29 October 2015

Falcao

Daniel Storey and David Hartrick are AWOL this week but the Football Fives team is nothing if not a collection of forward planners. The best part of a month ago the two disgraced absentees had a mob-style sit-down with Ryan Keaney and Chris Nee to address a long-term, zeitgeist-defining matter: which players would make up the best fictional five-a-side football team in history?

With mentions of the finest works of football make-believe, the panel takes a different spin on its format this week and each member picks five players instead of answering the usual five questions. We cover comics, cartoons, movies, television shows and soap operas - culture's toilet bowl - in our quest to pick the five to defeat all comers. If we've missed anyone important you can let us know on Twittaaaah.

It's a weird one. There's bickering. There are laughs and, almost, tears. The final team is something to behold but worry not, you won't have to behold it for long; we'll be back to normal next week.

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22 October 2015

Ian Woan

For four men who fear change, this week's Football Fives podcast is something of a diversion. David Hartrick is in charge and he decided that he was going to prepare Daniel Storey, Ryan Keaney and Chris Nee by not allowing them to prepare.

Yes, it's the first blind episode - to give it its politically correct title - and Dave, twisting the ends of his moustache and laughing maniacally, settled on the theme of 'wishful thinking' for his outrageous power trip. Beginning with the players our teams have missed out on signing, this week we're discussing the ifs, buts and maybes of the beautiful game.

We talk about the result from history we'd like to change, football's great(ish) injustices and fantasy nationalisations before getting into the really important stuff, namely our dream strikeforces. Can you pick a better pairing? Tell us on the Twitters.

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15 October 2015

Cobi Jones

This week's Football Fives podcast is another freeform jazz edition which begins, for no reason in particular, with a quick discussion about our favourite American footballers of all time. (We told you it was freeform.)

Daniel Storey, David Hartrick, Ryan Keaney and Chris Nee don't always shirk the big debating points of the week, however, so this week's second question is about German coach J├╝rgen Klopp and his prospects as the new boss at Liverpool, and the third covers last weekend's Non-League Day and the importance of non-league to a fully rounded footballing life.

This week's listener question comes from Dave Farris, who wants to know about the best matches we've been to with smaller attendances, and the final topic is restricted in no such ways: what's the worst game we've ever been to?

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8 October 2015

Portsmouth Fans

From no theme last week to a very specific theme this time around, Football Fives is back on the nostalgia trail with a very timely FIFA World Cup 2014 special. Our five topics this week all relate to that wonderful balmy football summer all those years ago.

Daniel Storey, David Hartrick, Ryan Keaney and Chris Nee are all on hand to reminisce about a spectacular World Cup, beginning with punditry and moving on to discuss whether the right team won the competition, which games was simply the best (better than all the rest) and which of the tournament's incredible array of bangin' goals were our favourites.

We're all in agreement that Brazil 2014 qualifies as our second favourite ever World Cup. But what made it so enjoyable, why did we love it so much and what is the on thing we'll take away from it and use to criticise the abominations that are sure to follow?

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1 October 2015

Steffen Hofmann

Football Fives has no specific theme this week so in taking on our five topics we're mopping up some of the big talking points we might otherwise have swerved, beginning with the Premier League and a debate about whether this season's top flight is very good or very poor based on quality and the level of competition.

Daniel Storey, David Hartrick, Ryan Keaney and Chris Nee also discuss the most recent goings-on at FIFA, except not. Instead of pretending we've read every detail we look to a future beyond the current scandal, asking what might come afterwards in terms of governance of the global game. There's a chat about our favourite football books and video games (thanks to Euan Dewar for the latter), and then, as always, we end with the big one.

Ronaldo has a special place in all four of our hearts and he celebrated a birthday last week, so we've taken advantage of that to talk about our favourite ever Ronaldo goals. Warning: may contain traces of exaggeration.

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