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!

Talking Fussball Episode 11 – Matchday 8 Reactions

Talking Fussball: The Bundesliga Show is not to be missed as it returns to the M94.5 Studio with the fantastic four in place to decipher all of action from Matchday 8 in Germany’s top flight.

With lyrical host James Thorogood orchestrating the lederhosen-famous Bernie Reeves, the wise (yet beardless) Alex Handcock and the hair-obsessed Jonathan Harding, episode 11 of Talking Fussball is your perfect accompaniment for your mid-week Bundesliga blues.

On the evening Nürnberg’s head coach Michael Wiesinger got sacked, the TF team dissect the true value of a Pierre-Michel Lasogga hat-trick, whether Bayern were distracted by an Oktoberfest finale, and just how great it was to see Eintracht Braunschweig win a game in the Bundesliga.

All this and more on the Talking Fussball Episode 11!

Talking Fussball Episode 10 – Matchday 7 Reactions + Champions League Preview

Talking Fussball: The Bundesliga Show returns as James, Jon and Sal gather in the M94.5 studios to pick out the main talking points from Matchday 7 in the Bundesliga before providing a brief preview of the upcoming UEFA Champions League ties.

Are SC Freiburg doomed to feature in this season’s Bundesliga relegation battle? Have Borussia Dortmund proven they’re capable of dealing with injuries this season? Where is it all going wrong for FC Schalke 04 under Jens Keller? Is Michael Wiesinger edging ever closer to the exit door at 1. FC Nürnberg? Should Bastian Schweinsteiger have been sent-off against VfL Wolfsburg and are Bayer 04 Leverkusen ready to make it a three-horse race for the title?

Sal also catches up with FC Augsburg captain Paul Verhaegh and Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Max Kruse and Branimir Hrgota to get their thoughts on their sides’ 2-2 draw on Friday night.

All this and more on the Talking Fussball Episode 10!

Talking Fussball Extra Episode 8 – Champions League chatter and Tom Bartels

Matt Herrmann and his crew are back digging into this week’s Champions League action, Tom Bartels makes his first appearance on the podcast and the boys are previewing the upcoming match day in Germany’s top flight.

The first match day of Champions League action has been a mixed bag for the German teams participating in the competition. Both Schalke and Bayern managed to pull of marvellous wins, whilst Dortmund and Leverkusen suffered defeats on the road. Find out what one should read into these results? Furthermore, we are also taking a look at HSV and their current coaching situation.

You may have heard Tom Bartels commentary on ARD, Germany’s biggest public TV channel. The experienced broadcaster gives you his views on the current Bundesliga season in part two of the show.

In part 3 we’ll help you decide which matches you should watch during the weekend.