Bundesliga MD8 – RB Leipzig win instant classic in Dortmund, Hertha #takeaknee

Who can forget where they were when Leipzig went to the Westfalenstadion and knocked off BVB? It’s only been a few days, but it already feels like this attacking display will live on for some time yet in the discerning Bundesliga fan’s memory.

Matt and Abel do their best to do the game justice on this week’s podcast, as well as dig deeper into the justice theme with Hertha BSC. The capital club positioned themselves as the Bundesliga’s leading proponents of tolerance, solidarity, equality, respect, and several other weighty adjectives by kneeling before their game on Saturday.

The boys also dig into Jupp Heynckes’ return to Bayern, and speak with Paul Dykes of the Celtic State of Mind podcast about the Rekordmeister’s opponents in the Champions League this week, Celtic FC. (An extended version of this chat is available to subscribers on Patreon.) Produced by Aidan Rantoul. Enjoy!

 

Talking Fussball Extra – Wolfsburg stun Real + MD29 Preview

Don’t even try and tell us you had an actual iota of an inkling that Wolfsburg had a chance to beat Real Madrid, as well as keep the Spaniards from scoring an away goal. Just don’t. That’s pretty much the standpoint from which we begin this week’s Talking Fussball Extra. One of wonder.

After reflecting on the miracle of Wolfsburg, we move on to discuss Bayern’s tight encounter with Benfica, Team Marktwert’s attempts to get their hands on more cash, Hertha Berlin’s attempt to think about maybe building a proper football stadium, and 1. FC Köln Sporting Director Jörg Schmadtke’s chewing gum issues. A full preview of Bundesliga Match Day 29 follows.

[And if you think you hear a wee crackle begin to seep into Matt’s track at some point, you’re not hearing things. Ain’t no fixing it in post, unfortunately.]

Talking Fussball Extra – SC Freiburg update + MD26 Preview

Talking Fussball Extra is back…loud and clear everybody! Matt Hermann and Nik Wildhagen cover all the German football news that’s fit to pod, and run through what’s to come on Match Day 26.

And hey remember SC Freiburg? The plucky southwesterners led by a wild-eyed cyclist who nearly made the Champions League and then went tumbling out of the league? Well, they still play soccer on a professional basis in the 2. Bundesliga. Nik went to see them, he spoke to SCF superfan Chris Walker (@SCF_UK), and the proof is in the middle of our broadcast. Enjoy!

Talking Fussball Extra – Gent v Wolfsburg, MD22 Preview

Just in time to mull over the Bundesliga’s lone UEFA Champions League encounter (but too early, unfortunately, to take in all those Europa League ties), Talking Fussball Extra returns for another breezy hour of football discussion.

This week Matt Hermann and Nik Wildhagen are joined by Kirsten Schlewitz, veteran writer and editor at a string of online outlets and now one of the founders behind the exciting estrogen-fueled venture known as Unusual Efforts. It’s a football site and publication that’s entirely run by women, it’s coming soon, and you should pay attention – it’s almost certain to turn up new ideas and perspectives. (And I suspect you’ve read enough soccer writing by dudes for two lifetimes, no?)

We take in Wolfsburg’s emphatic-then-stuttering away win, Kevin Prince Boateng’s tell-all memoir, and all the coming action on Bundesliga Match Day 22.

Talking Fussball Extra – Bayern under siege + Match Day 20 preview

The upcoming weekend in the Bundesliga promises major entertainment as 6 of the top 7 teams in the league go up against each other. Matt Hermann and Niklas Wildhagen are back to dig into all the latest Bundesliga news and to preview the upcoming match day. Please excuse the sound quality on Matt’s voice; he fell down a well just prior to recording.

In part 1 the boys focus on news about Arturo Vidal, Serdar Tasci, and Bayern Munich’s latest fit of pique – as well as the latest moves on the transfer market.

Mid-show Matt and Nik are joined by Cris Nyari, Media Manager at FC Bayern’s US office, to talk about how the record champions are working toward increasing their global following.

At the end of the show match day 20 is tastefully previewed.

Talking Fussball Extra – Transfer updates and Shambles 04 + MD19 preview

Another weekend of Bundesliga action is coming up, but before the teams swing into action a fair few sides have decided to make some last minute changes to their rosters. Matt Hermann and Nik Wildhagen dive into all the latest transfer news and give you their take on the latest moves.

One of the clubs still looking to sign another new player is Schalke 04, who are on the lookout for a new central defender due to Benni Höwedes’s long-term injury. However, the club has made headlines this week for entirely different reasons. Find out about the latest instalment of the long-running soap opera that is Schalke 04.

In part 2 of the show the boys dive into the upcoming match day and you’ll hear all about the nine upcoming Bundesliga matches. Find out what matches you should watch and what we can expect from this weekend’s action.

Talking Fussball Extra – Winterpause concludes/MD18 Preview

The first-est Talking Fussball episode of 2016 is here, and it’s pretty special indeed as Matt Hermann and Nik Wildhagen are joined by old chum Terry Duffelen for a freewheeling chat about as many storylines as we could fit into an hour and change.

At the top we turn over the keys to the show to you listeners, as we mull over the winter break fortunes of the clubs whose fans made the most noise in the run-up to the show. Then we move on to Match Day 18 in the Bundesliga, which features a couple of games we HAD to talk about, and a few more that each panelist had to make his case for. Finally we get all clairvoyant and make our predictions as to what will happen in the Rückrunde, including the coveted Cinderblock, Yeast, and Linchpin (not Lynchpin) awards.

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DFB Pokal review + match day 17 preview

The Hinrunde in the Bundesliga is slowly coming to an end and soon there will be no Bundesliga football to keep us warm during the coldest time of the year. But, don’t worry – match day 17 is still to come!

In the first part of our show Matt Hermann and Nik Wildhagen mull over the results of the third round in the DFB Pokal.

Mid-show we are first joined by Archie Rhind-Tutt who in the spirit of Christmas has brought along a present. We were more than happy to accept his interview for the Set Pieces of Werder Bremen striker Anthony Ujah which you’ll be able to listen to on this episode.

Nik has also spoken to Radio Free Weser host Patrick Davey about Werder’s crazy cup tie against Borussia Mönchengladbach and the club’s future prospects(Yes, Nik finally got his will and we are going big on the Werder love on this episode).

At the end of the show we take a closer look at the upcoming match day and we answer some of our listener questions!

Talking Fussball Extra – 2015/16 Match Day 6 Review + Match Day 7 Preview

Talking Fussball Extra returns with a double dose of Bundesliga – FEEL the bang-bang effect of the englischer Woche! Matt Hermann and Nik Wildhagen have settled down after the aftershock of Robert Lewandowski’s five-goal earthquake and are ready to talk it over, they cover Gladbach and Stuttgart’s first wins of the season, and they pump you up for a few matches to come on Match Day 7.

In honor or Nik’s new favorite punk rock earworm Heller ist Schneller, we’re also asking YOU to send us your offbeat Bundesliga-themed musical submissions, be they found or specially created just for this occasion. Hit us up on twitter under the hashtag #TFEBundesligaAnthem!

Talking Fussball Extra – The Vikings are here! The Bundesliga’s Norwegian Bunch + MD3 Preview

Talking Fussball Extra – The Bundesliga Show has a very Scandinavian feel this week. Alongside regular Norwegian panellist – Niklas Wildhagen – current Norwegian Bundesliga stars are making appearances from the catacombs of Wembley, after their recent match with England. Hertha Berlin’s Per Skjelbred talks about his recent move to the capital club, while Rune Jarstein discusses the battle to be first choice keeper at the Olympiastadion. Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Havard Nordtveit chats about his club side’s up-coming match with Schalke. We also have a Bundesliga legend on the show this week – Jan Aage Fjørtoft give us his views on the top teams in the league.

If all that wasn’t enough, host Matt Hermann, Nik and fellow panelist Archie Rhind-Tutt discuss the latest Bundesliga news and preview Matchday 3.