Bundesliga MD27 – Bayern go bust in Leipzig, Löw leaves out BVB stars for friendlies

ALERT! ALERT! FC BAYERN MÜNCHEN HAVE LOST IN THE BUNDESLIGA! To mark that unusual event in Leipzig, Susie Schaaf of Miasanrot drops by to talk about the Rekordmeister’s present and future.

Matt also engages her in an extended discussion of Germany’s squad ahead of two prestige friendlies against Spain and Brazil – games in which some decisions on who makes the plane to Russia might well get made. Susie also introduces us to the latest project she’s involved in: The Short Pass. Produced by Aidan Rantoul.


TF Fantasy MD27 tips – Striking advice for the run-in

Ever think “WWSHDIHPOFB?” (What would Steven Hawking do if he played Official Fantasy Bundesliga?) Maybe not, but JT has – he and Flo chew it over on an episode that zooms in on the Bundesliga’s top goal-getters.

Yes it’s striker week on #TFFantasy, where you’ll get the boys’ thoughts on who’ll serve your team best up front in the run-in, along with the accustomed range of bankers, watchlist wonders, and fantasy facepalms. Produced by Aidan Rantoul.

Bundesliga MD 26 – Titz the cure for what ails Hamburg after Bayern battering, Michy saves BVB’s bacon again

It’s basically a done deal – Hamburg are going down. This week’s two-part reset-button smash on either side of a 6-0 hiding at the hands of Bayern proves the club knows it too. Listen in as Matt and Abel go deep on the team the elegantly named Christian Titz is taking over as interim coach. (The two could just as easily have talked about Cologne’s sense of impending doom – unfortunately, they hadn’t yet lost to Bremen when the pod recorded.)

Also plenty of talk on Dortmund’s Dusel in winning against Eintracht, the doldrums of the foals, Franck Ribery’s renaissance weekend, and much much more. Produced by Aidan Rantoul.

TF Fantasy MD26 preview – All hail fantasy king Flo, whose advice will take you to the top

It’s a banner week for TF Fantasy – our very own Flo Reinecke has taken over top spot on the global Official Fantasy Bundesliga charts…and boy does he let JT know about it!

James, somewhat further down the table and ever the good sport, takes pride in the accomplishment and sets up the table-topper for plenty of chances to find out where the bargains are on MD26. As a bonus bit of food for thought, 2. Bundesliga maven Jonny Walsh of the 2. Bundesliga Podcast stops by to give you a few names to think about for next season. Produced by Aidan Rantoul.

Bundesliga MD25 – Bayern open 20-point gap at the top, Leipzig and BVB prep for Europa League test with stalemate

This past weekend was like a point of emphasis, driving home what we probably already knew: Bayern Munich are in a different class from the rest of the Bundesliga, and so are Hamburg and Cologne. (A lower one.)

Matt and Abel are back together this week, taking it all in: The future of Bayern Munich (and whether it might include Thomas Tuchel); whether Europe’s young guns will be enticed by Stöger-ball in Dortmund; just how cooked are HSV and 1.FC Köln’s geese; how high can Tayfun Korkut take VfB Stuttgart? (That last one is given musical life by the spectacular Adam Darowski – we cannot express the extent of our thanks.)

Enjoy the episode! Produced by Aidan Rantoul.

Bundesliga MD24 – Werder push HSV closer to edge, Schalke lay down marker at Leverkusen, Bayern and BVB held

If you like low-scoring knife-edge encounters (and let’s face it, who doesn’t), MD24 in the Bundesliga was your jam. The highest combined goal-scoring tally was three, and just one match had a margin of more than a single goal. Both big bad Bayern and second place Dortmund fell prey to the goal drought – settling for draws.

Abel(picking up a sick Matt’s slack) is in the driver’s seat and brings JT along for the ride on a pod that takes it all in: The sick man of the north (HSV), Stuttgart’s revival under Korkut (just four points from seventh…and Europe?), and the bandwagon at least one of them is keen to fire up: Nils Petersen für Deutschland! Produced by Aidan Rantoul.

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!