Talking Fussball Extra – UCL group stage wrap, MD16 preview + bonus FC St. Pauli interview

The 2015-16 UEFA Champions League group stage is history – two Bundesliga sides passed the test, two didn’t. Each one has s story to tell and Matt Hermann and Nik Wildhagen are here to tease those stories out.

Nik then treats us to an interview with Maik Krükemeier of the Übersteiger ‘zine and the Millernton podcast, twin beacons of FC St. Pauli fandom. A great place to learn about the current state of play at Hamburg’s one-of-a-kind club.

Finally, we take a look at what’s in store on the penultimate match day before the winter break. Dig in!

Talking Fussball – 2015/16 Matchday 15 Review

Talking Fussball – The Bundesliga Show is back with another weekly dose of Bundesliga goodness as James and Alex break down all things Matchday 15!

What can be made of FC Bayern München’s first league defeat of the season and were injuries to blame? Was the result as clear-cut as the scoreline suggests for Borussia Mönchengladbach? Are there still issues that need to be adressed at Borussia Dortmund despite another positive result against VfL Wolfsburg? Where would Bayer 04 Leverkusen be without Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez and what on earth was Marwin Hitz’s thinking?

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

Talking Fussball – 2015/16 Matchday 14 Review

Talking Fussball – The Bundesliga Show is back to breakdown another blockbuster Bundesliga weekend as James and Jon discuss and disect all things Matchday 14!

What does it say about TSG Hoffenheim 1899 that they didn’t look secure when they were 3-1 up? What can we make of Fabian Johnson’s rise at Borussia Mönchengladbach under Andre Schubert? What has improved in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s game the most? How important was it that Hannover 96 produced the performance against FC Ingolstadt 04 without Hiroshi Kiyotake and what’s the secret behind Hamburger SV’s success under Bruno Labbadia?

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

Talking Fussball Extra – UCL Wrap + 2015/16 MD8 Preview

The Bundesliga snatched defeat from the jaws of victory this week in the UEFA Champions League, with three out of four sides taking 1-0 leads on their big-name opposition before capitulating late to lose 2-1. (The exception was Bayern, but isn’t that always the way in the Bundesliga?)

At any rate, Matt Hermann and Nik Wildhagen fought like mad to keep that drop-off in quality from happening late in the pod, knowing they had an ace up their sleeve: the pod ends with our first submission in the #TFEBundesligaAnthem appeal! It’s written by Tony Williams, submitted by his dad David, and called “Ode to Fabi J: Goals for Foals.” I think you’ll agree it’s a pretty sick slow burner. Keep ’em coming!

Talking Fussball – Matchday 30 Review + DFB Cup Preview

Talking Fussball – The Bundesliga Show is back to bring you the latest from the Bundesliga as James, Alex and Alex look back on all the twists and turns from Matchday 30 as well as taking a look ahead to the DFB Cup semi-finals.

Who were the big winners and losers in the relegation battle? Does Freiburg’s experience in skirmish for survival count double? Does Lasogga’s brace make up for his poor form all season? Can Augsburg afford any further slip ups this season? What does the future hold for Hannover 96 under Michael Frontzeck and FC Schalke 04 under Roberto Di Matteo?

Furthermore we announce the winners of the competition to win one of ten copies of Ronald Reng’s new book “Match days: The hidden story of the Bundesliga”.

Talking Fussball – 2014 FIFA World Cup MD3

Germany have rounded out their Group G campaign in resounding fashion – and now so too have the boys at Talking Fussball. Matt Hermann and Niklas Wildhagen got together to recount how Germany got past the USMNT, as well as to mull over what steps they might want to take to trap the desert foxes of Algeria in round two.

Joining the pod this time out are two superb expert guests: John Godfrey (@ThisIsASN), founder and Editor in Chief of AmericanSoccerNow.com who’s been following the USMNT in Brazil, joined us by phone from the US camp in Sao Paulo to tell us what the 1-0 win for Germany was like in person; later, Maher Mezahi (@MezahiMaher), who writes on Algerian and North African football for ESPNFC and the Telegraph, let us know more about the desert foxes and what kind of threat they pose to Joachim Löw’s German national team.