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.

Talking Fussball Extra – UCL Wrap + 2015/16 MD8 Preview

The Bundesliga snatched defeat from the jaws of victory this week in the UEFA Champions League, with three out of four sides taking 1-0 leads on their big-name opposition before capitulating late to lose 2-1. (The exception was Bayern, but isn’t that always the way in the Bundesliga?)

At any rate, Matt Hermann and Nik Wildhagen fought like mad to keep that drop-off in quality from happening late in the pod, knowing they had an ace up their sleeve: the pod ends with our first submission in the #TFEBundesligaAnthem appeal! It’s written by Tony Williams, submitted by his dad David, and called “Ode to Fabi J: Goals for Foals.” I think you’ll agree it’s a pretty sick slow burner. Keep ’em coming!

Talking Fussball Extra – 2015/16 Match Day 6 Review + Match Day 7 Preview

Talking Fussball Extra returns with a double dose of Bundesliga – FEEL the bang-bang effect of the englischer Woche! Matt Hermann and Nik Wildhagen have settled down after the aftershock of Robert Lewandowski’s five-goal earthquake and are ready to talk it over, they cover Gladbach and Stuttgart’s first wins of the season, and they pump you up for a few matches to come on Match Day 7.

In honor or Nik’s new favorite punk rock earworm Heller ist Schneller, we’re also asking YOU to send us your offbeat Bundesliga-themed musical submissions, be they found or specially created just for this occasion. Hit us up on twitter under the hashtag #TFEBundesligaAnthem!

Talking Fussball Extra – DFB Pokal semifinals wrap / Bundesliga MD31 preview

Bayern’s treble dream is in tatters after BVB’s Jürgen Klopp finally won a showdown with Pep Guardiola in the German Cup semifinal. Dortmund will face Wolfsburg in the DFB Pokal Finale in Berlin after the Wolves tore down Arminia Bielefeld’s Cinderella story in the other semi.

ESPNFC Bayern Munich writer Mark Lovell weighs in on the Bavarians’ loss,  and Matt Hermann, Archie Rhind-Tutt and Niklas Wildhagen discuss all that cup-cup-cuppery as well as preview the preantepenultimate match day of the 2014-15 Bundesliga season.

Talking Fussball Extra – DFB Pokal quarter finals/Matchday 28 preview

A knock-out of an episode! Matt Hermann and Alex Handcock run down the matches from the last eight in the German Cup: Bielefeld pull a shocker! Bayern squeak past Leverkusen on penalties! Dortmund come back against the Hoff! Wolfsburg win…as we pretty much thought they would!

In part two, the boys look ahead to Bundesliga match day 28, when the two Borussias go head to head; Paderborn, Hamburg and Stuttgart look to stave off relegation against tough opponents, and Hannover 96 seek their first win since December.