19 October 2017

Andy Carroll

The Football Fives Podcast is back up to its full roster this week, and it's just as well. We've got another 'anything goes' show this time around, meaning we've eschewed an overall subject and picked our fives questions from the fullness of football's rich tapestry. We're experimental like that, or something.

Daniel Storey hosts as he, David Hartrick, Ryan Keaney and Chris Nee discuss five talking points with some or no connection to the week's football. To begin, we serve up a hot slice of football chat about elbowing, with specific reference to Andy Carroll's not-that-smart pair of yellow cards for West Ham United at the weekend.

There's a nod to Europe's title races, our response to the letter signed by 128 Members of Parliament asking the (current) Football Association to give tickets away to schools, a quick debate about the future of Arsene Wenger, and a defence of Zinedine Zidane that's rendered weak by the stupidity of its own necessity.

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12 October 2017

Chris Sutton

The scoring of a goal holds a mystical quality to football supporters and players alike. Strikers hold much of this magic in their boots, and the very best of them can command the affection and adulation of the rest of us by delivering the greatest moment our sport has to offer. For all the other little joys in the game, nothing is better than a goal.

The Football Fives Podcast this week is all about strikers. David Hartrick, Ryan Keaney and Chris Nee negotiate five questions on the subject in an attempt to produce a podcast capable of snagging a listener or two in a world of Proper Podcasts. They're a thing now, apparently. I know!

In this episode we talk about the false nine, old-timey strike partnerships and Harry Kane, as well as stretching the remit of our topic and discussing players who refuse to play. Finally, we pick our favourite FIFA World Cup mascots. Hint: it's not Striker. (Why would it be?)

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5 October 2017

Stavros Garkos

The issue of Catalonia's apparent desire for independence from Spain has far bigger implications than football, but the question of FC Barcelona's future has come up this week with particular attention paid to its potential to reignite the move towards a European Super League. All of this happened after we recorded this episode of the Football Fives Podcast, but let's pretend we're being topical.

This week David Hartrick is in the host's chair and opted for one of our blind episodes, in which the other three panelists have no prior knowledge of either the subject or the questions that will be asked. The topic commanding the traditional Football Fives scribbling of the pens this time around? The feasibility and logistics of a European Super League.

Through the course of five questions it becomes clear to us that one truth is guaranteed when it comes to this particular hot potato: if they want to do it - whoever they might be - it's going to be a very difficult and bloody complicated thing to achieve.

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