So…Germany was not exactly souverän in their round of 16 match against Algeria, but the 2-1 win still counts, and it sets up a quarterfinal meeting with France that has already set our mouths to watering. (Next course – snails!) In that spirit, Matt Hermann, Alex Handcock, and Jonathan Harding convened – and had a dynamite discussion. They dissected Joachim Löw’s persistence with a few unusual tactical ideas, got to the bottom of Per Mertesacker’s rage at the press after the Algeria match and even invited France 24’s Dan Levy (@DanLevy1) by to fill us in on the bleu side of the equation. As you’ll hear, there were a few technical issues in post-production, mostly relating to Jon’s audio. We did what we could, but his parts are kinda jacked, we have to admit. As he told us…he was trying to go “extra sultry.”
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.
Talking Fussball – The Bundesliga Show is back to mourn the end of the 2013/14 Bundesliga campaign as James is joined by Alex and Jon to wrap up both Matchday 34’s results as well as provide an assessment of each of the 18 club’s seasons.
What on earth has gone on at 1. FSV Mainz 05 concerning head coach Thomas Tuchel? How immanent is the threat of extinction for Bundesliga dinosaurs Hamburger SV going into the relegation play-off? Could either 1. FC Nürnberg or Eintracht Braunschweig make an immediate return to the top-flight? How well represented will Germany be in the European competitions next season? How do FC Bayern München resemble Pep Guardiola’s tiki-taka system and did Borussia Dortmund take a step forward in 2013/14?
Elsewhere Sal catches up with FC Augsburg captain Paul Verhaegh and Eintracht Frankfurt’s Alexander Meier while the pundits delve into their bottomless pit of end-of-season awards. It’s Episode 38 of Talking Fussball and it’s not to be missed!
Talking Fussball Extra – The Bundesliga Show is delving deep into the announced line-up for Joachim Löw and Germany’s provisional FIFA World Cup squad. Host Matt Hermann and his panel of Terry Duffelen and Niklas Wildhagen, take a look at the Germany coaches initial picks and see what is hot and what is not from the selection.
But let’s not forget that there is one final round of games remaining in this season’s Bundesliga campaign. For some clubs it is do or die in the race for Europe or avoiding the drop. TFE brings you a comprehensive preview of the last weekend of action.
All that and more on Talking Fussball Extra.
Talking Fussball: The Bundesliga Show is back to delve headfirst into the weekend’s Bundesliga action as James and Alex break down the penultimate Matchday of the 2013/14 campaign with the battles at either end of the table set to go down to the wire.
Is sheer luck going to see Hamburger SV retain their Bundesliga status? Have Eintracht Braunschweig thrown away their only chances of causing an almighty upset at the foot of the table? Who is to blame for 1. FC Nürnberg’s demise this season? Is letting Sascha Lewandowski return to youth team duties the right move by Bayer 04 Leverkusen? Could Borussia Mönchengladbach do the unthinkable and qualify for the UEFA Champions League and which three defenders could help sure up FC Bayern München’s backline?
All this and much more on Talking Fussball Episode 37!
Talking Fussball Extra – The Bundesliga Show returns with a heavy heart as the UEFA Champions League no longer has a representative from the Bundesliga. Host Matt Hermann is joined by a panel including, Niklas Wildhagen, Terry Duffelen and Jonathan Harding to discuss the departure of Bayern Munich at the semi-final stage of the competition.
Also looking over the defeat against Real Madrid is European football expert Andy Brassell, who met up with Matt in a lively London Cafe.
If all that wasn’t enough, then the TFE crew peer into their crystal balls to give their predictions for what will be happening on the penultimate round of fixtures in this seasons Bundesliga.
Enjoy the show!
Talking Fussball – The Bundesliga Show is back to bring you the latest offering of jam-packed action from Germany’s top flight as well as a look ahead to FC Bayern München’s must-win UEFA Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid CF.
How will Roger Schmidt fit in at Bayer 04 Leverkusen when he takes over as head coach in the summer? Just how in-form has Marco Reus been of late and should he be considered for Player of the Season? How unbelieveable were the feats witnessed in Gelsenkirchen and Hoffenheim this weekend? Have VfL Wolfsburg blown their chances of a top four finish? Do any of the teams currently in the bottom three have it in them to claw their way to safety? What do FC Bayern need to do differently in their second leg against Real Madrid and is Pep Guardiola’s brand of FCB tiki-taka boring?
All this and more on the Talking Fussball Episode 36!
Talking Fussball Extra – The Bundesliga Show returns with Archie Rhind-Tutt at the helm. Alongside him is Niklas Wildhagen from the Bundesliga Fanatic and Terry Duffelen of 200percent.net.
On this weeks TFE agenda, the UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg defeat of Bayern Munich at the hands of Real Madrid. What went wrong for the Bavarians and what are the chances in the return fixture for Pep Guardiola’s side.
Also on the show – Cologne return to the Bundesliga, but who might be going the other way? The panel discuss the Billy Goats’ return and also the departure of Gertjan Verbeek from relegation threatened Nuremberg.
All that, plus a Matchday 32 preview.
Talking Fussball – The Bundesliga Show is back with another weekly dose of Bundesliga goodness after an Easter weekend that brought treats for some clubs but left a sour taste indeed for others.
Crowd favourite Sal is in the host’s chair this week, joined by panel regular Bernie and panel rookie Matthew making his Talking Fussball debut, as we break down Matchday 31 in the Bundesliga, before looking ahead to Bayern’s clash with Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final.
At the bottom, is there still hope for Eintracht Braunschweig and are 1. FC Nürnberg dying a slow death in the top flight? And was this the weekend that also ensured Hamburger SV will be the last remaining ever-present club to depart the Bundesliga after 51 years come the end of the season? Are Borussia Mönchengladbach in danger of missing our on Europe altogether and will VfL Wolfsburg steal the final Champions League spot from under the noses of Bayer 04 Leverkusen?
All this and more on the Talking Fussball Episode 35!
Talking Fussball: The Bundesliga Show is back with another weekly dose of Bundesliga goodness as James is joined in the heart of Munich by his bundesliga.com colleague Bernie to breakdown a Matchday 30 packed to the brim with talking points before looking ahead to the DFB Pokal semi-finals.
Has the defeat to Borussia Dortmund proven that FC Bayern München’s invincibility was just a scary Bundesliga story? Do FC Schalke 04 still have a chance of clinching second place? Can Bayer 04 Leverkusen hold onto fourth place now that Sascha Lewandowski’s in charge? Is Kevin De Bruyne finally showing the type of form expected of him following his move to VfL Wolfsburg? Are Borussia Mönchengladbach gearing up for a long spell in European competition next season and how is the relegation battle going to pan out?
All this and more on the Talking Fussball Episode 34!