Talking Fussball – Bayern cruise ahead of Arsenal clash…while rivals sputter on MD20

What podcast would have been so foolish as to have got excited about a real title race in the Bundesliga this season? To have been heartened by the consistency of RB Leipzig’s march through the Hinrunde, or the defeat Dortmund hung on Bayern back in November? Not this one, no sir.

Not anymore, anyway – now that the clubs in second through seventh place all lost on MD20 while Bayern continued to press ahead. Matt Hermann talks with Abel Meszaros about all that and more this week on this edition of Talking Fussball, and he also calls up Phil Costa to talk Arsenal’s trip to face the Bavarian biggies on Wednesday in the Champions League. Serious GTHBA, produced by Aidan Rantoul.

 

Talking Fussball – Big boys (and sportfriends) rule in DFB Pokal last 16

CAUTION: Product contains elevated levels of cup magic.

Talking Fussball zooms in on Germany’s premier knock-out competition, the DFB Pokal, this week. But was it really so magical if Bayern’s workmanlike win could be overshadowed by a surprise retirement announcement from Philipp Lahm? And didn’t Dortmund’s shootout win over Hertha seem like a whimper compared with the bang of their fans defending the 50+1 rule a little too zealously vs. RB Leipzig? (Sportfreunde Lotte’s continued success is a bit magical, we must admit.)

Matt Hermann speaks with Oli Moody in the main convo, which also previews MD20; Nick McKenna-Klein drops in with a first-hand account of #BVBRBL; Aidan Rantoul regulates the sound.

Talking Fussball MD17 – Isak joins all the young dudes at BVB, Wolfsburg’s huge spare parts order

It’s been a while – but like the Bundesliga, Talking Fussball is back with a bang! Matt Hermann sits down with Abel Meszaros to talk over the latest rumblings in the league, and calls in a few special guests for extra spice. Björn Enjebo of the Radio Råsunda podcast (strictly AIK) enters the fray to talk about Swedish phenom Alexander Isak, and Jonathan Stockitt comes along to fill us in on the Wolfpack’s winter moves. As is custom, the boys also discuss what went down on MD17, including goals and players of the week. They also go out on a limb and revise their picks for the top of the league and the teams they think are doomed. Produced by Aidan Rantoul.

Talking Fussball – Bayern bash Bulls as Bundesliga Breaks for Winter

So that match we’d all been waiting for ever since it was clear that RB Leipzig were for real…was a bit of a disappointment. FC Bayern München were imperious in their slap-down and now enjoy a 3-point lead at the top heading into the winter break.

On this week’s show, Matt Hermann calls up Sal Mitha to get his thoughts on the atmosphere inside the Allianz for the big game that wasn’t, and sits down with his chums Nik Wildhagen and Abel Meszaros. The boys discuss the recent coaching comings and goings as well as give out mid-term report cards to all the Bundesliga sides.

Hope you enjoy – Aidan Rantoul, as always, has made it sound great.

Talking Fussball – HSV and the Wolves press eject, Bayern’s fab five sends them back to the top

In the life of every football club, there comes a time to take stock. When the short-term trend is not going your way, it might be best to do nothing at all. Medium-trend slides can call for a change at the coaching level. Long-term? That means The Man Upstairs might have to go. This week it was a trip to the exit door for sporting directors Klaus Allofs of VfL Wolfsburg and HSV’s Dietmar Beiersdorfer.

On this episode, Matt Hermann and Terry Duffelen take apart those moves, look at the five remaining Bundesliga sides in Europe’s knock-out stage draws, and run through the best of the action on MD14.

And after a drum roll…(helpfully provided by our producer Aidan Rantoul)…we announce the winners of our Bayern: Creating a Global Superclub book give-away contest!

Talking Fussball – 3 out of 4 Ain’t Bad: Bundesliga Champions League Review

The opening phase of the Champions League is done. Dortmund won their group, Bayer and Bayern came second; only poor Gladbach couldn’t manage to move on – and they had the misfortune of being in the ‘Guardiola group’. Matt and Nik are joined by Abel Meszaros this week to talk all things Königsklasse, as well as look back at MD13 and ahead at MD14. In short, the Foals come in for a pounding, Marco Reus comes in for an ogling, and everybody else is somewhere in between. Expertly produced by Aidan Rantoul.

Talking Fussball – Hertha, Eintracht rise as it’s BVB’s turn to stumble

‘Full to bursting’ is how you could describe this one. MD12 left us wanting to dig in to 3rd- and 4th-placed Hertha BSC and Eintracht Frankfurt’s continued strong seasons, especially after the latter knocked off mighty BVB on the weekend. We also discuss the slumping Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Mönchengladbach, hoping to diagnose what’s keeping them under the weather. (In Leverkusen’s most recent case – the hand of Javi/God…) We also get another instalment of TF Pet Team Search, as well as an update from the People’s Republic of St. Pauli with a Millernton Kompakt. If that didn’t sound like enough already, Nik Wildhagen gets out the passenger side door, rounds the car and gets into the driver’s seat. Matt Hermann does the vice-versa version. A zesty little twist! Produced by Aidan Rantoul.

P.s. The winners of the new Uli Hesse will shortly be drawn and will be announced on next week’s show!

A wee teaser…of Uli Hesse (Bayern book giveaway next week)

So ahead of the big game some folks like to Der Klassiker, Matt called up Uli Hesse, who you may know as the author of the essential book Tor! The Story of German Football or as a columnist at ESPNFC. In addition to being a pretty much delightful guy, Uli has an interesting relationship to this fixture. He’s a Dortmund native (and BVB fan) who has recently written a new book on the other team called Bayern: Creating a Global Superclub. Here’s a little taste of the full interview to come in the next episode of Talking Fussball…as well as fair warning that we’ll be giving away no fewer than SIX copies of the book in a contest we’ll announce next week. Don’t miss out!

Talking Fussball – ¡TITLE RACE ALERT! as the Hoff hold Bayern and the Bulls gore Mainz (MD10 review)

We encourage Bundesliga fans beleaguered by the “one-team-league” critique to wave the current table in the naysayers’ faces after match day 10. Bayern met their match when Hoffenheim visited the Allianz Arena, while raging RB Leipzig’s headlong charge to the top landed the latest matador (one dressed in a goof-ball karneval outfit) in the ICU. Matt Hermann corrals Nik Wildhagen into a conversation over what this all means: what teams have a chance to press Bayern all season, which teams are not quite there, which teams are as good as gone…and much much more. Producer Aidan is there to get it all down in crystal clear audio. Enjoy!

Talking Fussball – Dark horses on the gallop: Growlin’ Ro-grr Schmidt among the trampled (MD8 Review)

Match day eight in the Bundesliga brought more wins for most of the ‘surprise’ top teams in this young season of change. RB Leipzig, Hertha BSC and Hoffenheim all kept pace with FC Bayern München by collecting three points. The odd man out was 1.FC Köln, and you get the feeling they’d have found a way to win if they hadn’t been playing Hertha themselves.

Among the teams to suffer defeat at the hands of one of that group was Leverkusen, whose coach Roger Schmidt was a bit too aggro in his dispute over a foul call with opposite number Julian Nagelsmann for the DFB’s taste. Schmidt is now set to miss two games with a touchline ban.

Matt and Terry discuss Schmidt’s ban, preview the upcoming DFB Pokal second round, and wrap up the storylines from MD8. Hope you enjoy it!