TF Fantasy MD23 lowdown – Ill players, true predictions, squad rotation and its consequences

What to do with a player you’ve heard has come down with the flu? How do you predict what Europa League teams might do to their starting XI’s in the game after Thursday night action? And how do you bring yourself down from a MD22-prediction high and get buckled in for another week of action?

JT and Flo get stuck in to their line-up planning (and perhaps yours) for Match Day 23 – listen, learn and laugh along with them! Produced by Aidan Rantoul.

Bundesliga MD21 – Batshuayi bags brace on BVB debut, 50+1 debate

Debuts rarely go as well as Michy Batshuayi’s. In fact, nobody had entered the Bundesliga with a brace since…Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang back in 2013.

Matt and Abel sing the (ok-just-this-once) ‘Batman’s praises, as well as talk over the strange doings that saw Schalke go from three points to the good to empty-handed. The boys also talk over the latest doings in the DFL’s debate over what to do with the 50+1 rule, a by-law which guarantees fans’ influence over clubs which may be re-worked in the coming years.

Bundesliga MD20 – Stuttgart fire Wolf and hire Korkut, BVB look for new direction

Just a few months ago, Stuttgart were riding high. Their young squad had blasted through the 2. Bundesliga led by the budding  Sporting Director/Coach duo of Jan Schindelmeiser and Hannes Wolf and were looking secure in there assault on the top flight. Seven months later, the magic is over. They just hired Tayfun Korkut, for god’s sake.

Abel is at the wheel of the pod in Matt’s absence, pairing up with Flo, who shows he’s more than just a fantasy expert in a tour de force appearance that covers all the best topics from Matchday 20. Produced by Aidan Rantoul.

TF Fantasy – MD 20 breakdown

The #TFFantasy train rolls on into MD20, where James and Flo address the burning line-up issues facing Official Fantasy Bundesliga managers as they prepare their line-ups. Even non-fantasy-playing Bundesliga fans will get plenty of insight on probable line-ups; the boys’ info is as fresh as it gets.

Along the way you’ll get a snippet of Abel’s interview with Oliver Zesiger, Sports Interactive’s head researcher for Football Manager’s Swiss Super League database. Here he gives the low-down on new BVB signing Manuel Akanji – on Patreon there’s much more where that came from!

Bundesliga MD19 – Bayern breakaway continues as rivals falter

It’s that time of year again. The one where Bundesliga watchers go into idle lamentation mode, worried about FC Bayern München running away with the league again.

Listen in as Matt sits down with Kit Holden in his Berlin study for a highbrow discussion of Bayern’s ultra-dominance, Dortmund’s search for a new point to their spear now that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang looks set to leave, and much much more. Produced by Aidan Rantoul.

Bundesliga MD18 – Aubameyang suspended, dominates nonetheless

Ballspielverein Borussia 09 Dortmund and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have had a good run; it looks very likely to come to a close after a weekend of ill temper. The striker was aggrieved over ill-chosen remarks from a prominent journalist, suspended by his club for ill discipline, and conspicuous in his absence after Dortmund could do no more than muster an ill-making 0-0 draw with Wolfsburg.

Matt and Abel dig in to all things Aubameyang on this pod this week, as well as run through the rest of the big storylines from MD18. Get it while it’s hot, and while you wait for the next edition of TF Fantasy, coming from James and Flo later this week. Produced by Aidan Rantoul.

Introducing…Talking Fussball Fantasy!

You might have noticed last time James Thorogood was steering the wheel on the good ship TF lollipop that he’s deep, deep into the Official Fantasy Bundesliga. He’s got so much to say about it, in fact, that he’s ready to dedicate a podcast to the subject.

JT has recruited his buddy and crack #BLFantasy player Florian Reinecke to get the ball rolling with an introduction to the game. They explain the rules, outline basic strategies, and present a few tips which will help new players and the more experienced among you too. Enjoy!

The Bundesliga Returns – transfer wrap and MD18 preview

The Federal League is back – and so is Talking Fussball!

Matt and Abel convene to chew over Schalke’s many winter moves, silent-movie moustache-twirler Nigel de Jong’s return to the Bundesliga with Mainz, and the highlights of what’s to come on MD18.

In the middle we’ve given y’all a taste of one of our Patreon bonus interviews: Jonny Walsh stops by to talk us through the 2. Bundesliga Hinrunde, and it’s dynamite. Enjoy!

The Talking Fussball Winterpause Spectacular!

Just in time for that slow week between the two big holidays, Talking Fussball returns!

Matt and Abel convene to talk through the state of play at the Bundesliga’s winter break, including a full wrap of transfer talk, our Team of the Hinrunde, revisiting our predictions from the preseason and more. We’ll be away for the next couple weeks – for continued service through special episodes subscribe on Patreon.

Bundesliga MD15 – Bosz out, Stöger in at BVB after latest debacle, Foals and Royal Blues play to stalemate

When Dortmund lose at home to the second-worst team in the league, they might just have to take steps. Steps like removing the man in charge of the team – the man who hadn’t won since September. Peter Bosz was shown the door, which wasn’t a surprise. What was was his replacement: Peter Stöger, who had ended his tenure at Cologne with a run even more wretched than Bosz’.

Matt and Abel take on this saga in depth, as well as give an airing to the rest of the storylines to emerge from MD15. In the middle, Matt meets up with DW videojournalist Hecko Flores for a little teaser of what’s to come in Talking Fussball’s patron-only series on Germany’s World Cup 2018 group stage opponents. Produced by Aidan Rantoul.