26 August 2016

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge

This week's Football Fives Podcast puts the spotlight on the serious side of the game, so we're sorry about that. The full panel is present to talk morals, standards and scandals in what begin as one of our 'anything goes' episodes but took a sinister turn when it came to actually coming up with questions. Don't worry. We're seeking help.

Daniel Storey, David Hartrick, Ryan Keaney and Chris Nee discuss the pros and cons of football fanaticism in the modern game, and get bogged down in the question of just how far a player could push the moral boundaries before becoming unforgivable. We ask whether it's okay for fans to "transfer" from one team to another and debate the virtues of Olympics football.

And, because everything else in this week's episode is so bloody miserable, we reminisce about our favourite players to ever successfully switch positions. We're nothing if not laser-focused.

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18 August 2016

Des Lynam

All four members of the Football Fives Podcast panel regularly attend actual football matches. The smell of Deep Heat and Bovril on the wind, the creak of the turnstile, having footballs kicked at you deliberately by opposition players - it's what we all live for. But not one of us is above watching football on television.

And, with thanks to listener and friend of the show Mark Booth, that's our focus this week. In our 56th show Daniel Storey, David Hartrick, Ryan Keaney and Chris Nee are building one of our somehow-not-patented fantasy five-a-side teams, only this time we're taking our choices away from the field of play and into the TV and radio studios and gantries of the past and present.

The format is simple: each of us has a choice for a studio anchor and two pundits, a commentator and a co-commentator. We make our case, argue a bit, laugh at Dan's choices and then decide on the media heavyweights to take their place in our final line-up.

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11 August 2016

Eric Bailly

The Football Fives podcast is back to strength this week and it's just as well, because our 55th episode is a Premier League special. Part preview, part nostalgia and part chaos, this episode is our wonky way of marking the beginning of the 2016/17 Premier League season. It's heading our way this weekend and at least two of us sort of care.

By 'us' we mean Daniel Storey, David Hartrick, Ryan Keaney and Chris Nee, who this week turn their hand to five questions about the almighty top flight of the English game. We revisit our favourite Premier League seasons and look ahead to the forthcoming one, highlighting what we'll be looking out for and making a few predictions along the way.

We also argue about whether pre-season gets too much coverage, talk about whether transfer fees in the elite game have become essentially meaningless, and celebrate our recommendation from Manchester City by talking quite a lot about Manchester United. Welcome to the party, City fans!

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