26 May 2016

Mario Balotelli

The domestic football season has come to a close, with only the UEFA Champions League Final now standing between us and the unbridled thrill of a major summer international tournament. Hurrah! That being the case, it's pub quiz time again.

Yes, really. Sorry about that. This time around it's Ryan Keaney in Old Man Paxman's seat for the Football Fives quiz, meaning that David Hartrick, Daniel Storey and Chris Nee are tasked with answering five rounds of fiendish football questions and aiming to avoid embarrassment. Some of us even achieved the latter.

So sit back and enjoy the awkward silences of a quiz that stumped at least one of our number simply by virtue of the fact that it's about actual football. Can you imagine such a thing? Ridiculous.

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20 May 2016

Adnan Januzaj

The Football Fives Podcast is back to full strength this week and it's a good thing too, because it's a season review. Sort of. It's more of a timeless 'anything goes' episode that touches on five aspects of the season as a whole.

Daniel Storey, David Hartrick, Ryan Keaney and Chris Nee are on hand to talk about the season performances of Nottingham Forest, Brighton & Hove Albion, Manchester United and Coventry Sphinx, and to reveal which players and teams surprised us (other than Leicester City) or let us down (other than Leicester City - Chris) this season.

We talk about our favourite kits of the year through a question with a twist, and we finish off by saying goodbye to four retiring players who are well worthy of a mention and one final salute.

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12 May 2016

Andy Reid

We're down a man this week because Chris Nee was away on business, so the new episode of the Football Fives Podcast is steered through the waters of season end by Daniel Storey, David Hartrick, Ryan Keaney and you, the listener. Or three of you, at least.

It's anything goes this week and we're tackling not one, not two, not three...wait, it is three listener questions. We talk about the players that arrived in the Premier League too late or too early in their careers, whether the UEFA Champions League is easier or more difficult to win than the old European Cup, and whether FFP punishment should be more severe.

Those listener questions are book-ended by chats about the best ever Football League Playoff matches and the one and only Pele. Remember him? He was kind of a big deal.

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5 May 2016

Mark Selby

After last week's excursion into history and France, we're back on contemporary home soil this week to talk about the Premier League. Yes, that one. The latest episode Football Fives Podcast asks and then attempts to answer five questions relating to England's top flight since 1992/93, and we make no apology for running a little long.

Daniel Storey, David Hartrick, Ryan Keaney and Chris Nee cover a wide range of Premier League talking points, beginning with a debate about the best home-grown Premier League players since the league's inauguration and ending with a forlorn hunt for reasons Aston Villa's supporters should miss their first division status next season.

In between there are questions about the Premier League's global impact, which of the division's managers is best cut out for international success with England and Ryan's Northern Ireland, and Claudio Ranieri. Leicester City's title win is remarkable, but just where does Ranieri's specific achievement rank against the Premier League's other managerial triumphs.

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