24 November 2016

Stefan Ilsanker

Regular Football Fives Podcast listeners will be aware of our tendency to prioritise the obscure in the face of pressure to embrace mainstream topics. In this week's show we've taken our preference for the niche questions by talking about the flashest player in the world, the England manager, the England captain and that Liverpool guy. You won't find that stuff anywhere else.

We're shorthanded this week, so Daniel Storey, David Hartrick and Chris Nee tackle their way through five pertinent questions around the theme of the show, which is "no theme" - it's another of our "anything goes" episodes, so we delve into the matter of whether Cristiano Ronaldo is underrated, where England will go under Gareth Southgate, and whether the recent Wayne Rooney story was worthy journalism.

And, just to lighten the mood a bit, we also discuss the abandoned prospect of Steven Gerrard managing MK Dons and what it means for star players going into management, and report back on the teams we've been most interested in watching so far this season.

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17 November 2016

Sir David Beckham

When you get four men in their thirties together there's not always a lot that unites them. Their politics will differ. Their music taste will differ, as will their taste in films, their taste in books and their taste in...well, food and that. And their football allegiances will differ, if they even like football at all.

So it's kind of nice when there's something they all admire with equal gusto. In the case of the Football Fives Podcast, that something is Mr David Beckham. In this week's show Daniel Storey, David Hartrick, Ryan Keaney and Chris Nee focus on the man they've been itching to talk about since day one.

With the help of a listener question, we discuss five Beckham-based or Beckham-related topics and dribble our way through the best part of an hour of #content. Fair warning: if you're not a Beckham person, this podcast ain't fo' you. If you are...enjoy.

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3 November 2016

Steve Chettle

The Football Fives Podcast is at full-strength this week and we even had time to prepare for a specific topic, for once. The strikers among us are setting aside our differences with the folk on the other side of the game, talking as we are about defending, the art of ruining the game for those dastardly entertainers. Spoilers: spoilers.

Daniel Storey, David Hartrick, Ryan Keaney and Chris Nee are in action this week to discuss what makes the perfect modern centre back, and the relative importance of defensive midfielders and full backs to a team's defensive function. To lighten the load, we also name our own teams' greatest ever back four line-up.

In the middle we talk about the merits and otherwise of zonal marking by way of a comparison with its Proper Football Man equivalent, and answer Ashley Connick's listener question about whether defenders are unfairly overlooked when it comes to debates about football's greatest ever proponents.

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