Talking Fussball – Sweden National Team preview with Axel Falk

So have you had a bit of time to digest Germany’s opening loss to Mexico? You’d better get there, because die Mannschaft‘s next challenge is coming around the corner.

To prepare for that, we present an extended chat with Axel Falk on Sweden’s national team. He’s the Germany correspondent for SvenskaFans, a lifelong supporter of the Blågult, and a great conversation partner for understanding the culture that surrounds this team in transition that will try like hell to keep their advantage over Germany on Saturday. Produced by Aidan Rantoul. Enjoy!

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.

Quick update – Wolfsburg beat the drop after Eintracht top Bayern in Pokal final

Have you missed us? We’ve missed you, so Matt is here with a flash update after Wolfsburg wrapped up the Bundesliga season by topping Holstein Kiel in the relegation playoff. Tune in to find out when we’ll be recording a season-in-review, as well as what we have planned for the World Cup!

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.

TF Fantasy MD34 tips – Who to play on the final day

Just one last match day for the 2017-18 Bundesliga season, meaning whatever points you pick up this week will be the last you collect – time to make them count. By the same token, quite a few teams have European qualification or top flight survival on the line and will be giving every last drop of effort on Match Day 34.

JT and Flo fight back the wistful tears that start to well up around this time each year to give you all the best insight on who to put in (and who to leave out of) your line-up. Produced by Aidan Rantoul.

Bundesliga MD32 – Hoffenheim climb, Hamburg claw their way up in the final phase

It’s Julian Nagelsmann and the village club who look strongest as the 2017-18 Bundesliga season draws to a close – suddenly TSG are breathing down the necks of both Dortmund and Schalke. Meanwhile at the bottom, Cologne may have received their official top flight pink slip, but HSV are threatening to make another improbable escape.

Matt finds a comfortable park bench to discuss it all with Stephan Uersfeld of ESPN. Listen in as they figure out the next move for the wantaway Max Meyer, asess Bayern’s chances of getting past Real after a misadventure in the first leg of their Champions League semifinal, and listen to a snippet of Toto played by a passing boombox. Produced by Aidan Rantoul.

TF Fantasy MD32 preview – Relegation race set for a climax, European hopefuls collide

Just three matches to go – it’s time to settle things down at the bottom as well as at the top…and for managers like you it’s time to pick up fantasy points as quick as possible!

Join JT and Flo for a run-down of who you can trust on the Bundesliga’s antepenultimate match day of 2017-18. 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.

Bundesliga MD 30 – Schalke stomp BVB in Revierderby, Frankfurt fold after Kovac agrees to join Bayern

Dortmund’s dreams of overhauling the Royal Blues with a win in Gelsenkirchen were dashed in style on Match Day 30 – Tedesco’s boys walked off the Veltins Arena pitch with a 2-0 win and a tight grip on second place.

Meanwhile, Bayern Munich decided Niko Kovac is the man to lead them come summer when Jupp Heynckes puts himself out to pasture. Matt catches up with Kit Holden in Berlin for an extended chat on these two juicy topics…as well as much more from MD30. Produced by Aidan Rantoul.

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.