In our latest installment of the podcast, we discuss Schalke's triumph in the DFB Pokal and like many others, ponder the future of goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. We also dissect the first leg of the 1. Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga relegation/promotion playoffs and preview the upcoming second legs. Was Bochum coach Funkel right to criticize the referee for allowing 2+ stoppage time? What will Favre's approach be in the second leg and do Dresden have a chance to make it to the 2. Bundesliga? We finish with a discussion about Germany's upcoming international matches (the friendly against Uruguay and the two EURO qualifiers following). Löw's squad selection is addressed as well as the prospects of players who have previously not gotten too many chances in the team.
Entries from May 2011
May 23rd, 2011 · Comments
May 16th, 2011 · Comments
This week we at the Bundesliga Fanatic wrap up another exciting season in Germany's top flight. In the first segment we review the exciting relegation battle on the last match day between Frankfurt, Wolfsburg and Gladbach as well as Bayern, Hannover and Mainz's clinching of the European spots. We also pay tribute to Dortmund's incredible season and detail just what was behind Klopp's success. Our second segment includes a discussion about the season's big talking points as we go into the impressive performances of the league's "small" sides and the many disappointments of it's "bigger" clubs. We also address the many managerial changes that occurred and review which were the most successful and which did not pan out so well.
May 7th, 2011 · Comments
Discussion includes a review of Match Day 33. The relegation race intensifies as Gladbach continue towards the great escape while Köln and Bremen ensure safety. Frankfurt and Wolfsburg suffer significant losses and Bayern and Mainz finalize their spots in Europe next season. We finish with a closer look at the overhaul of the German youth academies in the last decade and the impact on German football and its's clubs.
May 1st, 2011 · Comments
Episode 7 of the podcast begins with a round up of Matchday 32 in the Bundesliga and Dortmund's title clinching win against Nürnberg as well as the relegation race unfolding between Gladbach, Frankfurt, Wolfsburg and now Köln. Also discussed are Bayern and Mainz's push for their respective European spots and the prospects for next year's competition. The last segments deal with the players and managers deserving of the most recognition this season as we go by position to round up the best of the best the Bundesliga had to offer this year.