Bundesliga 2017-18 Season Review – Favre signs at BVB, Leipzig’s Rangnick considers hiring himself

Time to look back at the Bundesliga year that was in our 2017-18 Saisonrückblick! Matt and Abel fire up the pod machine to figure out who deserves to be young player of the year, minister of defense, most disappointing player, coach of the year and much more.

Before they dig in to the past, they bring you up to date on the big news of the week that was: Swiss artiste Lucien Favre’s return to the Federal League, Lukas Hradecky’s move to Bayer Leverkusen, and Lewis Holtby and HSV renewing their vows. Produced by Aidan Rantoul.

Bundesliga MD34 – Hamburg have left the building, BVB hang on to UCL football by a thread after Hoffenheim loss

It looks like we might have made it – yes, it looks like we’ve made it to the end. For most of us here at Talking Fussball central that doesn’t mean much – we’ll be back soon enough with more content. For Hamburger Sportverein, it really is the end. The great clock-watch is over.

Matt’s away, so Abel is joined by Ronan Murphy of Goal.com for a throrough-going run through the last match day of the season, including a look at Dortmund, Hoffeheim and Leverkusen’s three-way tug-of-war over the Champions League, Stuttgart’s stonking of the champs in Munich, and much much more. Produced by Aidan Rantoul.

Bundesliga MD33 – Schalke seal ‘Vice-Champions’ status, Relegation fight goes down to wire

Mainz did themselves a solid on Match Day 33, busting loose for a 2-1 win at the Westfalenstadion over BVB. That meant not only that the zero-fivers are safe but also that Schalke are guaranteed to finish above Dortmund for the first time in nine years.

Matt and Abel talk all that over, as well as the fates of the remaining relegation candidates (HSV, Wolfsburg, Freiburg) and the unholy muddle that is the European qualification situation. Produced by Aidan Rantoul.

Bundesliga MD24 – Werder push HSV closer to edge, Schalke lay down marker at Leverkusen, Bayern and BVB held

If you like low-scoring knife-edge encounters (and let’s face it, who doesn’t), MD24 in the Bundesliga was your jam. The highest combined goal-scoring tally was three, and just one match had a margin of more than a single goal. Both big bad Bayern and second place Dortmund fell prey to the goal drought – settling for draws.

Abel(picking up a sick Matt’s slack) is in the driver’s seat and brings JT along for the ride on a pod that takes it all in: The sick man of the north (HSV), Stuttgart’s revival under Korkut (just four points from seventh…and Europe?), and the bandwagon at least one of them is keen to fire up: Nils Petersen für Deutschland! Produced by Aidan Rantoul.

Bundesliga MD22 – Bayern too good for this league, Korkut’s on fire

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.

Bundesliga MD20 – Stuttgart fire Wolf and hire Korkut, BVB look for new direction

Just a few months ago, Stuttgart were riding high. Their young squad had blasted through the 2. Bundesliga led by the budding  Sporting Director/Coach duo of Jan Schindelmeiser and Hannes Wolf and were looking secure in there assault on the top flight. Seven months later, the magic is over. They just hired Tayfun Korkut, for god’s sake.

Abel is at the wheel of the pod in Matt’s absence, pairing up with Flo, who shows he’s more than just a fantasy expert in a tour de force appearance that covers all the best topics from Matchday 20. Produced by Aidan Rantoul.

TF Fantasy – MD 20 breakdown

The #TFFantasy train rolls on into MD20, where James and Flo address the burning line-up issues facing Official Fantasy Bundesliga managers as they prepare their line-ups. Even non-fantasy-playing Bundesliga fans will get plenty of insight on probable line-ups; the boys’ info is as fresh as it gets.

Along the way you’ll get a snippet of Abel’s interview with Oliver Zesiger, Sports Interactive’s head researcher for Football Manager’s Swiss Super League database. Here he gives the low-down on new BVB signing Manuel Akanji – on Patreon there’s much more where that came from!

Bundesliga MD11 – Bayern ride high into international break after Klassiker win, Hamburg take three points

This match day had everything – two top of the table clashes: One versus two in the one you know about (BVB-FCB), three versus four in the other one (RBL-H96). Both delivered thrills. You had a match in Wolfsburg that looked like it would be a mid-table snoozer morph into a six-alarm barnburner. You had a Hamburg team whose attack had been on life support score three and win for the first time in weeks.

James Thorogood and Alex Chaffer are strapped in this week to make sense of it. Aidan Rantoul produces. Enjoy!

World Cup 2018 Qualifiers – Bundesliga stars in action at the business end

Usually when they take away our Bundesliga for the week, we kick and scream – this week, it wasn’t so bad. International action served up plenty of drama as qualifying for World Cup 2018 came to a close. Matt and Abel talk over many of the best storylines, including Germany’s record-setting run to Russia, Turkey’s blackout at home to Iceland, and the exploits of a certain BVB wonder boy in Orlando.

The episode is rounded out with some Jupp-Heynckes-to-Bayern talk as well as discussion of a couple of topics put forward by our Patreon subscribers – how Bundesliga sides’ foreign tours are viewed back home, and who would join Bayern and Dortmund in a European Super League (should one ever get off the ground). Produced by Aidan Rantoul.

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.