24 September 2015

Marco Etcheverry

Pundits, eh? Reprobates and ne'er-do-wells to a man, a charging phalanx with Robbie "Sav" Savage at its horned head, pillaging the sport while the rest of us impotently lambast our own goggleboxes. Except that's not quite true, so this week's Football Fives covers the subject of punditry and television coverage.

Daniel Storey, David Hartrick, Ryan Keaney and Chris Nee get proceedings underway by naming their dream line-ups for BBC football flagship Match Of The Day, before moving on to discuss what makes a good commentator, what makes a good pundit and where we think so many go wrong. Thanks to Alex Sheedy for the question, which we saw, stole, forgot and then credited at the end of the show.

We assess BT Sport's new Champions League output, Five's Football League Tonight and the future of football coverage on television. And, this being Football Fives, we couldn't resist rattling off our favourite all-time commentary moments. Amateur dramatics ahoy!

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17 September 2015

Roy Race

Football Fives is a man down this week but there are some beefy subjects for the remaining trio to discuss. After some stellar debuts so far this season, we begin this show by revisiting our favourite all-time football debuts; we like the old stuff, y'see.

Daniel Storey, David Hartrick and Chris Nee also check in on the workings of Financial Fair Play - UEFA's version in particular - and ask what it's for, how it's being applied and, crucially, whether it's working. We also discuss Chelsea's start to the Premier League season and why it seems to be so difficult to retain the title, and whether cheats should be retrospectively punished.

Most importantly of all: music! What are our favourite football-related songs? Find out by listening to the whole damn show.

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10 September 2015

Carlos Rey

This week Football Fives embraces the international break with open arms. After all, what better time to tackle the gardening for the last time in the summer, spend some time with the kids and get out to see some non-league football? Nevertheless, we're on an international kick in the new episode and there's plenty to get stuck into.

Daniel Storey, David Hartrick, Ryan Keaney and Chris Nee engage in a spot of future-gazing to discover the identity of the England manager in a year's time, and delve more deeply into the virtues of the extended UEFA EURO 2016 finals, the need for so-called "lesser nations" to be given room to improve and the position of international football within the world game.

Listener Euan Dewar tees us up for a discussion about some of the great international games, after which we reveal our favourite individual performances in internationals.

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3 September 2015

George Best

Yellow clobber at the ready, it's time for the Football Fives transfers special. Yes, we're fully engaged with the hyperbole and excitement of The Most Important Day if the Football Calendar as we tackle this week's five questions. Daniel Storey, David Hartrick, Ryan Keaney and Chris Nee are on hand to talk about the good, bad and fugly of football's transfer gubbins.

We kick off with a discussion about the transfer window itself and ask whether a spate of Premier League managers have been right to call for it to be closed before the beginning of the league campaign, followed by a question about the standard of transfer business done this summer by different echelons of England's top flight.

After our attempt to skewer the loan system, listener Joe Entwistle returns once more to ask us about our favourite out-of-the-blue transfers.

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