The J-Talk Podcast
Episode 310 - A Welcome Return

Episode 310 - A Welcome Return

April 7, 2020

Don't want to get your J.League hopes up with the episode title, but it refers to our friend Cesare Polenghi, who joins Sam and I on the pod after a lengthy absence.

After an initial catch up, we dive in to a few J.League-resumption contingency proposals, a 20 team top flight, and discuss Monday's announcement that (at the time of recording) seven prefectures were entering a state of emergency with the worst of the coronavirus seemingly yet to come here.

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Where art thou, J.League?

Where art thou, J.League?

April 4, 2020

Jon Steele & Stuart Smith don't have a lot of football to talk about, but that doesn't mean there is NOTHING to talk about.

Player mindsets, training regimes, future projections, and when we think the J.League will resume are all discussed, as are Avispa Fukuoka fashion, Go West and the things we do when drunk. Enjoy!! And more importantly, stay safe out there. 

A special thank you to the Patreons of the podcast. We know that during these times especially that money/enthusiasm can be a bit scarce, but we thank you for allowing to try and bring a little light relief into your listening routine. 

Episode 309 - No End In Sight

Episode 309 - No End In Sight

March 31, 2020
We wondered if it was worth doing an episode this week, then news of Gotoku Sakai's positive test for Covid-19 broke on Monday evening, we got Scott McIntyre on the line, and the rest is history.
 
Scott is with us until about the 27:30 mark (with a cameo from his travel companion, Alex Bishop), then Sam and I soldier on.
 
Lots of negative J.League and Japanese society-based news here, but on the flip side, I don't think I've ever had more fun in the editing suite.
 
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J-Talk: Extra Time: In No Man’s Land….

J-Talk: Extra Time: In No Man’s Land….

March 27, 2020

Jon Steele & Stuart Smith return to take listeners over: 

  • The phased restart plans of the J.League
  • No relegation this year
  • Will going to watch football be viable in April and May?
  • Another 13-1 scoreline 

It wasn't an easy pod to be clear & concise in due to all the uncertainty, but we hope you'll find it a bit of light relief. Stay safe out there, and keep your distance. Let's look out for one another. 

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Episode 308 - J.League Return?

Episode 308 - J.League Return?

March 24, 2020

Kak varvi? In this week's episode Dan Orlowitz from The Japan Times joins Sam and myself as we edge closer to the J.League's originally proposed date for the league to resume (or begin, in the case of J3). We discuss the likelihood of that (Spoiler Alert: Not very likely), a more realistic resumption schedule, and the possible easing of fixture pressure on the J.League that would result from a postponement of the Olympics.

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J-Talk Extra Time: Second Tier Tales

J-Talk Extra Time: Second Tier Tales

March 17, 2020

Stuart Smith is joined by Paul Neat for this very special look at the second divisions in Japan & Korea. 

You'll hear about the similarities & differences between clubs in K-2 and J2, difficulties that second tier clubs face, and difficult promotion routes. But you'll also hear about:

  • Players getting married on the pitch
  • Hedgehogs & aliens
  • Pensioners leading teams out
  • Idol groups
  • Smoke breathing magpies

Because, let's face it: Second tier football is the best tier football.

J-Talk: Extra Time - Still waiting…

J-Talk: Extra Time - Still waiting…

March 12, 2020

Still no J.League? Still no problem!

Jon Steele is in the host's chair as he and Stuart Smith go over the latest Corona Virus influence on the J.League schedule, tell our favourite relegation escape stories, and explain what keeps us ticking over while the J.League is on hiatus. Enjoy!

Stuart - @sushi_football

Jon - @J2KantoBites

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A huge thanks to all the listeners, especially the Patreons who keep us going. Stay safe, wherever you are in the world. 

Episode 307 - J.League Update

Episode 307 - J.League Update

March 10, 2020

Dan Orlowitz guests as we bring you up to date with what we know around a possible resumption of the J.League, and contingency plans that might have to be implemented should the restart be pushed back further.

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J-Talk: Extra Time: The Waiting Game….

J-Talk: Extra Time: The Waiting Game….

March 5, 2020

No J.League? No problem! Well, kind of a problem if your podcast is focused on talking about the J.League. Still, Jon Steele & Stuart Smith manage to fill up 45 minutes with (mostly) football talk. Some very serious, some not so. In the absence of any football to watch, we hope you enjoy it. 

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J-Talk: Extra Time - J2 Opening Day Review

J-Talk: Extra Time - J2 Opening Day Review

February 29, 2020

Goalkeeper clangers, Niigata bangers, and league scheduling cliffhangers - Jon Steele and Stuart Smith take you through a somewhat eventful first day of the J2 season - and the only football you'll be seeing for possibly quite a while....

We really appreciate all the support we get, and especially from those of you who support what we do on Patreon. As always, we are always happy to receive feedback - just let us know!!

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