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.

Bundesliga MD31 – Sancho sizzles in BVB breakout, Bayern prepare for Real, Cologne bow out

Dortmund fans were given an increasingly rare treat on Match Day 31 – an attractively played comprehensive win over a top-level opponent. The emergence of Jadon Sancho as an impact player ahead of the new season adds a little extra spice.

Matt catches up with a well-pleased Abel to talk BVB as well as set the table for Bayern’s clash on Wednesday against the back-to-back European champs knowns as Real Madrid. Along the way they discuss Cologne’s departure from the Bundesliga stage, Julian Nagelsmann’s fit as a potential successor to Arsene Wenger, and a deep dive on Mitchell Weiser. Produced by Aidan Rantoul.

P.s. We recorded this episode just prior to Cologne’s big announcement that Jonas Hector had re-signed with the club. We were as surprised and delighted by the news as you are.

TF Fantasy MD 31 overview – teams and players to lean on (and run from) in the run-in

Time is running out on the Bundesliga – just four weeks left – and let’s face it, some teams have more to play for than others. On this week’s TF Fantasy, you’ll learn how to take advantage.

James and Flo are reunited, ready to clue you in on the games to watch on MD31, as well as how to strategize for your Official Fantasy Bundesliga team. Produced by Aidan Rantoul.

TF Fantasy MD30 preview – tips for the home stretch, Revierderby preview

The Bundesliga heads into the final five games this weekend as Schalke and Dortmund get set to intensify their battle for second place on a head-to-head basis. Hamburg and Cologne travel to Sinsheim and Berlin, respectively, to see if their improbable hopes of staving off relegation can come true.

This week it’s Flo and Abel in the fantasy house, considering all the line-up issues and form hot streaks that will take your team to the top. Produced by Aidan Rantoul.

Bundesliga MD 29 – Bayern snatch a sixth straight title, Hamburg shock Schalke

This past weekend, the most surprising thing happened: Hamburger Sportverein took down the (recently) mighty FC Schalke 04. As if to tip the scales back into balance, the least surprising thing happened as well as FC Bayern München claimed the Bundesliga title for the sixth year in a row.

Matt and Abel are back to break Match Day 29 down, including Dortmund’s warm-up act for the big Revierderby next week, Hoffenheim’s missed opportunity in Frankfurt, and which relegation-threatened teams should be most apprehensive as they head into the final five. Produced by Aidan Rantoul.

TF Fantasy MD29 preview – Relegation rumbles and squad rotation headaches

Florian Reinecke, the Fantasy God, flies solo this week as JT tries his hand at some next-level sports betting in Las Vegas. He’s got advice for all your MD29 needs, including which players will respond to the pressures of the fight against the drop, and which players will make it on the pitch in the first place (for Bayern, who are concentrating on the Champions League). Enjoy!

Bundesliga MD28 – BVB the victim in Klassiker massacre at Bayern, Hoffenheim still climbing

If Peter Stöger was looking to dispel the myth that his Dortmund team was defensively sound, a six-nil stomping in Munich was an emphatic way to do it. The result propels Bayern into their Champions League date with Sevilla with wind in their sails, and leaves BVB vulnerable to being overtaken as they enter a tricky set of fixtures.

Matt and Abel get a jump on match day 28 analysis, chewing over all the Klassiker fallout, the steady rise of Hoffenheim and much much more. Produced by Aidan Rantoul.

Bundesliga MD27 – Bayern go bust in Leipzig, Löw leaves out BVB stars for friendlies

ALERT! ALERT! FC BAYERN MÜNCHEN HAVE LOST IN THE BUNDESLIGA! To mark that unusual event in Leipzig, Susie Schaaf of Miasanrot drops by to talk about the Rekordmeister’s present and future.

Matt also engages her in an extended discussion of Germany’s squad ahead of two prestige friendlies against Spain and Brazil – games in which some decisions on who makes the plane to Russia might well get made. Susie also introduces us to the latest project she’s involved in: The Short Pass. Produced by Aidan Rantoul.

 

TF Fantasy MD26 preview – All hail fantasy king Flo, whose advice will take you to the top

It’s a banner week for TF Fantasy – our very own Flo Reinecke has taken over top spot on the global Official Fantasy Bundesliga charts…and boy does he let JT know about it!

James, somewhat further down the table and ever the good sport, takes pride in the accomplishment and sets up the table-topper for plenty of chances to find out where the bargains are on MD26. As a bonus bit of food for thought, 2. Bundesliga maven Jonny Walsh of the 2. Bundesliga Podcast stops by to give you a few names to think about for next season. Produced by Aidan Rantoul.