Matchday 24 saw Bayern go 10 points up on the ‘chasing’ pack – we’re not even talking about a title race anymore. But there is plenty to discuss. Joshua Kimmich is getting antsy on the bench, Mainz are feeling the heat of the relegation race furnace on their collective kiester now that their cushion is just three points, and dramatic artist Mitchell Weiser is tarred a bit too zealously because we all like a good .gif.
Another week, another coach told to hit the road as Roger Schmidt drove away from the Bayer 04 Leverkusen training complex for the last time…other than to return his Dienstwagen at some time within the next 30 days, we imagine. With their European dreams under threat for next season, the club’s managers felt they didn’t have much choice but to let the brainy football radical go. It sure was fun while it lasted. (Note: Tayfun Korkut had not yet been named interim coach when the podcast was recorded.)
Matt Hermann ropes Stephan Uersfeld of ESPNFC into a nice long chat about Schmidt, and that leads to talk about Kevin Großkreutz, the Champions League, MD23 and all kinds of things German football-ish. Produced by Aidan Rantoul.
Fascinating results this week in the Bundesliga: Bayern needed late, late Dusel to get level with Hertha, RB Leipzig bounced back strongly from last week’s wooziness, and Dortmund put on a hell of a show…in front of a far smaller audience than usual.
Things tightened up a bit at the top, and our old pal James Thorogood is in the hosting chair to talk that and everything else from MD21 over with our other old friend Jonathan Harding. Toward the end, UEFA.com’s Bayer Leverkusen reporter Matt Howarth drops by to talk about their date with Atletico Madrid in the Champions League. Produced by Aidan Rantoul. Enjoy!
What podcast would have been so foolish as to have got excited about a real title race in the Bundesliga this season? To have been heartened by the consistency of RB Leipzig’s march through the Hinrunde, or the defeat Dortmund hung on Bayern back in November? Not this one, no sir.
Not anymore, anyway – now that the clubs in second through seventh place all lost on MD20 while Bayern continued to press ahead. Matt Hermann talks with Abel Meszaros about all that and more this week on this edition of Talking Fussball, and he also calls up Phil Costa to talk Arsenal’s trip to face the Bavarian biggies on Wednesday in the Champions League. Serious GTHBA, produced by Aidan Rantoul.
CAUTION: Product contains elevated levels of cup magic.
Talking Fussball zooms in on Germany’s premier knock-out competition, the DFB Pokal, this week. But was it really so magical if Bayern’s workmanlike win could be overshadowed by a surprise retirement announcement from Philipp Lahm? And didn’t Dortmund’s shootout win over Hertha seem like a whimper compared with the bang of their fans defending the 50+1 rule a little too zealously vs. RB Leipzig? (Sportfreunde Lotte’s continued success is a bit magical, we must admit.)
RB Leipzig have now gone where no bull – and no man either – has gone before after dealing TSG 1899 Hoffenheim their first loss of the season. Bayern were just good enough in Bremen to hold their lead, however, so the loudest sounds heard near the top were of Hertha and Dortmund dropping points.
Matt Hermann and Kit Holden of the MailOnline and Tagesspiegel talk it all out, as well as go over the biggest transfer moves in the league as the window comes ever closer to closure. Produced by Aidan Rantoul.
So that match we’d all been waiting for ever since it was clear that RB Leipzig were for real…was a bit of a disappointment. FC Bayern München were imperious in their slap-down and now enjoy a 3-point lead at the top heading into the winter break.
On this week’s show, Matt Hermann calls up Sal Mitha to get his thoughts on the atmosphere inside the Allianz for the big game that wasn’t, and sits down with his chums Nik Wildhagen and Abel Meszaros. The boys discuss the recent coaching comings and goings as well as give out mid-term report cards to all the Bundesliga sides.
Hope you enjoy – Aidan Rantoul, as always, has made it sound great.
In the life of every football club, there comes a time to take stock. When the short-term trend is not going your way, it might be best to do nothing at all. Medium-trend slides can call for a change at the coaching level. Long-term? That means The Man Upstairs might have to go. This week it was a trip to the exit door for sporting directors Klaus Allofs of VfL Wolfsburg and HSV’s Dietmar Beiersdorfer.
On this episode, Matt Hermann and Terry Duffelen take apart those moves, look at the five remaining Bundesliga sides in Europe’s knock-out stage draws, and run through the best of the action on MD14.
And after a drum roll…(helpfully provided by our producer Aidan Rantoul)…we announce the winners of our Bayern: Creating a Global Superclub book give-away contest!
The opening phase of the Champions League is done. Dortmund won their group, Bayer and Bayern came second; only poor Gladbach couldn’t manage to move on – and they had the misfortune of being in the ‘Guardiola group’. Matt and Nik are joined by Abel Meszaros this week to talk all things Königsklasse, as well as look back at MD13 and ahead at MD14. In short, the Foals come in for a pounding, Marco Reus comes in for an ogling, and everybody else is somewhere in between. Expertly produced by Aidan Rantoul.
‘Full to bursting’ is how you could describe this one. MD12 left us wanting to dig in to 3rd- and 4th-placed Hertha BSC and Eintracht Frankfurt’s continued strong seasons, especially after the latter knocked off mighty BVB on the weekend. We also discuss the slumping Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Mönchengladbach, hoping to diagnose what’s keeping them under the weather. (In Leverkusen’s most recent case – the hand of Javi/God…) We also get another instalment of TF Pet Team Search, as well as an update from the People’s Republic of St. Pauli with a Millernton Kompakt. If that didn’t sound like enough already, Nik Wildhagen gets out the passenger side door, rounds the car and gets into the driver’s seat. Matt Hermann does the vice-versa version. A zesty little twist! Produced by Aidan Rantoul.
P.s. The winners of the new Uli Hesse will shortly be drawn and will be announced on next week’s show!