The Bundesliga Returns – transfer wrap and MD18 preview

The Federal League is back – and so is Talking Fussball!

Matt and Abel convene to chew over Schalke’s many winter moves, silent-movie moustache-twirler Nigel de Jong’s return to the Bundesliga with Mainz, and the highlights of what’s to come on MD18.

In the middle we’ve given y’all a taste of one of our Patreon bonus interviews: Jonny Walsh stops by to talk us through the 2. Bundesliga Hinrunde, and it’s dynamite. Enjoy!

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.

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!

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.

Talking Fussball – Hoffenheim and Nagelsmann edge towards history, relegation battle takes another twist

In a season rife with inconsistency, two surprise packages have taken the Bundesliga by storm with their dynamic attacking football and, while Leipzig have already clinched a top-four finish, Hoffenheim aren’t likely to be too far behind them!

With just five games left in the 2016/17 campaign there is still plenty to be decided in Germany’s top flight. On Matchday 29 all the teams vying for European qualification had a weekend to forget, while the sides battling the drop – with the exception of Ingolstadt and Hamburg – all picked up potentially pivotal points in their respective bids for survival.

But which teams have the best chances of reaching their targets at either end of the table? James, Bent and Alex muse over that question and much more on the latest episode of Talking Fussball! Produced by Aidan Rantoul.

Talking Fussball – Hoffenheim humble Bayern, Bremen stay white-hot on MD27

It’s not every week we can talk about FC Bayern München getting outplayed in the Bundesliga. In fact it’s almost no weeks at all, but as the Rekordmeister get ready for der Klassiker against Borussia Dortmund, they kinda lost the plot against Hoffenheim.

Matt and long lost podcaster Alex Chaffer get stuck into that storyline, as well as the one about Werder Bremen being born again as a good soccer team on the pod. We also give out some listener-question-inspired alternative coaching awards, culminating in a vision of Christian Streich belting out this little number in the wee small hours. Produced by Aidan Rantoul.

And while we know it’s already been a double-dose week here on TF, a little reminder that there’s even more to listen to. The Total Soccer Show, for out money the most entertaining football podcast in the US, had Matt on to talk about the Bundesliga, and it was very good fun. Have a listen and then subscribe!

Talking Fussball – Goals, goals, goals and a teen-age rap video tribute on MD26

35 goals in the Bundesliga this weekend – one for just about everybody except Cologne’s Anthony Modeste. All he got was a hip-hop video tribute from a youthful Frenchman called MKN, which you should definitely watch.

Matt and Abel take on the reasons for Mainz’s recent drop into the thick of the relegation fight, as well as Schalke’s chances to sneak into Europe after all. They also wax lyrical about hat tricks from Thomas Delaney and Mario Gomez, and the latest miracles performed by Thiago Alcantara and Robert Lewandowski. Produced by Aidan Rantoul.

Talking Fussball – Bayern help Eagles make it an even five, Hertha take advantage of BVB’s post-UCL comedown

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.

Matt Hermann and the blizzard-struck Abel Meszaros dig in to all that as well as a bunch of other matchday-related storylines. Produced by Aidan Rantoul.

Talking Fussball – Big boys (and sportfriends) rule in DFB Pokal last 16

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.)

Matt Hermann speaks with Oli Moody in the main convo, which also previews MD20; Nick McKenna-Klein drops in with a first-hand account of #BVBRBL; Aidan Rantoul regulates the sound.

Talking Fussball – 2016/17 Matchday 5 Review

Matchday 5 in the Bundesliga was comeback central! The weekend results had widespread implications for several clubs as we not only saw standout performances and historically poor starts to the season, but also the second managerial casualty of 2016/17.

Accordingly James and Bent sat down to discuss and dissect all this Bundesliga. From FC Schalke 04 being in crisis mode to Hamburger SV’s chances of actually getting it right this time with Markus Gisdol.

All this and more on the latest episode of Talking Fussball!