19 July 2017

Teddy Sheringham

This week's Football Fives Podcast is a 'blind' episode, in which Daniel Storey hits David Hartrick, Ryan Keaney and Chris Nee with five questions related in some way to a previously unannounced subject. That subject, as our intrepid trio discovered after recording had begun, is the footballing summer. Because, you know, it's happening right now and that.

Dan's testing teasers take us on a tour of the team's favourite football summers from history, as well as asking us to reveal how we cram football into the close season, which bits of transfer business we really rather fancy, and plenty more besides.

So, while the football universe prepares to shift back up the gears, we're taking a step back to assess the past and present of the year's weakest season. God damn you, summer. Give us our football back.

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6 July 2017

Gonzalo Jara

The FIFA Confederations Cup sometimes passes without notice, but not this year. The use of the Video Assistant Referee system put the competition in the spotlight, and all ITV could talk about was the use of the newly introduced technology. In all fairness, it gave them plenty to talk about, and controversy wasn't hard to come by.

The trial, and VAR in general, led us to this week's Football Fives Podcast topic: technology in football. Daniel Storey, David Hartrick, Ryan Keaney and Chris Nee kick off with a question about VAR but widen the subject to cover goal-line technology as well, before heading off in a whole different direction.

We ask whether player performance data should be tracked and published, and whether our football clubs are right, wrong or otherwise to use our data as supporters to target us for all manner of gubbins. Finally, we each reveal our favourite technological development in the history of association football.

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