11 May 2018

Mo Salah

The showpiece showcase showdown between Real Madrid and Liverpool is fast approaching and it's an intriguing conclusion to a UEFA Champions League season that's thrown up a few surprises and a handful of memorable matches. Now we're at the business end, we couldn't resist; this week's Football Fives Podcast is all about the continent's elite competition.

Daniel Storey was probably doing someone else's podcast so it's down to David Hartrick, Ryan Keaney and Chris Nee to put the spotlight on the latter stages. We ask whether the Champions League final could or should be played outside Europe, whether the Group Stage is anything more than a procession and whether Liverpool and Roma have blown open the doors.

And we look forward to this year's final - complete with some likely wayward predictions - and back to our favourite finals of all. We'll just assume Dan's would have been rather close to home...

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4 May 2018

Savo Milosevic

Shahid Khan's bid to buy Wembley from the Football Association - its spiritual and current owner, if not its traditional one - has put the national stadium at the heart of the conversation about the soul of English football. In this week's Football Fives Podcast we dedicate our unnecessarily rigid five-question format to the old place.

It's a full house as Daniel Storey, David Hartrick, Ryan Keaney and Chris Nee delve into the life and times of Wembleys original and rebuilt, discussing our personal perspectives on the stadium, our favourite ever Wembley memories and the statues that aren't outside the ground but bloody well should be.

And, of course, we talk about the sale. Should the FA take the money and run? Is it a good deal? Should the England team vacate the premises rather than become a tenant in their own home? You'll have to listen to find out. So go on. Listen. Seriously.

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27 April 2018

Roberto Baggio

Every now and then we like to get up close and personal with just one player, subjecting him to our inflexible five-question format and putting him in the spotlight. This is one of those shows - this week's Football Fives Podcast is a career retrospective and the man in question is the inimitable Roberto Baggio.

Baggio is a larger than life figure for British followers of Italian football in the 1990s but he came through in the mid-1980s and embarked upon a career that would create history. Daniel Storey, David Hartrick, Ryan Keaney and Chris Nee begin this week's episode by asking whether that's a career of which we're jealous.

We debate the characteristics that made Baggio so loved, relive his best goals, try in vain to establish whether he'd be a superstar in modern football. Our closing question this week is an indulgent one for those British Serie A fans: would Football Italia have been as successful as it was without that Divine Ponytail to look at?

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