Entries from October 2011
October 31st, 2011 · Comments
We review the crazy action of matchday 11 and take a look at the upcoming European fixtures. Matchday 11 served some of the most competitive matches of the season. Hertha Berlin and Wolfsburg fought it out in one of the most open matches of the year while Gladbach and Hannover's deadlock match was decided by two moments of individual brilliance. We also take a look at a Stuttgart side that seems to be flying under the radar but might surprise everyone by season's end. And are Kaiserslautern and Hamburg turning a corner after their recently improved performances?
In our second segment we break down the Bundesliga sides chances in the Champions League matches midweek. Will Bayern continue to struggle against a counter attacking side like Napoli? And do Leverkusen stand a chance when they travel to Spain to face Valencia? Finally, can Dortmund officially say goodbye to European football this season if they fail to beat Olympiakos on Tuesday?
October 24th, 2011 · Comments
In our 25th edition of the BLF podcast we discuss the unusual action from match day 10. Bayern conceded their first goal in 771 minutes and lost against Hannover while Dortmund seem to be back to their best after their 5-0 thrashing of Köln. It was an uncharacteristically low scoring weekend for the Bundesliga with 8 clubs splitting the points and a few other marginal victories. Our first segment breaks down all the results and ask what constitutes Hannover's continuous run of form? Will Leverkusen be the first club this season to sack their coach? And do Bayern struggle against counter attacking teams?
In our second segment, we glance at some of the more interesting fixtures of this week's DFB Cup 2nd Round. Is there any giant killing in the cards? And where are upsets most likely going to occur?
October 17th, 2011 · Comments
Niklas and Cris welcome Deutsche Welle Sports Editor Matt Hermann on Episode 24 of the podcast. In the first segment we discuss the controversial and exciting happenings of match day 9. Is Dortmund back for good after 3 consecutive wins? The battle in the relegation zone heats up with Augsburg, Hamburg and Kaiserslautern picking up important wins, who will be left behind in the long run and has Hamburg reached a turning point in their season? On the other end of the table, league leaders Bayern are pulling away from their competition. Can anyone keep up?
Our second segment previews the upcoming European fixtures. Can Dortmund get their Champions League campaign back on track and does Leverkusen's defense stand a chance against Valencia? After losing to Solbakken over the weekend, Hannover host Solbakken's former side, Copenhagen, and how will Schalke fare on their trip to Cyprus?
October 12th, 2011 · Comments
We interrupt your scheduled programming to bring you a special international break edition of the Bundesliga Fanatic podcast. We take an in depth look at Germany's two matches against Turkey and Belgium and speculate on Löw's team building ahead of next summers EUROs. Is Löw correct in choosing Mertesacker over Hummels and does Gomez pose a legitimate threat to Klose's starting position in the team?
Our second segment includes a preview of Match day 9 fixtures this upcoming weekend. Can Dortmund finally win in Bremen again after five years and what can we expect from the battle of the two counter attacking sides when Köln and Hannover face off on Sunday. That and all the other matches are previewed in this episode.
October 5th, 2011 · Comments
On this episode we go cover Match Day 8 in depth and discuss all the happenings around the league. Was Bayern fatigued or was Hoffenheim just that good? Are Dortmund back on track and can Hertha Berlin finish in the top half of the table this season? We also discuss Robin Dutt's recent turnaround at Leverkusen and muse on the potential relegation candidates of the season.
Ahead of international week we also take a look at Germany's two EURO Qualifiers against Turkey and Belgium. Although already qualified Germany are still looking to find the best backline and further integrate young players. We go over the possible line ups and what we believe Löw needs to do to best prepare Germany for the tournament.