Who can forget where they were when Leipzig went to the Westfalenstadion and knocked off BVB? It’s only been a few days, but it already feels like this attacking display will live on for some time yet in the discerning Bundesliga fan’s memory. Matt and Abel do their best to do the game justice on … Continue reading "Bundesliga MD8 – RB Leipzig win instant classic in Dortmund, Hertha #takeaknee"
Usually when they take away our Bundesliga for the week, we kick and scream – this week, it wasn’t so bad. International action served up plenty of drama as qualifying for World Cup 2018 came to a close. Matt and Abel talk over many of the best storylines, including Germany’s record-setting run to Russia, Turkey’s … Continue reading "World Cup 2018 Qualifiers – Bundesliga stars in action at the business end"
It’s time for another Länderspielpause everybody – a good chance to take stock of a league that looks increasingly competitive. Dortmund are still scything through the league, but Bayern, Hoffenheim and Leipzig are keeping them honest. Funny that, in that Bayern are IN CRISIS, as we all know. At the time James Thorogood and Alex … Continue reading "Bundesliga MD7 – BVB riding high into international break as Bayern make a change"
Hoo boy. Six teams in Europe, six losers. Bayern drop Carlo Ancelotti like he’s a bag of bologna sandwiches left outside on a hot day. Plenty of bad news to go around, and to tell the truth we didn’t know the half of it at recording time! Matt Hermann caught up with his Berlin-based chum … Continue reading "European Blues – Bayern lead the way as Bundesliga sides fail and fail and fail"
Our new episode isn’t here yet, but here’a a nugget to tide you over – our own Nik Wildhagen and Uli Hesse (ESPNFC, 11Freunde) digging into a fun corner of Bundesliga history! The chat is a teaser for an ace new series Nik is starting over on our Patreon page in which he turns the … Continue reading "Bundesliga History Teaser – MSV Duisburg’s 70s heyday with Uli Hesse"
So much ground for James Thorogood and Alex Chaffer to cover this week! Just when it seemed Hannover 96 might make it through the match day as the top dog in the Bundesliga, BVB came along and scythed through Cologne in Sunday’s final match to put that storyline to bed. Stefan Buczko (ESPN, Yellow Wall … Continue reading "Bundesliga MD4 – Dortmund keep hold on the summit, VAR stokes controversy"
Where else could we start this week? Bayern LOSE a game and it’s only MD3! Hoffenheim were a bit too crafty for the defending champs on Saturday night, Robert Lewandowski spoke candidly to Spiegel about his concerns for the club’s future, and all hell breaks loose. Matt and Abel are all over that hell from … Continue reading "Bundesliga MD3 – Bayern IN CRISIS after falling to the Hoff, Cologne smelling sour"
No Bundesliga this past weekend – ugh. But just when you get that feeling that you’re walking through the wilderness, who should appear but a familiar and trusted guide…it’s James Thorogood! He and Bent Muehue convene in Cologne to talk Die Mannschaft, who are nearly home and dry after two wins in World Cup Qualifying … Continue reading "International Break – Germany Edge Closer and Your Questions Answered"
Sometimes it takes a season for predictions to come back and bite you; other times it’s just a matter of weeks. The supposedly lowly Hamburger SV and Hannover 96 are both off to a flying start, making Talking Fussball scratch its collective head. This week Matt is joined by Abel and Terry for a Bundesliga … Continue reading "Bundesliga MD2 – Hamburg and Hanover Spark Northern Renaissance"
The starting gun has been fired on another season in the Bundesliga, and some teams looked more ready on their marks than others. Dortmund looked great, riding Mario Götze and Christian Pulisic’s midfield mastery to a big win in Wolfsburg; Schalke’s canny countering game was too much for last year’s bridesmaids RBL; Mathew Leckie made … Continue reading "Bundesliga MD1 – Dortmund and Schalke shine, Leckie is unleashed"
We’re so damn close now – the Bundesliga kicks off on Friday and Talking Fussball is ready to lay it on the line and tell you how we think the league will shake out. Matt Hermann and Nik Wildhagen are on duty this week – they hit up some of the bigger goings on in … Continue reading "2017-18 Bundesliga Preview – Picks to Remember and Patreon!"
We’re one week closer to the start of the Bundesliga season! Bayern got the better of Dortmund in the DFL Supercup thanks to superstar goalkeeper Sven Ulreich, but lost front office guru Michael Reschke to Stuttgart that same wekeend. Talking Fussball gets into the personnel evaluation spirit themselves this week, as Matt and Abel run … Continue reading "2016-17 Bundesliga Preview – Players with plenty to prove"
With Bundesliga teams still kicking around in friendlies of questionable consequence, Talking Fussball makes its return in full goofball mode. After chewing over Bayern’s appointment of a new Sporting Director and the potential dawn of a new big-spending era for Hannover 96, Matt and Abel get down to business. And by ‘business’ they mean solving … Continue reading "Bundesliga / NBA extravaganza!"
A dangerously large helping of Talking Fussball this week! Matt and Abel planned to convene to give out superlatives for the 2016-17 Bundesliga season…and somehow got sidetracked by the axe that fell on Thomas Tuchel at BVB, as well as John Brooks’ record-smashing move from Hertha to Wolfsburg. Strong takes on both of these moves, folks. … Continue reading "Season review – Tuchel turfed out after DFB Cup triumph, Brooks joins wolfpack, a look back at BVB’s 1997 UCL win"
The Bundesliga crossed the finish line this past weekend with plenty of thrills. Dortmund’s top marksman helped them out-duel Hoffenheim for third place; Cologne’s late kick earned them a Europa League group stage place at Hertha’s expense; HSV eventually found the legs to avoid finishing 16th and condemn the Wolves to a potentially tense Lower Saxony … Continue reading "Wolfsburg’s engine fails in Hamburg, Aubameyang takes the cannon on MD34"
When two very good teams face off with little at stake, sometimes it’s a snoozer…and sometimes you better stand back, because the fireworks are about to go off. The fuse was definitely lit when FC Bayern München traveled to RB Leipzig on MD33. Matt Hermann meets up with Kit Holden (MailOnline, Tagesspiegel) to talk about the big … Continue reading "Talking Fussball – Bayern top Bulls in thriller, Ingolstadt bow out on MD33"
We’d all heard the rumors. Aki Watzke and Thomas Tuchel don’t like each other much. Some players have bristled at the young coach’s public dressing-downs. Turns out they were all true, and Dortmund and TT look headed for splitsville. Nik Wildhagen picked up the vacationing Matt Hermann’s slack this week, hosting the pod and prodding … Continue reading "Talking Fussball – “Disintegration” by Thomas Tuchel & The BVB"
It’s fair to say MD31 was owned by FC Bayern München. The Rekordmeister added another Bundesliga title to their collection, and we here at Talking Fussball felt it was time to sink our teeth into Carlo’s cadre. The one and only Susie Schaaf (Bayern Central, Bundesliga Fanatic, Rekordmeister Podcast) beams in from Florida, and boy does she share … Continue reading "Talking Fussball – Bayern make it an even five…and it’s not enough; Hamburg and Leverkusen fading fast"
Another match day down and still now clarity. Bayern drew at home to Mainz and have not yet won the league; RB Leipzig drew auf Schalke and can still be overtaken into second; Hoffenheim’s draw in Cologne guarantees them at least Europa League football but we’re gonna go out on a limb and say that’s … Continue reading "Talking Fussball – Top and bottom teams drop points on MD30 to maintain suspense with four games left"
In a season rife with inconsistency, two surprise packages have taken the Bundesliga by storm with their dynamic attacking football and, while Leipzig have already clinched a top-four finish, Hoffenheim aren’t likely to be too far behind them! With just five games left in the 2016/17 campaign there is still plenty to be decided in … Continue reading "Talking Fussball – Hoffenheim and Nagelsmann edge towards history, relegation battle takes another twist"