27 January 2017

Zinedine Zidane

It's another wide-ranging Football Fives Podcast this week, with David Hartrick back in action for good measure. The format is simple: four men answering five questions about one game: the game of the association footballs. Dave is joined by Daniel Storey, Ryan Keaney and Chris Nee to talk about the things mentioned below this bit here.

We begin in the Premier League and ask whether the results that went Chelsea's way last weekend might have ended anything approaching a meaningful title race. Not our usual fare, perhaps, but we do pay attention sometimes. Elsewhere in London, Dimitri Payet is causing a stink. Would we sell him, cuddle him or find some other way of dealing with that situation?

This week's show is completed by questions about the prospect of future goalscoring records, whether Zinedine Zidane should be taken more seriously as a super-elite head coach and our favourite ever defensive midfielders. If you can guess who we've picked before you hear it, you've been listening to us too much.

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19 January 2017

David Moyes

David Hartrick is injured. I know, right? We miss him. But his loss is greater, for this week's Football Fives Podcast is a groundbreaking affair in which Ryan Keaney's latest "blind episode" - in which the rest of the panel tackle five football questions on a theme unknown to them until recording begins - morphs into a possible format for the future.

That's how it came to pass that Daniel Storey and Chris Nee found themselves in an imagined present, an alternative reality in which one major football event has been removed from the timeline and things are a little bit different. The theme? The Butterfly Effect. Loosely. Kind of. The event that didn't happen? David Moyes being appointed as manager of Manchester United.

So Ryan, Dan and Chris talk about what might have happened to Moyes, Manchester United, Wayne Rooney, Everton and Ryan Giggs had Moyes never made the switch to Old Trafford. See what you missed out on, Hartch? Read 'em and weep.

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12 January 2017

Jules Rimet

The loss of Graham Taylor has taken the wind out of our sails, and unfortunately this week's Football Fives Podcast was recorded before the news. You can rest assured we'd have been speaking about him if we'd had the opportunity. Nevertheless, here we are with our 75th episode. To mark the occasion we didn't bother to prepare, opting instead for one of our "anything goes" shows.

We begin with a question about Wayne Rooney and his Manchester United future, or lack thereof - should he take action himself? We gaze into our crystal balls (fnarr) and predict when we'll stop watching the World Cup, and we muse over the argument that doing one's badges is enough to earn a manager's job.

And because we're cheery souls, we also take the time to talk about the current status of the FA Cup and the irresistible (or otherwise) lure of a big-money career in that there Chinese football. Would we go? Find out within.

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5 January 2017

Mark Crossley

When listener Ashley Connick suggested the topic of penalties for this week's Football Fives Podcast, three of us were delighted. The other? Shocked that one of our listeners opened up a subject that wasn't bloody awful. So we went with it, and this week's show is all about the art of the spot kick and its assorted other odds and sods.

Par example, how would they be replaced if FIFA binned them in favour of another football match tie-breaker? Can a penalty ever truly be saved? And, most importantly of all, is the penalty shoot-out in any way a lottery? (Spoiler: of course it's not, stupid.)

And, of course, we talk about our favourite penalty takers as well as our favourite and least favourite ever shoot-outs. Because it wouldn't be Football Fives without us just talking about stuff we remember, would it?

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