Bundesliga 2017-18 Season Review – Favre signs at BVB, Leipzig’s Rangnick considers hiring himself

Time to look back at the Bundesliga year that was in our 2017-18 Saisonrückblick! Matt and Abel fire up the pod machine to figure out who deserves to be young player of the year, minister of defense, most disappointing player, coach of the year and much more.

Before they dig in to the past, they bring you up to date on the big news of the week that was: Swiss artiste Lucien Favre’s return to the Federal League, Lukas Hradecky’s move to Bayer Leverkusen, and Lewis Holtby and HSV renewing their vows. Produced by Aidan Rantoul.

Bundesliga MD34 – Hamburg have left the building, BVB hang on to UCL football by a thread after Hoffenheim loss

It looks like we might have made it – yes, it looks like we’ve made it to the end. For most of us here at Talking Fussball central that doesn’t mean much – we’ll be back soon enough with more content. For Hamburger Sportverein, it really is the end. The great clock-watch is over.

Matt’s away, so Abel is joined by Ronan Murphy of Goal.com for a throrough-going run through the last match day of the season, including a look at Dortmund, Hoffeheim and Leverkusen’s three-way tug-of-war over the Champions League, Stuttgart’s stonking of the champs in Munich, and much much more. Produced by Aidan Rantoul.

Bundesliga MD33 – Schalke seal ‘Vice-Champions’ status, Relegation fight goes down to wire

Mainz did themselves a solid on Match Day 33, busting loose for a 2-1 win at the Westfalenstadion over BVB. That meant not only that the zero-fivers are safe but also that Schalke are guaranteed to finish above Dortmund for the first time in nine years.

Matt and Abel talk all that over, as well as the fates of the remaining relegation candidates (HSV, Wolfsburg, Freiburg) and the unholy muddle that is the European qualification situation. 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 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.

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 MD 26 – Titz the cure for what ails Hamburg after Bayern battering, Michy saves BVB’s bacon again

It’s basically a done deal – Hamburg are going down. This week’s two-part reset-button smash on either side of a 6-0 hiding at the hands of Bayern proves the club knows it too. Listen in as Matt and Abel go deep on the team the elegantly named Christian Titz is taking over as interim coach. (The two could just as easily have talked about Cologne’s sense of impending doom – unfortunately, they hadn’t yet lost to Bremen when the pod recorded.)

Also plenty of talk on Dortmund’s Dusel in winning against Eintracht, the doldrums of the foals, Franck Ribery’s renaissance weekend, and much much more. Produced by Aidan Rantoul.

Bundesliga MD25 – Bayern open 20-point gap at the top, Leipzig and BVB prep for Europa League test with stalemate

This past weekend was like a point of emphasis, driving home what we probably already knew: Bayern Munich are in a different class from the rest of the Bundesliga, and so are Hamburg and Cologne. (A lower one.)

Matt and Abel are back together this week, taking it all in: The future of Bayern Munich (and whether it might include Thomas Tuchel); whether Europe’s young guns will be enticed by Stöger-ball in Dortmund; just how cooked are HSV and 1.FC Köln’s geese; how high can Tayfun Korkut take VfB Stuttgart? (That last one is given musical life by the spectacular Adam Darowski – we cannot express the extent of our thanks.)

Enjoy the episode! Produced by Aidan Rantoul.

Bundesliga MD24 – Werder push HSV closer to edge, Schalke lay down marker at Leverkusen, Bayern and BVB held

If you like low-scoring knife-edge encounters (and let’s face it, who doesn’t), MD24 in the Bundesliga was your jam. The highest combined goal-scoring tally was three, and just one match had a margin of more than a single goal. Both big bad Bayern and second place Dortmund fell prey to the goal drought – settling for draws.

Abel(picking up a sick Matt’s slack) is in the driver’s seat and brings JT along for the ride on a pod that takes it all in: The sick man of the north (HSV), Stuttgart’s revival under Korkut (just four points from seventh…and Europe?), and the bandwagon at least one of them is keen to fire up: Nils Petersen für Deutschland! Produced by Aidan Rantoul.