28 July 2016

Quiztian Benteke

It's Thursday, which can mean many things. One of them is a new episode of the Football Fives Podcast, proud anthem jacket sponsor of Coventry Sphinx FC. Well, they're not really anthem jackets but that's what we're calling them because we're so thoroughly modern. We digress.

This week's episode is our fourth pub quiz, a now-traditional abomination headed up on this occasion by Daniel Storey, who got so carried away that he forgot that FIVES is kind of in our name, and came up with seven rounds. His victims on this occasion are our regular panelists: David Hartrick, Ryan Keaney and Chris Nee.

So sit back, relax and tolerate 55 minutes of umms, aahs and swearing as three men expose their lack of football knowledge, laying themselves bare for the listening public. But whose lack of knowledge is smallest?

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21 July 2016

Pierluigi Collina

One year down and another begins. The Football Fives Podcast begins its second season this week, and we've taken the typically obtuse approach of putting out an episode that was recorded before the end of the last one. Yeah, we know.

On this occasion it's one of our occasional blind episodes, in which one of the panel sets the topic and questions without the other three knowing in advance what they'll be talking about. It's Chris Nee's turn this time around, and Daniel Storey, David Hartrick and Ryan Keaney are tested with five questions on the subject of fair play.

We debate whether it's okay to cheat, how highly we should value fair play and whether fair play should be rewarded with real sporting advantages. We talk about the change to the law regarding red cards for DOGSO in the penalty area, and we reveal whether or not we'd ever miss a penalty on purpose.

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15 July 2016

Nani

So, UEFA EURO 2016, eh? Good or bad, dull or exciting, we can all agree that this was indeed a tournament of football. In order to wrap up the Football Fives Podcast's run of European Championships shows we're leaning on an old favourite: the major tournament review show. We've done World Cup 2014, World Cup 1998 and EURO 2000 but this time we're only going back a week.

With David Hartrick sidelined this week's show is manned by Daniel Storey, Ryan Keaney and Chris Nee, who pick through the standard five tournament review questions, beginning with an indulgent examination of the performances of England and Northern Ireland. Sorry, other British Isles teams - this one's about partisanship.

The other four questions give us the opportunity to talk about the rest of the tournament. What were our favourite games and goals? What will we remember above all else? And, controversially, did the right team take the tin pot?

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6 July 2016

Lars Lagerb├Ąck

The Football Fives Podcast team is whole again thanks to the return of previously stricken pod bod Ryan Keaney. In this week's show Ryan rejoins Daniel Storey, David Hartrick and Chris Nee to pick the scraps off the carcass of the UEFA EURO 2016 quarter-finals and nibble away at the tasty semi-final morsels that lay before us.

The last eight saw Portugal sneak past Poland on penalties before Chris Coleman and Wales made a mockery of Belgium's wealth of individual talents. Germany's quarter against Italy went the distance and then some, ending with a quite comical penalty shoot-out. Then, in the last match, hosts France finally fully arrived, thumping Iceland in style.

We talk about all four games, two penalty shoot-outs, Welsh prospects and the semis, which take place today and tomorrow. Wales will be looking to end Portugal's run - hardly box office, let's be honest - and France face world champions Germany.

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