Talking Fussball’s 2018-19 Season Preview Spectacular!

The Bundesliga is just about to get rolling – Talking Fussball is here to pump up the tires and fill ‘er up with a full tank of premium ready for Match Day 1. This podcast is a doozy – it’ll get you more than 90 minutes down whatever road you find yourself on.

Matt and Abel are back, and they run through their views on all 18 Bundesliga sides, arranging them helpfully in levels of how serious a threat they are to Bayern Munich’s dominance. Without even meaning to, they also touch on the mess that the DFB team finds itself in a poor world cup and a high-profile resignation. Produced by Aidan Rantoul.

Talking Fussball – Sweden National Team preview with Axel Falk

So have you had a bit of time to digest Germany’s opening loss to Mexico? You’d better get there, because die Mannschaft‘s next challenge is coming around the corner.

To prepare for that, we present an extended chat with Axel Falk on Sweden’s national team. He’s the Germany correspondent for SvenskaFans, a lifelong supporter of the Blågult, and a great conversation partner for understanding the culture that surrounds this team in transition that will try like hell to keep their advantage over Germany on Saturday. Produced by Aidan Rantoul. Enjoy!

Talking Fussball ENCORE – Mexico NT chat with DW Sports’ Hecko Flores

World Cup 2018 is under way! We’ve already seen one instant classic in Portugal-Spain as well as late-game drama in Friday’s other two matches. We can only hope Germany vs Mexico provides us with plenty more thrills.

To whet the appetite, we thought we’d post the full version of Matt’s chat with Hecko Flores his colleague at DW Sports. (This was originally a Patreon bonus which had appeared in the full podcast in truncated form.) The conversation was recorded a good while back (a few weeks after the draw) so some squad information has changed, but it remains a good primer on what makes El Tri tick, as well as how Mexico supporters relate to their team. Enjoy!

Talking Fussball – Germany NT World Cup preview

It’s World Cup time! It’s time to Talk Fussball! Germany are gearing up for their Group F opener on Sunday and Matt catches up with Kit Holden in Berlin to run the squad over with a fine-toothed comb.

The boys also devote quite a bit of time to exploring the “Erdogan affair”, the controversy that’s bogging down Mesut Özil and Ilkay Gündogan…and threatens to engulf the team’s entire campaign in Russia. It’s a real departure from the usual sports chat – we hope you enjoy it!

Bundesliga 2017-18 Season Review – Favre signs at BVB, Leipzig’s Rangnick considers hiring himself

Time to look back at the Bundesliga year that was in our 2017-18 Saisonrückblick! Matt and Abel fire up the pod machine to figure out who deserves to be young player of the year, minister of defense, most disappointing player, coach of the year and much more.

Before they dig in to the past, they bring you up to date on the big news of the week that was: Swiss artiste Lucien Favre’s return to the Federal League, Lukas Hradecky’s move to Bayer Leverkusen, and Lewis Holtby and HSV renewing their vows. Produced by Aidan Rantoul.

Quick update – Wolfsburg beat the drop after Eintracht top Bayern in Pokal final

Have you missed us? We’ve missed you, so Matt is here with a flash update after Wolfsburg wrapped up the Bundesliga season by topping Holstein Kiel in the relegation playoff. Tune in to find out when we’ll be recording a season-in-review, as well as what we have planned for the World Cup!

Bundesliga MD33 – Schalke seal ‘Vice-Champions’ status, Relegation fight goes down to wire

Mainz did themselves a solid on Match Day 33, busting loose for a 2-1 win at the Westfalenstadion over BVB. That meant not only that the zero-fivers are safe but also that Schalke are guaranteed to finish above Dortmund for the first time in nine years.

Matt and Abel talk all that over, as well as the fates of the remaining relegation candidates (HSV, Wolfsburg, Freiburg) and the unholy muddle that is the European qualification situation. Produced by Aidan Rantoul.

Bundesliga MD32 – Hoffenheim climb, Hamburg claw their way up in the final phase

It’s Julian Nagelsmann and the village club who look strongest as the 2017-18 Bundesliga season draws to a close – suddenly TSG are breathing down the necks of both Dortmund and Schalke. Meanwhile at the bottom, Cologne may have received their official top flight pink slip, but HSV are threatening to make another improbable escape.

Matt finds a comfortable park bench to discuss it all with Stephan Uersfeld of ESPN. Listen in as they figure out the next move for the wantaway Max Meyer, asess Bayern’s chances of getting past Real after a misadventure in the first leg of their Champions League semifinal, and listen to a snippet of Toto played by a passing boombox. Produced by Aidan Rantoul.

Bundesliga MD31 – Sancho sizzles in BVB breakout, Bayern prepare for Real, Cologne bow out

Dortmund fans were given an increasingly rare treat on Match Day 31 – an attractively played comprehensive win over a top-level opponent. The emergence of Jadon Sancho as an impact player ahead of the new season adds a little extra spice.

Matt catches up with a well-pleased Abel to talk BVB as well as set the table for Bayern’s clash on Wednesday against the back-to-back European champs knowns as Real Madrid. Along the way they discuss Cologne’s departure from the Bundesliga stage, Julian Nagelsmann’s fit as a potential successor to Arsene Wenger, and a deep dive on Mitchell Weiser. Produced by Aidan Rantoul.

P.s. We recorded this episode just prior to Cologne’s big announcement that Jonas Hector had re-signed with the club. We were as surprised and delighted by the news as you are.

Bundesliga MD 30 – Schalke stomp BVB in Revierderby, Frankfurt fold after Kovac agrees to join Bayern

Dortmund’s dreams of overhauling the Royal Blues with a win in Gelsenkirchen were dashed in style on Match Day 30 – Tedesco’s boys walked off the Veltins Arena pitch with a 2-0 win and a tight grip on second place.

Meanwhile, Bayern Munich decided Niko Kovac is the man to lead them come summer when Jupp Heynckes puts himself out to pasture. Matt catches up with Kit Holden in Berlin for an extended chat on these two juicy topics…as well as much more from MD30. Produced by Aidan Rantoul.