Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Episode 213 - 2016 J.League Finale

The curtain came down on the 2016 J.League season last weekend, and Cesare Polenghi, Stuart Smith and Jon Steele all feature on our final podcast of the year.

In Part 1 Cesare discusses Kashima's J1 title triumph and commiserates with Urawa (to 37:20), and rounds up the top flight with some surprising and disappointing teams of the season (to 48:10), then Stuart and Jon take over to talk about Cerezo Osaka's promotion (to 1:12:00), Kanazawa retaining their J2 status (to 1:19:12) and some hopes for the 2017 season.



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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Episode 212 - 2016 J.League Playoffs

Sam Robson from Football Radar guests on the podcast this week to review a big week of J.League playoff action, involving teams from all three divisions.

We begin with the first leg of the J1 Championship Final between Kashima and Urawa and talk about how Antlers got there with their semi final win (to 22:10), then move on to the J2 Promotion Playoff semi finals, look ahead to the final (to 36:15), and finish with a check on the J2-J3 Playoff.



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This episode is also available on iTunes (hooray!).

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Episode 211 - J2 Final Day

After Sunday's dramatic final day of the J2 season Stuart Smith joined me for this week's podcast, that was frustratingly cut short by technical difficulties.

We begin with J2 Champions Sapporo, move on to Shimizu's promotion, and discuss the four teams that will contest the playoffs, before shifting our focus to the bottom of the table, but after chatting about FC Gifu's great escape, my recording software turned itself off (at 35:30), and I was forced to recap the end of the J3 season and briefly preview the J1 playoffs solo.



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This episode is also available on iTunes.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Episode 210 - Japan & J2 Matchday 41

Barry Valder and Dave Brooks guest after a thrilling J2 Matchday 41.

I begin the episode with brief updates on the Japan National Team and the Emperor's Cup Round of 16 (to 5:00), then Barry jumps in to discuss Shimizu's superb run that has them within touching distance of promotion with one game left in the J2 season (to 30:00). Then Dave chats about Machida's win over Matsumoto, that did Shimizu a favour, and Zelvia's terrific season as a whole. I finish with an update on the J2 #RelegationDogfight, and J3.



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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Episode 209 - J1 Final Day & J2 Drama

After another monumental J.League weekend Dan Orlowitz and Stuart Smith guest to round it all up.

Dan was in Nagoya for the final day of the J1 season so we begin with Grampus (to 23:15), before rounding up some other results (to 32:25) and the top two (to 37:35) before finishing Part 1 with the Emperor's Cup and the Japan National Team (to 47:13).

Then in Part 2 Stuart chats Gifu and the other relegation-threatened teams (to 1:05:30), before we move to the top of J2 (to 1:19:05) and finish with J3.



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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Episode 208 - 2016 J1 Matchday 33 & J2 Run-In

In this week's podcast Alan Gibson guests to chat about J1 Matchday 33, and we get you ready for Thursday's climactic final round of the season. We begin with the teams at the top (to 20:21), before moving on to the four teams still in danger of relegation (to 46:43).

Then in Part 2 Jon Steele returns to run the rule over J2 with four games left in the season, and we finish with a brief J3 update.



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This episode is also available on iTunes.