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.

A wee teaser…of Uli Hesse (Bayern book giveaway next week)

So ahead of the big game some folks like to Der Klassiker, Matt called up Uli Hesse, who you may know as the author of the essential book Tor! The Story of German Football or as a columnist at ESPNFC. In addition to being a pretty much delightful guy, Uli has an interesting relationship to this fixture. He’s a Dortmund native (and BVB fan) who has recently written a new book on the other team called Bayern: Creating a Global Superclub. Here’s a little taste of the full interview to come in the next episode of Talking Fussball…as well as fair warning that we’ll be giving away no fewer than SIX copies of the book in a contest we’ll announce next week. Don’t miss out!

Talking Fussball – 2016/17 Matchday 5 Review

Matchday 5 in the Bundesliga was comeback central! The weekend results had widespread implications for several clubs as we not only saw standout performances and historically poor starts to the season, but also the second managerial casualty of 2016/17.

Accordingly James and Bent sat down to discuss and dissect all this Bundesliga. From FC Schalke 04 being in crisis mode to Hamburger SV’s chances of actually getting it right this time with Markus Gisdol.

All this and more on the latest episode of Talking Fussball!

Talking Fussball – 2015/16 Matchday 34/Season Review

Talking Fussball – The Bundesliga Show returns as James, Jon and Bent breakdown all things Matchday 34, as well as the bigger picture of the entire campaign. The guys also share their opinions on a host of end-of-season awards.

What have we made of the early summer transfer activity? Did SV Werder Bremen deserve to stay in the Bundesliga? What was Guido Winkmann thinking for BAyer 04 Leverkusen’s second goal against FC Ingolstadt 04? Should SV Darmstadt 98 sell Sandro Wagner and who was the Player of the Season?

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All this and more on the latest episode of Talking Fussball!

Talking Fussball – 2015/16 Matchday 33 Review

Talking Fussball – The Bundesliga Show returns as James and Ross breakdown all things Matchday 33!

Did Borussia Mönchengladbach deserve to qualify for the UEFA Champions League this season? How do Bayer 04 Leverkusen ensure they take another step forward in their development next season? How are thing shaping up for Eintracht Frankfurt and SV Werder Bremen ahead of their final day relegation six-pointer? Will VfB Stuttgart benefit from spending a year in the 2. Bundesliga? Who were the big winners in the relegation battle and what qualities ultimately made the difference in them survivng the season?

All this and more on the latest episode of Talking Fussball!

Talking Fussball – 2015/16 Matchday 32 Review

Talking Fussball – The Bundesliga Show returns as James, Jon and Bent analyse and assess all things Matchday 32!

Is their win over SV Darmstadt 98 a turning point in the relegation battle for Eintracht Frankfurt? Where the hell did SV Werder Bremen’s 6-2 drubbing of VfB Stuttgart come from? Are Jürgen Kramny’s men capable of bouncing back with a favourable run-in? Has too much damage been done or can Hertha Berlin still turn things around in the race for Europe? Can Borussia Mönchengladbach hold onto 4th place and who would the Bundesliga equivalent of Leicester City be next season?

All this and more on the latest offering from Talking Fussball!

Talking Fussball – 2015/16 Matchday 31 Review + UCL Preview

Talking Fussball – The Bundesliga Show returns as James, Archie and Stefan breakdown all things Matchday 31 whilst handing in their predictions for the UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg between Atletico Club de Madrid and FC Bayern München.

What are the fine margins that differentiate the criticism being levelled at Andre Breitenreiter and Roger Schmidt? Can Borussia Mönchengladbach seize upon mistakes made by the teams above them to clinch a top-four finish or will the fixture list play against them? Will Hertha Berlin pick up anymore points in the current campaign or will they drop into the UEFA Europa League qualification spots and how big of a blow was 1. FSV Mainz 05’s loss to relegation-threatened Eintracht Frankfurt in their bid for UEFA Champions League football?

All this and more on the latest episode of Talking Fussball!

Talking Fussball – 2015/16 Matchday 30 Review + DFB Cup Preview

Talking Fussball – The Bundesliga Show returns as James and Ross analyse and assess all things Matchday 30 and look ahead to the DFB Cup semi-finals.

How key is Claudio Pizarro in SV Werder Bremen’s bid to retain Bundesliga status this season? What has Julian Nagelsmann arrival at TSG 1899 Hoffenheim done for the club’s momentum? Is the belief that SV Darmstadt 98 and Sandro Wagner could stay up growing with every passing week? Who is more likely to survive of FC Augsburg and VfB Stuttgart and who do the panel believe will finish in the bottom three?

All this and more on the latest episode of Talking Fussball!

Talking Fussball – 2015/16 Matchday 29 Review + UCL Preview + UEL Preview

Talking Fussball – The Bundesliga Show returns as James and Jon breakdown all things Matchday 29 whilst handing in their predictions for the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League quarter final second legs.

Was the Revierderby performance against Borussia Dortmund more of what we needed to see from FC Schalke 04 this season? What does the panel believe is behind Marco Reus’ dip in form in the current campaign? How costly will SV Werder Bremen’s form against the bottom six prove in their relegation plight? Do TSG 1899 Hoffenheim have the best chance of survival based on current form and do we finally have faith in SV Darmstadt 98 beating the drop?

All this and more on the latest episode of Talking Fussball!

Talking Fussball – Matchday 23 Review & Revierderby Analysis

This week sees BT Sport’s Archie Rhind-Tutt joined by TF regular Alex Handcock and Bundesliga.com’s Bernie Reeves to go over the latest weekend of Bundesliga action with plenty of talking points provided. Most prominently, there was the Revierderby between Borussia Dortmund and Schalke which produced a memorable Batman celebration from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The panel have their say on that, wins for Bayern and Wolfsburg at the top, the race to be the Bundesliga’s top scorer along with the upcoming last 16 of the DFB Pokal. Add to that the winners of our FUBO.TV competition being announced and you have yourself the latest edition of Talking Fussball.