24 January 2018

Phil Neville

After last week's frivolity, the Football Fives is back to the serious stuff in this latest episode. There's a lot going on off the pitch at the moment, so we take the opportunity to sink our teeth into the topics that are dominating the football agenda, only without ever really talking about them. Same Football Fives, different day.

David Hartrick hosts as Daniel Storey, Ryan Keaney and Chris Nee navigate the choppy waters of soccerdom. We ask whether young players' pre-professional transgressions on social media should be bannable by the Football Association, and also discuss - again - whether the FA itself is to be considered unfit for purpose.

There's a chat about the poisonous effect of Twitter replies on football supporter culture, as well as a run-down of our favourite transfer swap deals and a brief look ahead to the FA Cup Fourth Round clashes that we're expecting to catch our eye.

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19 January 2018

Quiz Hughton

With apologies for a short break, enforced by catastrophic technical problems last week, we're back with a new episode of the Football Fives Podcast. Eager listeners will have noticed that the show we attempted to put out last time - in fact, the show we fully recorded and then couldn't use - was supposed to be one of our inexplicably popular pub quizzes.

Still, one can't dwell on such things. So we keep on rolling this week with an in-depth analysis of the ins and outs of the National League's stringent financial requirements, picking our way through five of the criteria participating teams must meet before being granted entry into the competition in time for next season.

(Only joking. It's a quiz.)

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5 January 2018

Fabio Grosso

It's a new year and a World Cup year, so what better way to kick off our podcasting proceedings with a look back at a competition from the past. Every now and then we put together a tournament retrospective episode and, this week, we present our distant take on FIFA World Cup 2006. Seems like yesterday, doesn't it?

Italy took the famous trophy home from Germany after defeating the hosts in a dramatic semi-final and seeing off a fine French side in the final showpiece. In this Football Fives special Daniel Storey, David Hartrick, Ryan Keaney and Chris Nee ask whether the right team won, as well as analysing England's performance in their quarter-final run.

We reveal our favourite goals and our favourite matches, and we pick apart the competition's most memorable moments and characteristics. So sit back, stick yo' buds in, and relive the last tournament to not be destroyed by social media.

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