Bundesliga MD1 – Dortmund and Schalke shine, Leckie is unleashed

The starting gun has been fired on another season in the Bundesliga, and some teams looked more ready on their marks than others. Dortmund looked great, riding Mario Götze and Christian Pulisic’s midfield mastery to a big win in Wolfsburg; Schalke’s canny countering game was too much for last year’s bridesmaids RBL; Mathew Leckie made his presence felt in Berlin as he broke his dry spell in a BIG way with a brace against Stuttgart.

You’ll hear about all this and more this week as Matt and Abel run through MD1 as well as bring you up to date on Bundesliga news, and a Patreon campaign that’s well worth getting behind. Produced by Aidan Rantoul.

2017-18 Bundesliga Preview – Picks to Remember and Patreon!

We’re so damn close now – the Bundesliga kicks off on Friday and Talking Fussball is ready to lay it on the line and tell you how we think the league will shake out. Matt Hermann and Nik Wildhagen are on duty this week – they hit up some of the bigger goings on in the DFB Pokal as well as give their thoughts on the Dembele Affair as well. Produced by Aidan Rantoul.

As a treat, we have a taste of Ian Joy of FOX Sports on to share his thoughts on the new season, as well as how the German game is developing in the US market. To hear all of his thoughts, however, you’ll have to sign up and subscribe to our new Patreon feed – Check it to find out how we plan to put your support to good use in bringing you even more top-quality content!

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 – 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 – 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.