27 April 2018

Roberto Baggio

Every now and then we like to get up close and personal with just one player, subjecting him to our inflexible five-question format and putting him in the spotlight. This is one of those shows - this week's Football Fives Podcast is a career retrospective and the man in question is the inimitable Roberto Baggio.

Baggio is a larger than life figure for British followers of Italian football in the 1990s but he came through in the mid-1980s and embarked upon a career that would create history. Daniel Storey, David Hartrick, Ryan Keaney and Chris Nee begin this week's episode by asking whether that's a career of which we're jealous.

We debate the characteristics that made Baggio so loved, relive his best goals, try in vain to establish whether he'd be a superstar in modern football. Our closing question this week is an indulgent one for those British Serie A fans: would Football Italia have been as successful as it was without that Divine Ponytail to look at?

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20 April 2018

Lewis Dunk

Phew! Manchester City have finally won the Premier League title. What took them so damned long, eh? Luckily, the Football Fives Podcast gang is on hand to run the rule over their extraordinary tardiness. It's gone Easter, for Christ's sake. Embarrassing.

We're a three-piece this week. Chris Nee had to go and cause some trouble at a derby match so it's left to David Hartrick, Daniel Storey and Ryan Keaney to talk City's triumph, mull over the bizarre phenomenon of the PFA awards, discuss football documentaries and name the best footballing time of the year. (It's Christmas.)

There's also a dip back into our hands-off running of the fictional club we made up once as we talk about our marquee summer signings. Will we snatch Mohamed Salah? Snare Cristiano Ronaldo? Rescue Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini from their parted hell, reuniting them in our fantastical version of Berlin? There's only one way to find out...

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5 April 2018

Nobby Stiles

We're a bit distracted by the World Cup. With only a few more months to wait, with sticker albums out, with that Germany away kit revealed, who could blame us? So, in this week's Football Fives Podcast, we're getting even further ahead of ourselves by talking about World Cup finals. Finals. The final game. Not finals.

You know what we mean. Anyway... Daniel Storey, David Hartrick, Ryan Keaney and Chris Nee are together once more to talk about the pinnacle of our sport, including the old-timey finals that most intrigue us, our favourite final goals and a few stories about the men who went out on the pitch and made it happen.

We also talk about the likelihood or otherwise of another World Cup final hat-trick and make what is likely to prove a pretty terrible attempt at predicting which two teams will appear in the final of FIFA™ World Cup™ 2018™ Russia™ this summer.

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