Introducing…Talking Fussball Fantasy!

You might have noticed last time James Thorogood was steering the wheel on the good ship TF lollipop that he’s deep, deep into the Official Fantasy Bundesliga. He’s got so much to say about it, in fact, that he’s ready to dedicate a podcast to the subject.

JT has recruited his buddy and crack #BLFantasy player Florian Reinecke to get the ball rolling with an introduction to the game. They explain the rules, outline basic strategies, and present a few tips which will help new players and the more experienced among you too. Enjoy!

The Bundesliga Returns – transfer wrap and MD18 preview

The Federal League is back – and so is Talking Fussball!

Matt and Abel convene to chew over Schalke’s many winter moves, silent-movie moustache-twirler Nigel de Jong’s return to the Bundesliga with Mainz, and the highlights of what’s to come on MD18.

In the middle we’ve given y’all a taste of one of our Patreon bonus interviews: Jonny Walsh stops by to talk us through the 2. Bundesliga Hinrunde, and it’s dynamite. Enjoy!

The Talking Fussball Winterpause Spectacular!

Just in time for that slow week between the two big holidays, Talking Fussball returns!

Matt and Abel convene to talk through the state of play at the Bundesliga’s winter break, including a full wrap of transfer talk, our Team of the Hinrunde, revisiting our predictions from the preseason and more. We’ll be away for the next couple weeks – for continued service through special episodes subscribe on Patreon.

Coming up in the Winterpause

So…it’s been a bit since the last episode – here’s Matt with the lowdown on where we’ve been and what’s to come in the Winterpause. In short, after a Hinrunde review early next week we’ll be concentrating on putting out content for Patreon subscribers. If you want to hear a special history episode on Bayer Leverkusen’s run to the 1988 UEFA Cup, a 2. Bundesliga update from Jonny Walsh, or an in-depth look at the South Korean NT with the staff of Taeguk Warriors, sign up at Patreon!

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!