August 16, 2016
The gang breaks down not only the DFL-Supercup that FC Bayern
won last weekend, but also discuss the possible challengers to the
Bavarians this term.
It's that time of year again! FC
Bayern are gearing up for their attempt at becoming
back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back champions. That's five!
start the show, the gang, plus Bayern Central colleague Conor Garratt,
go over the tactical highs and lows from the Supercup against Borussia
Dortmund, a match which FC Bayern won (2-0) on the strength of their
second half performance. There were some concerning moments both
tactically and emotionally, as Franck Ribéry lost his temper in a first
half that could have lost the match for Bayern.
trainer Carlo Ancelotti has obviously changed things for the squad, but
how are they looking at this early stage? We try to diagram a few
changed that we've noticed through preseason.
In the second part of the show, it's all about other teams. Well, as much as it can be with us.
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June 28, 2016
Bayern's players are on display this summer with their national teams
at Euro '16, and most of them have advanced with their countries into
the knockout rounds.
Germany face a tough
test against Italy in the quarterfinals, and indeed history may indicate
they are doomed anyhow. Bayern player Joshua Kimmich has absolutely
stunned at right back and this revelation has really opened up the
attack. That and other tactical high-points are discussed in advance of
It also wouldn't be a Rekordmeister Podcast without some healthy Schadenfreude at the expense of the English, who left Europe twice in one week.
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May 25, 2016
FC Bayern finished off their season with the club's second double in three years, but there is still the business of contextualizing the Guardiola years at FCB.
Guardiola finished his tenure at FC Bayern the same way that Jupp
Heynckes did; by winning the Pokal. Seeing as this is the case, it makes
all the sense in the world for the crew to recap the match. It was a
tight, tense affair that both teams deserved to win, but it was Bayern
who shot their way to the cup in penalties.
analysis, the rest of the episode consists of debate surrounding the
ways in which the club has changed during the last three seasons. While
few people will seriously call the last three seasons a "failure" on the
whole, it was certainly not all roses. From here the gang go over the
individual triumphs and defeats, and where the club is now, plus where
it is headed.
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May 4, 2016
For the third season in a row, FC Bayern crashed out of the
Champions League semifinals. Amid all questions asked of Pep Guardiola,
can he be blamed for Bayern exiting at this stage once again?
can say Bayern did not try, but in the end their effort came up just
short, going out on away goals. Joining Scott and Michel is, once more,
Robbie Dunne of Into the Calderon to review everything that happened.
referee was a huge fixture of this match, calling two penalties and
letting a suspect goal stand, judging Koke to be onside when he made his
run that eventually beat everyone, even Manuel Neuer. All of the big
decisions are up for discussion. And though Bayern took the game to
Atlético Madrid, Müller's missed penalty proved crucial.
debates Bayern's first leg tactics and not pushing more for an away
goal, that now in hindsight, would have made a world of difference. And
this brings under scrutiny several themes of the Guardiola era.
We promise it is not all doom and gloom, though! Just mostly.
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April 28, 2016
FC Bayern and Atlético Madrid employed absolutely fascinating tactics in their first leg, and down just one goal, Bayern have everything to play for in at home in Munich.
Scott and Susie are joined by Atleti blogger Robbie Dunne of Into the Calderón to go over all angles of the first leg, a 1:0 home victory for the capital city club.
of the questions we try to answer include: Was Pep Guardiola justified
in his dropping of Thomas Müller from the lineup? What makes Atlético
Madrid so effective and compact in defense? Did Bayern use the correct
tactics or should they given up a little more possession?
was also a lot of discussion about the Guardiola era as a whole.
Specifically, is he treated unfairly, or if he has brought some of this
on himself. The Mats Hummels transfer is also talked about.
Lastly, of course, we could not leave without making predictions for the second leg in Munich.
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April 16, 2016
It has been a huge week for FC Bayern, and the coming ones will
prove still more important. How did Bayern get past Benfica? Is Atlético
Madrid a good draw for the club? That and more is discussed in this
Scott and Susie have some fun with Bayern's narrow-ish knockout of
Benfica, and analyze how the second leg played out. Of note, there was
the interesting lineup, and walking a fine line with yellow cards.
Madrid are next up in the Champions League but of course there are some
big matches before then: Schalke at the weekend and Werder Bremen in
the Pokal semifinal.
Werder do not appear to pose much of a
threat but this is clearly a match Bayern will not want to lose. What
sort of a lineup should Bayern field? Can Werder Bremen do anything to
get themselves in to the cup final?
always some extra stuff gets batted around - and literally this time. A
few digressions into baseball and Miami neighborhoods make this a
complete Rekord Pod episode, because what fun is only talking about
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April 6, 2016
It is beginning to seem like Bayern have not played really
well in quite a while, but the matches are still being won. Is there
cause for concern amidst all these close matches?
and Michel are joined by Bayern Central compatriots Juan Pablo Gonzalez
and Matthew Buening to primarily review the first leg of the Benfica
tie. While the match was discussed at length, they also got into some
other topics, such as Bayern's trend under Guardiola of getting worse as
the season comes to a close. The Eintracht Frankfurt game is briefly
recapped as well.
Not every discussion is
so dire, though, because the gang also debate who the most successful
musician on the team would be, and much more.
We also released a new t-shirt in the shop yesterday.
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March 7, 2016
After last week's results, is there a title race on or only the illusion of one?
pair of results during the "English Week" meant there would be
everything on the line in Dortmund, but the two teams maintained their
5-point gap atop the table with a scoreless draw.
discussion of an FC Bayern vs. Borussia Dortmund match would be
complete without one of our many BVB-supporting friends, and in this
episode we welcome Luca (@luc_bvb) back to the show.
maybe the most important Bundesliga match since April of 2012, Dortmund
had the chance to trim the Bayern lead to just two points, but the two
played to a draw at the Westfalenstadion.
Dortmund were too passive in the second half, as argued by Scott and
Michel, but Luca argues it was the best decision from Thomas Tuchel. Did
Dortmund absolutely need these three points, and if so was their
approach to the second half wrong?
individual standouts are also reviewed, with names like Kimmich, Vidal,
Durm and Bürki coming to mind as players who were on their game Saturday
Lastly, the broader questions
about the premise that there is in fact a title race at all are
discussed, as well as the mentalities of the two teams who would
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February 29, 2016
The Gang reunite for 45' of high-octane podcasting, covering
everything from FC Bayern's tactics against Juventus to the 2010 Werder
First up, naturally, is the
(2:2) draw in Turin, where Bayern excelled for the better part of an
hour before Juve got into the game themselves. Tactically speaking, discussion is held over what
led to die Roten's dominance, and then eventually their noose on Juventus falling apart just when the Italian champions looked finished.
the second half of the show the crew go over Bayern's win over VfL
Wolfsburg, where somewhat opposite of what happened in Turin, the team
only got into their groove after about an hour. Manuel Neuer was forced
into the most saves he has ever made in red, and Wolfsburg were a potent
attacking threat almost the entire match. How did Bayern maintain a
clean sheet and parlay their defense into two second-half goals? The
gang go into the tactical ins and outs.
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February 17, 2016
Scott and Susie are joined by Mia San Rot's Tobi (@redrobbery on Twitter) to go over all the action since the winter break.
Most importantly, Joshua Kimmich has been thrown into a makeshift backline, and has performed admirably. Still, doubt remains if this will work come time for the Juventus tie, as well as against other very good teams.
Next, it has been amazing to watch Robert Lewandowski ride his astonishing run of form in the new year, but are Bayern becoming over-reliant on the striker? Is the team having a problem finding other goalscorers or will they in the near-term future? Thomas Müller and Arjen Robben factor heavily into this part of the discussion, because they have seen their roles impacted as well.
Bayern's central midfielders have been impacted by the shorthanded backline a lot themselves, which means Xabi Alonso and Thiago have had to be more aggressive in their distributive and defensive responsibilities. Their impact has been felt in 2016, but is it enough moving forward into the Champions League knockout rounds?
Lastly, the changing roles of the wingers is analyzed, because we have seen Kingsley Coman get reduced playing time, not to mention Douglas Costa seeing time in a withdrawn, central role of late. Arjen Robben's changing style is also discussed here.
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