Talking Fussball MD17 – Isak joins all the young dudes at BVB, Wolfsburg’s huge spare parts order

It’s been a while – but like the Bundesliga, Talking Fussball is back with a bang! Matt Hermann sits down with Abel Meszaros to talk over the latest rumblings in the league, and calls in a few special guests for extra spice. Björn Enjebo of the Radio Råsunda podcast (strictly AIK) enters the fray to talk about Swedish phenom Alexander Isak, and Jonathan Stockitt comes along to fill us in on the Wolfpack’s winter moves. As is custom, the boys also discuss what went down on MD17, including goals and players of the week. They also go out on a limb and revise their picks for the top of the league and the teams they think are doomed. Produced by Aidan Rantoul.

Talking Fussball – 3 out of 4 Ain’t Bad: Bundesliga Champions League Review

The opening phase of the Champions League is done. Dortmund won their group, Bayer and Bayern came second; only poor Gladbach couldn’t manage to move on – and they had the misfortune of being in the ‘Guardiola group’. Matt and Nik are joined by Abel Meszaros this week to talk all things Königsklasse, as well as look back at MD13 and ahead at MD14. In short, the Foals come in for a pounding, Marco Reus comes in for an ogling, and everybody else is somewhere in between. Expertly produced by Aidan Rantoul.

Talking Fussball Extra – Atletico beat Bayern, who’ll buy Hummels / 1.FC Nürnberg focus / MD32 Preview

FC Bayern München’s road toward the UEFA Champions League Final (we hope) has hit another speed bump away from home. Atletico Madrid took them down 1-0 at the Vicente Calderon and now there’s all to do in Munich next week. FC Bayern’s long-term types, meanwhile, have been busy turning the head of Borussia Dortmund’s Mats Hummels. He’s put in a formal transfer request with BVB to let them know he hopes to return to his boyhood club. Matt Hermann and Terry Duffelen join up to mull over both of those topics, as well as set up Match Day 32 in the Bundesliga.

In the middle, Matt is joined by Florian Zenger, 1.FC Nürnberg blogger extraordinaire at Clubfans United and Faszination Nordkurve. He brings us up to speed on what’s been going on at Der Club during its two-year hiatus form the top flight and how good its chances are of returning through the relegation playoff.

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 – Bayern under siege + Match Day 20 preview

The upcoming weekend in the Bundesliga promises major entertainment as 6 of the top 7 teams in the league go up against each other. Matt Hermann and Niklas Wildhagen are back to dig into all the latest Bundesliga news and to preview the upcoming match day. Please excuse the sound quality on Matt’s voice; he fell down a well just prior to recording.

In part 1 the boys focus on news about Arturo Vidal, Serdar Tasci, and Bayern Munich’s latest fit of pique – as well as the latest moves on the transfer market.

Mid-show Matt and Nik are joined by Cris Nyari, Media Manager at FC Bayern’s US office, to talk about how the record champions are working toward increasing their global following.

At the end of the show match day 20 is tastefully previewed.

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!