In the life of every football club, there comes a time to take stock. When the short-term trend is not going your way, it might be best to do nothing at all. Medium-trend slides can call for a change at the coaching level. Long-term? That means The Man Upstairs might have to go. This week it was a trip to the exit door for sporting directors Klaus Allofs of VfL Wolfsburg and HSV’s Dietmar Beiersdorfer.
On this episode, Matt Hermann and Terry Duffelen take apart those moves, look at the five remaining Bundesliga sides in Europe’s knock-out stage draws, and run through the best of the action on MD14.
And after a drum roll…(helpfully provided by our producer Aidan Rantoul)…we announce the winners of our Bayern: Creating a Global Superclub book give-away contest!
The opening phase of the Champions League is done. Dortmund won their group, Bayer and Bayern came second; only poor Gladbach couldn’t manage to move on – and they had the misfortune of being in the ‘Guardiola group’. Matt and Nik are joined by Abel Meszaros this week to talk all things Königsklasse, as well as look back at MD13 and ahead at MD14. In short, the Foals come in for a pounding, Marco Reus comes in for an ogling, and everybody else is somewhere in between. Expertly produced by Aidan Rantoul.
‘Full to bursting’ is how you could describe this one. MD12 left us wanting to dig in to 3rd- and 4th-placed Hertha BSC and Eintracht Frankfurt’s continued strong seasons, especially after the latter knocked off mighty BVB on the weekend. We also discuss the slumping Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Mönchengladbach, hoping to diagnose what’s keeping them under the weather. (In Leverkusen’s most recent case – the hand of Javi/God…) We also get another instalment of TF Pet Team Search, as well as an update from the People’s Republic of St. Pauli with a Millernton Kompakt. If that didn’t sound like enough already, Nik Wildhagen gets out the passenger side door, rounds the car and gets into the driver’s seat. Matt Hermann does the vice-versa version. A zesty little twist! Produced by Aidan Rantoul.
P.s. The winners of the new Uli Hesse will shortly be drawn and will be announced on next week’s show!
It’s come to this everybody. RB Leipzig are now certifiably the best team in the division: undefeated in 11 games, they’ve gone top after winning in Leverkusen. Bayern did their part, of course – they lost in Dortmund in ‘Der Klassiker‘ but there’s a silver lining for the lederhosen crowd: FCB are the subject of a new book from the irresistible Uli Hesse. It’s called Bayern: Creating a Global Superclub and it’s out now through Yellow Jersey Press. We have six copies to give away, and you can enter to win one below. Listen in for Matt Hermann‘s full interview with Hesse, and for plenty of MD11 chat with Nik Wildhagen, who isn’t taking all this Red Bull success lying down, no sir. Produced by Aidan Rantoul.
So ahead of the big game some folks like to Der Klassiker, Matt called up Uli Hesse, who you may know as the author of the essential book Tor! The Story of German Football or as a columnist at ESPNFC. In addition to being a pretty much delightful guy, Uli has an interesting relationship to this fixture. He’s a Dortmund native (and BVB fan) who has recently written a new book on the other team called Bayern: Creating a Global Superclub. Here’s a little taste of the full interview to come in the next episode of Talking Fussball…as well as fair warning that we’ll be giving away no fewer than SIX copies of the book in a contest we’ll announce next week. Don’t miss out!
We encourage Bundesliga fans beleaguered by the “one-team-league” critique to wave the current table in the naysayers’ faces after match day 10. Bayern met their match when Hoffenheim visited the Allianz Arena, while raging RB Leipzig’s headlong charge to the top landed the latest matador (one dressed in a goof-ball karneval outfit) in the ICU. Matt Hermann corrals Nik Wildhagen into a conversation over what this all means: what teams have a chance to press Bayern all season, which teams are not quite there, which teams are as good as gone…and much much more. Producer Aidan is there to get it all down in crystal clear audio. Enjoy!
The ninth day of matches in the Bundesliga brought FC Bayern München another 3-1 win over FC Augsburg. Not to be outdone, title rivals(!) RB Leipzig, 1. FC Köln, and the Hoff reeled off wins of their own to keep things tight at the top. Just a touch down the table, Borussia Dortmund are still searching for their first league win since September after rivals FC Schalke 04 ground their way to a 0-0 draw at the Westfalenstdion.
Matt Hermann and Jack Grimse (Paste Soccer, Bundesliga Fanatic, SB Nation) take all that in, as well as mull over Jogi Löw’s extended contract and offer advice in Wolfsburg’s continuing search for a new coach. Have a listen – I’m fairly certain we’ve minted an official new pod hipster favorite in Kerem Demirbay!
Match day eight in the Bundesliga brought more wins for most of the ‘surprise’ top teams in this young season of change. RB Leipzig, Hertha BSC and Hoffenheim all kept pace with FC Bayern München by collecting three points. The odd man out was 1.FC Köln, and you get the feeling they’d have found a way to win if they hadn’t been playing Hertha themselves.
Among the teams to suffer defeat at the hands of one of that group was Leverkusen, whose coach Roger Schmidt was a bit too aggro in his dispute over a foul call with opposite number Julian Nagelsmann for the DFB’s taste. Schmidt is now set to miss two games with a touchline ban.
Matt and Terry discuss Schmidt’s ban, preview the upcoming DFB Pokal second round, and wrap up the storylines from MD8. Hope you enjoy it!
Quite a match day seven behind us in the Bundesliga – one marked by failures from the penalty spot and another coaching casualty. Who will take the reins in the motor city? What’s troubling FC Bayern München? Which of the four ‘surprise’ teams in the top six is most prepared to push on into Europe? (Not sure everyone will like the answer to that last one.)
Matt Hermann and Abel Meszaros break it all down in what they hope is a highly digestible form. Many thanks this week to Aidan, who gave the episode a lovely sound.
With the Bundesliga season 11.76% over, we at Talking Fussball thought it high time to take stock in what’s been going on. The teams have made it through the first two parts of their gruelling three-game English-style week and a few things are clear: Hamburg, Werder and Schalke stink at the moment, while Cologne, Frankfurt, and Hertha are flying high.
Nik Wildhagen talks through these truths with Kirsten Schlewitz of Unusual Efforts, and goes through the particulars of a few of the flood of games along the way too. He even gets in a few choice Morrissey-isms along the way, and if you don’t get a kick out of that maybe you just have bad taste in music.
It’s not strange – we just want to live our lives this way…