I know I’m personally looking forward to seeing if Sebastian Squillaci can still run at the age of 36…
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.
Welcome to Episode 1 of Season 4! Thank you for listening to the Coshcast. If you enjoy it, subscribe right here on Itunes. Oh my god. It’s back, ladies and gentleman! The Coshcast is back. So is the Premier League, if you hadn’t noticed. Chelsea Conte their blessings as […]
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.
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…
Get ready for the upcoming season and subscribe to the Coshcast on Itunes. Chris: Before we crack on and you wonder what all this is about, I need to let you in on a few things first. If you are expecting in-depth football analysis from this column, you […]
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.
One of the saddest and least talked about stories in this transfer window is the future of Mario Balotelli. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has told the Italian that he is no longer part of the plans at Anfield. After his wonderful Euro 2012 performance the sky was the limit for Balotelli but since then he’s been cast away by Manchester City, didn’t light it up in Milan, failed at Liverpool and on his return to Milan he was almost invisible. Safe to say, Mario Balotelli’s career has been a flop.
Welcome to Episode 48! Thank you for listening to the Coshcast. If you enjoy it, subscribe right here on Itunes. Portugal win Euro 2016 at the Stade de France. Can you believe it!? As Ronaldo was stretchered off the field, all hope surely was lost for the Portuguese. Two […]
Welcome to Episode 47! Thank you for listening to the Coshcast. If you enjoy it, subscribe right here on Itunes. Under The Cosh Blog is delighted to announce the signing of this week’s Coshcast on a 50 minute deal. Coming up we’ve got Euro2016 analysis as Italy’s hopes […]
Welcome to Episode 46! Thank you for listening to the Coshcast. If you enjoy it, subscribe right here on Itunes. This week on the CoshCast, we take you through the lopsided knockout phase of the Euro 2016 Round of 16. Portugal have made it to the Quarterfinals by […]
Three years ago Gareth Bale joined Real Madrid from Tottenham Hotspur for a world record 80m transfer fee. Real Madrid fans were upset because his signing came at the cost of Mesut Ozil’s place in the team as he was jettisoned to perennial underachievers Arsenal. Florentino Perez poached, […]
Welcome to Episode 45! Thank you for listening to the Coshcast. If you enjoy it, subscribe right here on Itunes. On the Coshcast this week, we hope to keep you thoroughly entertained throughout, unlike the Euro 2016 where its only good in the last 5 minutes of games, […]
Welcome to Episode 44! Thank you for listening to the Coshcast. If you enjoy it, subscribe right here on Itunes. Alors, il est un autre podcast sur le football! Today we look back at the first few days of Euro action as Payet’s play saves the day for […]
The next few years are going to be bristling with change. The old stadium is going, a new one is being built. Hopefully there won’t be as much coming and going with the playing staff, and certainly not the manager. There is a combination of rigidity and flare in this current squad which, if it continues to be nurtured and improved in key places, quite frankly means it could take on the world.
The 2015-16 Manchester United season truly had it all. There were some great goals and results and some baffling substitutions. We had some exciting young players breaking through and an evacuation at Old Trafford. Hell, even ‘sex masochism’ and an FA Cup triumph.
Rahul Kalvapalle is a Madridista and football writer who has contributed to Four Four Two, Bleacher Report the Real Madrid podcast, Merengue Bites. In this review he recounts one of Real’s strangest seasons in recent years, from Benitez beginnings to a Zidane grandstand.
Welcome to Episode 43! Thank you for listening to the Coshcast. If you enjoy it, subscribe right here on Itunes. Bonjour! Today on the Coshcast we have conversation about les Euros – the tournament, not the currency – including a semi-informed preview of just about everything. Elsewhere there […]
There’s no sugar coating it, this season was atrocious. As a Valencia CF fan you get used to a rollercoaster ride every season, but I have experienced few with quite so many drops as this one. The only comparison I can make would be the 2007/2008 season – a season where Valencia was almost relegated, our most iconic players were ousted from the club and our own captain even sued the club’s ownership…
If you want to understand the club that FC Barcelona is you should probably start by knowing that there was, and still is, a sense of disappointment all around (players, club, fans) about not achieving the seemingly impossible and never-before-seen task of winning two trebles in a row. And while this might sound insane for people on the outside looking in, the thing is that this feeling is based on the belief that this Barça team is the best team in Europe.
Welcome to Episode 42! Thank you for listening to the Coshcast. If you enjoy it, subscribe right here on Itunes. Hello and welcome to another episode of the Coshcast. This week, as every other week, we talk about football, in the hope that things have changed since last […]
Mario Rivas hosts the Full90Gooner podcast. In this piece he tries to sum up Arsenal’s disappointing season, and asks the two big questions.’ Why?’ and ‘what next?’. Well here we are. The Premier League season is over. It feels like so long ago that August 9, 2015 came […]
Coutinho, Lallana and Henderson have become hot topics this season. Although they’ve all had bouts of brilliance, I am not sure that they can carry on being great contributors to the team. Personally, I think that these three players should be more consistent at this stage in their careers, but nothing tells me that it is happening anytime soon.
Rob Palmer is a Southampton fan. He’s also the one on The Final Third Podcast what does a lot of puns. In this piece he tells us about how Southampton have had possibly the best season in their history, and yet it has flown under all our radars. […]
It’s been another turbulent season for Norwich City. At times looking dead and buried, at times looking sure to avoid relegation, the fans have been through the mill. Here to tell the tale of a season that ended in yet another relegation is James Stangroom of Canadian Canaries. […]
Ben Jarman is a freelance football writer with a soft spot for Spanish football, and a an understandable interest in one of Europe’s most interesting clubs, Athletic Bilbao. In this piece, he tells us about the Basque side’s magnificent season. Follow Ben on Twitter Athletic Club finished in […]
Welcome to Episode 41! Thank you for listening to the Coshcast. If you enjoy it, subscribe right here on Itunes. On this episode of the Coshcast we sing a song (again), review a fantastic FA Cup final for Manchester United and Louis Van Gaal while analyzing the impending […]
What’s the point in having all that cash in the first place if you’re just going to spend it on Gael Clichy?
It’s been a difficult season for Chelsea fans. This one has stronger opinions than most. Nanu Emannuel Ugwu takes us through a season of inexplicable behaviour, decisions and performances.
After an intense and relatively successful 2014/2015 campaign under Marcelo Bielsa, Marseille had a tense summer. Top players left, their replacements came in on the cheap, and their combustible Argentine manager walked out on the club after the first game of the new season. How would the club react? Here to tell us is French football expert Mohamed Mohamed.
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Welcome to Episode 40! Thank you for listening to the Coshcast. If you enjoy it, subscribe right here on Itunes. It’s the Coshcast, coming at you like Ashley Young into a Webcam. There’s news from North London where mining companies have asked to start digging for rare gems […]
Welcome to Episode 39! Thank you for listening to the Coshcast. If you enjoy it, subscribe right here on Itunes. This week on the Coshcast, its Mohaned and Bernie taking you through Leicester’s unbelievable achievement, the EPL’s fight for champions league spots, and the dreaded relegation battle. It’s […]
Ciarán Breen reports on Toronto FC as they head back to BMO Field next week with some questions to answer. Follow Ciarán on Twitter | Read more from Ciarán here. Below: Listen to our latest podcast! Toronto FC round-up towards the end. Toronto FC surpassed the early season […]
Like Ernest Hemingway, the Cosh have been to Europe, enjoyed the hell out of it and then come back to North America to write about it.
This week on the pod, we start with tales from the road as we recount racial profiling and Totti miracles in Rome, pretzels and Neo-Nazis in Berlin, rumblings of protest at the Emirates, and how to eat croissants with a spoon in Barcelona.
It was a hectic, dizzying, wonderful trip on which we saw the quietest and loudest of fans, some football more boring than we could have expected and some moments more magical and golden than we could have dreamed of witnessing, but above all we took in four different cities, cultures and attitudes and we did so together. For 10 days, Europe was Under The Cosh.
We hopped on a tram, encouraged to see a few people decked out in Roma scarves that we could follow once we stepped off. On the walk up to the stadium we could tell it was going to be a good game. There was something in the air. Perhaps it was the raw energy of the crowd. The Romans had a raw passion that was unrivaled in the other cities we visited. Football is seen as trivial by some, and as life or death by others. It was in Rome that we really felt the latter, and we knew that it would be an entertaining evening.
The trophy room, which contained every trophy won since the 1900s and also had some interesting artifacts like Hristo Stoichkov’s boots and a signed Maradona shirt. It was interesting to watch the markings on the Copa del Ray change over the years in correlation with Spanish politics. During Franco’s reign for example, it was called the Copa del Generalisimo.
First thing the next morning we were on a train from Liverpool Street Station to Stanstead Airport, and from there on a Ryanair flight to Barcelona that was so ‘no-frills’ that there weren’t even seat-back pockets. When the cabin crew came around with duty-free magazines, Mohaned rightly asked “even if I wanted one, where would I put it?”, which kind of sums up Arsene Wenger’s thoughts on buying a new striker.
If you love Cristiano Ronaldo you are either a Manchester United fan or a minority of Real Madrid fans who refuse to whistle at him. Whether you love or hate Cristiano Ronaldo is simply irrelevant. His dominance of the beautiful game alongside Lionel Messi renders your respect for his […]
Soccer has always been the most played sport for children in Canada, both because it is the world’s game and Canada is as multicultural a nation as it gets, but also because compared to hockey or baseball, soccer is relatively cheap and accessible. However, there is a creeping […]
Week after week, United supporters watch as their team struggles with incomprehensible tactical decisions, lackadaisical performance levels and being generally not good enough. I asked Ryan Giggs to steal a glance and fill us in on the Dutchman’s stratagems and deepest thoughts.
Welcome to episode 37! Alright? Like Andy Carrol’s hopes of getting on the plane, the Coshcast is back. Another mad week of Premiership action sees barrels of incompetence everywhere as Arsenal and West Ham defend like children, Stoke, Newcastle and Chelsea leave their will to live at home, […]
If you like football podcasts, try the Coshcast. Listen here, subscribe here. Enjoy! Pochettino was the first to go, of course. His extremely impressive work at Southampton had won him the chance to be the one tough social worker that would finally get the wayward and stroppy […]
Ciarán Breen believes that TFC have been short on luck on their grueling road trip, but have reasons to remain positive. Toronto FC can consider themselves unlucky after debatable officiating has marred each of their opening four games but performances suggest that when their luck turns, they […]
Every passing day brings us closer to Antonio Conte’s first season in charge of Chelsea, but how will the Italian do at the club that has expectations so few have managed to meet? His first season is likely to go rather well. Chelsea currently sit in tenth place […]
Welcome to Episode 36! Thank you for listening to the Coshcast. If you enjoy it, subscribe right here on Itunes. Hello! Who’s under the Cosh this week? Barcelona for a start, after Real Madrid Zidance around them in the Clasico as Los Blancos put in a performance as […]
Whose Under the cosh?Barcelona for a start, after Real Madrid Zidance around them in the Clasico as Los Blancos put in a performance as shiny as their manager’s head.
Meanwhile in the Premier League Spurs find a surprising similarity with Mesut Ozil as they start looking ahead and behind at the same time, with Leicester winning again – boring – and Arsenal finally playing like a team that actually has a lot of good footballers in it.
This past weekend, England came back from two goals down to beat Germany, the country that defeated the three lions in the semi-final of Euro 96 and went on to win the whole thing. For the first time in what feels likes centuries, the top two scorers in the English Premier League are English.
Welcome to Episode 35! Thank you for listening to the Coshcast. If you enjoy it, subscribe right here on Itunes. The Premier League may have abandoned you this week, but the Coshcast hasn’t. We look back at the exciting weekend of South American World Cup qualifiers as Argentina […]