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The Other Bundesliga

By The Other Bundesliga
Three sports journalists in Austria keep you up to date with what's going on in the white-hot world of Austrian football, and a little bit beyond...
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ÖFB Cup Final - Mentality Monsters Salzburg Snatch more Silverware
Simon and Tom talk all-things cup final in Klagenfurt, as LASK attempted to stop Salzburg winning an eighth Austrian Cup trophy since 2012. We break down the game and discuss the outlook for both teams going forward into next season, as well as rounding up the rest of the action from Austrian football for your listening pleasure!
40:28
May 6, 2021
Alarm Bells at Austria Wien as League Licence is Rejected
Tom, Lee and Simon hit record to discuss the latest developments from the Violet half of Vienna. We also round up Bundesliga action and look back on the recent international break which saw Austria take on Scotland, the Faroe Islands and Denmark. In association with FotMob.
53:35
April 13, 2021
Scotland vs Austria - Post Game Analysis
Gordon from The Tartan Scarf joins us for a bonus episode chat! The opening game in World Cup Qualifying was more interesting than expected, and concluded with handshakes all round and a 2-2 draw. We look back over a cracking night for Sasa Kalajdzic and a game graced by McGinn's overhead kick; the qualifiers arrived in style!
35:52
March 26, 2021
Heartbreak for Hartberg, Elation in Innsbruck: Proper "Final Day" Drama
The team reconvene to look back on some delicious "final day" drama, and a top of the table clash that lived up to its billing in the Bundesliga. We also took a look ahead to the upcoming international fixtures, with three tasty ties on the cards for Austria. 
01:00:44
March 23, 2021
Cup Semi-Finals, European Failures and the Bundesliga Form Book
Tom, Simon and Lee discuss the action on and off the field as two dramatic cup finals are concluded, Europa League runs are over, and the Bundesliga battle for the top six spots heats up in a big way! There's also news of success in the women's football scene, transfer updates and important investments coming into play.
01:00:24
March 8, 2021
European Round Up: Europa League Round of 32 - Feb 2021
Lee looks on in horror as Salzburg stumble through their return to the UEFA Europa League at home to Villarreal CF, and special guest Chris Cowlin helps the regular crew to round up WAC vs Spurs from Budapest, as Tottenham dispatched the Carinthians with no erring.
34:55
February 19, 2021
LigaZwa - The FCPS Show / Other Bundesliga Crossover
Tom Middler spoke to two experts on Austria's 2nd division (2. Liga) in an interview originally recorded for FCPS, the Fan Owned Club in Austria's third tier. As the interview was a wide-ranging chat covering a league which we don't often feature on The Other Bundesliga, we felt that our listeners might be interested to hear more about Austria's second tier, so what else was left to do, other than a crossover episode! 
40:17
February 1, 2021
The Other Bundesliga - An Interview with the Ambassador!
His Excellency Martin Weiss, the Austrian Ambassador to the United States of America joins us all the way from Washington, DC as a very special guest for this episode of The Other Bundesliga Podcast. We talk about his love of Austrian football and how that runs alongside his international career as a diplomat. With stories from derbies in Cyprus, support for Salzburg and even a seat at the presidential inauguration, it's an interview not to be missed!
33:25
January 27, 2021
The Other Bundesliga is Back for 2021!
Tom, Lee and Simon are (remotely) reunited thanks to the magic of the internet to talk winter friendlies, all the transfers and discuss any other goings on in Austria. We take time to see how each squad has evolved (or not) over the break as we look ahead at January's first few proper Bundesliga match days and some mouthwatering clashes!
51:11
January 22, 2021
European Round Up 2020: Match Day 6
Aaand breathe! Weekly group stage matches in the Champions League and Europa League are over for 2020, and with big play offs on match day 6 for Salzburg, Rapid and WAC, we had lots to look forward to!  On this episode we reminisce about all the games that we've watched in recent weeks and months, we celebrate with the teams that got through to next year, and try to find the positives for those who didn't, as well as taking another look at the UEFA coefficient to see where Austria sits at the end of the year! 
56:36
December 13, 2020
Bundesliga Review - LASK are the New Leaders in Early December
With 10 games played, LASK take over at the top. We round up how the last few weeks have gone for all 12 Bundesliga sides; Who's playing the starring role, and who is yet to get started? Plus, live World Cup 2022 Qualifying draw reaction!
01:11:00
December 7, 2020
European Round Up 2020: Match Day 5
The group stages are nearly at an end, and three Austrian teams are still in contention! We review the match day 5 action from the UEFA Europa League and the Champions League after a whole host of lovely goals and some very welcome wins too! Can they do it on a snowy midweek in Moscow? Apparently they can!
50:14
December 4, 2020
National Team Talk: The Last of the UEFA Nations League (for 2020...)
Tom, Lee and Simon are joined by special guest Lars Sivertsen to discuss the bizarre circumstances of Austria vs Norway on the final night of international action. We pore over Austria's last 3 games and discuss the much maligned "FodaBall". We also look ahead to Euro 2020 (2021, you know what we mean) and clashes with some giants ahead in "League A" next time the Nations League comes around!
51:00
November 20, 2020
European Round Up 2020: Match Day 3
We drafted in special guest Manuel Veth to talk about the breathtaking 2-6 between Salzburg and Bayern in the Champions League, as well as covering wins for Rapid and LASK in the Europa League, and a tough task for WAC away in Zagreb.
38:55
November 7, 2020
European Round Up 2020: Match Day 2
Tom, Lee and Simon track Austria's four European competitors on their way through match day 2 of their respective competitions. Plus, Salzburg look for any glimmers of hope they can find before facing Bayern in the Champions League, Rapid need to bounce back against Dundalk, and LASK & WAC want to keep up momentum after some scintillating wins last week.
22:11
November 3, 2020
European Round Up 2020: Match Day 1
With a remarkable four Austrian teams in group stage action, Tom, Lee and Simon looked at all the games from the UEFA Champions League and Europa League, as Salzburg, Rapid, LASK and WAC were gunning for Euro glory in the name of Austria (and the coefficient!). We round up the games, the goals, the star performers, and look ahead to the fixtures for match day 2.
19:15
October 25, 2020
LASK - UEFA Europa League Group J Preview Podcast
WIth LASK fighting their way impressively back to the Europa League groups, we got on the phones around Europe to take a detailed look at each and every one of the Upper Austrians' opponents for the coming matches. It's a cracker of a group, with a recent Champions League finalist, and three other teams who will fancy their chances of battling it out for second spot. Check out our special preview episode now!
57:07
October 20, 2020
FC Salzburg - UEFA Champions League Group A Preview Podcast
On their return to the Champions League group stages FC Salzburg were drawn against some European heavyweights, so what did we do? We brought in some European heavyweights ourselves, with Raphael Honigstein, Alvaro Romeo and Artur Petrosyan giving you a brilliant in-depth look at each one of Salzburg's illustrious opponents in the European "Königsklasse"!
01:01:54
October 18, 2020
Rapid Vienna - The UEFA Europa League Group B Preview Podcast
The Other Bundesliga team take an in-depth look at how SK Rapid are shaping up ahead of their return to European competition! With a brilliant draw pitting them against Arsenal, Molde and Dundalk, we spoke to special guests from all over Europe to get the inside look at Rapid's competitors. Can they make it through the group?
01:01:14
October 16, 2020
Wolfsberger AC - The UEFA Europa League Group K Preview Podcast
Tom, Lee and Simon take a good look at how Wolfsberger AC are stacking up ahead of a second season in European action! With CSKA, Dinamo and Feyenoord their illustrious opponents, we find out from experts around Europe about how the competitors are looking elsewhere in Group K, and pick out our players and ties to look out for this autumn.
43:43
October 15, 2020
Bundesliga Review - Which Teams Hit The Ground Running in the 20/21 Season?
Tom, Lee and Simon get together at Vienna's Long Hall Pub to review the opening month of the Bundesliga season! We look at all 12 teams and how they've got started, as well as getting excited for upcoming international, ÖFB Cup and European ties too! 
01:12:55
October 8, 2020
European Roundup - Reviews and Previews from the Europa League & the Champions League
The Other Bundesliga team called Israeli football expert Raphael Gellar to talk about Salzburg's season-defining clash with Maccabi Tel Aviv in the Champions League Play-Off round, and there's also a look back at how Hartberg's Euro history got started, plus the lowdown on Rapid and LASK's qualifiers too.
35:41
September 21, 2020
20/21 Bundesliga Season Preview - Austrian Action Returns!
Tom, Simon and Lee are reunited at The Long Hall in Vienna to have a few beers and discuss what's been going on in European qualifying, cup ties and look ahead at the beginning of the new Bundesliga season! We take some questions from the twitter feed and make a few outlandish predictions for what lies ahead this year.
55:50
September 6, 2020
Christian Ziege's New Challenge: The Fan-Owned FC Pinzgau Project
When American owners took over a third division Austrian club, they had our attention. When they announced their unique fan-ownership model and plans to open the club up to an international audience, our interest was piqued even further. Once Christian Ziege came in as the manager, we had no choice but to get over there and find out what was going on! Ahead of the new season, we spoke to EURO 96 winner Ziege, club Managing Director Mark Ciociola, and also caught up with the squad's Englishman abroad, Harry Cooksley.
43:13
August 6, 2020
Off-Season Roundup - Promotion, Relegation and Transfer Talk
With pure drama and controversy, the 2nd Division came to and end and gave us another team to take their place in the Other Bundesliga. At the same time though, we could have a relegated team who just beat the drop... sounds confusing? It is! Listen up for all that and the latest transfer news and kit "reviews" in Austrian football!
31:49
August 5, 2020
The Red Bull Special - Part 2: Salzburg and Beyond, with Karan Tejwani
We're joined by Karan Tejwani, author of the Red Bull football book "Wings of Change" to discuss Salzburg's special 19/20 season, and where they sit when compared to RB Leipzig, FC Liefering and other teams in the Red Bull football stable.
43:18
July 20, 2020
The Red Bull Special - Part 1: A Seventh Title for Salzburg
Tom, Lee and Simon journey back through Jesse Marsch's record-breaking first season in charge of Salzburg. From summer departures to summer celebrations almost a whole year later, relive the ups, downs and more ups of Red Bull Salzburg's 2019-2020 campaign with The Other Bundesliga.
37:17
July 17, 2020
Match Day 32: Europe (and relegation) - The Final Countdown
The last round of matches would decide the fates of four Bundesliga teams, but who would be in the league no longer, and who would be in the Europa League for next year?  Tom, Simon and Lee discuss the final day drama, and look ahead to those UEL quali play-off things!
28:33
July 8, 2020
Match Day 31 - The Heavens Opened, but Which Teams were Saved This Week?
Two teams secured themselves against the drop, setting up a thrilling final day showdown at the bottom. Up at the other end, Simon was in attendance for a washed out Wednesday of games played in the middle of huge storms! The team look ahead to the last day of the Austrian Bundesliga season...
16:43
July 4, 2020
Match Day 30 - Salzburg in Seventh Heaven as Rapid Turnaround the Race for Europe
Salzburg finally seal the deal and close out the title, but elsewhere in the league the European battles and the relegation scrap only heated up with the results on match day 30. Tom, Simon and Lee report back on all the action as we head into a frantic final week of the Austrian Bundesligs season!
14:58
June 30, 2020
Match Day 29 - A Magnificent Seven for Salzburg, and Six-Pointers Galore
News on the regulations for the start of next season, plus LASK's appeal update and a few transfers doing the rounds in recent days. Lee is on hand to witness a truly spectacular strike as Salzburg edge ever closer to another title, and Tom & Simon take a trip to St Pölten with things getting dicey at the wrong end of the table.
26:38
June 27, 2020
Match Day 28 - Agent Hartberg Take Out Another Title Rival as Relegation Battle Hots Up
Hartberg go wild away from home once again, but Salzburg can't get over the line (yet). Austria record 3 on the bounce for the first time in ages, and the battle at the bottom is looking peachy!
14:23
June 22, 2020
Match Day 27 - Rapid Gain Ground as LASK Finally Win
Tom, Simon and Lee look at the match action from the Bundesliga, as we reach the half way mark in the championship and qualification rounds. Who dropped two vital points in the relegation battle, and how are those Euro qualifying spots shaping up? Find out here!
13:18
June 18, 2020
Match Day 26 - Rapid get the Rub of the Green and Home Woes in the Bottom Half
The usual pod suspects have 6 more Bundesliga games to look at, as well as some suggestions on the hottest talents in the league, and who should have a shave!
41:05
June 15, 2020
Match Day 25 - Sturm in a Teacup, or just "Football Culture"?
The team look back over the Match Day 25 action from the top and bottom six, including some more stunning goals and an expletive laden outburst with consequences.  Who's on form in the Austrian Bundesliga? Or is it all just random over here anyway?!
19:44
June 13, 2020
Match Day 24 - Salzburg Streets Ahead - Admira Adrift?
The team send back live reports from around the grounds at Rapid vs Sturm and Admira vs Mattersburg, as well as casting an eye over the remaining games, most of which were full of goals, and good ones too!
14:18
June 7, 2020
The League Lockdown is Lifted, but How About that Title Race?
A Wolfsberg wonder-goal lit up the league, but could Salzburg start as they meant to go on? LASK faced their big comeback against Hartberg. and down in the bottom six there was a Jamaican sensation for struggling St Pölten.
44:24
June 5, 2020
Salzburg Dominate Socially-Distanced Cup Final as LASK Saga Rolls On...
Austria Lustenau ensured a safe distance from the season's first trophy with a drubbing in the final, and Jesse Marsch gets his hands on his first European silverware as a head coach.  LASK have their punishment dished out, but could an appeal drag the whole league into a mire? We look back on the cup final, and ahead to the restart of the Austrian Bundesliga season!
31:58
May 31, 2020
The Other Bundesliga Comeback is off to a Scandalous Start...
A video of LASK breaking Covid-19 rules in training has overshadowed the news that the Bundesliga will be back in a few weeks. Tom, Simon and Lee are back together at the Long Hall in Vienna to record our first regular pod in what seems like ages! We look at the possible punishments for LASK, the accusations of "industrial espionage", and just how the league (and cup) is going to make a comeback.
30:56
May 18, 2020
Lockdown Lookback on: Austria at the France '98 World Cup
The team cast a lockdown lookback upon Austria's run to the France '98 World Cup, as well as their tough draw in the group stages. Relive the goals, the classic shirts and the haircuts of the late 1990's with our special episode! Polster, Herzog, Stoeger and more come to the fore as Austria took on the world for the last time to date...
51:56
May 8, 2020
The Other Bundesliga Calls... Samuel Tetteh
Tom calls up LASK and Ghana forward Samuel Tetteh to chat about life on and off the football pitch, as we wait to see what will happen with the remainder of the Austrian Bundesliga season.   (Note: This is an audio version of a video interview which can be found on our YouTube channel)
17:58
May 4, 2020
The Other Bundesliga Calls... Stefan Schwab
Whilst we wait to see what happens with the rest of the 2019/2020 football season in Austria, we spoke to some of the players! In this episode Lee talks to SK Rapid captain Stefan Schwab about his home life, his finest moments on the pitch and much more.
23:04
April 30, 2020
How Could the Bundesliga be Concluded for 2019/20?
The team get together (remotely) to talk about the ending of the season in Austria. Does the cancellation of the league in Belgium bring Austria (and other leagues) one step closer to the same fate? And what would the potential repercussions be for Austrian football if it did end early? Listen to our thoughts here...
19:04
April 5, 2020
That Lockdown Episode with our Top 10 Moments!
The team record remotely from their lives in lockdown, and once they've sorted out what might happen with the Austrian league in the coming months, Tom, Simon and Lee look back over some of their favourite Austrian football events since the start of the pod. Enjoy!
48:56
March 21, 2020
Bundesliga Match Day 22 was fun - but when's the next one?
Coronavirus has had a huge impact on world sport, and Austria has of course taken some extreme measures, but what will become of the rest of this season? The team (and special guest Richard Turkowitsch) came up with some ideas for what might happen. Whilst we wait for the next match day, we also enjoyed looking back over the last round of Bundesliga fixtures... the last ones for how long?
34:09
March 14, 2020
Andy Mitten on United's Austrian Experience...
Got no fans? It's behind closed doors tonight in Linz, but what have the fans been getting up to, and were they brave enough to travel in the first place? Editor of the long-running "United We Stand" fanzine Andy Mitten talks to The Other Bundesliga ahead of the game. http://www.uwsonline.com/
05:31
March 12, 2020
Europa League Special: LASK vs Man Utd Preview!
It's taking place behind closed doors in Linz due to Coronavirus measures, but what's the prognosis for LASK as they take on English heavyweights Manchester United? With no fans, it promises to be an odd occasion on Thursday evening, but The Other Bundesliga team take you through the ins and outs of a massive tie for the Austrian league-leaders.
22:25
March 11, 2020
Late Goals in Europe & LASK Extend Bundesliga Lead!
Recorded live at First Vienna's Hohe Warte stadium, we look over the Bundesliga games as LASK move further clear at the top of the table. Are Jesse Marsch's Salzburg in crisis? Meanwhile in the Europa league Salzburg have only a sliver of hope left vs Eintracht, and LASK vs AZ is poised nicely for Thursday in Linz!
26:28
February 25, 2020
The Bundesliga is BACK, and LASK Lead!
LASK knock Salzburg off their perch (for now) with a thrilling 3-2 away win as the two teams prepare to head into their Europa League clashes this week.  Elsewhere in the league, the top 6 might just be sewn up! Who had a nightmare? Which keeper surely got fouled? And how about all those free-kicks? Join Tom, Simon and Lee as they round up all the league and cup action!
52:24
February 18, 2020
The Best of the Winter Break - February 2020
The Other Bundesliga team talk through the biggest transfers of the long winter break. Who did some decent deals, and who has failed to strengthen their squad for 2020? We look at the games coming up this winter, and whether there's an end in sight to the dominance of Red Bull Salzburg...
32:51
February 2, 2020
The Matthias Sindelar Story (Part 2) - An Other Bundesliga Special
The closing chapters of Sindelar's amazing story. A look back at some incredible moments in Austrian football history; from the 1934 World Cup, to the annexation of Austria and ultimately, Sindelar's tragic final day.  The second part of a special Other Bundesliga double-episode on the Austria and FAK legend Matthias Sindelar, told with the help of his biographer Camilo Francka.
31:57
January 30, 2020
European Roundup: Match Day 6
The team pick through the Europa League Last 32 draw, and assess the final day of Champions League and Europa League group stage action for the Austrian sides. European Champions Virgil van Dijk and Andy Robertson tell us what they thought of FC Salzburg.
38:45
December 17, 2019
European Roundup: Match Day 5
Salzburg gear up for one of their biggest ever European nights against reigning UCL champs Liverpool, and LASK secure a stunning knockout berth in the Europa League to boot! Wolfsberger AC are down and out, but how long until they're back on the European stage? We look ahead to Match Day 6, and what possible draws might await the Austrian teams after Christmas!
35:26
December 9, 2019
Domestic Duties: A Bumper Bundesliga Round-Up!
The team look back at the last few domestic game weeks to spot the trends, the troubles and the triumphs of the Bundesliga's 12 teams. 
57:57
December 7, 2019
National Team Talk: Austria Book their Ticket to EURO 2020!
Tom and Simon celebrate Austria reaching their 3rd EUROs, and their second in succession! We look back on the qualifying campaign, and ahead to the prospect of going into the tournament with feet firmly on the ground. Team member Julian Baumgartlinger tells us what qualifying means to Austrian football.
25:35
November 23, 2019
European Roundup: Match Day 4
Haaland is at it again, but for how long? All the Austrian action in Europe, including a famous win in Linz, Salzburg surviving with a draw, and Wolfsberger left to rue another late lapse.
34:35
November 12, 2019
European Roundup: Match Day 3
The unthinkable happened! Salzburg finally slipped to a home defeat in the Champions League. The Other Bundesliga team look at their chances of progression, and assess how LASK and Wolfsberger are getting on at the halfway stage in their Europa League groups, to boot! Includes a post-match interview with Salzburg superstar Erling Haaland.
43:45
October 28, 2019
Domestic Duties: A Bundesliga and Cup round-up!
The league has had a few months to get warmed up, and the cup got spicy early on as well, so Tom & Lee thought it was high time to have a look at how each of the 12 Bundesliga clubs have fared in the opening part of the Austrian season. Featuring an interview with Red Bull Salzburg captain Andreas Ulmer. 
57:10
October 18, 2019
National Team Talk: October's EURO 2020 Qualifiers
Why aren't the public enjoying Austria's tilt towards EURO 2020? Tom and Lee enlist the help of Football Radar's Anna Konovalova to round up the Group G qualification action of Austria vs Israel, & Slovenia vs Austria.
20:55
October 16, 2019
European Roundup: Match Day 2
Tom, Simon and Lee look back on an action packed week for Austrian sides in Europe! Only the 1 point gained, but a whole lot of pride. We also ask: What's behind the recent rise in Austrian football? Featuring: Liverpool vs Salzburg, Wolfsberger vs Roma & Sporting vs LASK.
39:60
October 7, 2019
European Roundup: Match Day 1
The team dissect match day 1 of the Champions League and Europa League group stages over breakfast! Featuring our thoughts on stunning wins for all 3 Austrian sides, Salzburg, LASK and Wolfsberger.
24:32
September 26, 2019
Euro Preview Pod: Wolfsberger AC
The team preview Wolfsberger AC's group draw. The Carinthians will face Borussia Monchengladbach, AS Roma and Istanbul Basaksehir in their maiden European campaign. Featuring guest appearances from Manuel Veth and Rich Hall.
15:36
September 19, 2019
Euro Preview Pod 2: LASK
The team look at LASK's Europa League opposition, with Rosenborg, Sporting and PSV Eindhoven the group stage challengers! Many thanks to our guests for insight from around the continent - Steve Wyss (Rosenborg), Tom Kundert (Sporting) and Yannick Eling (PSV).
22:50
September 17, 2019
Euro Preview Pod 1: FC Salzburg
Live from a sports bar on the Ringstrasse in Vienna - Tom, Lee and Simon preview FC Salzburg's UEFA Champions League group as part of a three-episode series focusing on the Austrian clubs in European competition.
20:24
September 15, 2019
An American in Salzburg: The Jesse Marsch Interview
The Other Bundesliga had a day out in Salzburg to catch up with the champions' new coach, and find out what it means to be the first U.S. coach in Champions League history...
27:12
August 26, 2019
European Review: LASK lose in play-off first leg
The team look back over the finer points of LASK's 1-0 loss to Club Brugge in the Champions League play-off first leg, and cast an excited eye forward to the European group stage draws! Recorded at Salzburg's Red Bull Arena.
17:48
August 22, 2019
Champions League Challengers! LASK's Memorable Moment in Linz
After a famous European victory over FC Basel, we interview James Holland and Peter Michorl as LASK prepare to face Brugge for a Champions League spot. In the Bundesliga, we round up lots of match day 3 action, with interviews and guests, and look forward to the cup and league match day 4.
45:57
August 14, 2019
LASK in the Lead! A European and Austrian Action Roundup...
The team reflect on LASK's stunning first leg win, and look ahead to the third match day of the Bundesliga while casting an eye over what happened on match day 2! Craig King aka FootballSwissEN also gives us a Swiss take on the European tie.
33:00
August 9, 2019
Bundesliga's Back! Match Day 1 Review
The team get back together to discuss Rapid vs Salzburg and the rest of the opening weekend's fixtures! A look at the European club qualifiers and round 1 of the cup too. Featuring interviews with Andre Ramalho, Gerhard Struber and Michael Liendl.
52:18
August 1, 2019
The Matthias Sindelar Story (Part 1) - An Other Bundesliga Special
Why was he nicknamed the Paper Man? Was he actually the Messi of the 1930s? And was he really murdered by the Nazis? Here’s part 1 of our look into the life and death of Austria Vienna and Austria legend Matthias Sindelar, told with the help of his biographer Camilo Francka.
22:48
July 29, 2019
Bye Bye Bundesliga: Farewell to the 2018/2019 Season
The crew report on how Austria's 12 top flight teams are looking come the end of a long season, there are some in and outs as well. A special guest joins us to talk about the Austrian national team's latest outing, too. It's the regular season finale of The Other Bundesliga!
25:38
June 12, 2019