30 December 2015

Tim Howard

2015's days are numbered and we're counting down to 2016 in this week's episode of the Football Fives podcast. It's as close to a preview show as you're going to get from us, so soak this mother up.

Daniel Storey, David Hartrick, Ryan Keaney and Chris Nee take on a traditional five this week, focusing on the theme of 'next year'. We talk about the clubs we'll be interested in keeping an eye on in 2016, the clubs we're expecting to make the biggest leap in the year and our individual football wishes for the next twelve months.

We've doubled up on listener questions this week. First, Timmy Tour asks whether Bolton Wanderers, Wigan Athletic and others show that the Premier League is a chalice o' poison. Second, we tackle Rob Anderson's UEFA EURO 2016 teaser.

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24 December 2015

David Beckham

It's Christmas! Yes, Christmas. The most wonderful time of the year off the pitch and also on it, because festive football is what it's all about. It's what this week's Football Fives podcast is all about as well; we're nothing if not obvious.

This week Daniel Storey, David Hartrick, Ryan Keaney and Chris Nee are discussing all things seasonal, from the boundless virtues of the Christmas football bonanza to the pros and cons of a Premier League and Football League winter break. We also put on our Ghost of Christmas Future costumes to fire a warning shot at the game.

Our listener question this week is from Andy Rockall and has us mulling over the prospect of Christmas Day and Boxing Day double bill football against a team of our choice, before we tap in the festive football open goal: what was the greatest Boxing Day match ever?

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17 December 2015

Bryan Roy

What better way to celebrate Christmas party season and the imminent embrace of festive football than to pre-record a Football Fives podcast with no topical relevance whatsoever? Hot on the heels of Ryan Keaney's blind episode, we're together again to build our ultimate German five-a-side team.

Ryan is joined by Daniel Storey, Chris Nee and this week's host, David Hartrick, to argue the toss about our individual choices for our German side. Working from front to back, we each submit and support a name for every position and then Dave makes the final call on what we reckon might be the strongest national team five-a-side team possible.

From personal memories to superhuman footballing achievements throughout history, this episode is a whistlestop tour of everything that's been great about the German national team, from the Miracle of Bern (sorry Dave) to the current world champions. Lass uns anfangen.

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10 December 2015

Henning Berg

This week's Football Fives podcast is our second sensitively titled 'blind episode', whereby one of our number pitches up with a topic smouldering a hole in his trousers pocket and five related questions to bring it to life. The rest of us? None the wiser until we hit record.

Ryan Keaney's in charge this week and selected the topic of "money" for Daniel Storey, David Hartrick and Chris Nee to discuss. We talk about the serious stuff, like just how far football's obsession with the filthy lucre has to go before people walk away, and a few questions that require some quick thinking.

What were our clubs' biggest wastes of money? Which game would we go to if money were no object? What's our bet for the weekend? And, with four entirely straight faces, what's our dream shirt sponsor in terms of aesthetics alone?

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4 December 2015

Cyrille Makanaky

The Football Fives podcast is all about football's lifeblood this week. The supporters make the game - we all know that, right? - and our five questions tackle various aspects of life as and with the fans that allow football to thrive.

Daniel Storey, David Hartrick, Ryan Keaney and Chris Nee discuss English ultra culture, the futility of fan protests, the link between stadia and English football identity (thanks to Richard Buxton for his listener question) and the art and otherwise of football tourism.

By the way, we apologise for the unavoidable Friday release of this week's episode of Football Fives and also for a few wobbles in sound quality. We had some technical gremlins to contend with as well as a rather busier than usual work week.

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