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:


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.

As always, listen below or wherever you get your podcasts.


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.


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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Ep. 95: Atlético Madrid first leg recap

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.

Some 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?

There 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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Ep. 94: Bayern get past Benfica, draw Atlético Madrid

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 episode.

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.

Atlético 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?

As 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 Bayern?

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Ep. 93: Are Bayern slowing down?

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?

Scott 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.

As always, listen below or wherever you get your podcasts.


Ep. 92: Title race or only an illusion?

March 7, 2016

After last week's results, is there a title race on or only the illusion of one?

A 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.

No 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.

In 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.

Perhaps 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?

The individual standouts are also reviewed, with names like Kimmich, Vidal, Durm and Bürki coming to mind as players who were on their game Saturday evening.

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 comprise it.

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