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 – Matchday 32 Review + UCL Preview

Talking Fussball – The Bundesliga Show returns with another jam-packed episode full of Bundesliga goodness as James, Alex C. and Alex H. put their heads together to mull over all the goings on from Matchday 32 and provide the shortest ever UEFA Champions League preview – quality over quantity guaranteed!

With just four points spearating bottom of the table VfB Stuttgart and Hertha Berlin in 13th place, how are things shaping up in the tightest relegation battle in Bundesiga history? Was Roman Bürki fouled as Hamburger SV grabbed a dramatic late equaliser through Gojko Kacar? How will Max Kruse fit in at his new club VL Wolfsburg next season? Has Pep Guardiola taken FC Bayern München forward or backwards since taking over and what on earth is going at FC Schalke 04?

All this and more on the latest episode of Talking Fussball.

Talking Fussball Episode 30: Matchday 25 Reaction + Champions League Preview

Talking Fussball: The Bundesliga Show is back to highlight another goal-ridden weekend of Bundesliga action as James is joined in the heart of Bavaria by Jon, Bernie and Alex to break down Matchday 25.

Is there anything left to say about this FC Bayern München side? Can Borussia Mönchengladbach push on for European qualification after beating their namesakes from Dortmund? Could 1. FSV Mainz 05 sneak under the radar to secure themselves European football next season? Did FC Augsburg prove they’re not ready to compete at the top of the table and what were the implications of ‘Relegation Super Sunday’?

Elsewhere Bernie caught up with FC Schalke 04 duo Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Kevin-Prince Boateng to get their thoughts on the Royal Blues’ away win in Augsburg.

All this and more on the Talking Fussball Episode 30!

Talking Fussball Episode 18 – Matchday 13 Reactions + Champions League Preview

Talking Fussball: The Bundesliga Show returns to break down another blockbuster weekend of Bundesliga action as James is joined in the M94.5 studios by Jon and Alex to highlight the key talking points from Matchday 13 before providing a brief preview of this week’s pivotal UEFA Champions League fixtures!

What did Pakistan and North Korea miss out on following this weekend’s top game between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern München? Was BVB’s new-look backline really the problem in their 3-0 loss in Der Klassiker? Who is the mole in the record titleholders camp currently leaking information to the press? How big a blow is the loss of Sidney Sam to Bayer 04 Leverkusen? Did FC Schalke 04 once again prove they’re not ready to cut it in the top four this season? Where will Borussia Mönchengladbach slip up in the coming weeks and can Hamburger SV maintain their form under Bert van Marwijk?

Meanwhile, Sal worked his magic in the mixed zone once again, checking in with FC Augsburg captain Paul Verhaegh to get his thoughts on the the importance of his side’s 2-0 win at home to 1899 Hoffenheim.

All this and more on the Talking Fussball Episode 18!

Talking Fussball Episode 14 – Matchday 10 Reactions + FC Bayern Focus

Talking Fussball: The Bundesliga Show returns as James hands over the hosting reigns to Sal in the M94.5 studios as they highlight all the major talking points from Bundesliga Matchday 10.

Who was the key to Borussia Dortmund’s stunning win over Ruhr rivals FC Schalke 04 in the Revierderby? Did VfL Wolfsburg need an embarassing defeat to kick-start their push for a European place? Is fourth place Borussia Mönchengladbach’s to lose despite their inconsistency? Have Hertha Berlin given other sides a glimpse of hope with their performance at the Allianz Arena and were the DFB right or wrong to decide against replaying the encounter between Bayer 04 Leverkusen and 1899 Hoffenheim?

James also catches up with ESPN FC blogger Susie Schaaf to discuss all things FC Bayern München after an eventful week for the record titleholders. Susie’s work can be found on her exemplary blog as well as on the Rekordmeister podcast!

All this and more on the Talking Fussball Episode 14!

Talking Fussball Episode 10 – Matchday 7 Reactions + Champions League Preview

Talking Fussball: The Bundesliga Show returns as James, Jon and Sal gather in the M94.5 studios to pick out the main talking points from Matchday 7 in the Bundesliga before providing a brief preview of the upcoming UEFA Champions League ties.

Are SC Freiburg doomed to feature in this season’s Bundesliga relegation battle? Have Borussia Dortmund proven they’re capable of dealing with injuries this season? Where is it all going wrong for FC Schalke 04 under Jens Keller? Is Michael Wiesinger edging ever closer to the exit door at 1. FC Nürnberg? Should Bastian Schweinsteiger have been sent-off against VfL Wolfsburg and are Bayer 04 Leverkusen ready to make it a three-horse race for the title?

Sal also catches up with FC Augsburg captain Paul Verhaegh and Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Max Kruse and Branimir Hrgota to get their thoughts on their sides’ 2-2 draw on Friday night.

All this and more on the Talking Fussball Episode 10!

Talking Fussball Extra Episode 8 – Champions League chatter and Tom Bartels

Matt Herrmann and his crew are back digging into this week’s Champions League action, Tom Bartels makes his first appearance on the podcast and the boys are previewing the upcoming match day in Germany’s top flight.

The first match day of Champions League action has been a mixed bag for the German teams participating in the competition. Both Schalke and Bayern managed to pull of marvellous wins, whilst Dortmund and Leverkusen suffered defeats on the road. Find out what one should read into these results? Furthermore, we are also taking a look at HSV and their current coaching situation.

You may have heard Tom Bartels commentary on ARD, Germany’s biggest public TV channel. The experienced broadcaster gives you his views on the current Bundesliga season in part two of the show.

In part 3 we’ll help you decide which matches you should watch during the weekend.

Talking Fussball Episode 6 – Matchday 4 Reactions + Transfer Deadline Day

Talking Fussball: The Bundesliga Show is back as James and Alex welcome transfer deadline day signing Archie Rhind-Tutt to the M94.5 studios to help breakdown the UEFA Super Cup, the UEFA Champions League draw, the deadline deals involving Bundesliga/ex-Bundesliga players and Matchday 4 in the top flight!

Were Chelsea really the better team in the UEFA Super Cup? Which German side has come out with the toughest group stage draw in Europe’s premier club competition? Is joining Arsenal a good move for Mesut Özil? How important is it for Borussia Dortmund to boast a two-point lead over FC Bayern Munich this early in a season and can we classify this as resurrection weekend?

All this and more on the Talking Fussball Episode 6!