. The referee was no more than five yards away and inexplicably signalled play on, eliciting howls of frustration from the Lorient players, none more so than Benjamin Jeannot. In his rush to get to the loose ball the Lorient midfielder, who had been subbed on only 15 minutes earlier, shoved the referee out of the way, earning himself a straight red.

Toronto FC: Scarves, Socks and Superstition

Ciarán Breen is a sports writer and multimedia journalist. Here, he reports on the rituals and superstitions Toronto FC fans have developed over the club’s decade-long history. Follow Ciarán  on Twitter. Toronto, On. — On Saturdays, Kristin Knowles packs her bag before work in the usual manner. Red […]

Spend some f***ing money

This week on the Coshcast: Conte bans ketchup to avoid a dip in form while Costa and Batshuayi find each other complimentary, Arsene still gives his players few specific instructions but gets one in particular from Arsenal fans, United Zlatan Southampton’s hides and leave them up the river despite the best efforts of Van Dijk and Liverpool share an experience with Hillary Clinton and feel the Burnley.

Montpellier vs. Angers – Match report

Some quick thoughts on the whole set-up before getting into the game proper. I didn’t think much of the Angers kit. It was a pretty straightforward white number with a thick black stripe down the sleeve and black cuffs. It wasn’t offensive, but looked a little drab next to Montpellier, who have orange in their colours and thus immediately look more exciting. It was, however, made by Kappa, so points for that, and the socks were excellent.

Pep puts his Willy ahead of his Hart

Pep is already doing his best to become a true Manchester lad, choosing his Willy over his Hart on a Saturday night out in town. Joe Hart was dropped due to the fact he is not very good at passing the ball, as opposed to not very good at keeping the ball out of the net which would have been far more obvious.

Adventures in Ligue 1 – Angers SCO

Last season Angers SCO finished 9th in the table, but that doesn’t really tell the whole story of their campaign. Back in the top division after over two decades, the expectation was for the team to largely act as fodder for their bigger rivals, with relegation certainly not out of the equation. Instead, based on a solid defensive set-up devised by coach Stéphane Moulin, Angers spent much of the season in contention for European competition…

Adventures in Ligue 1

The idea is to take a closer look at French football, choosing not to scale the PSG monolith, but instead searching for stories in the tattered remains of the clubs that have crashed into it. I’m looking forward to this as there’s always been a hint of Francophilia in my veins; I liked Amelie, I own several stripy sweaters and my favourite skater is Lucas Puig.