He was labelled by the Argentine media as ‘having a bucket on his head’ after some spotted his inability to pick his head up for a pass, and his tendency to lose possession on needless dribbles.
“What a year!”, they’d say. “Slobodan Milosevic was tried, the Queen Mother died, Switzerland joined the UN and England won the World Cup. The people swam in golden rivers of lager and ‘Eng-er-land Naa Naa’ was the default ringtone on every phone.”
There was a time – somewhere between the late 1990s and the early 2000s – that saw the rise (and fall) of (really) tall centre forwards, a species of warrior that would feel rather alien in the world of Guardiola’s total football.
It would not surprise anyone if I say that Marcelo Bielsa is by far one of the most enigmatic figures in the world of the beautiful game. After all, why do players, coaches, fans and even journalists speak so highly of a coach whose record boils down to three Argentine League titles and an Olympic gold medal with Argentina’s U-23 team?
We all know the severity of the situation in war-torn Syria and the national team’s progress in World Cup qualifying was a ray of hope in an otherwise bleak situation. Unfortunately, for those of us who love an underdog story, Australia won in extra time.
The international break hasn’t broken the most international of podcasts, although…to be honest it nearly did.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
While the players are the focal point, Chile’s Argentine manager Jorge Sampaoli’s story brings up an interesting plot point. He was given his chance to manage at a high level in South America by clubs in Chile. Even though he calls Chile home now, it must cross his mind what it’d be like to be on the other side managing his compatriots; Aguero, Mascherano and Messi.
Welcome to Episode 42! Subscribe on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/under-the-cosh-coshcast/id767743946 This week, on the Coshcast, we sip from the Copa America. Chile have enough Vidality to see them past Ecuador, Uruguay Jamaic-it difficult for themselves against the Reggae Boys, and will Colom-bia disaster, after their loss to Venezuela? In the European […]
Welcome to Episode 26 of the Coshcast! Subscribe on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/under-the-cosh-coshcast/id767743946 On this episode of the Coshcast, Alex, Bernie and Mohaned recap the group stages of the best world cup of their short memories. You may ask where Rishay has gone. Don’t! The three of us praise South America […]
Welcome to Episode 25 of the Coshcast! Subscribe on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/under-the-cosh-coshcast/id767743946 The World Cup is underway, and the first three days have not dissapointed! Brazil played thier host nation card to nick a result over the Croatians while Mexico and Cameroon fought hard to play through monsoon season in […]