Talking Fussball Extra – DFB Pokal review + Match Day 21 preview

Matt Hermann and Nik Wildhagen are back, and this time Matt was able to leave his secure underground location ahead of the recording session. (That means the sound is much improved on his end this week.) The lads dig into the DFB Pokal quarter finals and the upcoming match day in the Bundesliga on an all new Talking Fussball Extra.

In part one, Huub Stevens’ departure from Hoffenheim and the mid-week fixtures in the DFB Pokal are on the agenda. and you can find out all you need to know about match day 21 in the second part of Talking Fussball Extra.

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 – UCL group stage wrap, MD16 preview + bonus FC St. Pauli interview

The 2015-16 UEFA Champions League group stage is history – two Bundesliga sides passed the test, two didn’t. Each one has s story to tell and Matt Hermann and Nik Wildhagen are here to tease those stories out.

Nik then treats us to an interview with Maik Krükemeier of the Übersteiger ‘zine and the Millernton podcast, twin beacons of FC St. Pauli fandom. A great place to learn about the current state of play at Hamburg’s one-of-a-kind club.

Finally, we take a look at what’s in store on the penultimate match day before the winter break. Dig in!

Talking Fussball Extra – Champs Lg, Zorniger out at VfB, MD14 Preview

Much to discuss this week in TFE-land, where Matt Hermann welcomes Bundesliga TV commentator and columnist Kevin Hatchard back to the podcast. In the Champions League, Bayern bashed their way to another 4-0 home win, Wolfsburg inched closer to advancing, and Gladbach may yet have a say-so in when their European adventure concludes. Leverkusen…pretty much crapped the bed in Belarus.

Speaking of disappointment, Alexander Zorniger was meant to be the man to start a new era at VfB Stuttgart. But it turns out he only extended the chaos down Swabia way, flaming out after just 13 league games in charge. Und das ist gut so, writes Oliver Fritsch in Die Zeit Online. A pretty damning portrayal of German football’s misplaced trust in coaching whiz kids, and one we thought well worth a chat on the pod.

Finally there’s a whole Match Day 14 to discuss. Nordderby, Bayern-Hertha, Leverkusen-Schalke, and much much more. Listen up!

Talking Fussball Extra – Hanover aftermath and MD13 Preview

Talking Fussball Extra is back with a rather serious-minded show. Matt Hermann talks to broadcaster Jon Hartley about the scene that unfolded in Hanover as Germany’s friendly against the Netherlands was canceled because of a terror threat, and then Matt and Nik Wildhagen chat a bit about the mess the German Football Federation (DFB) has got itself into.

Then things lighten up and sound a bit more like a usual TFE episode – Match Day 13 needed previewing, so Matt and Nik got down to it. Can Dortmund end their Hanseatic misery against HSV? Is Augsburg well-poised to snap out of their funk in Stuttgart? Might Bayern drop points against Schalke? (After all, they did it twice last season…)

Tune in.

Talking Fussball Extra – Champions League review and Match Day 10 preview

Matt Hermann and Nik Wildhagen are back together after Nik’s dirty weekend in Cologne. Among the talking points are Bayer’s incredible 4-4 match against AS Roma, Bayern’s slip up and the matches from the upcoming match day in the Bundesliga.

Part 1: How on earth can a team go from being 2-0 up to giving up 4 unanswered goals? How did Arsenal manage to defeat the Bavarian machine? Are Wolfsburg now favourites to win their group? And are Gladbach giving up the chase for second place in the group too early?

Part 2: Matt and Nik mull over the upcoming action in the Bundesliga. Like a good oatmeal stout, this match day has a well balanced taste and the boys simply cannot get enough of it. They highlight the matches worth watching and Matt and Nik dig into the most important storylines of the match day.

At the end of the show we announce the winners of our Das Reboot competition.

Talking Fussball Extra – Honigstein on Das Reboot + 2015/16 MD9 Preview

This week Matt Hermann sits down for an extended interview with Raphael Honigstein on his new book Das Reboot: How German Football Reinvented Itself and Conquered the World. They also talk about Jürgen Klopp’s future at Liverpool and Janet Jackson (for good measure).

Nik Wildhagen, meanwhile, went to Cologne to track down our long lost panelist Archie Rhind Tutt for a Match Day 9 preview. They also dig into the sensation that is Stefan Effenberg’s taking the reins at SC Paderborn and 1. FC Köln’s good start, which Archie has had the chance to witness up close.

Here’s a link to our Das Reboot giveaway – enter and win, y’all. Enter and win.