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.
This episode discusses FC Ingolstadt, the surprise team of last season, who managed to get all the way to 11th and won numerous accolades along the way. In their first ever Bundesliga campaign, the Audi sponsored Bavarian club was led by Ralph Hasenhüttl, who installed a manic press that frustrated opponents. Their combination of solid defense and counterpressing made their games not the most exciting, but a woeful first half attack (11 goals scored in the fall) finally improved: Bundesliga key pass leader and set piece extraordinaire, Pascal Gross, finally had some players (Hartmann and Hinterseer) get on the end of his passes, and die Schanzer never really sniffed relegation.
So what will happen to FCI in their second Bundesliga season after a difficult offseason? 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.