Talking Fussball ENCORE – Mexico NT chat with DW Sports’ Hecko Flores

World Cup 2018 is under way! We’ve already seen one instant classic in Portugal-Spain as well as late-game drama in Friday’s other two matches. We can only hope Germany vs Mexico provides us with plenty more thrills.

To whet the appetite, we thought we’d post the full version of Matt’s chat with Hecko Flores his colleague at DW Sports. (This was originally a Patreon bonus which had appeared in the full podcast in truncated form.) The conversation was recorded a good while back (a few weeks after the draw) so some squad information has changed, but it remains a good primer on what makes El Tri tick, as well as how Mexico supporters relate to their team. Enjoy!

Talking Fussball – Germany NT World Cup preview

It’s World Cup time! It’s time to Talk Fussball! Germany are gearing up for their Group F opener on Sunday and Matt catches up with Kit Holden in Berlin to run the squad over with a fine-toothed comb.

The boys also devote quite a bit of time to exploring the “Erdogan affair”, the controversy that’s bogging down Mesut Özil and Ilkay Gündogan…and threatens to engulf the team’s entire campaign in Russia. It’s a real departure from the usual sports chat – we hope you enjoy it!

Bundesliga 2017-18 Season Review – Favre signs at BVB, Leipzig’s Rangnick considers hiring himself

Time to look back at the Bundesliga year that was in our 2017-18 Saisonrückblick! Matt and Abel fire up the pod machine to figure out who deserves to be young player of the year, minister of defense, most disappointing player, coach of the year and much more.

Before they dig in to the past, they bring you up to date on the big news of the week that was: Swiss artiste Lucien Favre’s return to the Federal League, Lukas Hradecky’s move to Bayer Leverkusen, and Lewis Holtby and HSV renewing their vows. Produced by Aidan Rantoul.

Quick update – Wolfsburg beat the drop after Eintracht top Bayern in Pokal final

Have you missed us? We’ve missed you, so Matt is here with a flash update after Wolfsburg wrapped up the Bundesliga season by topping Holstein Kiel in the relegation playoff. Tune in to find out when we’ll be recording a season-in-review, as well as what we have planned for the World Cup!

Bundesliga MD34 – Hamburg have left the building, BVB hang on to UCL football by a thread after Hoffenheim loss

It looks like we might have made it – yes, it looks like we’ve made it to the end. For most of us here at Talking Fussball central that doesn’t mean much – we’ll be back soon enough with more content. For Hamburger Sportverein, it really is the end. The great clock-watch is over.

Matt’s away, so Abel is joined by Ronan Murphy of Goal.com for a throrough-going run through the last match day of the season, including a look at Dortmund, Hoffeheim and Leverkusen’s three-way tug-of-war over the Champions League, Stuttgart’s stonking of the champs in Munich, and much much more. Produced by Aidan Rantoul.

TF Fantasy MD34 tips – Who to play on the final day

Just one last match day for the 2017-18 Bundesliga season, meaning whatever points you pick up this week will be the last you collect – time to make them count. By the same token, quite a few teams have European qualification or top flight survival on the line and will be giving every last drop of effort on Match Day 34.

JT and Flo fight back the wistful tears that start to well up around this time each year to give you all the best insight on who to put in (and who to leave out of) your line-up. Produced by Aidan Rantoul.

Bundesliga MD33 – Schalke seal ‘Vice-Champions’ status, Relegation fight goes down to wire

Mainz did themselves a solid on Match Day 33, busting loose for a 2-1 win at the Westfalenstadion over BVB. That meant not only that the zero-fivers are safe but also that Schalke are guaranteed to finish above Dortmund for the first time in nine years.

Matt and Abel talk all that over, as well as the fates of the remaining relegation candidates (HSV, Wolfsburg, Freiburg) and the unholy muddle that is the European qualification situation. Produced by Aidan Rantoul.

TF Fantasy MD33 tips – Bayern’s line-ups post UCL elimination, Hamburg’s battle to survive

It’s the second-to-last match day in the Bundesliga, folks. A clutch of teams are jockeying for Europa League football, and another handful are living in fear of the drop. Tune in for JT and Flo’s hot tips on what to watch – and who to put in your team – for Match Day 33!

Bundesliga MD32 – Hoffenheim climb, Hamburg claw their way up in the final phase

It’s Julian Nagelsmann and the village club who look strongest as the 2017-18 Bundesliga season draws to a close – suddenly TSG are breathing down the necks of both Dortmund and Schalke. Meanwhile at the bottom, Cologne may have received their official top flight pink slip, but HSV are threatening to make another improbable escape.

Matt finds a comfortable park bench to discuss it all with Stephan Uersfeld of ESPN. Listen in as they figure out the next move for the wantaway Max Meyer, asess Bayern’s chances of getting past Real after a misadventure in the first leg of their Champions League semifinal, and listen to a snippet of Toto played by a passing boombox. Produced by Aidan Rantoul.

TF Fantasy MD32 preview – Relegation race set for a climax, European hopefuls collide

Just three matches to go – it’s time to settle things down at the bottom as well as at the top…and for managers like you it’s time to pick up fantasy points as quick as possible!

Join JT and Flo for a run-down of who you can trust on the Bundesliga’s antepenultimate match day of 2017-18. Produced by Aidan Rantoul.