28 October 2016

Graham Taylor

Well, it's all kicking off in the Premier League, isn't it? Jose Mourinho's not a happy man and the world has to hear about it at every opportunity. The Football Fives Podcast isn't inclined to indulge him, but his influence tees up the first question of this week's "anything goes" episode. Favourite managerial outbursts? Yes please.

Ryan Keaney, Chris Nee and foul-mouthed Daniel Storey are without David Hartrick as we discuss big-name managers under pressure and ask whether Mourinho, Mr Josep Guardiola and Carlo Ancelotti are under any real threat of losing their jobs, and tackle the small matter of players who've squandered their potential.

In the middle, we talk about football's declining television audiences in the UK. BT, Sky Sports, the Premier League, the Champions League, illegal streaming and social clipping all feature as we try in vain to get to the bottom of why we're turning off.

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21 October 2016

Gunnar Nordahl

Whether or not our interest has continued into adulthood, there's a generation of football supporters in England with a disproportionately affectionate nostalgia for Serie A, the storied and celebrated top flight of Italian football. This week's Football Fives Podcast is for them. (Us.)

Our 65th episode brings back the occasional Fives format, in which we each create a five-a-side team from a finite category of players and combine them into the ultimate this Fives or that Fives. We've done international teams. We've done fictional football. We've done punditry. Now, for the first time, we're embracing an entire league.

Of course, a league with Serie A's richness of history is too wide a category. So Daniel Storey, David Hartrick, Ryan Keaney and Chris Nee are picking from the big but not-quite-so-big group of foreign imports who've made Italian football their own. Serie A foreigners? It's as bloody difficult a choice as it sounds.

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13 October 2016

Francesco Totti

What football supporter doesn't dream of owning a club? Not a one, that's what one, or something. In this week's Football Fives Podcast, David Hartrick challenges the rest of the panel with his latest blind episode, by which we mean not that our eyes are covered up, but that we don't know the five questions before we hit record.

This week Daniel Storey, Ryan Keaney, Chris Nee and Brother Hartrick build a football club. Yes, like The Sound Of Football. Yes, like Twohundredpercent. But we figure once one pack of reprobates have stolen an idea then whosoever steals it from them is doing a favour for the originators. That being the case: you're welcome, SOF.

Anyway, ours is a little different. Dave sets the panel the task of picking a location, a stadium design, a philosophy, a manager and a level of ambition. Unfortunately for Chris, Dave also pre-selected level five as the starting point, so blood-and-thunder semi-pro action is off the table. Curses.

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6 October 2016

Paul Gascoigne

We've got a few formats we like to throw our "Fives" name behind, and one of them is a five-question review of a football tournament from years gone by. What with three of us being England supporters - and two of us just a year or two too young to remember the ins and outs of World Cup Italia '90 - UEFA EURO '96 is one we've had on the to-do list since the Football Fives Podcast began.

This week, we get stuck in at last. We assess England's performance on home soil and talk at length about the games that lifted the mood that summer, as well as the eeriness of automatic qualification as hosts. But it's not all about England. We also pick our favourite games and goals from the competition and ask whether the right team took home the trophy.

And, of course, we take the nostalgia too far by talking about a few things that have no relevance to EURO '96 whatsoever. So stick around; you might not learn anything about football but you'll certainly learn a thing or two about four idiots who like it.

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