When Dortmund lose at home to the second-worst team in the league, they might just have to take steps. Steps like removing the man in charge of the team – the man who hadn’t won since September. Peter Bosz was shown the door, which wasn’t a surprise. What was was his replacement: Peter Stöger, who … Continue reading "Bundesliga MD15 – Bosz out, Stöger in at BVB after latest debacle, Foals and Royal Blues play to stalemate"
Another eventful match day in the Bundesliga: The billygoats parted ways with their coach after their best performance of the season, BVB found a new way to disappoint their fans by playing on the back foot for 54 minutes against 10 men; Serge Gnabry and Hoffenheim slapped RB Leipzig silly, vaulting themselves into fifth. Lots … Continue reading "Bundesliga MD14 – Stöger waves goodbye at Cologne; Bosz on borrowed time after draw in Leverkusen"
It’s the Bundesliga’s big one. Dortmund v. Schalke, the Revierderby – a fixture meant to settle bragging rights in the Ruhr Valley and beyond. It always has plenty of fizz. On MD13, it was Diet Coke and Mentos. Matt and Abel give the 4-4 thriller a thorough going over before moving on to Bayern’s surprising 2-1 … Continue reading "MD13 – Schalke fightback stuns BVB in Revierderby for the ages, Foals deal Bayern first loss under Heynckes"
The past two months have been a whirlwind of woe for BVB – a story we’ve all heard much about. It’s now fair to say they’ve been nearly as good for S04 as they were bad for Dortmund as the Royal Blues slide past the Schwarzgelben on the Bundesliga table. Matt and Abel talk through … Continue reading "Bundesliga MD12 – Schalke pass up diminished Dortmund on their way to second place"
The World Cup field is set – and Germany’s squad is taking shape as well. Matt and Nik convene to hash out who’s ‘in’, who’s a ‘maybe’, and who’s a ‘maybe not’ in the Russia 2018 reckoning for the Nationalmannschaft, as well as several other storylines that emerged from the break. US international Alfredo Morales, … Continue reading "International action – Joachim Löw refines his Germany squad (and we do too), USMNT’s Alfredo Morales speaks on FCI promotion push"
This match day had everything – two top of the table clashes: One versus two in the one you know about (BVB-FCB), three versus four in the other one (RBL-H96). Both delivered thrills. You had a match in Wolfsburg that looked like it would be a mid-table snoozer morph into a six-alarm barnburner. You had … Continue reading "Bundesliga MD11 – Bayern ride high into international break after Klassiker win, Hamburg win at football"
It’s happened. FC Bayern München have wrested top spot in the Bundesliga away from Borussia Dortmund, and the Schwarzgelben need to snap out of their funk fast on Saturday to keep from falling further behind. Matt and Abel run through the big stories coming out of European competition this week, talk over what Werder Bremen’s next … Continue reading "UCL/UEL MD4 & Bundesliga MD11 Preview – Klassiker sees a Bayern ready to bully Dortmund"
USMNT prospect Haji Wright, a FC Schalke 04 player on loan at 2. Bundesliga side Sandhausen, joins us this week to share his thoughts on the new season and his goals for the years ahead. Results conspired to tighten things up at the top of the top flight – Dortmund and Bayern are level on … Continue reading "Bundesliga MD9 – Three-way title race and chat w/ guest star Haji Wright of SV Sandhausen"
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"