Wolfsburg’s engine fails in Hamburg, Aubameyang takes the cannon on MD34

The Bundesliga crossed the finish line this past weekend with plenty of thrills. Dortmund’s top marksman helped them out-duel Hoffenheim  for third place; Cologne’s late kick earned them a Europa League group stage place at Hertha’s expense; HSV eventually found the legs to avoid finishing 16th and condemn the Wolves to a potentially tense Lower Saxony derby.

Matt Hermann and Abel Meszaros take most of this on board in virtual space; what they don’t discuss gets worked over by Matt, Terry Duffelen and Nik Wildhagen in a special live-in-Berlin segment. Produced by Aidan Rantoul.

Talking Fussball – HSV and the Wolves press eject, Bayern’s fab five sends them back to the top

In the life of every football club, there comes a time to take stock. When the short-term trend is not going your way, it might be best to do nothing at all. Medium-trend slides can call for a change at the coaching level. Long-term? That means The Man Upstairs might have to go. This week it was a trip to the exit door for sporting directors Klaus Allofs of VfL Wolfsburg and HSV’s Dietmar Beiersdorfer.

On this episode, Matt Hermann and Terry Duffelen take apart those moves, look at the five remaining Bundesliga sides in Europe’s knock-out stage draws, and run through the best of the action on MD14.

And after a drum roll…(helpfully provided by our producer Aidan Rantoul)…we announce the winners of our Bayern: Creating a Global Superclub book give-away contest!

Talking Fussball – Dark horses on the gallop: Growlin’ Ro-grr Schmidt among the trampled (MD8 Review)

Match day eight in the Bundesliga brought more wins for most of the ‘surprise’ top teams in this young season of change. RB Leipzig, Hertha BSC and Hoffenheim all kept pace with FC Bayern München by collecting three points. The odd man out was 1.FC Köln, and you get the feeling they’d have found a way to win if they hadn’t been playing Hertha themselves.

Among the teams to suffer defeat at the hands of one of that group was Leverkusen, whose coach Roger Schmidt was a bit too aggro in his dispute over a foul call with opposite number Julian Nagelsmann for the DFB’s taste. Schmidt is now set to miss two games with a touchline ban.

Matt and Terry discuss Schmidt’s ban, preview the upcoming DFB Pokal second round, and wrap up the storylines from MD8. Hope you enjoy it!

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 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 – 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 – Matchday 27 Preview and Uli Hesse

Join Matt Hermann and Terry Duffelen as they break down the latest news, including the comings and goings at Werder Bremen, Borussia Mönchengladbach and RB Leipzig.

They also look ahead to the resumption of the Bundesliga this Easter weekend, including the match formerly known as der Klassiker..

There is also an extended interview with celebrated Bundesliga writer Uli Hesse who talks about Leipzig, Thomas Tuchel Borussia Dortmund and Schalke 04.

Talking Fussball Extra – Champions review and Bundesliga Match Day 25 preview

Archie Rhind-Tutt welcomes Terry Duffelen and Nik Wildhagen along for the ride to take a closer look at Bayern’s and Schalke’s brilliant outings in the Champions League and the upcoming match day in the Bundesliga.

In part 1 the boys discuss the ins and outs of Bayern’s 7-0 thrashing of Shaktar and Nik is joined by 11 Freunde editor Ron Ulrich to discuss the Royal Blues trip to Madrid.

In the second half of the show Nik Wildhagen tells you what his thoughts are on the spat between Matthias Sammer and Thomas Eichin and all the upcoming Bundesliga action is previewed. Furthermore, Nik is also joined by halbangst.de blogger and Vollraute pod member Manuel Breuer to talk all things Borussia Mönchengladbach.

Talking Fussball Extra – Match Day 23 Preview and CL action review

Pour yourself a big mug of tea, because Talking Fussball Extra is back with a jam-packed show full of Champions League and Bundesliga goodness. Matt Hermann guides you through the show as he welcomes the Bundesliga Fanatic’s editor in chief Niklas Wildhagen. The pair talk about Bayer Leverkusen’s big win in the Champions League and take a closer look at the upcoming Bundesliga action on match day 23.

Juve expert and author Adam Digby stops by to talk to Terry Duffelen about Tuesday night’s match between Juventus and Borussia Dortmund and Matt chats to longtime Schalke fan Stuart Dykes about the upcoming Revierderby.

All that and an awful lot more on an all new Talking Fussball Extra!