16 February 2017

Owen Hargreaves

Injuries are fun, aren't they? Well, not fun as such. But interesting. Sometimes. This week's Football Fives Podcast is all about the treatment room, where you'll find five questions related to bashes, snaps, breaks, slaps and tears. Both kinds. First up: are players being asked to play so often that injury is inevitable?

Daniel Storey, David Hartrick, Ryan Keaney and Chris Nee pick over the subject and discuss whether football could and should do more to prevent, diagnose and treat head injuries, and whether fans and the media could show just a little more understanding about the long-term psychological effect a serious injury can have on a player.

There's a chat about doping - and yes, as per usual, we dodge the topic hugely - and we end this week's show by talking about some players whose careers were fundamentally sidetracked by injury problems. All that and more, on this week's twofootedta... Football Fives.

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9 February 2017

Claudio Ranieri

The Football Fives Podcast is a three-hander this week because of Chris Nee's work commitments, but don't get too excited - his absence is a temporary one. Daniel Storey, David Hartrick and Ryan Keaney hold the fort admirably with a topic we've not covered in isolation before. This week's show is all about management in the Premier League.

Of course, this being Football Fives, we indulge ourselves by talking about some managers we just like. Which manager is our favourite in the Premier League to have never managed our clubs? And which active player could make a great manager in the future? More to the point, why would any of the current crop bother their arses?

There's also a chance to focus on a couple of the bosses in the spotlight at the moment. Claudio Ranieri and Arsene Wenger have both achieved the extraordinary at their clubs. They're both under pressure. And they're each the subject of a question in this week's show. So sit back, relax and try to enjoy.

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3 February 2017

Sean O'Driscoll

Football is a broad church. On the one hand, the world's elite leagues are awash with cash, endlessly exposed to the world and subject to the maximum amount of waft and waffle. Oh, and often sensational football, which is kind of a good thing if you ask us. On the other, grassroots and non-league are a different experience with different ups and different downs.

In the middle - in England at least - we have the Football League. And it's from there that most of our selections for this week's show are sourced. Yes, it's one of our five-a-side selection episodes, and this time we're picking a team of our favourite players whose longest time or most noteworthy achievements occurred outside the top flight.

Daniel Storey, David Hartrick, Ryan Keaney and Chris Nee are on hand to pick five players each and whittle the 20 down to the best team we can muster. Or, on this occasion, a pretty ramshackle team of people we like. Hey, it's our podcast.

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