For the new Bundesliga season, BundesPremierLeague is rolling out a new feature: a podcast called Ten minute Bundesliga previews that you can find on Soundcloud as well.
The basic idea and the reason for the podcast is to give a quick summary of each team before the new Bundesliga season starts in late August. If you missed the transfer window, tuned out soccer for the summer, and\or were too busy watching the Olympics or the Euros to keep up with your club’s events, this is your chance to catch up. While the episodes and the previews are aiming to introduce the Bundesliga to a larger English-speaking audience, there will be more than enough content for die-hard fans to get a couple of nuggets for the upcoming season. I mean don’t you wanna impress your friends before the Bundesliga kicks off?
The format is as follows: we will start by briefly discussing the club’s background and history, moving on to last season’s performance. That is followed by some offseason transfers and finally we give a preview of next year, ending with a season prediction, with a number indicative of their predicted finish in the 16\17 season.
In the number ten spot we encounter one of the Bundesliga’s founding members in 1.FC Köln, or Cologne for English speakers. After a lot of initial success, which included pulling off the double in 1977-78, Cologne experienced a lot of ups and downs from the 90s onward. Known as the Billy Goats, the club, has finally solidified its Bundesliga status in recent years under head coach Peter Stöger with a couple of mid table finishes. The 15 goal season of Anthony Modeste was a welcome sight, but the two roaming fullbacks, Jonas Hector (excellent in the fall) and Marcel Risse (really shined in the spring) and a stout defense were all hallmarks of a solid Bundesliga squad. Can they improve on their ninth place finish? Listen and find out!
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Thanks and stay tuned for more Ten Minute Bundesliga Previews to be posted in the next couple of days as the Bundesliga gets underway in less than a week.