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German Bundesliga Podcast: Matchday 31 Review + Champions League Preview

Talking Fussball Podcast

Talking Fussball Podcast

Talking Fussball – The Bundesliga Show is back with another weekly dose of Bundesliga goodness after an Easter weekend that brought treats for some clubs but left a sour taste indeed for others.

Crowd favourite Sal is in the host’s chair this week, joined by panel regular Bernie and panel rookie Matthew making his Talking Fussball debut, as we break down Matchday 31 in the Bundesliga, before looking ahead to Bayern’s clash with Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final.

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German Bundesliga Podcast: Matchday 22 + UCL Preview

Talking Fussball Podcast

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? Were 1. FC Nürnberg were involved in the game of the season against Eintracht Braunschweig? How pivotal will Leverkusen and Schalke’s dropped points prove in the race for European qualification? What’s going on with FC Augsburg and will FC Bayern München’s Philipp Lahm ever be a right-back again?!

We also talk mid-table results, relegation scraps and just how fantastic the Bundesliga really is!

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Football coaches madness, part 2

bundesliga-magathIf you read last week, you’ll remember me dedicating the entire text to the absolute lunacy that has swept through the Bundesliga in the last few weeks, with boards of directors running around like headless chickens and firing coaches left, right and centre.

Well, the bad news is that these chickens are still headless. Bayern München, for example, lost its Champions League round-of-16 decider against Inter Milan and ended up in stormy waters, desperately looking for somewhere to drop anchor and get back to an even keel: to do this, however, they’ll need to offload some ballast in the form of Louis van Gaal, but he just doesn’t want to walk the plank – and, try as they might, the Bavarian boatswains can’t find a replacement first mate. For the moment, he has been saved from going overboard by Franck Ribéry, who shot a winning goal against Freiburg which has at least kept Bayern on course for the Champions League next season. The map who’ll be leading the good ship München through this, however, is likely to be Leverkusen’s Jupp Heynckes.

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Directionless directors: a chronic Bundesliga problem

collagebl26vorstaendeIt’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 couple of weeks is something of a novelty for most Bundesliga fans: Van Gaal, Magath, Veh, Skibbe, Littbarski, Dutt, Tuchel, Heynckes – 8 out of the 18 club trainers in Germany’s top football league are making more headlines than the teams they coach.

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It’s a young man’s game; both in Dortmund, and in goal

232993902creditRight, let’s get this out of the way straight away: my team, Eintracht Frankfurt, lost this weekend, going down 0:2 to VfB Stuttgart. It was their fourth defeat at home in a row and has helped them to an astonishing new record in terms of losing: it’s the seventh game they’ve played without scoring a goal! And as if this weren’t shameful enough, they were up against a Stuttgart team which spent 75 minutes of the game one man down after their captain, Matthieu Delpierre, got a red card for smacking Frankfurt defender Maik Franz. Eintracht put in 30 shots during the game; Theofanis Gekas, top goal scorer of the first half of the season, hit the inside of the post in the 56th minute, and apart from that, Stuttgart’s 22-year-old goalie Sven Ulreich did a tremendous job. Stuttgart coach Bruno Labbadia had put him on the bench last week against Benfica Lissabon, but after the 34-year-old Marc Ziegler injured himself, Ulreich was suddenly flavour of the month again. Frankfurt, too, had a replacement goalie due to injury, but the 22-year-old Ralf Fährmann standing in for Nikolov made a bit of a hash out of the two shots which sent Stuttgart ahead.

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Whether international or Bundesliga games, the numbers matter

eintrachabsturzLast week, Germany and Italy lined up against each other for a friendly, but the atmosphere was everything but. The reason is that, apart from Brazil, there is no one country against whom Germany has a worse record than Italy: over the last 30 games, they have only booked seven wins against the Italians, whilst drawing nine and losing a disastrous fourteen games. To make matters worse, their last win was 16 years ago, and one of the many defeats they have suffered fell at just the wrong time and in just the wrong competition.

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Bavaria’s finest Dutchmen against the Italian team without Italians

This Saturday, 22nd May, Bayern Munich will be playing in the Champions League final against Inter Milan. Yes, you read right: on a Saturday! It’s unusual, what with Wednesday tending to be the day for European football – but the marketing whizzes from UEFA will no doubt have noticed that Saturday is far better for viewing figures. And we all know that bad TV ratings are a sure way to destroy a good competition.

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