Entries from November 2011
November 28th, 2011 · Comments
On this episode we review Matchday 14 and all its glorious derbies in our first segment. Dortmund's big win over Ruhr rivals Schalke as well as Gladbach's emphatic victory over their neighbors from the Rhine Köln. Are Dortmund realistic challengers for the title and will they have the advantage if out of Europe? Will Bayern's participation in the Champions League cost them in the league? And finally we discuss the merits of Mainz and whether Tuchel has finally turned his side around.
In our second segment, we quickly discuss the Champions League results last week and Leverkusen's fantastic comeback against Chelsea. How have German teams fared in Europe as a whole and what can we expect from Schalke and Hannover in the Europa League this week?
November 22nd, 2011 · Comments
Following another lengthy international break, the Bundesliga was back with a bang and saw several notable performances and results. Dortmund were the big winners of the weekend, beating Bayern in Munich and blowing wide open the title race while Gladbach steam rolled over Bremen with their biggest win in almost 20 years and Hamburg managed their first home win since March. We also touch on the tragic situation with referee Babak Rafati and the evolving discussion about mental health in sports and how it is handled.
In our second segment, we are joined by Eurosport commentator Angus Torode to discuss in detail the two big matches of the round, Bayern vs. Dortmund and Gladbach vs. Bremen. And we finish the podcast by previewing the upcoming Champions League matches this week and see if Dortmund and Leverkusen have any chance to make the knockout stage of the competition.
November 17th, 2011 · Comments
In our latest podcast we review Germany's two international friendlies against the Ukraine and the Netherleands on November 11th and 15th respectively. We will discuss the much debated decision by Löw to use a 3-4-2-1 against the Ukraine. What are the repercussions and was it worth the experiment? What purpose did it serve and will we see it again? Also, was Germany's win over the Netherlands a result of the depleted Dutch squad or have Germany gotten that good?
In our second segment we preview some of the weekend's biggest matches in the Bundesliga. Saturday serves us two of the biggest match ups so far in the campaign as Borussia Dortmund travel to Munich and Bremen travel to Gladbach. Do Dortmund stand a chance against Bayern in the absence of Schweinsteiger, Tymoshchuk and Robben and can Bremen finally manage a win over one of the league's better sides?
November 7th, 2011 · Comments
The Bundesliga lived up to its goal-laden reputation this past weekend as 34 goals were scored in all 8 matches every club managed to find the back of the net. It was also the weekend of comebacks with several teams battling back in thrilling fashion. In our first segment we review all those comebacks and all the other action of this exciting matchday. Are Dortmund ready to challenge Bayern for the title? And does Magath know his preferred eleven? Are Mainz finally shaping up and is Fink's impact at Hamburg already noticeable?
We round up this episode by previewing Germany's two internationals against the Ukraine and the Netherlands. Can Germany roll on without the influential Lahm and Schweinsteiger? Also, what is in store for Germany ahead of the EUROs next summer. Coach Löw hinted at the potential of experimenting with a 4-4-2 formation and playing both Özil and Götze.