December 24, 2016
With Bayern finishing their Hinrunde on the highest of notes, we decided to take a look back at that match and the first half of the season as a whole.
Joining Michel and Scott is Jonathan Harding of Deutsche Welle's Bundesilga coverage for the final Rekord Pod of 2016.
The show gets into Bayern's tactical decisions as they regard the deployment of Thomas Müller and the number 10 position as a whole.
Finally, to end the show, the gang gives out mid-season awards to the best, worst, and funniest people and moments of the Hinrunde.
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December 8, 2016
After a bit of an extended break, the show returns with an extra-long episode covering topics everywhere from RB Leipzig to Schalke's ever-funnier failures.
In the first half of the program, Scott and Susie are joined by Lewis Ambrose to talk about the Bundesliga title race, which seemingly does not include Borussia Dortmund. Actually we ended up talking about BVB for a good chunk of the program, but the primary topic was the controversy surrounding RB Leipzig, who sit atop the table at the moment.
In the second half of the show, Scott and Michel delve into the tactics Bayern have employed since going winless in three straight matches a few weeks ago. Preferred defensive structures are discussed, as is the usage of Renato Sanches in place of the injured Arturo Vidal.
October 20, 2016
Despite playing a much better match overall to beat PSV
Eindhoven at midweek, there are still a number of tactical problems
plaguing FC Bayern. This week we go into the issues Carlo Ancelotti
still has to address.
joins the show this episode to go over Bayern's two matches since the
international break, one a sloppy draw and the other a much-improved
performance resulting in a win.
into the continuing tactical issues facing the team (spoiler: Susie
hates the 4-3-3) and the possibility of some personnel alterations, and
as usual, digress into funny Dutch football things.
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September 29, 2016
Tactical analysis of FC Bayern's first loss of the season away to Atlético Madrid. We are joined by Atléti writer Robbie Dunne to cover the ins and outs of what turned out to be a tactical disaster for the Bavarians.
lost their first match of the season to the very team that ended their
Champions League hopes last term, Atlético Madrid. There was so much
that went awry for FCB, but by the same token so much that came off
brilliantly for Diego Simeone's team.
Robbie Dunne, a writer for Atléti site Into The Calderón, helped Susie and Scott breakdown the match from a non-Bayern perspective.
sometimes find that matches Bayern lose provide for better podcasts,
and we have near-certainty that this is one of our best yet. Listen in
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September 16, 2016
FC Bayern's US Twitter account is becoming a thing in and of itself, and as it's a notable occurrence in the world of German soccer, we figured a conversation with someone who runs it was in order.
This is kind of the podcast version of a birthday isn't it? 100! That's a big, round number!
The title of this show is accurate, as we go in-depth about @FCBayernUS
and the brutal owns it dishes out on a daily basis with one of the
administrators of the account. The conversation goes into how Bayern's
vision for social media differs from that of other teams and brands, as
well as the guiding philosophy behind the strategy.
the second half of the program, it's all tactics. Cris stays on as we
delve into the first few games under Carlo Ancelotti, especially the
thriller two weeks ago in Gelsenkirchen. What's changed? What hasn't?
What will? These questions and more are addressed in this week's show.
As always, listen below or on your podcasting service of choice. Thanks for helping us hit 100!
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.
As always, listen below or wherever you get your podcasts. Thanks for another great season.
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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