28 June 2017

Gary Crosby

There are many ways to skin a podcast. You can chuck five questions at a panel and try and squeeze a conversation out of it. You can set the challenge of picking a five-a-side team from a particular nation and argue over the final quintet. You can even go in blind and really test the participants.

Surprisingly, these options are routinely eschewed by inferior football podcasts to ours. So is this week's format. It's with mixed feelings and some trepidation that we bring you another Football Fives Pub Quiz. Some of you like them and some of us hate them, but sometimes you've got to give the punters what they inexplicably want.

Playing the Dale Winton role this time round is Chris Nee, who's devised five cunning and challenging rounds of football trivia to drive Daniel Storey, David Hartrick and Ryan Keaney to despair. There are lots of questions for you to join in with, lots of points up for grabs, but only one winner.

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22 June 2017

Igor Akinfeev

Give or take a week, we're now a year away from the start of FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia. The awarding of the tournament to Russia was controversial and developments since - not least with regard to hooliganism, homophobia and workers' rights - have done nothing to calm the dissent. Excitement, however, might do just that.

In this week's Football Fives Podcast we're looking forward to the next World Cup. Daniel Storey, David Hartrick, Ryan Keaney and Chris Nee join forces once more to tackle five questions about Russia 2018, beginning with whether the simple fact that it'll take place under a cloud will affect its popularity.

We talk about English and Northern Irish expectations (sorry Scotland and Ireland; it's just because that's where we're from) and ask whether failure to qualify would take the sheen off a fabulous UEFA EURO 2016 for our Welsh neighbours. We each talk up a young player, predict the four semi-finalists, and allow our mouths to write cheques that our arses can't cash.

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8 June 2017

Ricardo Carvalho

With the 2016/17 season grinding to a halt, the Football Fives Podcast faces a challenge to keep pressing on regardless. That begins next week. For now, we've got five questions to tackle that are related loosely or otherwise to the season's conclusion. Three of us have, anyway. Daniel Storey's on holiday. Can you believe it?

His absence leaves David Hartrick, Ryan Keaney and Chris Nee to mull over this week's quintet of questions. We pretend to be Huddersfield Town's chairman, Dean Hoyle, as he embarks upon their first top flight pre-season for decades, and we have a guess at whose transfer will be the biggest of the upcoming summer.

We reveal our favourite manager/player partnerships and examine whether the England Under-20 team's successful run in the World Cup is an indicator of future glories. And, for the first time in ages, we've included a listener question. Does the abundance of money in the Premier League suggest a future of trades and swaps?

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1 June 2017

Raúl

There's a football match this weekend. You might have heard about it. To mark the occasion, this week's Football Fives Podcast is all about the UEFA Champions League. Because, you know, it's kind of a big deal. Not big enough to persuade Daniel Storey to show up, but one can't have everything in this world.

Dan's absence leaves David Hartrick, Ryan Keaney and Chris Nee to pick up the pieces and tackle five questions about European football's flagship club competition. We talk about how much of this season's tournament we've watched, and examine the reasons why we have and haven't been into it. And we explore BT Sport's role in the Champions League's apparently dented popularity.

There's a question about whether five English clubs is a good or bad thing for our enjoyment of next season's Champions League, a theoretical fight between the Group Stage and a straight knockout tournament, and a whistlestop tour of our favourite matches of the Champions League era. Go on, get stuck in. You know you want to.

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