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…
Talking Fussball is really pretty pleased with the result it got this week while wrapping up Bundesliga match day 2.
Matt Hermann brought podcast all-star Terry Duffelen back into the line-up and handed a debut to New Jersey’s Abel Meszaros. The man known as @BundesPL on Twitter played a blinder, even as he had to come off during the second half water break. Nik Wildhagen then made a huge impact in a cameo appearance interviewing the man behind Werder Bremen’s fan club in war-struck Syria, Akel Alkubeh (@Akel_SVW).
Enjoy, and see you next week!
The Bundesliga got under way and Talking Fussball just had to react – by recording a podcast. Matt Hermann, Nik Wildhagen and Alex Chaffer take in all the goalmouth action (Bobby Wood! Julian Schieber!) plus chew the fat over the deals getting done in the waning days of the transfer window (Oliver Burke! Serge Gnabry!).
We also introduce the first of our candidates for Talking Fussball’s pet team, a lower league side so cutie-wutie-patootie that Nik just had to scratch behind its ears and dig in to its history for a few minutes. Get in there.
Talking Fussball is back after a long and restful Summer away – Matt Hermann mans the controls with Alex Chaffer and Nik Wildhagen close at hand.
The boys hurtle straight into the matter at hand: discussing all the German football news that’s fit to pod, including a full Bundesliga season preview, a look at match day one, and our crack prognostications on who will be doing the Bierdusche, who will claim the European places, and who will going down to the 2. Bundesliga. We even have a brief guest spot from the Millernton FC St. Pauli podcast for you. 71 minutes of Bundesliga heaven, we like to think.
Enjoy listening – we enjoyed making it!
FC Bayern München’s road toward the UEFA Champions League Final (we hope) has hit another speed bump away from home. Atletico Madrid took them down 1-0 at the Vicente Calderon and now there’s all to do in Munich next week. FC Bayern’s long-term types, meanwhile, have been busy turning the head of Borussia Dortmund’s Mats Hummels. He’s put in a formal transfer request with BVB to let them know he hopes to return to his boyhood club. Matt Hermann and Terry Duffelen join up to mull over both of those topics, as well as set up Match Day 32 in the Bundesliga.
In the middle, Matt is joined by Florian Zenger, 1.FC Nürnberg blogger extraordinaire at Clubfans United and Faszination Nordkurve. He brings us up to speed on what’s been going on at Der Club during its two-year hiatus form the top flight and how good its chances are of returning through the relegation playoff.
Bayern Munich are in the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League for the sixth time in the last seven seasons after taking care of Benfica. Wolfsburg are not, having blown their first-leg lead in short order and falling to Real Madrid. Matt Hermann and Nik Wildhagen are here to talk all that over, as well as to clue you in on a few of the choicer tidbits of Bundesliga news. Later on, the boys discuss what’s to come on Bundesliga match day 30, where a long slate of games featuring European hopefuls against relegation candidates is on offer.