Do you feel the same way about football as you used to? Which players keep you excited? Is anyone built to compete with Liverpool? All these and plenty more existential questions asked and answered.
It’s honours even by the Merseyside while Arsenal nearly brush Spurs aside but a draw leaves both teams wanting more in the battle for top four.
Elsewhere, United rely on Lukaku’s nous to edge them past Prouse and associates, Kepa returns for Chelsea so is all forgiven? I suppose it is.
Spurs profit from a wasteful Leicester, United confirm Fulham’s status as the league’s court jesters, Hotter than a matchstick Aguero gets a hattrick, Chelsea need an upgrade or a patch its not just nicotine that this team needs it’s a Mane or a Gini or a Salah makes it three, so settle in for all this and the Champions League.
Football is no longer for the common person. It’s quickly becoming a soulless money spinning exercise but the Super League would be the final nail in the coffin. One that rich and incredibly corrupt football executives would love to bring forward sooner rather than later.
I’ve got absolutely no idea what to tell you because I’m genuinely not sure what we’re going to talk about but presumably some international chat, Mohaned might try to get us to enjoy individual awards, we’ll attempt not to find something to have a go at Mourinho for, and I’m fairly confident we’ll preview some upcoming club football fixtures across England and Europe.
This week on the Coshcast, we use the international break to talk about anything other than the internationals. Instead, it’s a manager special, with a special guest. Enjoy.
Real Madrid advanced to the Champions League quarter-finals on Tuesday with a dominant 2-1 win over PSG at the Parc des Princes, in what was a solid performance built on the back of a defensive masterclass from Sergio Ramos.
Like the Seattle Sounders’ feelings of insecurity and inferiority, the Coshcast is back.
Where else to start but with Toronto FC and the MLS Cup as we’re joined by former TFC employee Asif Hossain as we look back at the big game, bask in the warm glow of a drunk Jozy Altidore, and look at who may be shown the door this winter.
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.
Arsenal get slammed by Liverpool’s press and then in the press and can’t even release a press statement as they agree sell their media and communications department to Chelsea for 35m.
The Premier League unzips and swings itself around – we admire Giroud as Arsenal pull themselves out of a quagmire that started with McGuire and at Vicarage Road it was Firmino’s wiry frame that caused Marco Silva to perspire. Special guest Feroze Ali talks to us about Chelsea who possibly had too much fire and conspired to lose at home to Burnley, Crystal Palace wonder whether they made the right hire and Manchester United set West Ham atop a pire and burn them to ground.
The key point is being the main man. Messi will stay at Barcelona for life and that might be another 3-4 years playing the second lead for Neymar. As much as he loves playing with Messi, he may feel the need to break out of the Argentinian’s simultaneously huge and tiny shadow.
City have turned instead to Spurs’ Kyle Walker – another chief target – and it looks like the deal will go through. We discuss the pros and cons of the situation, below. Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
The squad was littered with talent, both established or otherwise, with the Brazilian winger Malcolm and Valentin Vada being particularly fun to watch. Jeremy Menez continued to be an absolute nutcase occasionally capable of magic.
Everything has finally been decided. The Champions League Final saw a powerhouse club retain their title, the relegation playoffs are complete and it’s time to sit down with a Yann Tiersen record playing and go over the season of French football that was.
Squeaky bum time has arrived! It’s the time of the year where the choice of games on the television is overwhelming and everything seems to be happening at once. There are some incredible run-ins taking place across Europe.
Romelu Lukaku has been a hot topic of late, and especially after an interview in which he criticized Everton’s level of ambition. Here, the Cosh boys discuss the rights and wrongs of his statement, and where his future may lie.
It’s the Coshcast hoping not to get banned for stamping on your ears.
We start this week with the ever romantic FA Cup in which Millwall manage to be racist, injure Harry Kane and pop Vincent Janssen’s cherry in one afternoon, Manchester United try to bully Chelsea and find that they Kante after Herrera’s error, Arsenal find their level and Manchester City make Pep so happy.
The Premier League, where in some kind of Henry Kissinger nightmare the red armies swept all before them with wins for Liverpool, Arsenal, Man Utd & Southampton, while in Wales, Paul Clement was in his element compared to Ranieri, who looked all despair-y.
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.
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.
Why was Cavani not substituted long time ago and how will PSG solve the Cavani conundrum?
Can Wenger fit Coquelin, Cazorla and Xhaka into the same team?
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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.
Welcome to Episode 30! 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. It’s the 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.
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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 […]
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).
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 […]
On May 24th, 2014, the lads and I watched Real Madrid win La Decima at Real Sports Bar in Toronto. The historic nature of that victory overcame us all as if we were Madridistas ourselves. As we all know, Atletico Madrid were one minute away from pulling off […]
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.
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 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 […]
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, […]
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 […]