Bundesliga MD1 – Dortmund and Schalke shine, Leckie is unleashed

The starting gun has been fired on another season in the Bundesliga, and some teams looked more ready on their marks than others. Dortmund looked great, riding Mario Götze and Christian Pulisic’s midfield mastery to a big win in Wolfsburg; Schalke’s canny countering game was too much for last year’s bridesmaids RBL; Mathew Leckie made his presence felt in Berlin as he broke his dry spell in a BIG way with a brace against Stuttgart.

You’ll hear about all this and more this week as Matt and Abel run through MD1 as well as bring you up to date on Bundesliga news, and a Patreon campaign that’s well worth getting behind. Produced by Aidan Rantoul.

Season review – Tuchel turfed out after DFB Cup triumph, Brooks joins wolfpack, a look back at BVB’s 1997 UCL win

A dangerously large helping of Talking Fussball this week! Matt and Abel planned to convene to give out superlatives for the 2016-17 Bundesliga season…and somehow got sidetracked by the axe that fell on Thomas Tuchel at BVB, as well as John Brooks’ record-smashing move from Hertha to Wolfsburg. Strong takes on both of these moves, folks.

In the middle of all this, BVB London President Benjamin McFadyean stops by to reminisce about a little something that happened 20 years ago: a Champions League win for the Schwarzgelben. A feat for the ears 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.

Talking Fussball – “Disintegration” by Thomas Tuchel & The BVB

We’d all heard the rumors. Aki Watzke and Thomas Tuchel don’t like each other much. Some players have bristled at the young coach’s public dressing-downs. Turns out they were all true, and Dortmund and TT look headed for splitsville.

Nik Wildhagen picked up the vacationing Matt Hermann’s slack this week, hosting the pod and prodding Abel Meszaros for his take on the bad blood at BVB as well as the rest of the goings on on the antepenultimate Bundesliga match day of 2016-17. Produced by Aidan Rantoul.

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 – Hoffenheim humble Bayern, Bremen stay white-hot on MD27

It’s not every week we can talk about FC Bayern München getting outplayed in the Bundesliga. In fact it’s almost no weeks at all, but as the Rekordmeister get ready for der Klassiker against Borussia Dortmund, they kinda lost the plot against Hoffenheim.

Matt and long lost podcaster Alex Chaffer get stuck into that storyline, as well as the one about Werder Bremen being born again as a good soccer team on the pod. We also give out some listener-question-inspired alternative coaching awards, culminating in a vision of Christian Streich belting out this little number in the wee small hours. Produced by Aidan Rantoul.

And while we know it’s already been a double-dose week here on TF, a little reminder that there’s even more to listen to. The Total Soccer Show, for out money the most entertaining football podcast in the US, had Matt on to talk about the Bundesliga, and it was very good fun. Have a listen and then subscribe!

Talking Fussball – Bayern break Berlin hearts, no witnesses on Südtribune to Dortmund’s slaughter of Wolfsburg

Fascinating results this week in the Bundesliga: Bayern needed late, late Dusel to get level with Hertha, RB Leipzig bounced back strongly from last week’s wooziness, and Dortmund put on a hell of a show…in front of a far smaller audience than usual.

Things tightened up a bit at the top, and our old pal James Thorogood is in the hosting chair to talk that and everything else from MD21 over with our other old friend Jonathan Harding. Toward the end, UEFA.com’s Bayer Leverkusen reporter Matt Howarth drops by to talk about their date with Atletico Madrid in the Champions League. Produced by Aidan Rantoul. Enjoy!

Talking Fussball – Big boys (and sportfriends) rule in DFB Pokal last 16

CAUTION: Product contains elevated levels of cup magic.

Talking Fussball zooms in on Germany’s premier knock-out competition, the DFB Pokal, this week. But was it really so magical if Bayern’s workmanlike win could be overshadowed by a surprise retirement announcement from Philipp Lahm? And didn’t Dortmund’s shootout win over Hertha seem like a whimper compared with the bang of their fans defending the 50+1 rule a little too zealously vs. RB Leipzig? (Sportfreunde Lotte’s continued success is a bit magical, we must admit.)

Matt Hermann speaks with Oli Moody in the main convo, which also previews MD20; Nick McKenna-Klein drops in with a first-hand account of #BVBRBL; Aidan Rantoul regulates the sound.

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 – Hertha, Eintracht rise as it’s BVB’s turn to stumble

‘Full to bursting’ is how you could describe this one. MD12 left us wanting to dig in to 3rd- and 4th-placed Hertha BSC and Eintracht Frankfurt’s continued strong seasons, especially after the latter knocked off mighty BVB on the weekend. We also discuss the slumping Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Mönchengladbach, hoping to diagnose what’s keeping them under the weather. (In Leverkusen’s most recent case – the hand of Javi/God…) We also get another instalment of TF Pet Team Search, as well as an update from the People’s Republic of St. Pauli with a Millernton Kompakt. If that didn’t sound like enough already, Nik Wildhagen gets out the passenger side door, rounds the car and gets into the driver’s seat. Matt Hermann does the vice-versa version. A zesty little twist! Produced by Aidan Rantoul.

P.s. The winners of the new Uli Hesse will shortly be drawn and will be announced on next week’s show!