Talking Fussball – Hoffenheim and Nagelsmann edge towards history, relegation battle takes another twist

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.

Talking Fussball – 2016/17 Matchday 5 Review

Matchday 5 in the Bundesliga was comeback central! The weekend results had widespread implications for several clubs as we not only saw standout performances and historically poor starts to the season, but also the second managerial casualty of 2016/17.

Accordingly James and Bent sat down to discuss and dissect all this Bundesliga. From FC Schalke 04 being in crisis mode to Hamburger SV’s chances of actually getting it right this time with Markus Gisdol.

All this and more on the latest episode of Talking Fussball!

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 – 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 – Match Day 19 review and Match Day 20 preview

Matt Hermann rounds up BT Sport’s Archie Rhind-Tutt and the Bundesliga fanatic’s Niklas Wildhagen to take a closer look at all the action from mid-week and to look ahead to the next match day.

The boys get into several issues from match day 19: Were Hertha right to sack Jos Luhukay? What are the reasons behind Werder’s marvellous upswing in form under their new coach Viktor Skripnik? Should referees send Pep Guardiola to the stands when he strays too far from the code of conduct? For a fan’s view of the troubles at Borussia Dortmund, Sandra Goldschmidt joins Matt to talk about the atmosphere on the Südtribüne during BVB’s loss at home to Augsburg. In the last segment, we take a look ahead to match day 20, complete with another edition of our beloved Tippspiel.

Again this week Talking Fussball Extra is brought to you in partnership with fubo.tv, the streaming service that brings the Bundesliga directly to your tablet, laptop or smartphone. Listeners with a North American IP address can sign up to win a free subscription which will allow them to see LIVE Bundesliga broadcasts for the remainder of the season here! And if you want to take part in our listener survey we’d love to hear from you. Fill it out here – it’s really not very long.

Talking Fussball Extra – The Bundesliga Returns from the Winterpause

After a long winter break, Fussball is back and we are ready to talk all over it. This week Matt Hermann is joined by Archie Rhind-Tutt and guest panellist Kevin Hatchard (Talksport, TuneIn) for a bumper episode brought to you in partnership with fubo.tv, the streaming service that brings the Bundesliga right to your tablet, laptop or smartphone. Listeners with a North American IP address can sign up to win a free pass to see live Bundesliga broadcasts through to the end of the season here!

In this episode, we run down the best and worst of the winter transfer window, we preview match day 18, and we reflect on the biggest story of the break – the death of Wolfsburg’s Junior Malanda. Matt speaks to sports psychologist David Yeoman (who counselled the Hibernian FC team after the death of a player there in 2013) about the way teams can process grief.

Finally, we also have a listener survey we’d love you to take part in. Fill it out here – it’ll only take a few moments.

Talking Fussball Episode 32: Matchday 28

Talking Fussball: The Bundesliga Show is back to delve headfirst into the weekend’s Bundesliga action! As Jon, Bernie and Alex break down Matchday 24, and wade through the topsy-turvy regulation battle, they wonder: who has got what it takes to survive? And what exactly was happening in Freiburg this weekend? Next, the pod gang turns its attention towards the battle for the European spots. Can Schalke 04 actually nick 2nd spot off their bitter rivals Dortmund? And could Mainz or Gladbach grab the Champions League qualification spot? Finally, it’s tears all round as Jon takes a look back at his favorite moments on the podcast and bids his chums goodbye, the night before he is set to leave Munich. All this and much more, on this week’s episode of Talking Fussball.

Talking Fussball Episode 31: Matchday 26 Reaction + Revierderby Preview

Talking Fussball: The Bundesliga Show is back with another weekly dose of Bundesliga goodness as James is joined in the heart of Munich by Bernie, Jon and Alex to breakdown a Matchday 25 packed to the brim with talking points before looking ahead to Matchday 27 and the Revierderby.

Is fourth place there for the taking considering Bayer 04 Leverkusen’s current battle with poor form? What can Borussia Mönchengladbach realistically achieve with just two points separating them from UEFA Champions League qualification? Did VfL Wolfsburg get ahead of themselves in their pursuit of European football? Were Jos Luhukay and Gertjan Verbeek harsh with their post-match comments and what implications will Tuesday’s Revierderby have on the battle for second place between Borussia Dortmund and FC Schalke 04?

All this and more on the Talking Fussball Episode 31!

Talking Fussball Extra Episode 30 – Dortmund Progress, ESPNFC’s Stephan Uersfeld + Matchday 26 Preview

Talking Fussball Extra – The Bundesliga Show is back! Archie Rhind-Tutt takes to the hosting hot-seat alongside panellists, Terry Duffelen (200percent.net) and Niklas Wildhagen (bundesligafanatic.com). This week, the trio look back at the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 matches for Schalke and Borussia Dortmund.

While on the subject of Dortmund, Matt Hermann caught up with ESPNFC’s Stephan Uersfeld to get his take on the present and the future for the Black and Yellows.

And if all that wasn’t enough, Archie and Co. wrap up the latest Bundesliga news and preview Matchday 26.

Talking Fussball Episode 30: Matchday 25 Reaction + Champions League Preview

Talking Fussball: The Bundesliga Show is back to highlight another goal-ridden weekend of Bundesliga action as James is joined in the heart of Bavaria by Jon, Bernie and Alex to break down Matchday 25.

Is there anything left to say about this FC Bayern München side? Can Borussia Mönchengladbach push on for European qualification after beating their namesakes from Dortmund? Could 1. FSV Mainz 05 sneak under the radar to secure themselves European football next season? Did FC Augsburg prove they’re not ready to compete at the top of the table and what were the implications of ‘Relegation Super Sunday’?

Elsewhere Bernie caught up with FC Schalke 04 duo Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Kevin-Prince Boateng to get their thoughts on the Royal Blues’ away win in Augsburg.

All this and more on the Talking Fussball Episode 30!