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The Athletic's Raphael Honigstein brings you a weekly roundup of all the biggest stories in the Bundesliga and across German football, as well as exclusive interviews with players and managers.

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    • May 24, 2021 LATEST EPISODE
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    Werder Bremen relegated + Steilcast end of season awards

    Play Episode Listen Later May 24, 2021 53:48

    The Athletic's Raphael Honigstein is joined by Christoph Biermann and Kevin Hatchard to reflect on the final weekend of the Bundesliga which saw Werder Bremen become the latest 'blue chip' club to fall into the second tier. As well as pondering whether that was one of the most avoidable relegations ever we also bring you the Steilcast end of season awards including The Best Player Who Isn't Named Robert Award, Best Coach, Best Transfer, Game of the Season and our combined Bundesliga Best XI Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Dortmund qualify for Champions League but is Terzić still Edin for the exit?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2021 43:35

    The Athletic's Raphael Honigstein is joined by Christoph Biermann and Kevin Hatchard for their take on the penultimate Bundesliga weekend, with Dortmund qualifying for the Champions League just days after winning the cup we assess the changing mood at BVB and ponder the future of interim head coach Edin Terzic. There's praise for Wolfsburg who have also made into next season's Champions League thanks to a point at Leipzig coupled with Schalke's surprise victory over Frankfurt. We also delve into the relegation battle after Hertha secured their safety but Werder Bremen lurched even closer to the drop. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Bayern crowned champions & Dortmund win cup final dress rehearsal

    Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2021 28:46

    The Athletic's Raphael Honigstein is joined by Steilcast stalwart Christoph Biermann to reflect on Bayern Munich winning their 9th consecutive Bundesliga title - we try to look at the positives surrounding this team before once more pondering whether their continued dominance is good for the league as a whole. Plus there's a big win for Dortmund over Leipzig in the dress rehearsal for Thursday's DFB-Pokal final, and things are heating up at the bottom of the table as Koln's 4-1 loss to Freiburg leaves them staring relegation squarely in the face as we head into the last two games of the season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Bo Selecta! Mainz delay Bayern's party while Werder keep on tumbling

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 26, 2021 52:35

    The Athletic's Raphael Honigstein is joined by regulars Christoph Biermann and Kevin Hatchard for their take on all the big stories from the Bundesliga this weekend. We welcome special guest Mara Pfeiffer onto the pod to reflect on a stunning win for Bo Svensson's Mainz as they beat Bayern 2-1 to delay the title party, and lead to more people wondering whether Svensson is the next superstar coach to graduate from the Mainz academy. There's also a look at Augsburg sacking Heiko Herrlich, Werder's continuing troubles as they lose for the 7th game in a row, and we touch on the latest developments in Bayern's pursuit of Julian Nagelsmann Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Super League fallout + Marco Reus falls over

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 22, 2021 38:53

    The Athletic's Raphel Honigstein is joined by Christoph Biermann and Kevin Hatchard to discuss the fallout from the Super League debacle, looking at whether after years of being outliers German fans may now be caught up by their English counterparts when it comes to organised fan power. There's also reaction to the midweek games in the Bundesliga as a wobbly Marco Reus keeps Dortmund's Champions League hopes alive, ugly scenes as Schalke are finally relegated, and a big win for Mainz gives Werder Bremen cause for concern. All this plus the latest instalment of Hansi Flick v Hasan Salihamidžić Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Hansi Flick announces he's leaving Bayern + Super League reaction

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 19, 2021 46:09

    The Athletic's Raphael Honigstein & Steilcast ultra Christoph Biermann convene to discuss the fallout from Hansi Flick's announcement live on TV that he wishes to leave Bayern Munich at the end of the season, plus there's reaction to the story that shook European football on Sunday night with the announcement of a new Super League by 12 of Europe's biggest clubs - not currently including anyone from Germany. Will Bayern and Dortmund cave in or stand firm? All this plus the usual Bundesliga business including Dortmund's renewed Champions League push, Frankfurt's loss to Gladbach, and the relegation battle takes a twist with Hertha Berlin postponing some key matches due to a COVID outbreak. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Flick's grumblings, Nagelsmann's future and Frankfurt's Champions League dreams with Ronald Reng

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 12, 2021 54:49

    The Athletic's Raphael Honigstein is joined by Christoph Biermann and special guest award-winning author & journalist Ronald Reng for a look at all of the big stories coming out of the Bundesliga this week We focus on Ronnie's beloved Frankfurt as he gives us insight into their superb season which sees them looking good for a Champions League place Christoph gives us his take on the latest behind-the-scenes drama at Bayern with problems brewing between Hansi Flick and the hierarchy Plus there's talk of Julian Nagelsmann's future and whether there is any chance he could end up at Tottenham soon, and a look at the tense relegation battle in the Bundesliga as struggling Koln sack Markus Gisdol Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    A season summed up in one weekend - Dortmund fluff their lines while Bayern get the job done

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 5, 2021 44:50

    The Athletic's Raphael Honigstein is joined by Steilcast ultra Christoph Biermann for a look at a weekend in the Bundesliga which perfectly encapsulated the current state of affairs at the top of the division - Borussia Dortmund flattering to deceive in a defeat against Frankfurt that leaves them staring at catastrophe, and Bayern grind out a 1-0 win over Leipzig to squash any hopes of a title race There's also reflection on Germany's disastrous defeat to North Macedonia, plus we check in on the Berlin derby, the relegation picture and cast our eye on the future prospects of soon-to-be managerless Gladbach Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Joachim Low's Farewell Tour

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 29, 2021 21:15

    The Athletic's Raphael Honigstein is joined by Christoph Biermann for a special Mannschaft edition of Steilcast as they wonder whether Joachim Low's farewell tour may turn out better than first thought. As well as their take on the wins over Iceland and Romania there is also a look at Uli Hoeness' performance in the TV studio and an eyebrow raised at the German FA's latest PR own goal. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Xabi Alonso new Gladbach boss? Do Bayern even need 11 men? And are Leverkusen losing faith in Bosz-ball?

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 22, 2021 56:17

    The Athletic's Raphel Honigstein is joined by Christoph Biermann and Kevin Hatchard for their take on another eventful week in the Bundesliga - including the breaking news that Xabi Alonso is lined up to replace the departing Marco Rose at Gladbach. There's also discussion about the latest episode in Schalke's nightmare of a season, Bayern winning 4-0 with ten men, and our latest thoughts on the future of Dortmund's Erling Haaland All this plus we ponder the question - are Leverkusen losing faith in Bosz-ball? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    What Löw stepping down means for Bayern, Leipzig, Flick and Nagelsmann

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 15, 2021 54:47

    The Athletic's Raphael Honigstein is joined by Christoph Biermann and Kevin Hatchard for their take on the biggest story in German football right now - the news that Joachim Löw will be stepping down as coach of the German national team after the Euros. We discuss how this could have a knock-on effect at Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig as Hansi Flick could replace Low, with Nagelsmann the favourite to head to Bayern if the job does become available, plus there's talk of how the news could affect Germany's performance at the tournament. We also have the regular Bundesliga round-up with more disastrous scenes at Gladbach, Schalke and Hertha Berlin Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Bayern 4-2 Dortmund reaction + Leipzig's Champions League prospects against chaotic Liverpool

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 8, 2021 41:49

    The Athletic's Raphael Honigstein is joined by Christoph Biermann and Jasmine Baba for their take on all the big stories across the Bundesliga and Champions League where German teams are concerned. We react to Bayern Munich coming from two goals down to defeat Borussia Dortmund and ponder whether Dortmund might actually walk away from this result feeling quite good about themselves? Plus we look at how Leipzig are shaping up ahead of their Champions League second-leg against a crisis-stricken Liverpool side, there's talk of a resurgent Hoffenheim side, and could Gladbach soon be forced to sack Marco Rose even though he has technically already left? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Schalke Sack Five, Will Leverkusen follow suit? Trouble at Hertha, too: a strugglers' round-up

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 1, 2021 39:03

    Raphael Honigstein and Christoph Biermann focus on some notable strugglers in this week's Bundesliga podcast from The Athletic. The axe fell at Schalke, but it wasn't just the manager who felt the icy blade. Hertha Berlin are winless in nine, and Peter Bosch is in trouble at Leverkusen. Plus; Rapha tries to drum up some enthusiasm for the title race, and we consider the odd relationship German clubs have with the Europa League. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Frankfurt beat Bayern on and off the pitch, Leipzig revive the title race and plunge Hertha into relegation trouble

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 22, 2021 42:09

    The Athletic's Raphael Honigstein & Christoph Biermann bring you their take on all the biggest stories in the Bundesliga. We start with Eintracht Frankfurt's stunning victory over Bayern Munich, and a look at how Frankfurst also showed Bayern how it should be done off the pitch after they sensitively remembered the victims of the Hanau shooting in stark contrast to Karl-Heinz Rummenigge's unimpressive performance on German TV when being asked about Bayern's relationship with Qatar. Plus there's discussion of Lepizig's renewed title push, Gladbach's struggles with social media fake news and the fallout from the Marco Rose announcement, a good week for his future club Dortmund, and we check in on the relgation battle as things start to look precarious for Hertha Berlin and a lot more optimistic for Mainz. Harry's Special Offer Get the comfortable shave you deserve and support our podcast by heading to harrys.com/steilcast to claim a trial set for just £4.95 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Marco Rose swaps one Borussia for another and Bayern held to 3-3 draw by Bielefeld

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 16, 2021 44:15

    The Athletic's Raphael Honigstein is joined by regular conspirators Christoph Biermann and Kevin Hatchard for their take on all the biggest stories in the Bundesliga and German football. We react to Bayern Munich's snowy 3-3 thriller with Arminia Bielefeld, plus take a look at the latest grumblings from Hansi Flick after Thomas Muller has been told to quarantine following a positive covid test. There's discussion of the news that, as we've been saying for months, Marco Rose will be leaving Gladbach at the end of the season to become the new Borussia Dortmund manager. Plus there's a Champions League preview as Leipzig get set to face Liverpool and Dortmund face in-form Sevilla, and we check in on Mainz who are putting up a spirited attempt at survival. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Airport drama for Bayern, Elivs is alive in Köln & are Dortmund Edin for the Europa League?

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 8, 2021 41:50

    The Athletic's Raphael Honigstein & Christoph Biermann bring you their take on the biggest stories in the Bundesliga. We look at the latest noise coming from Bayern Munich after they were left stranded on an airport runway following their victory at Hertha Berlin. There's focus Köln's fight for survival as an Elvis Rexhbecaj brace gave them the win at rivals Gladbach. Plus we unpick yet more despair at Dortmund as their loss at Freiburg lead to further questions about the status of interim coach Edin Terzic and the situation surrounding heavily-rumoured replacement Marco Rose. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Politics in play at Stuttgart & Bayern + unloved but impressive Wolfsburg sneak into 3rd

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 1, 2021 51:49

    The Athletic's Raphael Honigstein is joined by Christoph Biermann and Kevin Hatchard to roundup all the big stories in the Bundesliga. We take a look at the somewhat unloved VfL Wolfsburg who have snuck up the table into 3rd place, there's off-field politics to discuss at Stuttgart and Bayern Munich, plus a lesser-spotted routine win for Dortmund at Augbsurg. There's also discussion of Ralph Rangnick's coaching legacy in German football as his raft of proteges continue to progress in the Bundesliga and beyond. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Big changes at Hertha and is the title race really over again?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 26, 2021 55:06

    The Athletic's Raphael Honigstein is joined by Christoph Biermann for a look at all the big stories from the Bundesliga - Bayern have strengthened their lead at the top, Leipzig and Dortmund suffered yet more disappointing defeats, Frankfurt bagged a big win, and Mainz gave themselves a glimmer of hope at the bottom. Hertha correspondent Marc Schwitzky joins us to work out what's gone wrong for the Berlin club as they get set to part company with manager Bruno Labbadia in the wake of a hammering at the hands of Werder Bremen. Plus we react to the news of Thomas Tuchel replacing Frank Lampard at Chelsea and assess his chances of success at Stamford Bridge Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Will this Dortmund team ever achieve its potential?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 21, 2021 45:29

    The Athletic's Raphael Honigstein is joined by Christoph Biermann for a look at all the results and stories from the 'Englische Woche' round of midweek games Schalke and Mainz are looking increasingly doomed at the bottom, Dortmund are still flattering to deceive and now find themselves ten points off the top spot, but there is good news for challengers Leipzig and Leverkusen as they pick up wins to stay in touch despite the Bayern juggernaut marching on with a win at Augsburg. All this and more discussed plus an eyebrow raised at Gladbach's Breel Embolo's trip to Switzerland to watch an NBA game with his friends. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Bayern back out in front as chasing pack stumble + racism overshadows Union Berlin win at Leverkusen

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 18, 2021 36:16

    The Athletic's Raphael Honigstein is joined by Christoph Biermann for a look at all the big stories from the Bundesliga, starting with another fine result for Union Berlin as they beat Leverkusen 1-0 but concerning developments off the pitch as Union's Florian Hubner stands accused of racially abusing Leverkusen's Nadiem Amiri. Elsewhere there were disappointing draws for Dortmund, Leipzig and Gladbach, all of which saw Bayern Munich restore a healthy lead at the top of the table but that's not to say all is well at Bayern after a week that saw them lose in the cup to second division Holsten-Kiel Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    SCHALKE HAVE WON A FOOTBALL MATCH!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 11, 2021 49:36

    The Athletic's Raphael Honigstein is joined by Christoph Biermann and Kevin Hatchard to roundup a very eventful weekend in the Bundesliga - Bayern lost to Gladbach, Dortmund reminded everyone they're still in the title race by beating RB Leipzig, and Schalke actually WON A GAME, avoiding becoming the worst Bundesliga side in history at the last possible moment. All these games plus talk of Stuttgart, Union Berlin, and there's a look at whether Thomas Tuchel may return to the Bundesliga sooner than we expected. Subscribe to The Athletic Right now you can enjoy the Athletic for just £3.99 per month as part of our January sale. Enjoy great analysis and in-depth features from the very best football writers around, as well as ad-free versions of all of our podcasts.  Just go to theathletic.com/steilcastpod to sign up. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Civil war at Stuttgart and Mainz anger the Bayern bear

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 4, 2021 42:57

    The Athletic's Raphael Honigstein is joined by Christoph Biermann to roundup all of the action from the first Bundesliga weekend of the year. Bayern had a scare against Mainz, finding themselves 2-0 down at half-time before winning 5-2, Schalke's quest to rob Tasmania Berlin of their long-held winless record continued as they lost 3-0 to Hertha, and there was yet another impressive victory for Union Berlin who are still in the mix for the Champions League places as we head into the second half of the season. We are also joined by our Stuttgart correspondent Oliver Trust with insight into the brewing civil war between club president Claus Vogt and CEO Thomas Hitzlsperger ahead of the upcoming elections in March. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Bayern Munich's extraordinary treble-winning 2020

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 28, 2020 44:21

    The Athletic's Raphael Honigstein is joined by Patrick Strasse who is the Bayern reporter for Munich-based Abendzeitung newspaper, and together they reflect on Bayern's extraordinary treble-winning year in 2020. Starting with the final days of Niko Kovac's doomed reign we chart the journey of this immortal Bayern side from Hansi Flick's unassuming start to life as head coach, his reinvigoration of key players Lewandowski and Muller, peaking with the 3-0 domination of Chelsea in the Champions League before the season halted due to covid. Once we've looked at their formidable post-lockdown run which saw them clinch the Bundesliga with ease and famously destroy Barcelona 8-2 on their way to winning the Champions League we cast an eye to the future and wonder whether this team and Hansi Flick could be the first Bayern side since the 70s to win back-to-back European cups. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Bayern crowned Christmas Champions and it's more trouble for Hertha & Dortmund

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 21, 2020 40:09

    The Athletic's Raphael Honigstein is joined by Christoph Biermann for a round-up of the final Bundesliga weekend of 2020, where we saw Bayern do what Bayern do and edge out title rival Leverkusen in the last minute. There's also discussion of Leroy Sane's immediate future as he was subbed off after being brought on and received some chastening words from Hansi Flick post-match. Elsewhere we look at the continued struggles of Dortmund after their 2-1 loss to Union Berlin, the mounting problems at Hertha Berlin after a 4-1 trouncing at the hands of Freiburg and there's Schalke's ongoing quest to become the worst Bundesliga team in history as they failed to win for the 29th consecutive game. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Dortmund sack Lucien Favre

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2020 30:55

    It's the episode we've been waiting for all year! The Athletic's Raphael Honigstein is joined by Steilcast regular Christoph Biermann and The Yellow Wall Pod's Lars Pollman to react to what felt like the inevitable sacking of Dortmund head coach Lucien Favre following a 5-1 defeat to Stuttgart on Saturday. They discuss what went wrong for Lucien and why the players had publicly turned, and there's also a look at the possible contenders to replace him with Gladbach's Marco Rose the front-runner, but perhaps we can't rule out Mauricio Pochettino just yet? We also roundup the rest of the Bundesliga action after a weekend that saw Leverkusen go top after Bayern could only draw with Union Berlin Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Three-for-all at Bayern and Lucien Favre makes his point in Frankfurt

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 7, 2020 46:21

    The Athletic's Raphael Honigstein is joined by Christoph Biermann and Kevin Hatchard to reflect on the Bundesliga weekend which included a three-for-all between Bayern and Leipzig, Leverkusen moving into the title picture with a win at hapless Schalke and a goal straight out of the playground from Stuttgart's Silas Wamangituka Plus in what is fast becoming a weekly feature there is a look at Dortmund's latest underwhelming result as Lucien Favre's men could only draw with Eintracht Frankfurt. All this plus the rest of the Bundesliga headlines discussed in Steilcast! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Mailbag Special - your questions answered

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2020 60:15

    The Athletic's Raphael Honigstein sits down with Steilcast regular Christoph Biermann to go through the mailbag and answer your questions on all things Bundesliga and German football Topics covered include the ongoing grumblings around Lucien Favre at Dortmund, talk of potential successors ranging from Marco Rose to Mauricio Pochettino, there's mention of Bayern's sluggishness, plus questions on Wolfsburg, Frankfurt, Stuttgart and plenty more besides. Away from club matters there's also some searching queries regarding the state of the German national team and the future of the 50+1 rule. All this plus a review of the Bundesliga weekend which saw Bayern stay top, Dortmund lose ground, and a thriller between Wolfsburg and Werder Bremen Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Bayern draw with Werder, Haaland destroys Hertha and is it game over for Löw?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2020 40:46

    The Athletic's Raphael Honigstein is joined by Christoph Biermann and Oliver Muller to reflect on a Bundesliga weekend that saw Bayern's lead shortened as they were made to look like mere mortals in a draw with Werder Bremen while Erling Haaland scored four in Dortmund's 5-2 win over Hertha Berlin. There's also discussion of yet another miserable performance from Schalke who find themselves rooted to the bottom and staring at one of their worst seasons in decades Plus we have a thorough post-mortem of Germany's 6-0 defeat to Spain last week and what it means for the immediate future of Joachim Low Subscribe to The Athletic for access to Raphael Honigstein's unrivalled coverage of the Bundesliga and German football including his recent profile of the league's youngest ever player - Dortmund's Youssoufa Moukoko - head to theathletic.com/steilcastpod to sign up for just £1-a-week Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Bayern win Der Klassiker but does it give us hope for a proper title race?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2020 29:30

    The Athletic's Raphael Honigstein is joined by Christoph Biermann and Lars Pollman to reflect on Der Klassiker with Bayern coming out on top in a five goal thriller, but does Dortmund's spirited performance give us hope for a genuine title race this season? Elsewhere we ponder whether Bayer Leverkusen may be an underrated threat this season after they beat Gladbach 4-3 in a thrilling encounter, plus we look at Union Berlin's surprisingly strong start to the season as they find themselves up in 5th place following a 5-0 thrashing of Bielefeld Access to The Athletic is currently just £1-a-week - sign up for Raphael Honigstein's unrivalled coverage of the Bundesliga by heading to theathletic.com/steilcastpod Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    How are Bayern and Dortmund shaping up ahead of Der Klassiker?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2020 39:24

    The Athletic's Raphael Honigstein is joined by Christoph Biermann and Kevin Hatchard to look back at the weekend's Bundesliga action, with a particular eye on how Bayern and Dortmund are faring ahead of their clash next weekend. Elsewhere there is talk about David Alaba's future as it appears Bayern won't give him the new deal he's asking for, and we look at the excellent starts made by Bayer Leverkusen and Gladbach and whether either of them has what it takes to muscle their way into the top two. Subscribe to The Athletic for Raphael Honigstein's unrivalled coverage of the Bundesliga and German football - including his recent interview with RB Leipzig's Marcel Sabitzer - head to theathletic.com/steilcastpod to sign up for just £1-a-week Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Revierderby reaction - Dortmund win but was it a hollow victory over hapless Schalke?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2020 45:40

    The Athletic's Raphael Honigstein is joined by Christop Biermann, Kevin Hatchard and special guest Lars Pollman to discuss the Revierderby that saw Dortmund run out comfortable 3-0 winners over struggling Schalke, and once again the conversation turns to whether Lucien Favre's days at BVB are ultimately numbered. Elsewhere there is discussion of a good week for Gladbach, continued fine form for Leipzig and Bayern doing what Bayern do. Subscribe to The Athletic for access to Raphael Honigstein's unrivalled coverage of the Bundesliga and German football - head to theathletic.com/steilcastpod to sign up for just £1-a-month Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    How long can Stuttgart keep it up and are Leipzig ready for another title challenge?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2020 31:09

    The Athletic's Raphael Honigstein is joined by Christoph Biermann and Oliver Trust to take an in-depth look at Bundesliga newcomers Stuttgart as they find themselves in 5th place after an impressive start. Elsewhere we look at whether Leipzig have got what it takes to mount a genuine title challenge in the post-Werner world, and whether Thomas Muller's continued good form for Bayern is worthy of a recall to the national team. Sign up to The Athletic for access to Raphael Honigstein's unrivalled coverage of the Bundesliga and German football - head to theathletic.com/steilcastpod to subscribe for just £1-a-month Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Bayern back on track and Dortmund hold on to Sancho

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2020 38:18

    The Athletic's Raphael Honigstein is joined by Christoph Biermann & Kevin Hatchard to reflect on the Bundesliga weekend that saw Robert Lewandowski ride to Bayern's rescue once again, a Gio Reyna-inspired Dortmund beat Freiburg and a tough start to life for new Schalke manager Manuel Baum losing 4-0 at Leipzig. Elsewhere we roundup all the transfer window activity including a flurry of late signings for Bayern and of course the biggest non-transfer of the summer as Jadon Sancho stays firmly put at Dortmund. Subscribe to The Athletic for access to Raphael Honigstein's unrivalled coverage of the Bundesliga & German football including his recent piece on the inside story of how Dortmund kept hold of Jadon Sancho - head to theathletic.com/steilcastpod to sign up for just £1-a-month Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Crisis talk: Schalke, Dortmund, and... Bayern?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2020 36:23

    The Athletic's Raphael Honigstein is joined by Christoph Biermann and Oliver Muller to react to Schalke sacking manager David Wagner after the second game of the season, plus there is also disappointment on the other side of the Ruhr as Dortmund lose 2-0 to Augsburg prompting some familiar questions for Lucien Favre. Elsewhere there are crises of a slightly less urgent nature at Bayern as they lose 4-1 to Hoffenheim, and there's also a managerial change at Mainz to discuss. Subscribe to The Athletic for just £1-a-month and get access to Raphael Honigstein's unrivalled coverage of the Bundesliga and German football - head to theathletic.com/steilcastpod Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Bundesliga is back - Bayern score 8 again, Dortmund in 17th heaven and Hertha off to a flyer at Werder Bremen

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2020 36:41

    Subscribe to The Athletic for access to Raphael Honigstein's unrivalled coverage of the Bundesliga and German football - including his recent exclusive interview with Timo Werner You can currently subscribe for just £1 a month, simply head to theathletic.com/steilcastpod to sign up now Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Bundesliga Season Preview - Can anyone stop Bayern?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2020 41:42

    Subscribe to The Athletic for access to Raphael Honigstein's unrivalled coverage of the Bundesliga and German football - including his recent piece on the next steps for Bayern Munich after their all-conquering campaign last season. You can currently subscribe for just £1 a month, simply head to theathletic.com/steilcastpod to sign up now Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    THREE Coaches, TWO Clubs: Do Champions League Semi-Finals Put The Bundesliga Back On Top?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2020 31:41

    The Athletic's Raphael Honigstein is joined by Christoph Biermann to dissect Bayern Munich's 8-2 demolition of Barcelona, "Radio Muller" and a very high defensive line, even if Raf was MORE impressed by another German side on the weekend...  Plus, have Bundesliga sides benefitted from their early restart? And what does the success of Flick, Tuchel and Nagelsmann tell us about the state of coaching in Germany?  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Goodbye Europa League, Hello Champions League

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2020 27:42

    Sign up to The Athletic for Raphael Honigstein's unrivalled coverage of German football including his recent exclusive interview with RB Leipzig head coach Julien Nagelsmann Head to theathletic.com/steilcastpod for a 30-day free trial Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    BONUS POD - Champions League & Europa League Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2020 57:22

    The Athletic's Raphel Honigstein teams up with the Zonal Marking podcast for a special Champions League & Europa League preview, looking at every single game on the schedule and all the potential storylines that could emerge from this truncated single-leg knockout format. It promises to be a furious festival of elite football and we've got every angle covered. We also dive into the Europa League with teams like Manchester United, Wolves, Inter, Roma, Sevilla, Getafe, Wolfsburg, Frankfurt and Leverkusen all still in the mix there is plenty to look forward to in that competition too. Sign up to The Athletic now for Honigstein, Horncastle and Corrigan's unrivalled Champions League & Europa League coverage - head to theathletic.com/steilcastpod for a 30 day free trial Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Changing the way we analyse football - A discussion with Stefan Reinartz and Jens Hegeler

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 23, 2020 35:31

    The Athletic's Raphael Honigstein is joined by former Bayer Leverkusen players Stefan Reinartz and Jens Hegeler.   In 2015 Stefan and Jens developed their own football data analysis model called packing and with their company IMPECT they are attempting to change the way teams evaluate players by effectively measuring how a player uses the ball.   Stefan and Jens explain to us how the concept came about, why it's been adopted by the likes of PSG and Chelsea, and why they think possession itself is an overvalued statistic.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    How to fix the broken Bundesliga - A discussion with Musa Okwonga & Christoph Biermann

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 16, 2020 50:48

    The Athletic's Raphael Honigstein is joined by Christoph Biermann and Musa Okwonga as they attempt to identify the problems with the Bundesliga and the best solutions to fix it Bayern Munich have won eight titles in a row so how do we make the league more equitable without diluting the quality at the top end?   Should the Bundesliga be making a better effort to market itself globally? Is it time for German football fans to let go of the 50+1 rule and embrace outside investment?   And of course no discussion about the future of football is complete without thoughts turning to the potential advent of a European Super League Sign up to The Athletic for access to Raphael Honigstein's unrivalled coverage of German football - head to theathletic.com/steilcastpod for a 30-day free trial Thanks to Musa Okwonga for joining us, you can hear Musa's regular thoughts on the Bundesliga and much more over on the Stadio podcast on Ringer FC, exclusively on Spotify Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Werder Bremen survive relegation play-off, Bayern win another trophy, and is the Bundesliga about to lose its greatest artist in Thiago?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 7, 2020 24:29

    The Athletic's Raphael Honigsteion is joined by Christoph Biermann and Jonathan Harding to react to Werder Bremen clinging on to their Bundesliga status by the skin of their teeth after an away goals victory in the play-off against Heidenheim, a result that maybe casts doubt on the future of the relegation play-off itself. Elsewhere they look at a comfortable victory for Bayern Munich over Bayer Leverkusen in the DFB Pokal final, ponder whether this defeat could hasten the departure of Kai Havertz from Leverkusen, and also consider the future of Bayern's Thiago Alcantara and whether German football should really have shown him more appreciation during his stay at Bayern   Subscribe to  The Athletic for access to Raphael Honigstein's unrivalled German football coverage - head to theathletic.com/bundesligasback for a 30-day free trial Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Thrills but no spills on the Bundesliga final day

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2020 31:19

    The Athletic's Raphael Honigstein is joined by Christoph Biermann and Kevin Hatchard to look back at an exciting final day of the season in the Bundesliga as Werder Bremen spectacularly won only their second home game of the season to avoid relegation, Fortuna Dusseldorf went down after a defeat at Union Berlin and Gladbach clinched the final Champions League spot ahead of Leverkusen. Elsewhere there were joyous celebrations at Bayern but without the usual celebratory beer soaking, a miserable end to the season for Schalke who find themselves mired in crisis, and we take a look at the goings on in Bundesliga II as Hamburg blow the chance to qualify for the promotion play-off. Sign up to The Athletic for access to Raphael Honigstein's unrivalled German football coverage and get a 30 day free trial by heading to theathletic.com/bundesligasback Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The Werder Inquiry

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2020 38:16

    The Athletic's Raphael Honigstein is joined by Christoph Biermann  and Archie Rhind-Tutt to look back at the penultimate weekend of the Bundesliga season. With defeat against Mainz leaving Werder Bremen on the brink of relegation we try to decipher the reasons behind their collapse this season. Elsewhere there is praise for Hansi Flick after Bayern confirmed their 8th successive title, more question marks over the future of Lucien Favre at Dortmund and we check in on Leipzig's lacklustre end to a once promising campaign   Sign up to The Athletic for access to Raphael Honigstein's unrivalled Bundesliga coverage - head to theathletic.com/bundesligasback for a 40% discount Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Bayern close in on title as Werder Bremen close in on safety

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 15, 2020 34:22

    The Athletic's Raphael Honigstein is joined by Christoph Biermann & Kevin Hatchard to look at a Bundesliga weekend that saw Bayern move within three points of confirming an 8th successive title, Dortmund relying on an injury time winner to beat Dusseldorf, and Werder Bremen secure a big win at Paderborn to boost their hopes of survival. Subscribe to The Athletic here for access to Raphael Honigstein's unrivalled Bundesliga coverage and get a 40% discount Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Schalke Shambles, Werder Woes & Leipzig Labours

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 8, 2020 28:46

    The Athletic's Raphael Honigstein is joined by Christoph Biermann & Jonathan Harding to reflect on the Bundesliga weekend. The teams discuss the struggles of Schalke and Werder Bremen,the effect Werner's departure will have on RB Leipzig, and the emergence of one of the Bundesliga's next top talents in Florian Wirtz Sign up to The Athletic here for access to Raphael Hongistein's unrivalled coverage of the Bundesliga and German football and get a 40% discount Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    No love for Wagner at Schalke, Bayern edge closer to title + another impressive win for Hertha

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 1, 2020 30:11

    The Athletic's Raphael Honigstein is joined by Christoph Biermann & Kevin Hatchard to look at the Bundesliga weekend that saw another impressive victory for a resurgent Hertha Berlin, Bayern take another step towards the title, and a damaging defeat for David Wagner as Schalke lost to strugglers Werder Bremen, plus we discuss the reaction from clubs & the authorities in Germany to the players who came out in support for George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement over the weekend. Subscribe to The Athletic here for access to Raphael Honigstein's unrivalled Bundesliga coverage and get a 40% discount Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Der Klassiker reaction - Bayern take huge step to 8th title in a row and what does that mean for Dortmund & the Bundesliga?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 27, 2020 20:45

    The Athletic's Raphael Honigstein hops straight from the TV studio onto the pod to react to Bayern Munich's win over Borussia Dortmund in Der Klassiker - looking at the reasons behind Bayern's dominance, what the result means for the future of Lucien Favre as Dortmund manager, and what it does for the international reputation of the Bundesliga. Subscribe to The Athletic here for access to Raphael Honigstein's unrivalled Bundesliga coverage and get a 40% discount Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Havertz, Werner and Hertha impress + Der Klassiker preview

    Play Episode Listen Later May 25, 2020 36:47

    The Athletic's Raphael Honigstein is joined by Christoph Biermann & Kevin Hatchard to look back at the Bundesliga weekend which saw impressive performances from Leverkusen's Kai Havertz, Leipzig's Timo Werner and a big win for Hertha in the Berlin derby. The guys are also joined by Lars Pollmann from The Yellow Wall pod to preview Tuesday's pivotal Der Klassiker between Dortmund & Bayern Sign up to The Athletic here for Raphael Honigstein's unrivalled Bundesliga coverage and get a 40% discount Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Bundesliga restart: ghost games and ghost goats

    Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2020 32:31

    The Athletic's Raphael Honigstein looks at how the Bundesliga performed over the weekend with the eyes of the world watching the first round of 'ghost games', with insight from Christoph Biermann & Archie Rhind-Tutt who were both in stadiums at the weekend   Sign up to The Athletic here for Raphael Honigstein's exclusive Bundesliga coverage and get a 40% discount Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Bundesliga prepares for kick-off despite sending Dynamo Dresden into quarantine

    Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2020 32:28

    The Athletic's Raphael Honigstein is joined by Christoph Biermann and Kevin Hatchard to look at the latest around the Bundesliga's impending return despite Dynamo Dresden's whole squad having to quarantine for 14-days due after two players tested positive for COVID-19, we also get the latest on how players have reacted to being back in action, and the guys make their predictions for the title race, European spots and relegation  Sign up to The Athletic here for Raphael Honigstein's exclusive Bundesliga content and get a 40% discount Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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