Talking Fussball – Hertha, Eintracht rise as it’s BVB’s turn to stumble

‘Full to bursting’ is how you could describe this one. MD12 left us wanting to dig in to 3rd- and 4th-placed Hertha BSC and Eintracht Frankfurt’s continued strong seasons, especially after the latter knocked off mighty BVB on the weekend. We also discuss the slumping Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Mönchengladbach, hoping to diagnose what’s keeping them under the weather. (In Leverkusen’s most recent case – the hand of Javi/God…) We also get another instalment of TF Pet Team Search, as well as an update from the People’s Republic of St. Pauli with a Millernton Kompakt. If that didn’t sound like enough already, Nik Wildhagen gets out the passenger side door, rounds the car and gets into the driver’s seat. Matt Hermann does the vice-versa version. A zesty little twist! Produced by Aidan Rantoul.

P.s. The winners of the new Uli Hesse will shortly be drawn and will be announced on next week’s show!

Talking Fussball – Leipzig go top after Bayern botch Klassiker – Uli Hesse book contest

It’s come to this everybody. RB Leipzig are now certifiably the best team in the division: undefeated in 11 games, they’ve gone top after winning in Leverkusen. Bayern did their part, of course – they lost in Dortmund in ‘Der Klassiker‘ but there’s a silver lining for the lederhosen crowd: FCB are the subject of a new book from the irresistible Uli Hesse. It’s called Bayern: Creating a Global Superclub and it’s out now through Yellow Jersey Press. We have six copies to give away, and you can enter to win one below. Listen in for Matt Hermann‘s full interview with Hesse, and for plenty of MD11 chat with Nik Wildhagen, who isn’t taking all this Red Bull success lying down, no sir. Produced by Aidan Rantoul.

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Talking Fussball – ¡TITLE RACE ALERT! as the Hoff hold Bayern and the Bulls gore Mainz (MD10 review)

We encourage Bundesliga fans beleaguered by the “one-team-league” critique to wave the current table in the naysayers’ faces after match day 10. Bayern met their match when Hoffenheim visited the Allianz Arena, while raging RB Leipzig’s headlong charge to the top landed the latest matador (one dressed in a goof-ball karneval outfit) in the ICU. Matt Hermann corrals Nik Wildhagen into a conversation over what this all means: what teams have a chance to press Bayern all season, which teams are not quite there, which teams are as good as gone…and much much more. Producer Aidan is there to get it all down in crystal clear audio. Enjoy!

Talking Fussball – Dark horses on the gallop: Growlin’ Ro-grr Schmidt among the trampled (MD8 Review)

Match day eight in the Bundesliga brought more wins for most of the ‘surprise’ top teams in this young season of change. RB Leipzig, Hertha BSC and Hoffenheim all kept pace with FC Bayern München by collecting three points. The odd man out was 1.FC Köln, and you get the feeling they’d have found a way to win if they hadn’t been playing Hertha themselves.

Among the teams to suffer defeat at the hands of one of that group was Leverkusen, whose coach Roger Schmidt was a bit too aggro in his dispute over a foul call with opposite number Julian Nagelsmann for the DFB’s taste. Schmidt is now set to miss two games with a touchline ban.

Matt and Terry discuss Schmidt’s ban, preview the upcoming DFB Pokal second round, and wrap up the storylines from MD8. Hope you enjoy it!

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 – Taking stock in the englische Woche (MD3 and 4)

With the Bundesliga season 11.76% over, we at Talking Fussball thought it high time to take stock in what’s been going on. The teams have made it through the first two parts of their gruelling three-game English-style week and a few things are clear: Hamburg, Werder and Schalke stink at the moment, while Cologne, Frankfurt, and Hertha are flying high.

Nik Wildhagen talks through these truths with Kirsten Schlewitz of Unusual Efforts, and goes through the particulars of a few of the flood of games along the way too. He even gets in a few choice Morrissey-isms along the way, and if you don’t get a kick out of that maybe you just have bad taste in music.

It’s not strange – we just want to live our lives this way…

Talking Fussball – Bundesliga 2016-17 Season Preview

Talking Fussball is back after a long and restful Summer away – Matt Hermann mans the controls with Alex Chaffer and Nik Wildhagen close at hand.

The boys hurtle straight into the matter at hand: discussing all the German football news that’s fit to pod, including a full Bundesliga season preview, a look at match day one, and our crack prognostications on who will be doing the Bierdusche, who will claim the European places, and who will going down to the 2. Bundesliga. We even have a brief guest spot from the Millernton FC St. Pauli podcast for you. 71 minutes of Bundesliga heaven, we like to think.

Enjoy listening – we enjoyed making it!

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?

Alternatively you can watch the episode on YouTube by clicking HERE!

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!