Talking Fussball Episode 23 – Matchday 18 Reactions + Transfer Talk

Talking Fussball is back in 2014 and boy does it feel good! The second half of the 2013/14 Bundesliga season has begun and with James hosting in yet another new location, Jon, Bernie and Alex were on hand to complete the awesome foursome in breaking down a truly unpredictable Matchday 18.

Was the winter break long enough for Borussia Dortmund? Surely Hannover 96 on the road against VfL Wolfsburg can only end one way? Is Gertjan Verbeek due a sponsorship deal with Gillette? Is their less plus and more minus to HSV’s current state of affairs? Did SC Freiburg throw Bayer 04 Leverkusen off course and have Eintracht Frankfurt finally appeased their home fans?

Join us. Go on. The Bundesliga’s been away far too long, we know that, but both the league and Talking Fussball are back now. So sit back and enjoy episode 23 of Talking Fussball!

Talking Fussball Episode 22 – Matchday 17 Reactions + Hinrunde Flashback

Talking Fussball: The Bundesliga Show is back for the last time in 2013 with another dose of Bundesliga goodness as James is joined in his kitchen by Sal and Jon the final Matchday of the Hinrunde before refelcting on the highs and lows of both 2013 and the first half of the season.

Was Hertha Berlin’s 2-1 win in Dortmund a reward for their astonishing work ethic? What implications does the 2-2 on Sunday have on Borussia Mönchengladbach and VfL Wolfsburg’s European ambitions? Has Dieter Hecking proven the perfect fit for the Wolves? Could Shinji Okazaki be considered one of the signings of the season so far? How doom and gloom is life for 1. FC Nürnberg and what does the Bundesliga have to offer if the title race is dead and buried?

Plus find out who made the Talking Fussball crew chose in their Hinrunde XI and as the Team of the Hinrunde!

All this and more on the Talking Fussball Episode 22!

Talking Fussball Episode 21 – Matchday 16 + Champions League Draw Reactions

Talking Fussball: The Bundesliga Show returns to break down another action-packed weekend of Bundesliga action as James is joined in the M94.5 studios by Alex to highlight the key talking points from Matchday 16 before taking a look at Monday’s UEFA Champions League draw.

Can Hertha Berlin sustain their current form or are they set for a classic Bundesliga Rückrunde flop? Was Robin Dutt right to drop Sebastian Mielitz as the club’s No. 1? Could a three-goal comeback against 1. FC Nürnberg be the turning point for Hannover 96 this season? Can FC Augsburg be considered the team of the Hinrunde? Is Bayer 04 Leverkusen’s priority now retaining second place and how many German teams are likely to reach the UEFA Champions League quarter finals?

All this and more on the Talking Fussball Episode 21!

Talking Fussball Episode 20 – Matchday 15 Reactions + Champions League Preview

Talking Fussball: The Bundesliga Show returns to break down another scintillating weekend of Bundesliga action as James is joined in the M94.5 studios by Jon and Alex, as well as special guest, AFP Sports Journalist Ryland James, to highlight the key talking points from Matchday 15, discuss Germany’s FIFA 2014 World Cup group draw, the final shortlist for the FIFA Ballon d’Or before previewing the final round of UEFA Champions League group stage fixtures!

Can Bayer 04 Leverkusen push on to challenge for the title? Has it been a case of poor planning or bad luck in regard to Borussia Dortmund’s injury crisis? Did Gladbach underline their ambitions and capabilities by beating FC Schalke 04? Are VfL Wolfsburg capable of battling for a spot in the top four? Was their 7-0 thrashing of SV Werder Bremen the closest FC Bayern München have come to replicating their form from last season and how long until Eintracht Frankfurt fans have to start getting worried?

Plus find out about Talking Fussball exclusive competition, which could see you get your hands on a copy of Tor! The Story of German Football, signed by the author Uli Hesse! Click here for more details of how you could win.

All this and more on the Talking Fussball Episode 20!

Talking Fussball Episode 18 – Matchday 13 Reactions + Champions League Preview

Talking Fussball: The Bundesliga Show returns to break down another blockbuster weekend of Bundesliga action as James is joined in the M94.5 studios by Jon and Alex to highlight the key talking points from Matchday 13 before providing a brief preview of this week’s pivotal UEFA Champions League fixtures!

What did Pakistan and North Korea miss out on following this weekend’s top game between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern München? Was BVB’s new-look backline really the problem in their 3-0 loss in Der Klassiker? Who is the mole in the record titleholders camp currently leaking information to the press? How big a blow is the loss of Sidney Sam to Bayer 04 Leverkusen? Did FC Schalke 04 once again prove they’re not ready to cut it in the top four this season? Where will Borussia Mönchengladbach slip up in the coming weeks and can Hamburger SV maintain their form under Bert van Marwijk?

Meanwhile, Sal worked his magic in the mixed zone once again, checking in with FC Augsburg captain Paul Verhaegh to get his thoughts on the the importance of his side’s 2-0 win at home to 1899 Hoffenheim.

All this and more on the Talking Fussball Episode 18!

Talking Fussball Episode 17 – Italy vs. Germany Reactions + England vs. Germany Preview

Talking Fussball: The Bundesliga Show is back to cater to all your German football needs as James is joined in the M94.5 studios by Jon and Alex to break down the lessons learned from Germany’s draw with Italy, before previewing the upcoming friendly with England!

Can Germany take plenty of positives from their defensive performance against one of the best sides Europe has to offer? Was the lack of chances created a cause for concern? Is Mario Götze the best fit for the ‘false nine’ role in Joachim Löw’s system? Who is the ideal replacement for the injured Sami Khedira? How seriously are Germany taking the encounter with England? Where will England be able to target any chink in the armour of Germany and who is Talking Fussball’s dark horse to make it into Germany’s World Cup squad for the trip to Brazil?

All this and more on the Talking Fussball Episode 17!

Talking Fussball Episode 15 – Matchday 11 Reactions + Champions League Preview

Talking Fussball: The Bundesliga Show returns as James is back in the hosting hot seat alongside Bernie in the M94.5 studios to break down a streak-busting Matchday 11 before providing a mini-preview of the upcoming UEFA Champions League encounters involving Bundesliga sides.

Were Borussia Dortmund at their very best during their 6-1 thumping of VfB Stuttgart? Was Sami Hyypiä naive in rotating his Bayer 04 Leverkusen side so heavily and underestimating Eintracht Braunschweig? What are the changes that Pep Guardiola could be talking about following FC Bayer München’s hard-fought victory over 1899 Hoffenheim? After winning away from home for the first time in six months is fourth place Borussia Mönchengladbach’s to lose and is there a dark horse capable of breaking into the top six?

All this and more on the Talking Fussball Episode 15!

Talking Fussball Episode 14 – Matchday 10 Reactions + FC Bayern Focus

Talking Fussball: The Bundesliga Show returns as James hands over the hosting reigns to Sal in the M94.5 studios as they highlight all the major talking points from Bundesliga Matchday 10.

Who was the key to Borussia Dortmund’s stunning win over Ruhr rivals FC Schalke 04 in the Revierderby? Did VfL Wolfsburg need an embarassing defeat to kick-start their push for a European place? Is fourth place Borussia Mönchengladbach’s to lose despite their inconsistency? Have Hertha Berlin given other sides a glimpse of hope with their performance at the Allianz Arena and were the DFB right or wrong to decide against replaying the encounter between Bayer 04 Leverkusen and 1899 Hoffenheim?

James also catches up with ESPN FC blogger Susie Schaaf to discuss all things FC Bayern München after an eventful week for the record titleholders. Susie’s work can be found on her exemplary blog as well as on the Rekordmeister podcast!

All this and more on the Talking Fussball Episode 14!

Talking Fussball Episode 13 – Matchday 9 Reactions + Champions League Preview

Talking Fussball: The Bundesliga Show returns as James, Jon and Bernie gather in the M94.5 studios to break down an eventful/controversial weekend in the Bundesliga before previewing the upcoming UEFA Champions League ties.

Who was to blame for Bayer 04 Leverkusen’s ‘Phantom Tor’ against 1899 Hoffenheim? Where’s the precedent for a replay to take place? What changes have VfB Stuttgart and Hamburger SV implemented since their respective change in management? Why did Mario Götze make such a big difference in the second half against 1. FSV Mainz 05? Can Borussia Dortmund keep Mesut Özil quiet while coping with a lengthy injury list? Are FC Schalke 04 set to face their toughest test yet in the form of Chelsea FC and who have the pundits chosen in their ‘Non-household-name XI’?

Jon also catches up with 1. FSV Mainz 05 head coach Thomas Tuchel and midfielder Niki Zimling to get their thoughts on their sides’ 4-1 loss to FC Bayern München on Saturday. Plus could Tuchel be set to take charge of a Premier League side in the future?

All this and more on the Talking Fussball Episode 13!

Talking Fussball Episode 12 – Germany vs. Ireland Reaction + Legends Profile

Talking Fussball: The Bundesliga Show returns as James Thorogood and Jon Harding convene in the M94.5 studios to highlight the main debatable topics and talking points from Germany’s win over the Republic of Ireland in Köln, where Jon Hartley caught up with Arsenal FC’s Per Mertesacker and Chelsea FC’s Andre Schürrle to get their thoughts on die Nationalmannschaft‘s performance against the Republic of Ireland and the upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Are Germany destined to feature a false nine for the forseeable future? Where does Toni Kroos fit in with this incredibly talented squad? Does a result like this paper over the cracks regarding Germany’s defensive deficiencies and how much pressure is there on this current ‘Golden Generation’ to walk away with the World Cup in the summer?

Furthermore Jon Harding profiles one of Germany’s legends of years past, a Wunder-ful player who didn’t exactly have pace to Bern – find out who it is by listening in to this and so much more on Talking Fussball Episode 12!