Kebabs can make a difference! And can anyone tell us why Benedikt Höwedes isn’t in the Germany national team squad? Podcast #10

Gerry Wittman welcomes Bundesliga fanatic regulars Cris, Zulquar and Niklas for our 10th podcast. This week we give our take on the Cup final, the relegation play-offs and the German national team.

Segment 1: Manuel Neuer and Duisburg don’t know what has hit them. Furthermore, will the Neuer deal go through? Is it right to spend so much money on a keeper who is out of a contract in 2012? Is Oliver Kahn’s criticism of Bayern employing Jupp Heynckes valid? That and more in our first segment .

Segment 2: Rehash the action of the relegation play offs. And find out which teams are favorites to win their play off.

Segment 3: Hamit Altintop proves that Kebabs can be important. But, in more relevant news, why isn’t Benedikt Höwedes in the German national team? And what are the prospects of players like Hummels and Reus going forward?  Find out all that you need to know about the upcoming fixtures of the national team.

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Niklas Wildhagen

Niklas is a 33-year-old football writer and podcaster who has been following the Bundesliga and German football since the early 90s. You can follow him on Twitter, @normusings, and listen to his opinions on @TalkingFussball.


  1. The charge against Löw is that he is partial to Stuttgart and Bayern players and leans more towards them than others. It is also suspected that to the run up to the EUROS and the WC he attended a lot of Stuttgart and Bayern games but few other clubs. I don’t think that’s exactly the case but there could be some truth to that considering his squad selection over the years.

    One thing that is quite clear to me is that Löw is very conservative when it comes to his squad in the sense that he has a certain player type he prefers over others. Players like Mertesacker, Friedrich, Lahm, Badstuber, etc. provide a certain comfort zone for Löw that he hesitates to get out of so those players have a stronger footing in the team over others, even if some don’t exactly merit it. Too much change too soon seems to make him more hesitant and that’s probably why players like Hummels, Höwedes, and Reus took so long to get noticed.

  2. As for Klose, if I were Bayern I might want to convince him to be a part of my bench–he’s a handy player to have as a sub and Heynckes would do right in accommodating him. I also wish Rolfes had not been included in the German roster as I must now pay attention anxiously to see if he gets injured on international duty.

  3. Great listen, as always. And the talk on Hoewedes got me thinking as we heard in the US about the Gold Cup roster not including Timmy Chandler was down to a potential issue betwixt club and national coach–does Jogi have some Bundesliga managers or clubs who aren’t too fond of him and that explains some of his more curious selections?

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