Bundesliga / NBA extravaganza!

With Bundesliga teams still kicking around in friendlies of questionable consequence, Talking Fussball makes its return in full goofball mode. After chewing over Bayern’s appointment of a new Sporting Director and the potential dawn of a new big-spending era for Hannover 96, Matt and Abel get down to business. And by ‘business’ they mean solving the ancient riddle of: Which teams from the National Basketball Association should be twinned with which Bundesliga teams?

Some are easy (Hamburger SV = NY Knicks), some tricky (are Bayern the Warriors, for their current dominance, or the Spurs, for their resilience?) If you’re an NBA fan looking to get into a Bundesliga club, or a German football fan sniffing around the Association for a team, look no further. And if you’re a fan of cross-sport comparisons or general tomfoolery, you’re in luck as well.

Produced by Aidan Rantoul.

 

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.

Wolfsburg’s engine fails in Hamburg, Aubameyang takes the cannon on MD34

The Bundesliga crossed the finish line this past weekend with plenty of thrills. Dortmund’s top marksman helped them out-duel Hoffenheim  for third place; Cologne’s late kick earned them a Europa League group stage place at Hertha’s expense; HSV eventually found the legs to avoid finishing 16th and condemn the Wolves to a potentially tense Lower Saxony derby.

Matt Hermann and Abel Meszaros take most of this on board in virtual space; what they don’t discuss gets worked over by Matt, Terry Duffelen and Nik Wildhagen in a special live-in-Berlin segment. Produced by Aidan Rantoul.

Talking Fussball – “Disintegration” by Thomas Tuchel & The BVB

We’d all heard the rumors. Aki Watzke and Thomas Tuchel don’t like each other much. Some players have bristled at the young coach’s public dressing-downs. Turns out they were all true, and Dortmund and TT look headed for splitsville.

Nik Wildhagen picked up the vacationing Matt Hermann’s slack this week, hosting the pod and prodding Abel Meszaros for his take on the bad blood at BVB as well as the rest of the goings on on the antepenultimate Bundesliga match day of 2016-17. Produced by Aidan Rantoul.

Talking Fussball – Bayern make it an even five…and it’s not enough; Hamburg and Leverkusen fading fast

It’s fair to say MD31 was owned by FC Bayern München. The Rekordmeister added another Bundesliga title to their collection, and we here at Talking Fussball felt it was time to sink our teeth into Carlo’s cadre.

The one and only Susie Schaaf (Bayern Central, Bundesliga Fanatic, Rekordmeister Podcast) beams in from Florida, and boy does she share her views on Bayern with Matt. The pair also take on the present crap-itude of Bayer Leverkusen; European dark horses (dark foals?)Borussia Mönchengladbach, who have a shockingly easy run-in; the streaking Lilies, who have played with abandon once everyone had counted them out. Abel even shows up to stab a knife into HSV, then twist it for good measure. Produced by Aidan Rantoul.

Talking Fussball – Top and bottom teams drop points on MD30 to maintain suspense with four games left

Another match day down and still now clarity. Bayern drew at home to Mainz and have not yet won the league; RB Leipzig drew auf Schalke and can still be overtaken into second; Hoffenheim’s draw in Cologne guarantees them at least Europa League football but we’re gonna go out on a limb and say that’s not actually the tournament they’re shooting for.

Matt is back at the helm to talk about the matchday that was with Abel, as well as to dish on the dining options in Wolfsburg and the outrageous good form of Max Kruse. 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 – Bayern crush BVB in der Klassiker ahead of key week in Europe, Ingolstadt claw toward safety

Remember November, when Dortmund bested Bayern, kicking off what we thought might be a real title race this season? Yeah, us neither, at least after watching the Bavarians steamroll BVB on Saturday night. Germany’s two giants will have to move on from the result right away, however – both are in Champions League quarterfinals this week.

Matt and returning podcaster Nik Wildhagen offer their takes on the duopoly’s doings this week, as well as what’s been powering Bremen’s surge. They also turn their attention to the unreal octopus-esque escape act under way at FC Ingolstadt. 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.