Talking Fussball – MD2 Review and Syria’s number one Werder Bremen fan

Talking Fussball is really pretty pleased with the result it got this week while wrapping up Bundesliga match day 2.

Matt Hermann brought podcast all-star Terry Duffelen back into the line-up and handed a debut to New Jersey’s Abel Meszaros. The man known as @BundesPL on Twitter played a blinder, even as he had to come off during the second half water break. Nik Wildhagen then made a huge impact in a cameo appearance interviewing the man behind Werder Bremen’s fan club in war-struck Syria, Akel Alkubeh (@Akel_SVW).

Enjoy, and see you next week!

 

Talking Fussball – Bundesliga 2016-17 Season Preview

Talking Fussball is back after a long and restful Summer away – Matt Hermann mans the controls with Alex Chaffer and Nik Wildhagen close at hand.

The boys hurtle straight into the matter at hand: discussing all the German football news that’s fit to pod, including a full Bundesliga season preview, a look at match day one, and our crack prognostications on who will be doing the Bierdusche, who will claim the European places, and who will going down to the 2. Bundesliga. We even have a brief guest spot from the Millernton FC St. Pauli podcast for you. 71 minutes of Bundesliga heaven, we like to think.

Enjoy listening – we enjoyed making it!

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 – 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 – 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 – 2015/16 Match Day 6 Review + Match Day 7 Preview

Talking Fussball Extra returns with a double dose of Bundesliga – FEEL the bang-bang effect of the englischer Woche! Matt Hermann and Nik Wildhagen have settled down after the aftershock of Robert Lewandowski’s five-goal earthquake and are ready to talk it over, they cover Gladbach and Stuttgart’s first wins of the season, and they pump you up for a few matches to come on Match Day 7.

In honor or Nik’s new favorite punk rock earworm Heller ist Schneller, we’re also asking YOU to send us your offbeat Bundesliga-themed musical submissions, be they found or specially created just for this occasion. Hit us up on twitter under the hashtag #TFEBundesligaAnthem!

Talking Fussball Extra – Matchday 22 preview & Champions League re-start

Talking Fussball Extra’s cup runneth over this week, as Matt Hermann and Terry Duffelen 1) take on FC Bayern München and FC Schalke 04’s opening legs of the UEFA Champions League knock-out stage, 2) welcome two guests to talk about the same, and 3) preview the 22nd match day of the 2014-15 Bundesliga season. Matt talks to Yan Matusevich (@YMatusik) about how Shakhtar Donetsk ended up playing its home matches 1,200 km away in Lviv, and checks in with the Spanish Football Podcast’s Phil Kitromilides (@PhilKitro) to hear about the two Madrid clubs’ dates with Bundesliga destiny. Enjoy!

Talking Fussball Episode 23 – Matchday 18 Reactions + Transfer Talk

Talking Fussball is back in 2014 and boy does it feel good! The second half of the 2013/14 Bundesliga season has begun and with James hosting in yet another new location, Jon, Bernie and Alex were on hand to complete the awesome foursome in breaking down a truly unpredictable Matchday 18.

Was the winter break long enough for Borussia Dortmund? Surely Hannover 96 on the road against VfL Wolfsburg can only end one way? Is Gertjan Verbeek due a sponsorship deal with Gillette? Is their less plus and more minus to HSV’s current state of affairs? Did SC Freiburg throw Bayer 04 Leverkusen off course and have Eintracht Frankfurt finally appeased their home fans?

Join us. Go on. The Bundesliga’s been away far too long, we know that, but both the league and Talking Fussball are back now. So sit back and enjoy episode 23 of Talking Fussball!

Talking Fussball Extra Episode 17 – England v Germany review, Uli Hesse + Der Klassiker

Talking Fussball Extra – The Bundesliga Show is back, with host Matt Hermann, Terry Duffelen and Nilkas Wildhagen to sort the wheat from the chaff of Germany’s friendly at Wembley against England. There is reaction from Schalke’s Julian Draxler and Hamburg’s Marcel Jansen at the result, and the German national team is also one of the topics covered in this week’s in-depth interview.

Esteemed author Uli Hesse joins the pod to bring his views on Germany’s recent friendlies, Joachim Löw, as well as the up-coming show down between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich.

That Dortmund versus Bayern clash is also the focus of the podcast’s preview of Matchday 13.

All that and more, on this week’s Talking Fussball Extra.