Talking Fussball Episode 26 – Matchday 21 Reactions + UCL R16 Preview

Talking Fussball: The Bundesliga Show is back with another weekly dose of Bundesliga goodness as James is joined in the heart of Bavaria by Jon and Bernie to break down a turbulent Matchday 21 that boasted goals, upsets and a fifth managerial casualty of the season.

Wherein lie Bayer 04 Leverkusen’s issues with form at the start of the Rückrunde? Was James right to highlight Ludovic Obraniak as a potential leader for a struggling Werder Bremen side? Was VfL Wolfsburg’s win over Hertha Berlin the type of victory that will secure them a top six spot? Who’s the better head coach Ottmar Hitzfeld or Jürgen Klopp, Thomas Tuchel or Markus Weinzierl and can Mirko Slomka prove Hamburger SV’s saving grace after taking over from Bert van Marwijk?

Plus Bernie talks to Josip Drmic and Per Nilsson after 1. FC Nürnberg put an end to FC Augsburg’s eight-game unbeaten streak, while Sal caught up with SC Freiburg head coach Christian Streich following his side’s 4-0 defeat to league leaders FC Bayern München.

All this and more on the Talking Fussball Episode 26!

Talking Fussball Episode 24 – Matchday 19 Reactions

Talking Fussball: The Bundesliga Show is back with another weekly dose of Bundesliga goodness as James is joined in the heart of Bavaria by Jon and Bernie to break down a Matchday 19 that was littered with highlights and controversy.

Were FC Schalke 04 lucky to take all three points against VfL Wolfsburg? How will Diego’s departure affect the Wolves? Did Eintracht Braunschweig deserve to take a point in their game with Borussia Dortmund? Was the right decision made in the weekend’s most controversial tale which took place in the German capital? What’s been the secret to Gertjan Verbeek and Tayfun Korkut’s success?

Plus Bernie catches up with Eintracht Frankfurt’s Constant Djakpa to get his thoughts on the encounter at the Allianz Arena, all this and more on the Talking Fussball Episode 24!

Talking Fussball Episode 23 – Matchday 18 Reactions + Transfer Talk

Talking Fussball is back in 2014 and boy does it feel good! The second half of the 2013/14 Bundesliga season has begun and with James hosting in yet another new location, Jon, Bernie and Alex were on hand to complete the awesome foursome in breaking down a truly unpredictable Matchday 18.

Was the winter break long enough for Borussia Dortmund? Surely Hannover 96 on the road against VfL Wolfsburg can only end one way? Is Gertjan Verbeek due a sponsorship deal with Gillette? Is their less plus and more minus to HSV’s current state of affairs? Did SC Freiburg throw Bayer 04 Leverkusen off course and have Eintracht Frankfurt finally appeased their home fans?

Join us. Go on. The Bundesliga’s been away far too long, we know that, but both the league and Talking Fussball are back now. So sit back and enjoy episode 23 of Talking Fussball!

Talking Fussball Episode 22 – Matchday 17 Reactions + Hinrunde Flashback

Talking Fussball: The Bundesliga Show is back for the last time in 2013 with another dose of Bundesliga goodness as James is joined in his kitchen by Sal and Jon the final Matchday of the Hinrunde before refelcting on the highs and lows of both 2013 and the first half of the season.

Was Hertha Berlin’s 2-1 win in Dortmund a reward for their astonishing work ethic? What implications does the 2-2 on Sunday have on Borussia Mönchengladbach and VfL Wolfsburg’s European ambitions? Has Dieter Hecking proven the perfect fit for the Wolves? Could Shinji Okazaki be considered one of the signings of the season so far? How doom and gloom is life for 1. FC Nürnberg and what does the Bundesliga have to offer if the title race is dead and buried?

Plus find out who made the Talking Fussball crew chose in their Hinrunde XI and as the Team of the Hinrunde!

All this and more on the Talking Fussball Episode 22!

Talking Fussball Episode 18 – Matchday 13 Reactions + Champions League Preview

Talking Fussball: The Bundesliga Show returns to break down another blockbuster weekend of Bundesliga action as James is joined in the M94.5 studios by Jon and Alex to highlight the key talking points from Matchday 13 before providing a brief preview of this week’s pivotal UEFA Champions League fixtures!

What did Pakistan and North Korea miss out on following this weekend’s top game between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern München? Was BVB’s new-look backline really the problem in their 3-0 loss in Der Klassiker? Who is the mole in the record titleholders camp currently leaking information to the press? How big a blow is the loss of Sidney Sam to Bayer 04 Leverkusen? Did FC Schalke 04 once again prove they’re not ready to cut it in the top four this season? Where will Borussia Mönchengladbach slip up in the coming weeks and can Hamburger SV maintain their form under Bert van Marwijk?

Meanwhile, Sal worked his magic in the mixed zone once again, checking in with FC Augsburg captain Paul Verhaegh to get his thoughts on the the importance of his side’s 2-0 win at home to 1899 Hoffenheim.

All this and more on the Talking Fussball Episode 18!

Talking Fussball Episode 15 – Matchday 11 Reactions + Champions League Preview

Talking Fussball: The Bundesliga Show returns as James is back in the hosting hot seat alongside Bernie in the M94.5 studios to break down a streak-busting Matchday 11 before providing a mini-preview of the upcoming UEFA Champions League encounters involving Bundesliga sides.

Were Borussia Dortmund at their very best during their 6-1 thumping of VfB Stuttgart? Was Sami Hyypiä naive in rotating his Bayer 04 Leverkusen side so heavily and underestimating Eintracht Braunschweig? What are the changes that Pep Guardiola could be talking about following FC Bayer München’s hard-fought victory over 1899 Hoffenheim? After winning away from home for the first time in six months is fourth place Borussia Mönchengladbach’s to lose and is there a dark horse capable of breaking into the top six?

All this and more on the Talking Fussball Episode 15!

Talking Fussball Episode 14 – Matchday 10 Reactions + FC Bayern Focus

Talking Fussball: The Bundesliga Show returns as James hands over the hosting reigns to Sal in the M94.5 studios as they highlight all the major talking points from Bundesliga Matchday 10.

Who was the key to Borussia Dortmund’s stunning win over Ruhr rivals FC Schalke 04 in the Revierderby? Did VfL Wolfsburg need an embarassing defeat to kick-start their push for a European place? Is fourth place Borussia Mönchengladbach’s to lose despite their inconsistency? Have Hertha Berlin given other sides a glimpse of hope with their performance at the Allianz Arena and were the DFB right or wrong to decide against replaying the encounter between Bayer 04 Leverkusen and 1899 Hoffenheim?

James also catches up with ESPN FC blogger Susie Schaaf to discuss all things FC Bayern München after an eventful week for the record titleholders. Susie’s work can be found on her exemplary blog as well as on the Rekordmeister podcast!

All this and more on the Talking Fussball Episode 14!

Talking Fussball Episode 13 – Matchday 9 Reactions + Champions League Preview

Talking Fussball: The Bundesliga Show returns as James, Jon and Bernie gather in the M94.5 studios to break down an eventful/controversial weekend in the Bundesliga before previewing the upcoming UEFA Champions League ties.

Who was to blame for Bayer 04 Leverkusen’s ‘Phantom Tor’ against 1899 Hoffenheim? Where’s the precedent for a replay to take place? What changes have VfB Stuttgart and Hamburger SV implemented since their respective change in management? Why did Mario Götze make such a big difference in the second half against 1. FSV Mainz 05? Can Borussia Dortmund keep Mesut Özil quiet while coping with a lengthy injury list? Are FC Schalke 04 set to face their toughest test yet in the form of Chelsea FC and who have the pundits chosen in their ‘Non-household-name XI’?

Jon also catches up with 1. FSV Mainz 05 head coach Thomas Tuchel and midfielder Niki Zimling to get their thoughts on their sides’ 4-1 loss to FC Bayern München on Saturday. Plus could Tuchel be set to take charge of a Premier League side in the future?

All this and more on the Talking Fussball Episode 13!

Talking Fussball Episode 10 – Matchday 7 Reactions + Champions League Preview

Talking Fussball: The Bundesliga Show returns as James, Jon and Sal gather in the M94.5 studios to pick out the main talking points from Matchday 7 in the Bundesliga before providing a brief preview of the upcoming UEFA Champions League ties.

Are SC Freiburg doomed to feature in this season’s Bundesliga relegation battle? Have Borussia Dortmund proven they’re capable of dealing with injuries this season? Where is it all going wrong for FC Schalke 04 under Jens Keller? Is Michael Wiesinger edging ever closer to the exit door at 1. FC Nürnberg? Should Bastian Schweinsteiger have been sent-off against VfL Wolfsburg and are Bayer 04 Leverkusen ready to make it a three-horse race for the title?

Sal also catches up with FC Augsburg captain Paul Verhaegh and Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Max Kruse and Branimir Hrgota to get their thoughts on their sides’ 2-2 draw on Friday night.

All this and more on the Talking Fussball Episode 10!

Talking Fussball Episode 5 – Matchday 3 Reactions

Talking Fussball: The Bundesliga Show returns to the M94.5 studios as James, Alex and Bernie take a look back at all the action from Matchday 3 of the Bundesliga, which boasted 8 red cards, 5 penalties and a more controversy than you could hang your hat on!

Can last season’s top three maintain their stunning starts to the current campaign? Will Toni Kroos be the main beneficiary with Thiago Alcantara out injured? What did we make of Stefan Kießling’s national team furore? Is playing without a recognized striker the latest tactical craze to hit the Bundesliga? What constitutes a ‘derby’ in German football and where did it all go wrong for Bruno Labbadia?

Elsewhere, Bernie talks to Arjen Robben to get his thoughts on his current form for FC Bayern Munich and any changes that have been made to his role with the record titleholders!

All this and more on the Talking Fussball Episode 5!