The Talking Fussball Winterpause Spectacular!

Just in time for that slow week between the two big holidays, Talking Fussball returns!

Matt and Abel convene to talk through the state of play at the Bundesliga’s winter break, including a full wrap of transfer talk, our Team of the Hinrunde, revisiting our predictions from the preseason and more. We’ll be away for the next couple weeks – for continued service through special episodes subscribe on Patreon.

Bundesliga MD15 – Bosz out, Stöger in at BVB after latest debacle, Foals and Royal Blues play to stalemate

When Dortmund lose at home to the second-worst team in the league, they might just have to take steps. Steps like removing the man in charge of the team – the man who hadn’t won since September. Peter Bosz was shown the door, which wasn’t a surprise. What was was his replacement: Peter Stöger, who had ended his tenure at Cologne with a run even more wretched than Bosz’.

Matt and Abel take on this saga in depth, as well as give an airing to the rest of the storylines to emerge from MD15. In the middle, Matt meets up with DW videojournalist Hecko Flores for a little teaser of what’s to come in Talking Fussball’s patron-only series on Germany’s World Cup 2018 group stage opponents. Produced by Aidan Rantoul.

Bundesliga MD14 – Stöger waves goodbye at Cologne; Bosz on borrowed time after draw in Leverkusen

Another eventful match day in the Bundesliga: The billygoats parted ways with their coach after their best performance of the season, BVB found a new way to disappoint their fans by playing on the back foot for 54 minutes against 10 men; Serge Gnabry and Hoffenheim slapped RB Leipzig silly, vaulting themselves into fifth.

Lots to talk about, and a cracking duo to take it all in – James Thorogood and Alex Chaffer. Join the Anglo-Kölners for your full wrap, which was produced by Aidan Rantoul.

MD13 – Schalke fightback stuns BVB in Revierderby for the ages, Foals deal Bayern first loss under Heynckes

It’s the Bundesliga’s big one. Dortmund v. Schalke, the Revierderby – a fixture meant to settle bragging rights in the Ruhr Valley and beyond. It always has plenty of fizz. On MD13, it was Diet Coke and Mentos.

Matt and Abel give the 4-4 thriller a thorough going over before moving on to Bayern’s surprising 2-1 loss in Mönchengladbach and the rest of the action from the weekend. Enjoy it!

Bundesliga MD12 – Schalke pass up diminished Dortmund on their way to second place

The past two months have been a whirlwind of woe for BVB – a story we’ve all heard much about. It’s now fair to say they’ve been nearly as good for S04 as they were bad for Dortmund as the Royal Blues slide past the Schwarzgelben on the Bundesliga table.

Matt and Abel talk through the divergent fortunes of those two grand Fussball clubs, as well as explore the weirdness on show in Borussia Mönchengladbach’s 4-2 win in Berlin. Bayern’s win over Augsburg (a game that’s the subject of Abel’s latest ‘Anatomy of a Goal’ on Patreon this week) gets a mention – in fact, they have at least a little to say about the whole match day. Huzzah!

UCL/UEL MD4 & Bundesliga MD11 Preview – Klassiker weekend finds Bayern ready to bully Dortmund

It’s happened. FC Bayern München have wrested top spot in the Bundesliga away from Borussia Dortmund, and the Schwarzgelben need to snap out of their funk fast on Saturday to keep from falling further behind.

Matt and Abel run through the big stories coming out of European competition this week, talk over what Werder Bremen’s next move might be in finding a new coach, and find time to give their quick-takes on each of the games coming up on MD11. We’ll be back with our regularly scheduled programming early next week to talk about the Klasskier fallout and much more. Produced by Aidan Rantoul.

Bundesliga MD9 – Three-way title race and chat w/ guest star Haji Wright of SV Sandhausen

USMNT prospect Haji Wright, a FC Schalke 04 player on loan at 2. Bundesliga side Sandhausen, joins us this week to share his thoughts on the new season and his goals for the years ahead.

Results conspired to tighten things up at the top of the top flight – Dortmund and Bayern are level on points, while Leipzig are just one behind. Plenty for Matt and Abel to talk over at the head of the class.

Action also at the rear: 1.FC Köln , who still can’t buy a win, parted ways with sporting director Jörg Schmadtke and Abel chases down Billygoats maniac Randall Hauk to assess the situation. Produced by Aidan Rantoul.

Bundesliga MD8 – RB Leipzig win instant classic in Dortmund, Hertha #takeaknee

Who can forget where they were when Leipzig went to the Westfalenstadion and knocked off BVB? It’s only been a few days, but it already feels like this attacking display will live on for some time yet in the discerning Bundesliga fan’s memory.

Matt and Abel do their best to do the game justice on this week’s podcast, as well as dig deeper into the justice theme with Hertha BSC. The capital club positioned themselves as the Bundesliga’s leading proponents of tolerance, solidarity, equality, respect, and several other weighty adjectives by kneeling before their game on Saturday.

The boys also dig into Jupp Heynckes’ return to Bayern, and speak with Paul Dykes of the Celtic State of Mind podcast about the Rekordmeister’s opponents in the Champions League this week, Celtic FC. (An extended version of this chat is available to subscribers on Patreon.) Produced by Aidan Rantoul. Enjoy!

 

Bundesliga MD7 – BVB riding high into international break as Bayern make a change

It’s time for another Länderspielpause everybody – a good chance to take stock of a league that looks increasingly competitive. Dortmund are still scything through the league, but Bayern, Hoffenheim and Leipzig are keeping them honest.

Funny that, in that Bayern are IN CRISIS, as we all know. At the time James Thorogood and Alex Chaffer recorded, Jupp Heynckes was not yet in the frame to take over for the remainer of the season…but he surely seems to be now. The boys mull over their troubles, as well as the much more severe difficulties of the Cologne, Hamburg and others. Enjoy! Produced by Aidan Rantoul.

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.