So have you had a bit of time to digest Germany’s opening loss to Mexico? You’d better get there, because die Mannschaft‘s next challenge is coming around the corner.
To prepare for that, we present an extended chat with Axel Falk on Sweden’s national team. He’s the Germany correspondent for SvenskaFans, a lifelong supporter of the Blågult, and a great conversation partner for understanding the culture that surrounds this team in transition that will try like hell to keep their advantage over Germany on Saturday. Produced by Aidan Rantoul. Enjoy!
Have you missed us? We’ve missed you, so Matt is here with a flash update after Wolfsburg wrapped up the Bundesliga season by topping Holstein Kiel in the relegation playoff. Tune in to find out when we’ll be recording a season-in-review, as well as what we have planned for the World Cup!
This past weekend was like a point of emphasis, driving home what we probably already knew: Bayern Munich are in a different class from the rest of the Bundesliga, and so are Hamburg and Cologne. (A lower one.)
Matt and Abel are back together this week, taking it all in: The future of Bayern Munich (and whether it might include Thomas Tuchel); whether Europe’s young guns will be enticed by Stöger-ball in Dortmund; just how cooked are HSV and 1.FC Köln’s geese; how high can Tayfun Korkut take VfB Stuttgart? (That last one is given musical life by the spectacular Adam Darowski – we cannot express the extent of our thanks.)
Bundesliga fans were ROCKED by a punishing new schedule this week…one which meant they had to travel to a stadium or tune in their TV sets (shudder) on a Monday!!! Luckily, those who survived the indignity have lived to tell a tale of a helluva match between Eintracht Frankfurt and RB Leipzig.
Matt catches up with Stephan Uersfeld of ESPN to talk through the weekday special, the coaching move Wolfsburg made this week, and HSV’s dim prospects of staying in the top flight. This little baby produced by Aidan Rantoul is all conducted in a most genteel style in the Kaminbar of a swank hotel, and therefore best enjoyed with a snifter of your finest by the fireside. Enjoy!
The 18-point-cushioned Rekordmeister were up against a very good Schalke side on MD22…and walked away winners, with relative ease. All week German football fans had debated how to make the league more competitive – Stefan Effenberg (of all people) chimed in with a provocative proposal which Matt and Abel discuss on the podcast.
Also under the microscope are Tayfun Korkut’s strong start at VfB Stuttgart, the recent travails of Borussia Mönchengladbach, and the persisting sense of meh among BVB fans – even in the face of Batshuayi’s bang-up start and the return of Saint Marco. Produced by Aidan Rantoul.
USMNT prospect Haji Wright, a FC Schalke 04 player on loan at 2. Bundesliga side Sandhausen, joins us this week to share his thoughts on the new season and his goals for the years ahead.
Results conspired to tighten things up at the top of the top flight – Dortmund and Bayern are level on points, while Leipzig are just one behind. Plenty for Matt and Abel to talk over at the head of the class.
Action also at the rear: 1.FC Köln , who still can’t buy a win, parted ways with sporting director Jörg Schmadtke and Abel chases down Billygoats maniac Randall Hauk to assess the situation. Produced by Aidan Rantoul.
Who can forget where they were when Leipzig went to the Westfalenstadion and knocked off BVB? It’s only been a few days, but it already feels like this attacking display will live on for some time yet in the discerning Bundesliga fan’s memory.
Matt and Abel do their best to do the game justice on this week’s podcast, as well as dig deeper into the justice theme with Hertha BSC. The capital club positioned themselves as the Bundesliga’s leading proponents of tolerance, solidarity, equality, respect, and several other weighty adjectives by kneeling before their game on Saturday.
The boys also dig into Jupp Heynckes’ return to Bayern, and speak with Paul Dykes of the Celtic State of Mind podcast about the Rekordmeister’s opponents in the Champions League this week, Celtic FC. (An extended version of this chat is available to subscribers on Patreon.) Produced by Aidan Rantoul. Enjoy!
In a season rife with inconsistency, two surprise packages have taken the Bundesliga by storm with their dynamic attacking football and, while Leipzig have already clinched a top-four finish, Hoffenheim aren’t likely to be too far behind them!
With just five games left in the 2016/17 campaign there is still plenty to be decided in Germany’s top flight. On Matchday 29 all the teams vying for European qualification had a weekend to forget, while the sides battling the drop – with the exception of Ingolstadt and Hamburg – all picked up potentially pivotal points in their respective bids for survival.
But which teams have the best chances of reaching their targets at either end of the table? James, Bent and Alex muse over that question and much more on the latest episode of Talking Fussball! Produced by Aidan Rantoul.
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.)
It’s come to this everybody. RB Leipzig are now certifiably the best team in the division: undefeated in 11 games, they’ve gone top after winning in Leverkusen. Bayern did their part, of course – they lost in Dortmund in ‘Der Klassiker‘ but there’s a silver lining for the lederhosen crowd: FCB are the subject of a new book from the irresistible Uli Hesse. It’s called Bayern: Creating a Global Superclub and it’s out now through Yellow Jersey Press. We have six copies to give away, and you can enter to win one below. Listen in for Matt Hermann‘s full interview with Hesse, and for plenty of MD11 chat with Nik Wildhagen, who isn’t taking all this Red Bull success lying down, no sir. Produced by Aidan Rantoul.