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.

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 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!

 

World Cup 2018 Qualifiers – Bundesliga stars in action at the business end

Usually when they take away our Bundesliga for the week, we kick and scream – this week, it wasn’t so bad. International action served up plenty of drama as qualifying for World Cup 2018 came to a close. Matt and Abel talk over many of the best storylines, including Germany’s record-setting run to Russia, Turkey’s blackout at home to Iceland, and the exploits of a certain BVB wonder boy in Orlando.

The episode is rounded out with some Jupp-Heynckes-to-Bayern talk as well as discussion of a couple of topics put forward by our Patreon subscribers – how Bundesliga sides’ foreign tours are viewed back home, and who would join Bayern and Dortmund in a European Super League (should one ever get off the ground). Produced by Aidan Rantoul.

European Blues – Bayern lead the way as Bundesliga sides fail and fail and fail

Hoo boy. Six teams in Europe, six losers. Bayern drop Carlo Ancelotti like he’s a bag of bologna sandwiches left outside on a hot day. Plenty of bad news to go around, and to tell the truth we didn’t know the half of it at recording time!

Matt Hermann caught up with his Berlin-based chum Stephan Uersfeld (ESPNFC) for some Bundesliga soul-searching just about an hour before the axe fell on Carlo’s neck, and before the Europa League trio wet-farted their way to a perfect storm of awful for the Federal League. Still, the whole convo is relevant, as the league’s present doldrums come in for unpacking.

Along the way, Jack Grimse of beIN Sports joins Matt on the line from Miami for a bit of extra insight into Real Madrid’s mastery. (Pardon the sound quality on Matt’s end – we had to use the backup recording as the Plan A version failed, hard.) Produced by Aidan Rantoul.

NOTE: For you sticklers for the highest standards of timeliness, we’ve got a Carlo post-mortem from Abel Maeszaros on our Patreon page…and it’s free!

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.

Bundesliga MD1 – Dortmund and Schalke shine, Leckie is unleashed

The starting gun has been fired on another season in the Bundesliga, and some teams looked more ready on their marks than others. Dortmund looked great, riding Mario Götze and Christian Pulisic’s midfield mastery to a big win in Wolfsburg; Schalke’s canny countering game was too much for last year’s bridesmaids RBL; Mathew Leckie made his presence felt in Berlin as he broke his dry spell in a BIG way with a brace against Stuttgart.

You’ll hear about all this and more this week as Matt and Abel run through MD1 as well as bring you up to date on Bundesliga news, and a Patreon campaign that’s well worth getting behind. Produced by Aidan Rantoul.