Bundesliga MD4 – Dortmund keep hold on the summit, VAR stokes controversy

So much ground for James Thorogood and Alex Chaffer to cover this week!

Just when it seemed Hannover 96 might make it through the match day as the top dog in the Bundesliga, BVB came along and scythed through Cologne in Sunday’s final match to put that storyline to bed. Stefan Buczko (ESPN, Yellow Wall Podcast) stops by to talk a bit of Schwarz-Gelben fussball – an interview that Patreon supporters will hear a lot more of.

The big weekend of VAR-induced controversies (Koen Casteels’ knockout knee to Christian Gentner’s head, Cologne’s whistle-stickler protest) comes in for plenty of discussion, along with some Bundesliga Fantasy talk and a full MD4 round-up, including goals and players of the week.

This week’s English Week means we’ll be back on Thursday to cover MD5…but you’ll have to be a supporter to get it, so get on over to Patreon and sign up!

Bundesliga MD3 – Bayern IN CRISIS after falling to the Hoff, Cologne smelling sour

Where else could we start this week? Bayern LOSE a game and it’s only MD3! Hoffenheim were a bit too crafty for the defending champs on Saturday night, Robert Lewandowski spoke candidly to Spiegel about his concerns for the club’s future, and all hell breaks loose.

Matt and Abel are all over that hell from minute one, moving on to Bibiana Steinhaus’ historic Sunday in Berlin, Cologne’s continued funk, and Domenico Tedesco’s thus-far-winning gamble on youth auf Schalke. Rounded out by a glance at the European engagements to come. Produced by Aidan Rantoul.

International Break – Germany Edge Closer and Your Questions Answered

No Bundesliga this past weekend – ugh. But just when you get that feeling that you’re walking through the wilderness, who should appear but a familiar and trusted guide…it’s James Thorogood! He and Bent Muehue convene in Cologne to talk Die Mannschaft, who are nearly home and dry after two wins in World Cup Qualifying this week.

The show is rounded out by discussions suggested by our Patreon subscribers, who came through for us with some provocative topics. Produced by Aidan Rantoul.

Bundesliga MD2 – Hamburg and Hanover Spark Northern Renaissance

Sometimes it takes a season for predictions to come back and bite you; other times it’s just a matter of weeks. The supposedly lowly Hamburger SV and Hannover 96 are both off to a flying start, making Talking Fussball scratch its collective head.

This week Matt is joined by Abel and Terry for a Bundesliga roundtable, covering the doings on MD2 as well as transfer news, like BVB’s turning Ousmane Dembele into Andriy Yarmolenko and at least 75 million euros. We’ve also got European Football Expert Andy Brassell’s bulletproof analysis of the German teams’ draws in the Europa League. (If you want to hear his thoughts on the Champions League, and trust us, you do – sign up as a subscriber on Patreon.) Produced by Aidan Rantoul. Enjoy!

Bundesliga MD1 – Dortmund and Schalke shine, Leckie is unleashed

The starting gun has been fired on another season in the Bundesliga, and some teams looked more ready on their marks than others. Dortmund looked great, riding Mario Götze and Christian Pulisic’s midfield mastery to a big win in Wolfsburg; Schalke’s canny countering game was too much for last year’s bridesmaids RBL; Mathew Leckie made his presence felt in Berlin as he broke his dry spell in a BIG way with a brace against Stuttgart.

You’ll hear about all this and more this week as Matt and Abel run through MD1 as well as bring you up to date on Bundesliga news, and a Patreon campaign that’s well worth getting behind. Produced by Aidan Rantoul.

2017-18 Bundesliga Preview – Picks to Remember and Patreon!

We’re so damn close now – the Bundesliga kicks off on Friday and Talking Fussball is ready to lay it on the line and tell you how we think the league will shake out. Matt Hermann and Nik Wildhagen are on duty this week – they hit up some of the bigger goings on in the DFB Pokal as well as give their thoughts on the Dembele Affair as well. Produced by Aidan Rantoul.

As a treat, we have a taste of Ian Joy of FOX Sports on to share his thoughts on the new season, as well as how the German game is developing in the US market. To hear all of his thoughts, however, you’ll have to sign up and subscribe to our new Patreon feed – Check it to find out how we plan to put your support to good use in bringing you even more top-quality content!

2017-18 Bundesliga Preview – Players with plenty to prove

We’re one week closer to the start of the Bundesliga season! Bayern got the better of Dortmund in the DFL Supercup thanks to superstar goalkeeper Sven Ulreich, but lost front office guru Michael Reschke to Stuttgart that same wekeend.

Talking Fussball gets into the personnel evaluation spirit themselves this week, as Matt and Abel run through some of the players who may have the biggest impact on the coming season. What does James have to offer Bayern? Can Jhon Cordoba fill Anthony Modeste’s boots? Will Sebastien Haller be good enough to hold a candle to the Fussballgott in Frankfurt? It’s all there. Produced by Aidan Rantoul.

Bundesliga / NBA extravaganza!

With Bundesliga teams still kicking around in friendlies of questionable consequence, Talking Fussball makes its return in full goofball mode. After chewing over Bayern’s appointment of a new Sporting Director and the potential dawn of a new big-spending era for Hannover 96, Matt and Abel get down to business. And by ‘business’ they mean solving the ancient riddle of: Which teams from the National Basketball Association should be twinned with which Bundesliga teams?

Some are easy (Hamburger SV = NY Knicks), some tricky (are Bayern the Warriors, for their current dominance, or the Spurs, for their resilience?) If you’re an NBA fan looking to get into a Bundesliga club, or a German football fan sniffing around the Association for a team, look no further. And if you’re a fan of cross-sport comparisons or general tomfoolery, you’re in luck as well.

Produced by Aidan Rantoul.

 

Season review – Tuchel turfed out after DFB Cup triumph, Brooks joins wolfpack, a look back at BVB’s 1997 UCL win

A dangerously large helping of Talking Fussball this week! Matt and Abel planned to convene to give out superlatives for the 2016-17 Bundesliga season…and somehow got sidetracked by the axe that fell on Thomas Tuchel at BVB, as well as John Brooks’ record-smashing move from Hertha to Wolfsburg. Strong takes on both of these moves, folks.

In the middle of all this, BVB London President Benjamin McFadyean stops by to reminisce about a little something that happened 20 years ago: a Champions League win for the Schwarzgelben. A feat for the ears produced by Aidan Rantoul.

Wolfsburg’s engine fails in Hamburg, Aubameyang takes the cannon on MD34

The Bundesliga crossed the finish line this past weekend with plenty of thrills. Dortmund’s top marksman helped them out-duel Hoffenheim  for third place; Cologne’s late kick earned them a Europa League group stage place at Hertha’s expense; HSV eventually found the legs to avoid finishing 16th and condemn the Wolves to a potentially tense Lower Saxony derby.

Matt Hermann and Abel Meszaros take most of this on board in virtual space; what they don’t discuss gets worked over by Matt, Terry Duffelen and Nik Wildhagen in a special live-in-Berlin segment. Produced by Aidan Rantoul.