Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Episode 202 - 2016 J1 Matchday 29

After another action (and controversy) packed J1 round Sam Robson from Football Radar returned to the pod to round up all of the games from Matchday 29.

We begin with the full season top three, including all the talking points/handbags from Kawasaki's loss to Omiya (to 21:35), before moving on to the #RelegationDogfight (to 40:00) and the 2nd Stage title race (to 47:20). I then try and nail Sam down for some predictions in all three areas (to 55:10), before we try something a little different and preview all of the Matchday 30 fixtures.



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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Episode 201 - 2016 J1 Matchday 28

On this week's podcast Alan Gibson returns to discuss the Japan national team and his trip to Bangkok for the Thailand game, J1 scrapping the two-stage system, and all of the results from J1 Matchday 28.

In Part 1 our Japan chat runs to the 19:15 mark, then we speculate on the reason(s) behind the top flight returning to a single season format to 30:15. Part 2 includes a full wrap of the top flight matchday and all the permutations at both ends of the table, before we finish with a quick look at J2 and J3, and Alan previews Issue 21 of JSoccer Magazine.



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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Episode 200 - Japan v UAE & Thailand

J-Talk turns 200 with a chat on the Japan national team and the state of play in J1 with Sean Carroll, who was also the guest, among his many appearances on the show, for the first-ever episode, back at the start of the 2012 season.

There's reaction to Thailand 0-2 Japan played on Tuesday as well as the home loss to the UAE to open the final qualifying round last Thursday, with Shinji Kagawa in particular under the microscope (Japan chat to 33:35), then with seven games left in the J1 season we ponder a four team playoff, and Nagoya's survival hopes. #When reading the J1 fixtures I said Kobe host Kofu, but they don't - Gamba Osaka do.

Thanks to all of you who have supported the podcast through its first 200 episodes!



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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Episode 199 - J2 Special August 2016

Stuart Smith and Jon Steele returned to the podcast for the latest of their J2 Specials, but before focusing on the second tier we discussed an eventful J1 Matchday 27, the Japan National Team and the Emperor's Cup kickoff.



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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Episode 198 - 2016 J1 Matchday 26

After Urawa and Kawasaki faced off in the biggest game of the J1 season on Saturday night at Saitama Stadium, Ryan Steele returned to the pod for an in depth look at the game. We later discuss Mu Kanazaki's outburst against his manager during Kashima's win over Shonan, before moving on to the #RelegationDogfight.



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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Episode 197 - 2016 J1 Matchday 25

Sam Robson returned as guest for the second straight week in this, an abbreviated and 'near-live' (for you the listener) episode of J-Talk. After Tosu's win over Kawasaki potentially opened up the battle for top spot (and left myself and Sam eating our words from last week) we discuss that game and Urawa's comfortable win at Nagoya, and also Kashima getting themselves somewhat back on track.

We finish with a quick check on the other Matchday 25 results, and briefly look ahead to Saturday's Matchday 26 fixtures, when (almost) all eyes will be on Saitama Stadium for the clash of the top two.



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