25 August 2017

Antonio Cassano

Old men. Many of us are prone to looking backwards, pining for the better days of some mythical bygone era. We do it in football as much as in any other part of life, and one of the most familiar complaints is that the game doesn't have any characters. Football needs more characters. But is that actually true?

In this episode of the Football Fives Podcast, three of the usual panel tackle that question and the wider subject of character and characters in football. We're without Daniel Storey this week, so David Hartrick is joined by Ryan Keaney and Chris Nee to talk about the kind of characters we want at our clubs and the importance or otherwise of passion in a professional player.

We ask whether the game's elite players are starting, finally, to get to grips with social media, and we each highlight one of our favourite footballing characters and recall a noteworthy story from their pasts.

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17 August 2017

Leonardo Bonucci

After a summer of nostalgia and navel-gazing, the Football Fives Podcast begins its second hundred shows by concentrating on the football as the new season begins. It's an Anything Goes episode, sort of, and also a loose season preview, sort of. It's the Football Fives way.

This week it's David Hartrick's turn to be at an actual football match, so Chris Nee takes the host's chair to lasso Daniel Storey and Ryan Keaney and drag them through five questions vaguely related to the start of the new season. We begin by discussing the excitement of a new Premier League year, but we also talk about which other leagues will have our attention.

We pick our top three Premier League transfers, place a fictional bet on some eventuality or other as the season unfolds, and tackle our first listener question of the season: will Wolverhampton Wanderers actually be any good, and will the Wolves model be something we see more of in English football?

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10 August 2017

Michael Owen

It's our 100th episode, but we don't like to talk about it. Nevertheless, such landmarks deserve to be, erm, marked. There was only one subject in the running to bring up the Football Fives Podcast century, and it's one of our bafflingly popular five-a-side selections. With apologies to Ryan Keaney, whose irritation at the rest of us rarely shows in these 65 minutes, it was always going to be England.

Ryan's joined by Daniel Storey, David Hartrick and Chris Nee to construct our all-time favourite English five-a-side Frankenstein team. Because it's Football Fives, you see. The rules are simple: each of us picks a team - in this case it's a goalkeeper, a defender, two midfielders and a striker - and argue the toss over who makes the final team.

100 episodes in, we'd like to thank you for listening to our podcast. The football podosphere is a place of significant interest right now, with some genuine media titans joining the community and some smaller fish trying to make a buck or two. For us, Football Fives is just the motivation to spend a quality hour talking football with our mates. That you listen is an honour.

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6 August 2017

Kyle Walker

With both our 100th episode and the beginning of the Premier League season right around the corner - and competitive football having already returned in the Football League, non-league, France and plenty of other places besides - you'd have been forgiven for thinking the Football Fives Podcast would focus on the sport itself.

Nah. This week we're talking transfers, and more specifically five of the biggest transfers of the summer. Chris stood the rest of the panel up to go to a match, so it's left to Daniel Storey, David Hartrick and Ryan Keaney to debate whether the players, the buying clubs or the selling clubs got or will get the best of the deals.

The five moves in the spotlight are Wayne Rooney to Everton, Alex Lacazette to Arsenal, Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United, and Kyle Walker to Manchester City. We also discuss Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid, even though it's not necessarily guaranteed to happen. The episode was recorded before Neymar's move was confirmed.

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