Bundesliga MD15 – Bosz out, Stöger in at BVB after latest debacle, Foals and Royal Blues play to stalemate

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 had ended his tenure at Cologne with a run even more wretched than Bosz’.

Matt and Abel take on this saga in depth, as well as give an airing to the rest of the storylines to emerge from MD15. In the middle, Matt meets up with DW videojournalist Hecko Flores for a little teaser of what’s to come in Talking Fussball’s patron-only series on Germany’s World Cup 2018 group stage opponents. Produced by Aidan Rantoul.

Bundesliga MD14 – Stöger waves goodbye at Cologne; Bosz on borrowed time after draw in Leverkusen

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 to talk about, and a cracking duo to take it all in – James Thorogood and Alex Chaffer. Join the Anglo-Kölners for your full wrap, which was produced by Aidan Rantoul.

MD13 – Schalke fightback stuns BVB in Revierderby for the ages, Foals deal Bayern first loss under Heynckes

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 loss in Mönchengladbach and the rest of the action from the weekend. Enjoy it!

Bundesliga MD12 – Schalke pass up diminished Dortmund on their way to second place

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 the divergent fortunes of those two grand Fussball clubs, as well as explore the weirdness on show in Borussia Mönchengladbach’s 4-2 win in Berlin. Bayern’s win over Augsburg (a game that’s the subject of Abel’s latest ‘Anatomy of a Goal’ on Patreon this week) gets a mention – in fact, they have at least a little to say about the whole match day. Huzzah!

International action – Joachim Löw refines his Germany squad (and we do too), USMNT’s Alfredo Morales speaks on FCI promotion push

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, defensive midfielder for FC Ingolstadt, drops by to tell us about his team’s battle to get back into the 1. Bundesliga, about feeling left out of the USMNT under Bruce Arena, and about his best bud Mathew Leckie’s move to his hometown club Hertha BSC.

Produced by Aidan Rantoul.

Bundesliga MD11 – Bayern ride high into international break after Klassiker win, Hamburg take three points

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 a Hamburg team whose attack had been on life support score three and win for the first time in weeks.

James Thorogood and Alex Chaffer are strapped in this week to make sense of it. Aidan Rantoul produces. Enjoy!

UCL/UEL MD4 & Bundesliga MD11 Preview – Klassiker weekend finds Bayern ready to bully Dortmund

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 move might be in finding a new coach, and find time to give their quick-takes on each of the games coming up on MD11. We’ll be back with our regularly scheduled programming early next week to talk about the Klasskier fallout and much more. Produced by Aidan Rantoul.

Bundesliga MD9 – Three-way title race and chat w/ guest star Haji Wright of SV Sandhausen

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 points, while Leipzig are just one behind. Plenty for Matt and Abel to talk over at the head of the class.

Action also at the rear: 1.FC Köln , who still can’t buy a win, parted ways with sporting director Jörg Schmadtke and Abel chases down Billygoats maniac Randall Hauk to assess the situation. Produced by Aidan Rantoul.

Bundesliga MD8 – RB Leipzig win instant classic in Dortmund, Hertha #takeaknee

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 this week’s podcast, as well as dig deeper into the justice theme with Hertha BSC. The capital club positioned themselves as the Bundesliga’s leading proponents of tolerance, solidarity, equality, respect, and several other weighty adjectives by kneeling before their game on Saturday.

The boys also dig into Jupp Heynckes’ return to Bayern, and speak with Paul Dykes of the Celtic State of Mind podcast about the Rekordmeister’s opponents in the Champions League this week, Celtic FC. (An extended version of this chat is available to subscribers on Patreon.) Produced by Aidan Rantoul. Enjoy!

 

World Cup 2018 Qualifiers – Bundesliga stars in action at the business end

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 blackout at home to Iceland, and the exploits of a certain BVB wonder boy in Orlando.

The episode is rounded out with some Jupp-Heynckes-to-Bayern talk as well as discussion of a couple of topics put forward by our Patreon subscribers – how Bundesliga sides’ foreign tours are viewed back home, and who would join Bayern and Dortmund in a European Super League (should one ever get off the ground). Produced by Aidan Rantoul.