I was too young to understand what was happening when the Super Eagles set the world alight at USA ’94. Due to time difference, my parents deemed it too late for me to stay up to watch Nigeria beat Brazil and then Argentina to win Gold at the […]
Of course, in real life, any chance any of us had of becoming footballers ended when a 14 year-old Mohaned’s parents said “no” to a trial at Newcastle, due to the lack of education he’d receive if he were join them. Fair. Understandable. Incredibly frustrating.
Throwdown Thursday is back for the new season. We had a big debate on the thread recently about Carlo Ancelotti and his time at Bayern Munich. Is he failing? Is he to blame for the current situation? What about the board and players? Check out our thoughts and have your say.
AC Milan have quietly spent a lot of money in this transfer window. The new owners have lived up to their promise to invest in the squad. A resurgent AC Milan is good for their fans but ultimately good for Italian football. How good are these signings really? Are Milan actually primed for a return to the big time? We ask the important questions and I’m sure you’ll find some surprising answers here. Enjoy and have your say in the comments section and on social media.
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.
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 […]
It’s the Coshcast, coming at you like Ashley Young into a Webcam.
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.
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 […]
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.
While not every club can be Athletic Bilbao, in an era of globalization, obscene wages, gated communities and made-for-TV kick-off times, local players are just about the last thing the fans have to relate to, and clubs will ignore that element at their own peril.
Welcome to Episode 22! Thank you for listening to the Coshcast! If you enjoy it, we’d be very grateful if you could rate, review and subscribe to the Coshcast right here on Itunes, all of which helps to rank the show, and spread the word. Merry Coshcast! […]
Welcome to Episode 16! Thank you for listening to the Coshcast! If you enjoy it, we’d be very grateful if you could rate, review or subscribe to the Coshcast right here on Itunes, all of which helps to rank the show, and the spread the word. Welcome to […]
The Coshcast is here and like the world’s attitude to dealing with global warming, better late than never.
Welcome to Season 3 Episode 9! Thank you for listening to the Coshcast! If you enjoy it, we’d be very grateful if you could rate, review or subscribe to the Coshcast right here on Itunes, all of which helps to rank the show, and the spread the word. […]
“Loss of face” can mean not only personal shame but shame on one’s family if an objective is not met. Asian players might be more reluctant to try their hand (or foot) in Europe if they feel that they might not succeed, or if the comforts of home outweigh the desire to dig deep and face a constant fight for a career.
Welcome to Season 3 Episode 8! Thank you for listening to the Coshcast! If you enjoy it, we’d be very grateful if you could rate, review or subscribe to the Coshcast right here on Itunes, all of which helps to rank the show, and the spread the word. […]
Welcome to Season 3 Episode 7! Thank you for listening to the Coshcast! If you enjoy it, we’d be very grateful if you could rate, review or subscribe to the Coshcast right here on Itunes, all of which helps to rank the show, and the spread the word. […]
Welcome to Episode 5 of the new season. Thank you for listening to the Coshcast! If you enjoy it, we’d be very grateful if you could rate, review or subscribe to the Coshcast right here on Itunes, all of which helps to rank the show, and the spread […]
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 […]
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 […]
Welcome to Episode 47! Subscribe on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/under-the-cosh-coshcast/id767743946 The Coshcast is in full pre season training this week. We start again in MLS where Gerrard slips right into his new role, and finally gets a bit of Jose in his life. Meanwhile, Toronto FC win again and Giovinco defies […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Welcome to Episode 40, Sponsored by Oprah Winfrey! Subscribe on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/under-the-cosh-coshcast/id767743946 It’s not the final pod, but it is the cup final pod. In England, Arsenal break FA Cup records as Wenger makes Sherwood rub his temples at the cathedral of football that is Wembley. Sort of. In Germany, Wolfsburg […]
It’s time for the English curtain closer; the FA Cup final with another meeting between clubs from opposite ends of the table. Last year’s finale saw fourth placed Arsenal take on 16th placed Hull City. On Saturday, the gap widens slightly as we see third placed Arsenal take […]
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. […]
Welcome to Episode 38! We showed them passion. The Coshcast returns after an action-packed week of football. In the Champions League, Juve go Morata-tat-tat as they gun down Real Madrid, and Barcelona get through despite doing a poor job of parking the Busquets against Bayern. The Premiership is […]
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 […]
Welcome to Episode 37! Watch out for sink holes. The Coshcast returns! In Toronto it’s getting muggy. In the Premier League meanwhile, Leicester mug Southampton to extend their unbelievable run. QPR fall apart more completey than Harry Redknapp’s knees and Liverpool guard Chelsea’s honour. In La Liga, Moyes […]
Lionel Messi brought the magic back to football and made me stare at my ball and my boots for hours on end wishing my ankle wasn’t sore.
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, […]
A.S. Roma started this season like a house on fire. Their new signings had bedded in well, Rudi Garcia was the name on everybody’s lips, and it looked as though the Giallorossi would genuinely push Juventus all the way in the race for lo Scudetto. Since around the […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
Welcome to Episode 32! Subscribe on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/under-the-cosh-coshcast The international break didn’t feel that bad while it was happening, but now league football is back we know it was actually total rubbish. This week, on the Coshcast: Sterling fails at giving a good interview to the BBC, then […]
Matchday 31 brings us the first of the final eight games of the season. Home stretch. This is right about the time that all the season’s ups and downs come together, once and for all. This is the business end of the season. This is, “squeaky bum time”. […]
Welcome to Episode 31! Subscribe on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/under-the-cosh-coshcast Back on Sunday and back on time, The Coshcast returns, so sit back and have an international kit Kat while we discuss the international break. England will definitely win the Euros after their drubbing of Lithuania, Spain are at pains […]
Welcome to Episode 30! 1200 million viewers! Subscribe on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/under-the-cosh-coshcast It may be a day late but it’s better than resorting to Plan B, yes, ladies and gentleman, it’s The Coshcast. It’s been a weekend of violence. In Spain, Real lost El Clasico and Madridistas thought punching Bale’s […]
El Clasico is upon us once again. Despite how I may sometimes feel about the fixture, we get to see two of the world’s best teams and two of the world’s best player’s go at it. In fact, we should be watching two of the world’s best front […]
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. […]
Watching Arsenal in the Champions League is much akin to going to an extremely good strip club (I’d imagine). They are sexy and exciting, exotic and enticing, and yet after you’ve spent a good deal of money to watch them for an hour and a half, you are likely to be left achingly frustrated.
Welcome to Episode 29! Knockout punches all around! Subscribe on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/under-the-cosh-coshcast/ The Cosh takes a break from hanging out with former Liverpool goalkeepers to bring you another podcast. Chelsea can’t beat Southampton, United give Spurs a lamping and Arsenal spent so long in the West Ham half […]
Under The Cosh traveled to Ottawa to meet Liverpool legend, Bruce Grobbelaar. Bruce discussed his present situation as goalkeeping coach for Ottawa Fury F.C. as well as the good old days at Liverpool. We also coaxed him into discussing the current Liverpool side and Simon Mignolet especially. Enjoy! Below […]