Welcome to The J-Talk Podcast, your weekly (we hope) review of all the goings-on in Japanese football. Our primary focus will be on the J.League, but we also intend to provide coverage on the national teams and on Japanese players in Europe.
For this, the pilot episode, I called on Daily Yomiuri, Weekly Soccer Magazine and J.League website football writer Sean Carroll to get his thoughts on the upcoming J.League season.
Timed to coincide with the release of Sean's season preview in the Yomiuri, which you can find here, our interview covered almost exactly an hour and the bulk of it features Sean's thoughts on what storylines will shape the agenda in 2012, his tips for the top four and relegation, and teams who have strengthened their squads the most in the offseason. Towards the end (from the 46:30 mark) we discussed how the four Japanese clubs competing in the Asian Champions League fared in Matchday 1, as well as a general chat about the pros and cons of the ACL.
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