World Cup 2018 Qualifiers – Bundesliga stars in action at the business end

Usually when they take away our Bundesliga for the week, we kick and scream – this week, it wasn’t so bad. International action served up plenty of drama as qualifying for World Cup 2018 came to a close. Matt and Abel talk over many of the best storylines, including Germany’s record-setting run to Russia, Turkey’s blackout at home to Iceland, and the exploits of a certain BVB wonder boy in Orlando.

The episode is rounded out with some Jupp-Heynckes-to-Bayern talk as well as discussion of a couple of topics put forward by our Patreon subscribers – how Bundesliga sides’ foreign tours are viewed back home, and who would join Bayern and Dortmund in a European Super League (should one ever get off the ground). Produced by Aidan Rantoul.

European Blues – Bayern lead the way as Bundesliga sides fail and fail and fail

Hoo boy. Six teams in Europe, six losers. Bayern drop Carlo Ancelotti like he’s a bag of bologna sandwiches left outside on a hot day. Plenty of bad news to go around, and to tell the truth we didn’t know the half of it at recording time!

Matt Hermann caught up with his Berlin-based chum Stephan Uersfeld (ESPNFC) for some Bundesliga soul-searching just about an hour before the axe fell on Carlo’s neck, and before the Europa League trio wet-farted their way to a perfect storm of awful for the Federal League. Still, the whole convo is relevant, as the league’s present doldrums come in for unpacking.

Along the way, Jack Grimse of beIN Sports joins Matt on the line from Miami for a bit of extra insight into Real Madrid’s mastery. (Pardon the sound quality on Matt’s end – we had to use the backup recording as the Plan A version failed, hard.) Produced by Aidan Rantoul.

NOTE: For you sticklers for the highest standards of timeliness, we’ve got a Carlo post-mortem from Abel Maeszaros on our Patreon page…and it’s free!

Bundesliga MD3 – Bayern IN CRISIS after falling to the Hoff, Cologne smelling sour

Where else could we start this week? Bayern LOSE a game and it’s only MD3! Hoffenheim were a bit too crafty for the defending champs on Saturday night, Robert Lewandowski spoke candidly to Spiegel about his concerns for the club’s future, and all hell breaks loose.

Matt and Abel are all over that hell from minute one, moving on to Bibiana Steinhaus’ historic Sunday in Berlin, Cologne’s continued funk, and Domenico Tedesco’s thus-far-winning gamble on youth auf Schalke. Rounded out by a glance at the European engagements to come. Produced by Aidan Rantoul.

Bundesliga MD2 – Hamburg and Hanover Spark Northern Renaissance

Sometimes it takes a season for predictions to come back and bite you; other times it’s just a matter of weeks. The supposedly lowly Hamburger SV and Hannover 96 are both off to a flying start, making Talking Fussball scratch its collective head.

This week Matt is joined by Abel and Terry for a Bundesliga roundtable, covering the doings on MD2 as well as transfer news, like BVB’s turning Ousmane Dembele into Andriy Yarmolenko and at least 75 million euros. We’ve also got European Football Expert Andy Brassell’s bulletproof analysis of the German teams’ draws in the Europa League. (If you want to hear his thoughts on the Champions League, and trust us, you do – sign up as a subscriber on Patreon.) Produced by Aidan Rantoul. Enjoy!

Season review – Tuchel turfed out after DFB Cup triumph, Brooks joins wolfpack, a look back at BVB’s 1997 UCL win

A dangerously large helping of Talking Fussball this week! Matt and Abel planned to convene to give out superlatives for the 2016-17 Bundesliga season…and somehow got sidetracked by the axe that fell on Thomas Tuchel at BVB, as well as John Brooks’ record-smashing move from Hertha to Wolfsburg. Strong takes on both of these moves, folks.

In the middle of all this, BVB London President Benjamin McFadyean stops by to reminisce about a little something that happened 20 years ago: a Champions League win for the Schwarzgelben. A feat for the ears produced by Aidan Rantoul.

Wolfsburg’s engine fails in Hamburg, Aubameyang takes the cannon on MD34

The Bundesliga crossed the finish line this past weekend with plenty of thrills. Dortmund’s top marksman helped them out-duel Hoffenheim  for third place; Cologne’s late kick earned them a Europa League group stage place at Hertha’s expense; HSV eventually found the legs to avoid finishing 16th and condemn the Wolves to a potentially tense Lower Saxony derby.

Matt Hermann and Abel Meszaros take most of this on board in virtual space; what they don’t discuss gets worked over by Matt, Terry Duffelen and Nik Wildhagen in a special live-in-Berlin segment. Produced by Aidan Rantoul.

Talking Fussball – Bayern make it an even five…and it’s not enough; Hamburg and Leverkusen fading fast

It’s fair to say MD31 was owned by FC Bayern München. The Rekordmeister added another Bundesliga title to their collection, and we here at Talking Fussball felt it was time to sink our teeth into Carlo’s cadre.

The one and only Susie Schaaf (Bayern Central, Bundesliga Fanatic, Rekordmeister Podcast) beams in from Florida, and boy does she share her views on Bayern with Matt. The pair also take on the present crap-itude of Bayer Leverkusen; European dark horses (dark foals?)Borussia Mönchengladbach, who have a shockingly easy run-in; the streaking Lilies, who have played with abandon once everyone had counted them out. Abel even shows up to stab a knife into HSV, then twist it for good measure. Produced by Aidan Rantoul.

Talking Fussball – Top and bottom teams drop points on MD30 to maintain suspense with four games left

Another match day down and still now clarity. Bayern drew at home to Mainz and have not yet won the league; RB Leipzig drew auf Schalke and can still be overtaken into second; Hoffenheim’s draw in Cologne guarantees them at least Europa League football but we’re gonna go out on a limb and say that’s not actually the tournament they’re shooting for.

Matt is back at the helm to talk about the matchday that was with Abel, as well as to dish on the dining options in Wolfsburg and the outrageous good form of Max Kruse. Produced by Aidan Rantoul.

Talking Fussball – Bayern crush BVB in der Klassiker ahead of key week in Europe, Ingolstadt claw toward safety

Remember November, when Dortmund bested Bayern, kicking off what we thought might be a real title race this season? Yeah, us neither, at least after watching the Bavarians steamroll BVB on Saturday night. Germany’s two giants will have to move on from the result right away, however – both are in Champions League quarterfinals this week.

Matt and returning podcaster Nik Wildhagen offer their takes on the duopoly’s doings this week, as well as what’s been powering Bremen’s surge. They also turn their attention to the unreal octopus-esque escape act under way at FC Ingolstadt. Produced by Aidan Rantoul.

Talking Fussball – Hoffenheim humble Bayern, Bremen stay white-hot on MD27

It’s not every week we can talk about FC Bayern München getting outplayed in the Bundesliga. In fact it’s almost no weeks at all, but as the Rekordmeister get ready for der Klassiker against Borussia Dortmund, they kinda lost the plot against Hoffenheim.

Matt and long lost podcaster Alex Chaffer get stuck into that storyline, as well as the one about Werder Bremen being born again as a good soccer team on the pod. We also give out some listener-question-inspired alternative coaching awards, culminating in a vision of Christian Streich belting out this little number in the wee small hours. Produced by Aidan Rantoul.

And while we know it’s already been a double-dose week here on TF, a little reminder that there’s even more to listen to. The Total Soccer Show, for out money the most entertaining football podcast in the US, had Matt on to talk about the Bundesliga, and it was very good fun. Have a listen and then subscribe!