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 21 – Matchday 16 + Champions League Draw Reactions

Talking Fussball: The Bundesliga Show returns to break down another action-packed weekend of Bundesliga action as James is joined in the M94.5 studios by Alex to highlight the key talking points from Matchday 16 before taking a look at Monday’s UEFA Champions League draw.

Can Hertha Berlin sustain their current form or are they set for a classic Bundesliga Rückrunde flop? Was Robin Dutt right to drop Sebastian Mielitz as the club’s No. 1? Could a three-goal comeback against 1. FC Nürnberg be the turning point for Hannover 96 this season? Can FC Augsburg be considered the team of the Hinrunde? Is Bayer 04 Leverkusen’s priority now retaining second place and how many German teams are likely to reach the UEFA Champions League quarter finals?

All this and more on the Talking Fussball Episode 21!

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 Extra Episode 17 – England v Germany review, Uli Hesse + Der Klassiker

Talking Fussball Extra – The Bundesliga Show is back, with host Matt Hermann, Terry Duffelen and Nilkas Wildhagen to sort the wheat from the chaff of Germany’s friendly at Wembley against England. There is reaction from Schalke’s Julian Draxler and Hamburg’s Marcel Jansen at the result, and the German national team is also one of the topics covered in this week’s in-depth interview.

Esteemed author Uli Hesse joins the pod to bring his views on Germany’s recent friendlies, Joachim Löw, as well as the up-coming show down between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich.

That Dortmund versus Bayern clash is also the focus of the podcast’s preview of Matchday 13.

All that and more, on this week’s Talking Fussball Extra.

 

Talking Fussball Extra Episode 16 – Talking Tactics + The International Friendlies

Talking Fussball Extra – The Bundesliga Show is back with host Matt Hermann at the helm. He is joined by his trusty pundit panel of Terry Duffelen and Niklas Wildhagen, to preview the up-coming German national team clash with Italy. They are helped out by tactics supremo Michael Cox, from the essential Zonal Marking website, with his view on the German team.

There are also plenty of Bundesliga news for the podcast panel to sink their teeth into, including injuries to Bastian Schweinsteiger and Neven Subotic and the new shirt of the German national team.

All that and more on this week’s Talking Fussball Extra.

 

Talking Fussball Extra Episode 15 – The Champions League, Raphael Honigstein & Bundesliga Derby Weekend

Talking Fussball Extra – The Bundesliga Show returns with host Matt Hermann and top pundits Terry Duffelen and Niklas Wildhagen. In reviewing the trials and tribulations of the Bundesliga’s UEFA Champions League participants, Talking Fussball Extra’s Archie Rhind-Tutt caught up with Guardian and Süddeutsche Zeitung journalist, Raphael Honigstein.

The panel also preview a derby packed weekend of action in the Bundesliga and catch a word with Jacob Thomas, who scored Eintracht Braunschweig’s winner in the last Niedersachen derby with Hannover 96.

All that and plenty more on this week’s Talking Fussball Extra.

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 Extra Episode 13 – Klopp’s Extension & Matchday 11 Preview

Talking Fussball Extra -The Bundesliga Show has all the latest news from Germany’s top-flight, including all the reaction to Jürgen Klopp’s contract extension at Borussia Dortmund. Host Matt Hermann is joined by the Bundesliga Fanatic’s Niklas Wildhagen and BT Sport’s Archie Rhind-Tutt to review Klopp’s decision to stay at the Schwarzgelben. Adding his thoughts is Stephan Uersfeld, ESPNFC’s Germany correspondent, in an extended interview relating to all thinks Borussia Dortmund.

The panel also preview the up-coming Matchday 11 fixtures in the Bundesliga.

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!