Talking Fussball 2014/15 – Matchday 1 Review

Talking Fussball – The Bundesliga Show is back with your first weekly dose of Bundesliga goodness of the 2014/15 season, which kicked off in style on the weekend whilst thorwing up a whole host of talking points for the panel of Alex, Jon and Bernie to discuss.

What can be made of the newly-promoted sides’ results on the opening weekend? How long will we have to wait to see Ciro Immobile come good in a Borussia Dortmund shirt? Do VfL Wolfsburg need to add a world-class striker to their ransk to truly compete for a place in the top 4? How on earth did Junior Malanda miss an open goal against FC Bayern München? Are Bayer 04 Leverkusen the real deal under new coach Roger Schmidt and did we really just witness Julian Schieber score a brace in another goal-riddled draw?

All this and more on the Talking Fussball 2014/15 – Matchday 1 Review!

Talking Fussball – 2014/15 Season Preview Part 1

Talking Fussball – The Bundesliga Show returns for a brand new season as James is joined by Alex and Bernie to look ahead to the 2014/15 campaign in Germany’s top flight, as they analyse how nine top-flight teams are shaping up coming in the 52nd edition of the Bundesliga.

Can Ciro Immobile and Adrian Ramos fill the void left by the departure of the Robert Lewandowski at Borussia Dortmund? Is the best Bayer 04 Leverkusen side we’ve seen in recent years? Will Borussia Mönchengladbach’s new recruits spur them on to new heights? Is Augsburg’s squad better now than it was at this time last season? How do Hannover 96 fit Lars Stindl and Hiroshi Kiyotake in the same system? Will Germany’s Under-19’s goalscoring phenom Davie Selke going to get a look in at Werder Bremen? Could SC Freiburg’s youth products play an important role in keeping Christian Streich’s side in the division? Have Hamburger SV conducted themselves well in the transfer market? Will SC Paderborn’s flash in the pan Bundesliga campaign at least have some highlights?

It’s Part 1 of Talking Fussball’s 2014/15 season preview and it’s not to be missed!

Talking Fussball – 2014 FIFA World Cup MD3

Germany have rounded out their Group G campaign in resounding fashion – and now so too have the boys at Talking Fussball. Matt Hermann and Niklas Wildhagen got together to recount how Germany got past the USMNT, as well as to mull over what steps they might want to take to trap the desert foxes of Algeria in round two.

Joining the pod this time out are two superb expert guests: John Godfrey (@ThisIsASN), founder and Editor in Chief of AmericanSoccerNow.com who’s been following the USMNT in Brazil, joined us by phone from the US camp in Sao Paulo to tell us what the 1-0 win for Germany was like in person; later, Maher Mezahi (@MezahiMaher), who writes on Algerian and North African football for ESPNFC and the Telegraph, let us know more about the desert foxes and what kind of threat they pose to Joachim Löw’s German national team.

Talking Fussball – 2014 FIFA World Cup MD2

The Talking Fussball boys are back! Matt Hermann, Bernie Reeves and Nik Wildhagen break down Germany’s stumble against Ghana, as well as mull over the challenge ahead for Jogi’s Truppe, who face a tricky Group G finale against the USA. (Or will they? The ghosts of Gijon are swirling…)

Nik also catches up with one of our favourite guests, @TobiasEscher of Spielverlagerung.de, who, as usual, has been thinking things out tactically and fills us in on his thoughts as to what went wrong for Germany v. Ghana as well as how the Jungs should prepare for Klinsi and the USMNT.

Talking Fussball – 2014 FIFA World Cup MD1

Germany got off to a flying start at the 2014 World Cup, and so too have the Talking Fussball: The Bundesliga Show boys. Matt Hermann rounds up Nik Wildhagen and Bernie Reeves to break down die Nationalmannschaft‘s big win over Portugal, as well as discuss the team’s prospects against the beaten (though very game) Ghana in the next match day in Group G.

The gang also take on the matter of a gentleman’s honour (w/r/t how much one can exaggerate after being clumsily fouled by Pepe), as well as share their tops and flops among Bundesliga players over the tournament’s first few days.

So get listening to Talking Fussball Extra’s World Cup Update!

Talking Fussball – 2014 FIFA World Cup Preview

Following a near month-long hiatus, Talking Fussball: The Bundesliga Show returns to bring you a 2014 FIFA World Cup preview focusing specifically on Joachim Löw and the Nationalmannschaft as they go into Group G set to take on Portugal, Ghana and the USA.

Has Joachim Löw got a squad at his disposal capable of meeting expectations of both the media and the fans? Where are Germany at their weakest and strongest? Could selecting just one out-and-out striker prove to be the downfall for Germany? Will the golden generation fall just short again? How big a loss is Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus and can they get off on the right foot in the World Cup opener against the Portuguese?

All this and more on the first episode of Talking Fussball: The 2014 World Cup Edition!

Talking Fussball Episode 38 – Matchday 34 Review + Season Recap

Talking Fussball – The Bundesliga Show is back to mourn the end of the 2013/14 Bundesliga campaign as James is joined by Alex and Jon to wrap up both Matchday 34’s results as well as provide an assessment of each of the 18 club’s seasons.

What on earth has gone on at 1. FSV Mainz 05 concerning head coach Thomas Tuchel? How immanent is the threat of extinction for Bundesliga dinosaurs Hamburger SV going into the relegation play-off? Could either 1. FC Nürnberg or Eintracht Braunschweig make an immediate return to the top-flight? How well represented will Germany be in the European competitions next season? How do FC Bayern München resemble Pep Guardiola’s tiki-taka system and did Borussia Dortmund take a step forward in 2013/14?

Elsewhere Sal catches up with FC Augsburg captain Paul Verhaegh and Eintracht Frankfurt’s Alexander Meier while the pundits delve into their bottomless pit of end-of-season awards. It’s Episode 38 of Talking Fussball and it’s not to be missed!

Talking Fussball Episode 37 – Matchday 33 Review

Talking Fussball: The Bundesliga Show is back to delve headfirst into the weekend’s Bundesliga action as James and Alex break down the penultimate Matchday of the 2013/14 campaign with the battles at either end of the table set to go down to the wire.

Is sheer luck going to see Hamburger SV retain their Bundesliga status? Have Eintracht Braunschweig thrown away their only chances of causing an almighty upset at the foot of the table? Who is to blame for 1. FC Nürnberg’s demise this season? Is letting Sascha Lewandowski return to youth team duties the right move by Bayer 04 Leverkusen? Could Borussia Mönchengladbach do the unthinkable and qualify for the UEFA Champions League and which three defenders could help sure up FC Bayern München’s backline?

All this and much more on Talking Fussball Episode 37!

Talking Fussball Episode 36 – Matchday 32 Review + Champions League Preview

Talking Fussball – The Bundesliga Show is back to bring you the latest offering of jam-packed action from Germany’s top flight as well as a look ahead to FC Bayern München’s must-win UEFA Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid CF.

How will Roger Schmidt fit in at Bayer 04 Leverkusen when he takes over as head coach in the summer? Just how in-form has Marco Reus been of late and should he be considered for Player of the Season? How unbelieveable were the feats witnessed in Gelsenkirchen and Hoffenheim this weekend? Have VfL Wolfsburg blown their chances of a top four finish? Do any of the teams currently in the bottom three have it in them to claw their way to safety? What do FC Bayern need to do differently in their second leg against Real Madrid and is Pep Guardiola’s brand of FCB tiki-taka boring?

All this and more on the Talking Fussball Episode 36!

Talking Fussball Episode 34: Matchday 30 Review + DFB Pokal Preview

Talking Fussball: The Bundesliga Show is back with another weekly dose of Bundesliga goodness as James is joined in the heart of Munich by his bundesliga.com colleague Bernie to breakdown a Matchday 30 packed to the brim with talking points before looking ahead to the DFB Pokal semi-finals.

Has the defeat to Borussia Dortmund proven that FC Bayern München’s invincibility was just a scary Bundesliga story? Do FC Schalke 04 still have a chance of clinching second place? Can Bayer 04 Leverkusen hold onto fourth place now that Sascha Lewandowski’s in charge? Is Kevin De Bruyne finally showing the type of form expected of him following his move to VfL Wolfsburg? Are Borussia Mönchengladbach gearing up for a long spell in European competition next season and how is the relegation battle going to pan out?

All this and more on the Talking Fussball Episode 34!