Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Episode 190 - Kashima Kings of The First Stage

After Kashima were crowned J1 first stage champions on Saturday, Scott McIntyre made his long awaited return to the podcast to run the rule over the top flight at the halfway point of the season.

We work our way down the table, with Scott opining on the season so far and possible contenders in the second stage (to 49:00), before he picks his Best XI of the first stage (to 1:07:00), and I finish the episode with a quick check on J2 and J3.



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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Episode 189 - 2016 J1 Matchday 16

After Kashima seized the advantage in the J1 first stage title race on Saturday night, Sam 'Nostradamus' Robson from Football Radar guested on this week's podcast as we round up Matchday 16.

After an in-depth look at both Kawasaki and Kashima (to 20:45) and then Urawa and Hiroshima (to 30:15), we work our way through the other six games (to 47:00), before I finish the episode with a look at J2 and J3.



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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Episode 188 - 2016 J1 Matchday 15

Alan Gibson guested on this week's episode of J-Talk to chat about J1 and the new issue of JSoccer Magazine.

After some brief national team discussion (to 12:45), we discuss the top flight from top to bottom, before Alan gives us the highlights from Issue 20 of JSoccer.



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Monday, June 6, 2016

Episode 187 - J2 Special June 2016

With no J1 games scheduled for the weekend Stuart Smith and Jon Steele once again took the controls of the good ship J-Talk for the latest of their now monthly J2 Specials.

After rounding up Japan's big win over Bulgaria, the Nabisco Cup, J3 and the JFL (to 20:05) the boys go full throttle on the second tier, from top to bottom.



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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Episode 186 - 2016 J1 Matchday 14

Following another action-packed J.League weekend, Sam Robson from Football Radar and Barry Valder guest on this week's podcast to round up the highlights.

In Part 1 (to 33:00) Sam reviews J1 Matchday 14 and gives his thoughts on the first stage title race and #RelegationDogfight (as well as a long overdue Nabisco Cup update!), then in Part 2 a still giddy Barry relives Shimizu's remarkable Saturday, when they made J.League history with an 8-0 win over Gunma. I finish the episode with the other highlights from J2 Matchday 15, and the key results from J3.



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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Episode 185 - Cesare's State of the Top Flight Address

Recorded after FC Tokyo's ACL elimination on Tuesday night, this week's podcast with Cesare Polenghi covers Tokyo's loss and the top four in J1 after Matchday 13, before we move on to a wider discussion on the state of the top flight. Is winning really that important to clubs and their supporters? Why do some clubs continually fail to establish a successful mentality? And what does J-Pop have to do with the J.League? You'll get answers to all these questions and more in our hour-long chat. I finish the episode with the rest of the J1 results, and a check on J2 and J3.



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