Tag: Barcelona

Throwdown Thursdays: Would Barcelona stroll to the EPL title?

This week, Gerard Pique came out and said that if Barcelona and Real Madrid were to go to the Premier League right now they would have no chance of winning the Premier League title, at least not in their first season. His rationale? “If you go to Stoke, or other types of teams, then it will be really tough.”

Buying A Striker? Good Luck

Backup strikers at top clubs these days have to be one – if not a combination of – the following:

Relatively unambitious (Remy).
Too old to expect a first team spot (Drogba) or too young and unestablished (Wilson) to expect a first team spot.
In decline or poor form and thus understanding that they do not merit a first team place (Falcao, Soldado, Van Persie).
Willing and able to play another position in order to get game time (Walcott, Welbeck).

Coshcast Season 3 Ep 1: The Super Podcast

Welcome to Episode 1 of the new Season! Subscribe on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/under-the-cosh-coshcast/id767743946 Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it’s the Coshcast, and this episode is more delicious than a meal cooked by Rafa Benitez’s wife. This week we review the Community Shield in which Mourinho accuses Wenger of parking l’autobus, Cech […]

Coshcast Season 2 Ep 48: Blatter better have my money

Welcome to Episode 48! Subscribe on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/under-the-cosh-coshcast/id767743946 Too hot? Goddamn. Phillipe Mexes beat Inter Milan. Too hot? Goddamn. TFC come back from 3-0 down. When it’s Saturday and you want a game to watch, watch the Emirates Cup, come on. That’s quite enough of that. In addition we’ve […]

What’s your position?

In the mid-90s had you told Romario that his primary function was to serve as a snow-blower for Luis Figo, he’d have probably knocked you out or died laughing. These days, the game’s poachers or “fox-in-the-box” types like Chicharito, Defoe and Soldado are staggering around in a daze, wondering what happened to the football they knew, and whether they’ll get a flick on from a target man ever again.

Coshcast Season 2 Ep 45: Red, White, and Blue – Chile/U.S.A

Welcome to Episode 45! Subscribe on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/under-the-cosh-coshcast/id767743946 In Chile, red and white fireworks were sparked on the fourth of July. Argentine dreams of glory may be lost for ever due to Banega and Higuain’s attempt to reach the sky. England beat Germany thanks to a penalty. It’s not just the […]

Coshcast Season 2 Ep 44: Analising the Copa, WWC and TFC

Welcome to Episode 44! Subscribe on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/under-the-cosh-coshcast/id767743946 This week on the Coshcast, we probe into the Copa America as Uruguay get a bum deal, Guerrero and his team mates Peruve themselves, and Ospina nearly saves the day as Colombia fall to Argentina. Elsewhere, the  USA makes up for […]

Coshcast Season 2 Ep 41: Barcelona Turn Up the Treble

Welcome to Episode 41! Subscribe on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/under-the-cosh-coshcast/id767743946 Sepp Blatter, Jerome Valke, the FBI will sort you out, Jack Warner in a corner Prince Ali got murked, Platini’s wet dream, Putin bursting at the seams, Migrant workers in Qatar, they’re not getting very far. Meanwhile on the continent, Barcelona are content, winners of […]

Bielsa’s Marseille – Season Review

It was a season that promised to much for L’OM. A new manager with a temperament to match the city’s, a young, hungry and talented squad with a point to prove, and as always a fan-base that never shirks their duties in terms of producing an atmosphere. Everything started brilliantly. Somewhere along the line, though, the milk turned sour. To tell us more, here’s French football expert, Mohamed Mohamed. Follow him on Twitter at @MoeSquare.

Coshcast Season 2 Ep 39: EPL Team of the Year

Welcome to Episode 39! Subscribe on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/under-the-cosh-coshcast/id767743946 The season may be over but this Coshcast is just beginning. Today, it’s a Premier League bonanza, and we’ve got prizes to award. Best manager, for example. Will it be Bruce, or will it be Sherwood? Keep listening to find out. […]

Matchday 37: The Penultimate Game

The penultimate game of the season is upon us and things have settled down. The Champions of almost every league in Europe have been decided. La Liga, as well, is all but decided. Rumours have been circulating of managerial and player movements. A worthy note must be made […]

Matchday 36: Is it over yet?

So, Chelsea ended up winning the league in unspectacular fashion last weekend, and now there is not much else to play for. Or is there? After dramatic finishes in the past couple of years, it is a bit underwhelming when a season finishes without any real surprises. Nonetheless, […]

Exclusive Interview: Paul Stalteri

On Saturday, April 18 Under The Cosh travelled to the Ontario Soccer Centre in Vaughan to meet Paul Stalteri. Stalteri, who retired in 2013, is Canada’s most-capped player, captained his country on 30 occasions, and was in the Canadian team that won the Gold Cup in 2000. In […]

Coshcast Season 2 Ep 36: The Week of Champions (Juve, Chelsea, Bayern)

Welcome to Episode 36! Subscribe on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/under-the-cosh-coshcast/id767743946 Chelsea are the champions, United’s style is cramped again, Nigel Pearson’s list of sins, listen in, the Coshcast begins. In La Liga, Barcelona struggle to overcome Cordoba, but eventually win 8-0. In Italy, Juventus make it Facebook official with the league […]

Matchday 35: Done deal?

Into the final three games of the league season and the champions are a foregone conclusion. Are Chelsea really boring or should we be inspired by their grit? The old adage “offense wins games, defense wins championships” could have some meaning, here. Then again, could we argue that a […]

Coshcast Season 2 Ep 35: POTY: Podcast of the Year

Welcome to Episode 35! Subscribe on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/under-the-cosh-coshcast/id767743946 Welcome to the Coshcast. In the Premiership, Lamela manages a hand of God and Hull’s prayers are answered as they N’Doye a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace. Against City Brad Guzan proves to be a shit Shay Given,and Mirallas dents United’s […]

Matchday 32: The Manchester Derby

The season is grinding its way to a dramatic conclusion, at least where the top four and relegation battles are concerned. It will take multiple Gerrard-esque slips for Chelsea concede the title now, but beneath them, Arsenal, City and United are battling it out to decide which of the top four spots each get.

Matchday 30: El Anfield Clasico

It’s coming thick and fast. The Champions League and Europa League knockout phases are now causing the fixture schedule to burst at the seams. Managers are under immense pressure to get the balancing and rotation of their squads right as we approach the final stretch of the season. […]