Ep. 105: Freiburg match and winter moves

January 24, 2017

FC Bayern returned from the Winterpause with a dramatic stoppage time match winner in Freiburg, courtesy of Robert Lewandowski.

While the team didn't play all that well, Scott and Susie break down why that may or may not be all that important moving forward into the Rückrunde.

Also of note, the club made several moves during the break, with some effective immediately, and others after the season. The hosts break down where the two Hoffenheim stars will fit into the squad moving forward.

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Ep. 104: Bayern’s huge win over RB Leipzig, Mid-season awards

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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Ep. 103: Recent tactical adjustments and RB Leipzig’s title challenge from a Bayern perspective

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.

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Ep. 102: Why Bayern have struggled against Frankfurt and others

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.

Jack Grimse 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.

We delve 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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Ep. 101: Bayern turn in disjointed performance against Atlético (with Robbie Dunne)

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.

FC Bayern 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.

We 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 the player below, or wherever you get your podcasts:

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Ep. 100! A conversation about Bayern’s Twitter account with Cristian Nyari

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.

In 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.

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Ep. 99: Season preview

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!

To 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.

New 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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Ep. 98: Mid-Euro Special - The Endless RekordPod

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 the quarters.

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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Ep. 97: Assessing the Guardiola Era

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.

Pep 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.

From match 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.

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Ep. 96: What went wrong against Atlético

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?

Nobody 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.

The 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.

The gang 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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