29 April 2016

Bebeto + Edmundo

This week's Football Fives Podcast takes us back in time once more. This time, we're going back to the greatest decade the planet has ever known and reliving the highs and lows of the 1998 World Cup in France. The hosts won it, but the talking points were many and various throughout a summer we all remember well.

The format's always the same for these tournament podcasts, so we begin with an assessment of England's tournament (sorry Ry Ry) and revisit the games against Tunisia, Romania, Croatia and Argentina as Glenn Hoddle's side bowed out in the Second Round.

We talk about our favourite games and goals of the tournament - and there were some belters - as well as the one thing we'll never forget about the competition, and, in time-honoured Football Fives fashion, whether the right team emerged as the victors.

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22 April 2016

Jack Grealish

Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy's been in the news more often than not over the past year or so, and his latest headlines have been more negative than positive. He's now accepted an FA charge for abusing referee Jon Moss (who's always been outstandingly rubbish but, you know, is the referee and that), and, in this week's show, we revisit some other stellar tantrums.

This week it's 'anything' goes for the Football Fives Podcast, in which Daniel Storey, David Hartrick, Ryan Keaney and Chris Nee also go in two-footed on the circus that is Aston Villa. The developments have continued to arrive thick and fast since we recorded but the overall feeling of gloom is, so Chris says at least, still intact. What on earth is next?

We also look back at the most entertaining games of the season so far, discuss which football books or films are just waiting to be written, and ask whether brutalism is triumphing over beauty in the Champions League and the Premier League title procession.

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14 April 2016

Darren Bent

Regular listeners will know that we like to spend some of our time putting together five-a-side teams. It's partly to do with the Football Fives Podcast's name, partly to do with how easy they are to put together and partly because they can be pre-recorded and posted when we're a man light.

This week we would've been two men light so we've plumped instead for a five-a-side team. We've done Germany and Argentina, we've done fictional football, and this time we're mixing it up still further by including players from not one, not two, but three different countries. It's our Scandinavian special.

The panel has picked five players each from Denmark, Sweden and Norway and argues for their inclusion in the official F5 team. It's a competitive line-up as Daniel Storey, David Hartrick, Ryan Keaney and Chris Nee battle it out on behalf of their Northern European representatives. Who makes it in? Find out within.

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7 April 2016

Jiří Skalák

Anything goes in this week's episode of the Football Fives Podcast, where three of the panel join forces in a vain attempt to plaster over the void left behind by injury's Ryan Keaney. So, no central topic for us this time around, but plenty of fun to be had through the proverbial spice of life.

Daniel Storey, David Hartrick and Chris Nee are on hand to guide your ears through their answers to five varied questions, beginning with a barrage of praise for David Beckham as one of the answers to "Who's the best free kick taker ever?" There's also a chat about doping and a listener question about the best ever players who aren't the best ever players.

We also have a couple of questions about social media in football this week. One's serious, focusing as it does on whether footballers should be advised to avoid the socials altogether, and one isn't. Best footballer tweets ever? A rich territory indeed.

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1 April 2016

Martin Škrtel

One day, perhaps not too far away from today, football will be a very different game. Whether it's a bubble burst or the unmitigated manifestation of a commercially defined sporting "experience" for the leisure seekers of the year 2090, the game of today will soon be a thing of yesterday. Which is today. Or something.

This week's Football Fives Podcast is a blind episode, meaning that Daniel Storey takes the chair and delivers five questions for David Hartrick, Ryan Keaney and Chris Nee to sink their teeth into without even the usual cursory research and preparation. The theme for this episode is "football future" - mercifully, that means there are no wrong answers. Almost.

So, what are our hopes and fears for the future of the game? Which game would we watch over and over in a dystopian post-fixtures world? Will Dan get out alive? Find out within.

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