Talking Fussball Extra Episode 38 – DFB Pokal + Relegation Play-Off Preview

Talking Fussball Extra – The Bundesliga Show is here with a dose of post-season joy to soften the blow of the end of the regular campaign. Host Matt Hermann and his merry band of pundits – Terry Duffelen and Niklas Wildhagen – take a look at the big games of the week.

The DFB Pokal Final in Berlin (German Cup) pits two of the best teams in Europe -Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich. The meet at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium on Saturday evening for a game that has all the hallmarks of another classic. Dortmund are really hitting their stride, while Bayern will want the win the double just to consider this a successful season.

The massive match is the Relegation Play-Off. Hamburg have two games to overcome 2nd Division Greuther Fürth. It starts at the Imtech Arena on Thursday evening and concludes on Sunday afternoon. Is the Bundesliga Dinosaur about to become extinct?

One team that will be in the Bundesliga next season is Paderborn. They reached the promised land on the final day of the season. Peter Ahrens from Der Spiegel Online chats to Talking Fussball Extra about his home town club.

All that, plus a look at Germany’s bore draw friendly with Poland on Tuesday evening.

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 Extra Episode 37 – Germany World Cup Squad & Matchday 34 Preview

Talking Fussball Extra – The Bundesliga Show is delving deep into the announced line-up for Joachim Löw and Germany’s provisional FIFA World Cup squad. Host Matt Hermann and his panel of Terry Duffelen and Niklas Wildhagen, take a look at the Germany coaches initial picks and see what is hot and what is not from the selection.

But let’s not forget that there is one final round of games remaining in this season’s Bundesliga campaign. For some clubs it is do or die in the race for Europe or avoiding the drop. TFE brings you a comprehensive preview of the last weekend of action.

All that and more on Talking Fussball Extra.

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 Extra Episode 36 – Bayern Beaten in the Champions League

Talking Fussball Extra – The Bundesliga Show returns with a heavy heart as the UEFA Champions League no longer has a representative from the Bundesliga. Host Matt Hermann is joined by a panel including, Niklas Wildhagen, Terry Duffelen and Jonathan Harding to discuss the departure of Bayern Munich at the semi-final stage of the competition.

Also looking over the defeat against Real Madrid is European football expert Andy Brassell, who met up with Matt in a lively London Cafe.

If all that wasn’t enough, then the TFE crew peer into their crystal balls to give their predictions for what will be happening on the penultimate round of fixtures in this seasons Bundesliga.

Enjoy the show!

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 Extra Episode 35 – Bayern defeated but Cologne promoted

Talking Fussball Extra – The Bundesliga Show returns with Archie Rhind-Tutt at the helm. Alongside him is Niklas Wildhagen from the Bundesliga Fanatic and Terry Duffelen of 200percent.net.

On this weeks TFE agenda, the UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg defeat of Bayern Munich at the hands of Real Madrid. What went wrong for the Bavarians and what are the chances in the return fixture for Pep Guardiola’s side.

Also on the show – Cologne return to the Bundesliga, but who might be going the other way? The panel discuss the Billy Goats’ return and also the departure of Gertjan Verbeek from relegation threatened Nuremberg.

All that, plus a Matchday 32 preview.

Talking Fussball Episode 35 – Matchday 31 Review + Champions League Preview

Talking Fussball – The Bundesliga Show is back with another weekly dose of Bundesliga goodness after an Easter weekend that brought treats for some clubs but left a sour taste indeed for others.

Crowd favourite Sal is in the host’s chair this week, joined by panel regular Bernie and panel rookie Matthew making his Talking Fussball debut, as we break down Matchday 31 in the Bundesliga, before looking ahead to Bayern’s clash with Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final.

At the bottom, is there still hope for Eintracht Braunschweig and are 1. FC Nürnberg dying a slow death in the top flight? And was this the weekend that also ensured Hamburger SV will be the last remaining ever-present club to depart the Bundesliga after 51 years come the end of the season? Are Borussia Mönchengladbach in danger of missing our on Europe altogether and will VfL Wolfsburg steal the final Champions League spot from under the noses of Bayer 04 Leverkusen?

All this and more on the Talking Fussball Episode 35!

Talking Fussball Extra Episode 34 – DFB Pokal Special + Tobias Escher

Talking Fussball Extra – The Bundesliga Show returns with a look at the semi-finals of the DFB Pokal, the German Cup. Terry Duffelen steers the good ship TFE through the choppy waters of Cup action with the assistance of Niklas Wildhagen (Bundesliga Fanatic) and Talking Fussball’s own Jonathan Harding.

Also on the show, tactical genius and leading light at website Spielverlagerung.com, Tobias Escher, joins the pod to talk about Wolfsburg’s development.

Plus, there is a full run down on the up-coming matchday in the Bundesliga.

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!