Talking Fussball – 2014 FIFA World Cup Round of 16

So…Germany was not exactly souverän in their round of 16 match against Algeria, but the 2-1 win still counts, and it sets up a quarterfinal meeting with France that has already set our mouths to watering. (Next course – snails!) In that spirit, Matt Hermann, Alex Handcock, and Jonathan Harding convened – and had a dynamite discussion. They dissected Joachim Löw’s persistence with a few unusual tactical ideas, got to the bottom of Per Mertesacker’s rage at the press after the Algeria match and even invited France 24’s Dan Levy (@DanLevy1) by to fill us in on the bleu side of the equation. As you’ll hear, there were a few technical issues in post-production, mostly relating to Jon’s audio. We did what we could, but his parts are kinda jacked, we have to admit. As he told us…he was trying to go “extra sultry.”

Talking Fussball – 2014 FIFA World Cup MD2

The Talking Fussball boys are back! Matt Hermann, Bernie Reeves and Nik Wildhagen break down Germany’s stumble against Ghana, as well as mull over the challenge ahead for Jogi’s Truppe, who face a tricky Group G finale against the USA. (Or will they? The ghosts of Gijon are swirling…)

Nik also catches up with one of our favourite guests, @TobiasEscher of Spielverlagerung.de, who, as usual, has been thinking things out tactically and fills us in on his thoughts as to what went wrong for Germany v. Ghana as well as how the Jungs should prepare for Klinsi and the USMNT.

Talking Fussball – 2014 FIFA World Cup MD1

Germany got off to a flying start at the 2014 World Cup, and so too have the Talking Fussball: The Bundesliga Show boys. Matt Hermann rounds up Nik Wildhagen and Bernie Reeves to break down die Nationalmannschaft‘s big win over Portugal, as well as discuss the team’s prospects against the beaten (though very game) Ghana in the next match day in Group G.

The gang also take on the matter of a gentleman’s honour (w/r/t how much one can exaggerate after being clumsily fouled by Pepe), as well as share their tops and flops among Bundesliga players over the tournament’s first few days.

So get listening to Talking Fussball Extra’s World Cup Update!

Talking Fussball – 2014 FIFA World Cup Preview

Following a near month-long hiatus, Talking Fussball: The Bundesliga Show returns to bring you a 2014 FIFA World Cup preview focusing specifically on Joachim Löw and the Nationalmannschaft as they go into Group G set to take on Portugal, Ghana and the USA.

Has Joachim Löw got a squad at his disposal capable of meeting expectations of both the media and the fans? Where are Germany at their weakest and strongest? Could selecting just one out-and-out striker prove to be the downfall for Germany? Will the golden generation fall just short again? How big a loss is Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus and can they get off on the right foot in the World Cup opener against the Portuguese?

All this and more on the first episode of Talking Fussball: The 2014 World Cup Edition!

Talking Fussball Episode 17 – Italy vs. Germany Reactions + England vs. Germany Preview

Talking Fussball: The Bundesliga Show is back to cater to all your German football needs as James is joined in the M94.5 studios by Jon and Alex to break down the lessons learned from Germany’s draw with Italy, before previewing the upcoming friendly with England!

Can Germany take plenty of positives from their defensive performance against one of the best sides Europe has to offer? Was the lack of chances created a cause for concern? Is Mario Götze the best fit for the ‘false nine’ role in Joachim Löw’s system? Who is the ideal replacement for the injured Sami Khedira? How seriously are Germany taking the encounter with England? Where will England be able to target any chink in the armour of Germany and who is Talking Fussball’s dark horse to make it into Germany’s World Cup squad for the trip to Brazil?

All this and more on the Talking Fussball Episode 17!

Talking Fussball Episode 13 – Matchday 9 Reactions + Champions League Preview

Talking Fussball: The Bundesliga Show returns as James, Jon and Bernie gather in the M94.5 studios to break down an eventful/controversial weekend in the Bundesliga before previewing the upcoming UEFA Champions League ties.

Who was to blame for Bayer 04 Leverkusen’s ‘Phantom Tor’ against 1899 Hoffenheim? Where’s the precedent for a replay to take place? What changes have VfB Stuttgart and Hamburger SV implemented since their respective change in management? Why did Mario Götze make such a big difference in the second half against 1. FSV Mainz 05? Can Borussia Dortmund keep Mesut Özil quiet while coping with a lengthy injury list? Are FC Schalke 04 set to face their toughest test yet in the form of Chelsea FC and who have the pundits chosen in their ‘Non-household-name XI’?

Jon also catches up with 1. FSV Mainz 05 head coach Thomas Tuchel and midfielder Niki Zimling to get their thoughts on their sides’ 4-1 loss to FC Bayern München on Saturday. Plus could Tuchel be set to take charge of a Premier League side in the future?

All this and more on the Talking Fussball Episode 13!

Talking Fussball Episode 12 – Germany vs. Ireland Reaction + Legends Profile

Talking Fussball: The Bundesliga Show returns as James Thorogood and Jon Harding convene in the M94.5 studios to highlight the main debatable topics and talking points from Germany’s win over the Republic of Ireland in Köln, where Jon Hartley caught up with Arsenal FC’s Per Mertesacker and Chelsea FC’s Andre Schürrle to get their thoughts on die Nationalmannschaft‘s performance against the Republic of Ireland and the upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Are Germany destined to feature a false nine for the forseeable future? Where does Toni Kroos fit in with this incredibly talented squad? Does a result like this paper over the cracks regarding Germany’s defensive deficiencies and how much pressure is there on this current ‘Golden Generation’ to walk away with the World Cup in the summer?

Furthermore Jon Harding profiles one of Germany’s legends of years past, a Wunder-ful player who didn’t exactly have pace to Bern – find out who it is by listening in to this and so much more on Talking Fussball Episode 12!

Talking Fussball Episode 6 – Matchday 4 Reactions + Transfer Deadline Day

Talking Fussball: The Bundesliga Show is back as James and Alex welcome transfer deadline day signing Archie Rhind-Tutt to the M94.5 studios to help breakdown the UEFA Super Cup, the UEFA Champions League draw, the deadline deals involving Bundesliga/ex-Bundesliga players and Matchday 4 in the top flight!

Were Chelsea really the better team in the UEFA Super Cup? Which German side has come out with the toughest group stage draw in Europe’s premier club competition? Is joining Arsenal a good move for Mesut Özil? How important is it for Borussia Dortmund to boast a two-point lead over FC Bayern Munich this early in a season and can we classify this as resurrection weekend?

All this and more on the Talking Fussball Episode 6!