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Entries from April 2012

Bundesliga Fanatic Podcast Episode 49

April 24th, 2012 · Comments

Matchday 32 may not have been the most exciting but we promise to make it as titillating as possible on our latest episode.  Sit down, have a coffee, a beer, a fine scotch or even a green tea like Mr. Magath and enjoy.

In our first segment we go over matchday 32's most important results.  We take a look back at Dortmund's second consecutive title and record breaking season, where that club is at the moment and where it is going.  In contrast, we discuss Bremen's poor Rückrunde and possible remedies going into next season.  Likewise, is Arnesen reconsidering his youth policy and how on earth did Kaiserslautern break their 21 match winless streak?

Our second segment focuses exclusively on the big Champions League semi final between Bayern and Real Madrid.  Could Madrid's away goal in the first leg prove crucial in the second and how did does Clasico over the weekend affect Mourinho's strategy and the team's performances going into Wednesday's match?

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Bundesliga Fanatic Podcast - The Berlin Special

April 17th, 2012 · Comments

On this extra edition of the Bundesliga Fanatic podcast we focus on football in Germany's capital.  The Fanatic's Niklas Wildhagen traveled to Berlin last week and dove into the history and culture of Berlin's football scene.  In the first segment, Niklas talks to Hertha Berlin supporter and German football expert John Kluempers ahead of Hertha's big match against SC Freiburg and their season so far in general.  What is there to say about Michael Preetz's management, or mismanagement, of the club and was Markus Babbel's firing the beginning of the end for Hertha's season?

In the second segment. Niklas met up with Berlin journalist Titus Chalk for a much broader discussion on football in the country's capital.  Why are BFC Dynamo so hated in the city and what are Union Berlin's future prospects?  Will Berlin ever have a successful football club and what about the city's culture characterizes its football?

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Bundesliga Fanatic Podcast Episode 47

April 16th, 2012 · Comments

Hand in hand with the relaunch of our new all improved website, our latest podcast will cover all the action from matchday 31 and preview Bayern Munich's upcoming Champions League semi final against Real Madrid.  We start with the big Ruhr derby between Schalke and Dortmund and what Dortmund's win symbolizes.  Is the title all but won and do Bayern finally have a worthy long term competitor?  Also, where did Schalke go wrong?  We also take a look at Stuttgart's recent form and their win over Bremen as well as the goal fest between Hertha Berlin and Bayer Leverkusen.  Additionally, we dissect the multitude of problems at Köln, on and off the pitch and speculate about the intensifying battle for relegation.

In our second segment, we break down Bayern's chances against Real Madrid on Tuesday and briefly go over their history in the competition.  What are Madrid's weaknesses and are Bayern ready to face arguably the most in form team in Europe?

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Bundesliga Fanatic Podcast Episode 46

April 2nd, 2012 · Comments

On this jam-packed episode we dissect matchday 28, speak to a Leverkusen supporter about Robin Dutt's recent sacking and interview Eurosport commentator Angus Torode about the exciting title race.  On the weekend's action, things are getting tighter and tighter at the bottom, Hertha Berlin, Kaiserslautern and Köln dropped vital points yet again and could be the three teams facing the drop.  Freiburg meanwhile continue to be the surprise package of the Rückrunde while Wolfsburg are slowly but surely making a steady push for Europe.  Was Robin Dutt's sacking justified and what are the reactions of the Leverkusen faithful? And who is the ideal candidate for the future?  We ask Leverkusen supporter Eric.

In our second segment, Angus Torode takes us through what is turning into one of the most exciting title races in recent memory between Bayern and Dortmund.  Their match on April 11th could well decide the title.  We also discuss Friday's crazy game between Dortmund and Stuttgart, arguably the most exiting in recent Bundesliga memory.  Was Klopp's decision to take Gündogan decisive in Stuttgart's comeback?  And Angus briefly discusses Bayern's narrow yet vital win against Nürnberg.

Finally, we quickly glance at the upcoming European fixtures.  Bayern have one foot in the semi finals, Schalke are all but out but do Hannover have a shot at getting past Atletico Madrid after a 2-1 loss in the first leg?

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