Talking Fussball Extra – Champs Lg, Zorniger out at VfB, MD14 Preview

Much to discuss this week in TFE-land, where Matt Hermann welcomes Bundesliga TV commentator and columnist Kevin Hatchard back to the podcast. In the Champions League, Bayern bashed their way to another 4-0 home win, Wolfsburg inched closer to advancing, and Gladbach may yet have a say-so in when their European adventure concludes. Leverkusen…pretty much crapped the bed in Belarus.

Speaking of disappointment, Alexander Zorniger was meant to be the man to start a new era at VfB Stuttgart. But it turns out he only extended the chaos down Swabia way, flaming out after just 13 league games in charge. Und das ist gut so, writes Oliver Fritsch in Die Zeit Online. A pretty damning portrayal of German football’s misplaced trust in coaching whiz kids, and one we thought well worth a chat on the pod.

Finally there’s a whole Match Day 14 to discuss. Nordderby, Bayern-Hertha, Leverkusen-Schalke, and much much more. Listen up!

Talking Fussball Extra – Hanover aftermath and MD13 Preview

Talking Fussball Extra is back with a rather serious-minded show. Matt Hermann talks to broadcaster Jon Hartley about the scene that unfolded in Hanover as Germany’s friendly against the Netherlands was canceled because of a terror threat, and then Matt and Nik Wildhagen chat a bit about the mess the German Football Federation (DFB) has got itself into.

Then things lighten up and sound a bit more like a usual TFE episode – Match Day 13 needed previewing, so Matt and Nik got down to it. Can Dortmund end their Hanseatic misery against HSV? Is Augsburg well-poised to snap out of their funk in Stuttgart? Might Bayern drop points against Schalke? (After all, they did it twice last season…)

Tune in.

Talking Fussball Extra – Honigstein on Das Reboot + 2015/16 MD9 Preview

This week Matt Hermann sits down for an extended interview with Raphael Honigstein on his new book Das Reboot: How German Football Reinvented Itself and Conquered the World. They also talk about Jürgen Klopp’s future at Liverpool and Janet Jackson (for good measure).

Nik Wildhagen, meanwhile, went to Cologne to track down our long lost panelist Archie Rhind Tutt for a Match Day 9 preview. They also dig into the sensation that is Stefan Effenberg’s taking the reins at SC Paderborn and 1. FC Köln’s good start, which Archie has had the chance to witness up close.

Here’s a link to our Das Reboot giveaway – enter and win, y’all. Enter and win.

Talking Fussball Extra – UCL Wrap + 2015/16 MD8 Preview

The Bundesliga snatched defeat from the jaws of victory this week in the UEFA Champions League, with three out of four sides taking 1-0 leads on their big-name opposition before capitulating late to lose 2-1. (The exception was Bayern, but isn’t that always the way in the Bundesliga?)

At any rate, Matt Hermann and Nik Wildhagen fought like mad to keep that drop-off in quality from happening late in the pod, knowing they had an ace up their sleeve: the pod ends with our first submission in the #TFEBundesligaAnthem appeal! It’s written by Tony Williams, submitted by his dad David, and called “Ode to Fabi J: Goals for Foals.” I think you’ll agree it’s a pretty sick slow burner. Keep ’em coming!

Talking Fussball Extra – 2015/16 Match Day 6 Review + Match Day 7 Preview

Talking Fussball Extra returns with a double dose of Bundesliga – FEEL the bang-bang effect of the englischer Woche! Matt Hermann and Nik Wildhagen have settled down after the aftershock of Robert Lewandowski’s five-goal earthquake and are ready to talk it over, they cover Gladbach and Stuttgart’s first wins of the season, and they pump you up for a few matches to come on Match Day 7.

In honor or Nik’s new favorite punk rock earworm Heller ist Schneller, we’re also asking YOU to send us your offbeat Bundesliga-themed musical submissions, be they found or specially created just for this occasion. Hit us up on twitter under the hashtag #TFEBundesligaAnthem!

Talking Fussball Extra – Transfer history special

This week’s Extra really is a bonus – it’s a history special! In an era where deadline day can seem like the ONLY DAY THAT HAS EVER MATTERED, Matt and especially Nik decided to take an extra long view of the transfer window and look back at how German football’s Wechselbörse has changed down the years, and how the game has changed along with it.

Look out for a nifty little history intro ditty along the way too.

Talking Fussball Extra – Bayern bow out / MD33 Preview

After what happened last week at the Camp Nou, it didn’t come as a shock: FC Bayern München were eliminated from the UEFA Champions League, winning in Munich 3-2 but losing 5-3 on aggregate. Matt Hermann, Archie Rhind-Tutt and Niklas Wildhagen discuss the Bavarians’ present disappointment and future challenges, the unusual goings on at Schalke 04, the striker transfer merry-go-round, as well as peek in on the battle for promotion in the 2. Bundesliga. The 33rd match day of the 1. Bundesliga gets the TFE treatment too, complete with another edition of our Tippspiel.

Talking Fussball Extra – Bayern fall in Barcelona / MD 32 Preview

Matt Hermann and Nik Wildhagen mull over FC Bayern München’s late collapse at the Nou Camp and bring in beINSports’ Phil Schoen for a look at what makes FC Barcelona such a devastating opponent. The boys then look ahead at Bundesliga Match Day 32, including the relegation six-pointer which pits Hamburg against Freiburg and the Champions League qualifiers’ duel that is Gladbach v. Leverkusen.

 

Talking Fussball Extra – DFB Pokal semifinals wrap / Bundesliga MD31 preview

Bayern’s treble dream is in tatters after BVB’s Jürgen Klopp finally won a showdown with Pep Guardiola in the German Cup semifinal. Dortmund will face Wolfsburg in the DFB Pokal Finale in Berlin after the Wolves tore down Arminia Bielefeld’s Cinderella story in the other semi.

ESPNFC Bayern Munich writer Mark Lovell weighs in on the Bavarians’ loss,  and Matt Hermann, Archie Rhind-Tutt and Niklas Wildhagen discuss all that cup-cup-cuppery as well as preview the preantepenultimate match day of the 2014-15 Bundesliga season.

Talking Fussball Extra – DFB Pokal quarter finals/Matchday 28 preview

A knock-out of an episode! Matt Hermann and Alex Handcock run down the matches from the last eight in the German Cup: Bielefeld pull a shocker! Bayern squeak past Leverkusen on penalties! Dortmund come back against the Hoff! Wolfsburg win…as we pretty much thought they would!

In part two, the boys look ahead to Bundesliga match day 28, when the two Borussias go head to head; Paderborn, Hamburg and Stuttgart look to stave off relegation against tough opponents, and Hannover 96 seek their first win since December.