Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Episode 170 - 2015 Season Finale

After last weekend's thrilling conclusion to the J.League season Sean Carroll, Bryan Cooper and Dave Brooks guest on the final J-Talk for 2015.

In Part 1 (to 33:35) Sean recaps Hiroshima's J1 title win and muses on the future of the two-stage and playoff formats, in Part 2 Bryan discusses Fukuoka's J1 promotion playoff victory, and finally in Part 3 Dave reviews Machida's second leg and aggregate win in the J2/J3 playout.



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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Episode 169 - J2 Playoffs & J2/J3 Playout

In our second episode of the week Bryan Cooper and Eilean Kelly make their J-Talk debuts to chat about Sunday's results in the J2 promotion playoffs and J2/J3 playout, respectively.

In Part 1 (to 30:05) Bryan discusses Fukuoka's superb season and their win over Nagasaki in the playoff semi final, before we shift our attention to this Sunday's final 'at home' against Cerezo Osaka.

Then in Part 2 Eilean first recounts Machida missing out on the J3 title in tragic circumstances, before celebrating Zelvia's win over Oita in the first leg of the playout, and looking ahead to Sunday's return leg.



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Monday, November 30, 2015

Episode 168 - J1 Playoffs

Cesare Polenghi guests on the first podcast of the week to discuss Gamba Osaka's win over Urawa in the J1 playoff semi final, another failure for Reds and his concerns about the playoff system. We later preview the two-legged final between Hiroshima and Gamba, and Cesare tells us why he feels Sanfrecce hold the advantage.

The week's second episode will feature a review of the J2 promotion playoff semi finals and a look ahead to the final, as well as a recap of the first leg of the J2 J3 promotion relegation playout and a preview of the second leg.


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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Episode 167 - Final Day Drama

After a drama-filled final (long) weekend of the J.League season, Alan Gibson and Jon Steele guested to round up all the action at the top of all three divisions.

In Part 1 (to 26:55) Alan discusses Gamba Osaka's rise to third and Hiroshima topping the J1 table, then previews Saturday's playoff semi final between Urawa and Gamba. We also celebrate the prolific Yoshito Okubo.

Later in Part 2 Jon recaps the amazing battle for second in J2 and previews the promotion playoffs and J2/J3 playout between Oita and Machida (to 1:01:30), before we finish with the amazing ending in Tottori that saw Yamaguchi crowned J3 Champions.



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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Episode 166 - What A Week!

After a massive week in Japanese football, Alan Gibson, Steve Barme and Stuart Smith guested to round it all up. In Part 1 (to 28:50) Alan reviews Japan's two wins and the Emperor's Cup Round of 16 results, before we preview the final matchday of the J1 season. In Part 2 (to 50:30) Steve celebrates Omiya's J2 title and gives his thoughts on who'll be joining The Squirrels in J1, and then in Part 3 Stuart 'celebrates' Gifu's safety and discusses the playoff race in J2 and the battle for top spot in J3.



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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Episode 165 - 2015 J1 Matchday 33

As the J.League season moves towards a thrilling conclusion this week's podcast is a comprehensive look at all three divisions with Cesare Polenghi and Jon Steele. In Part 1 Cesare discusses the key results at the top of J1 (to 44:10), then I round up the rest of the Matchday 33 slate, before Jon returns to opine on the key battles at the top and bottom of J2, while we finish with a look at the top of J3.



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