German Bundesliga Podcast: Matchday 22 + UCL Preview

Talking Fussball Podcast Talking Fussball: The Bundesliga show returns as the ‘Awesome Foursome’ are reunited to record Germany’s premier football podcast! Pod host James Thorogood is joined on the mics by Jon, Bernie (and bronzed) Alex in the comfort of Handcock’s hollow. Did Hamburger SV have a ‘Slomkaover’ that saw off Borussia Dortmund? [...]

By |February 25th, 2014|Bundesliga, Football, Soccer|Comments Off on German Bundesliga Podcast: Matchday 22 + UCL Preview

The winners and losers this season

So there you go: the last match day of the 2010-2011 season has been played, and the 18 Bundesliga teams is divided into two camps – the winners and the losers. Nevertheless, deciding which teams belong to which category is a matter of personal interpretation – and here’s mine. Winners The biggest winners are, of [...]

By |May 16th, 2011|Bundesliga, Football, Soccer, Sports in Germany|1 Comment

Directionless directors: a chronic Bundesliga problem

It’s been a dramatic few days, and as I write, a whole locker-room full of coaches is facing the sack, jockeying to try and find other teams or biting their nails about their first ever trip to the dole office. In fact, the kind of frenetic behind-the-scenes wrangling that’s been going on in the last [...]

By |March 14th, 2011|Bundesliga, Football, General, Soccer, Sports in Germany|Comments Off on Directionless directors: a chronic Bundesliga problem

Betting’s easy – with hindsight!

There are some games in the Bundesliga that seem to follow all my predictions to the letter. These are the games with nothing unexpected, no surprise goals – and there were enough of them on the 16th match day this season to make me wish I’d gone to the betting shop beforehand! For a start, [...]

By |December 13th, 2010|Bundesliga, Football, Soccer, Sports in Germany|Comments Off on Betting’s easy – with hindsight!

The way through a minefield

Last week must have been difficult for all of you Bundesliga junkies: the season had just got going, and suddenly there was a pause for international games; and they weren’t even high-adrenaline games, either. We were forced into watching teams like Denmark, Belgium and Azerbaijan. That’s all over now, though: play started again on the [...]

By |September 13th, 2010|Bundesliga, Football, General, Soccer, Sports in Germany|Comments Off on The way through a minefield

Watch out! Musical chairs and surprise wins! 2nd match day

Come on, quick! Now’s the time to get rid of players you don’t need and then go and get some new ones! Why? Because after the qualifying games for the Champions League and the European Cup, it’s clear that all the German teams involved have made it into the group phase of the continental competitions. [...]

By |August 30th, 2010|Bundesliga, Football, General, Soccer, Sports in Germany|1 Comment

“Apart from that, great!” The first match day

Have you ever had that kind of passive-agressive criticism packaged as praise? You know, kind of like: “So, what did you think of my game, coach?” “Well, all the goals we conceded are your fault: but apart from that, you were great!” This kind of praising criticism is exactly the right tone for the first [...]

By |August 25th, 2010|Bundesliga, Football, General, Soccer, Sports in Germany|1 Comment