Talking Fussball Extra – Bayern in UCL final four, MD30 Preview

Bayern Munich are in the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League for the sixth time in the last seven seasons after taking care of Benfica. Wolfsburg are not, having blown their first-leg lead in short order and falling to Real Madrid. Matt Hermann and Nik Wildhagen are here to talk all that over, as well as to clue you in on a few of the choicer tidbits of Bundesliga news. Later on, the boys discuss what’s to come on Bundesliga match day 30, where a long slate of games featuring European hopefuls against relegation candidates is on offer.

Talking Fussball Extra – Wolfsburg stun Real + MD29 Preview

Don’t even try and tell us you had an actual iota of an inkling that Wolfsburg had a chance to beat Real Madrid, as well as keep the Spaniards from scoring an away goal. Just don’t. That’s pretty much the standpoint from which we begin this week’s Talking Fussball Extra. One of wonder.

After reflecting on the miracle of Wolfsburg, we move on to discuss Bayern’s tight encounter with Benfica, Team Marktwert’s attempts to get their hands on more cash, Hertha Berlin’s attempt to think about maybe building a proper football stadium, and 1. FC Köln Sporting Director Jörg Schmadtke’s chewing gum issues. A full preview of Bundesliga Match Day 29 follows.

[And if you think you hear a wee crackle begin to seep into Matt’s track at some point, you’re not hearing things. Ain’t no fixing it in post, unfortunately.]

Talking Fussball Extra – Bayern’s glorious win + MD 27 previewed

Welcome to another jam-packed edition of Talking Fussball Extra. Matt Hermann is joined by Terry Duffelen and Nik Wildhagen to discuss all the latest from the world of German football.

In part 1 Sal Mitha stops by to give us the DL on the atmosphere inside the Allianz Arena on Wednesday night, the lads discuss the bigger storylines emerging from Bayern’s match against Juve, and then they dive into all the latest news from the Bundesliga.

Mid-show Nik Wildhagen is joined by Ansgar Löcke, a Hannover 96 blogger and podcaster. The two of them discuss the Reds dismal season and try to figure out why things have gone so badly for the 96’ers.

In the final part of the show Matt, Terry and Nik take a look ahead of what is to come on match day 27.

Talking Fussball Extra – SC Freiburg update + MD26 Preview

Talking Fussball Extra is back…loud and clear everybody! Matt Hermann and Nik Wildhagen cover all the German football news that’s fit to pod, and run through what’s to come on Match Day 26.

And hey remember SC Freiburg? The plucky southwesterners led by a wild-eyed cyclist who nearly made the Champions League and then went tumbling out of the league? Well, they still play soccer on a professional basis in the 2. Bundesliga. Nik went to see them, he spoke to SCF superfan Chris Walker (@SCF_UK), and the proof is in the middle of our broadcast. Enjoy!

Talking Fussball Extra – Juve v Bayern, Schmidt’s ban, MD23 Preview

If you’re up for some fussball talking, you’ve come to the right place. Matt Hermann and Nik Wildhagen discuss all the choice topics in the German game this week: Bayern Munich’s UEFA Champions League draw in Turin, Leverkusen Coach Roger Schmidt’s ban for persistent dissent, Mainz Sporting Director Christian Heidel’s move to FC Schalke 04 and Mitchell Weiser’s rad Karl Lagerfeld costume.

All that plus a preview of Bundesliga Match Day 23. Go listen to it right now…

Talking Fussball Extra – Gent v Wolfsburg, MD22 Preview

Just in time to mull over the Bundesliga’s lone UEFA Champions League encounter (but too early, unfortunately, to take in all those Europa League ties), Talking Fussball Extra returns for another breezy hour of football discussion.

This week Matt Hermann and Nik Wildhagen are joined by Kirsten Schlewitz, veteran writer and editor at a string of online outlets and now one of the founders behind the exciting estrogen-fueled venture known as Unusual Efforts. It’s a football site and publication that’s entirely run by women, it’s coming soon, and you should pay attention – it’s almost certain to turn up new ideas and perspectives. (And I suspect you’ve read enough soccer writing by dudes for two lifetimes, no?)

We take in Wolfsburg’s emphatic-then-stuttering away win, Kevin Prince Boateng’s tell-all memoir, and all the coming action on Bundesliga Match Day 22.

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.

Press play now.

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 – 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.