October 27, 2021
Stuart Smith (J2) & Mike Innes (J3) are here to give you a whistle stop tour of what happened in the second & third tier of the J.League last weekend.
In J2, find out why it wasn't such a good weekend for the top two, how Giravanz shot themselves in the foot, and why it goes from bad to worse in Matsumoto.
Mike takes you through a busy weekend in J3, including a bad defeat for Toyama, and a crucial win for Gifu.
We hope you enjoy listening!!
October 26, 2021
Jonny Nicol returns to guest this week as we return to midseason form with a bumper episode rounding up the weekend's J1 Matchday 33 action.
We begin at the top with Kawasaki now within touching distance of a fourth top flight title in five years after their home win over Shimizu on Sunday, coupled with Yokohama F.Marinos losing away at Cerezo Osaka in the late game, left Frontale 12 points clear with five games to play. Next we cover the draw between Nagoya and Kobe in the battle for third, and the wins for Urawa and Kashima that kept them right in the hunt for a return to the ACL in 2022 (to 41:20).
Part 2 begins with a key victory for Jonny's Gamba Osaka side that eased any lingering relegation fears, and also includes vital wins for Sendai and Shonan that took them off the foot of the table, and saw them escape the drop zone, respectively. We finish our top flight roundup with the draw in the dogfight six-pointer between Tokushima and Oita, and the scoreless draw up at the Sapporo Dome.
We conclude the episode with a look ahead to Wednesday's Emperor's Cup semi finals, and Saturday's Levain Cup Final.
October 23, 2021
Fashionably late this week, Jon Steele was joined by Kanazawa correspondent James Taylor for a full review of Round 34 in Japan's second tier.
As ever, 'Magic' Mike Innes is also on hand with all the latest J3 news in 'J-Talk: Short Corner'.
Hope everyone enjoys the show, and sorry that the upload is rather late!
October 20, 2021
After J1 returned with an action-packed and late drama-filled weekend, we're back to round up all of the top flight fixtures.
We begin with Nagoya's disappointing ACL exit at the hands of Pohang (to 5:00), and then work from bottom to top in Matchday 32, beginning with the game of the season contender at Mitsuzawa, that saw Yokohama FC move off the foot of the table after winning an eight-goal thriller against Tokushima, and then moving on to Oita's triumph over Sendai, that saw Vegalta slip into the cellar.
From there we touch on Kashiwa making themselves almost certainly safe with a win at Shimizu, who are far from out of the woods, and then chat about the two draws that bridged the relegation dogfight and top three battle - Shonan's visit to Tosu, and Gamba Osaka's trip to Urawa.
We finish at the top with Kobe staking their claim to third with a late winner over Fukuoka, and Yokohama F.Marinos keeping up their end of the bargain in the title race by coming from behind late on to win at home over Sapporo.
October 15, 2021
We are coming down to the business end of the season, and things are becoming pretty desperate across great swathes of J2 & J3. Stuart Smith is on hand to bring you the latest on J2 - including the wild & wacky relegation dogfight, Hikaru Nakahara's fantastic season and a look ahead to an interesting weekend slate of games.
Mike Innes' "Short Corner" segment goes over all the need-to-know information on J3, including how the promotion race is really hotting up.
October 14, 2021
Samurai Blue supporters sat through another couple of difficult watches in this international break, but the 2-1 win over Australia on Tuesday night appears to have kept the wolves from Hajime Moriyasu's door, and kept Japan in the hunt for a spot at the 2022 World Cup.
Scott McIntyre guests for a (very brief, thankfully) look back at the loss in Saudi Arabia last week, and then a more thorough review of the clash against the Socceroos, before a chat about some of the wider issues surrounding the national team, and Moriyasu's future (to 37:40).
Then in Part 2 we round up the Levain Cup semi finals (to 49:20), and chat about the J1 title race, before a brief look ahead to the weekend's top flight fixtures.
October 8, 2021
Once again, the JTET team assemble to look back on the latest action from J2 & J3.
To review last weekend's slate of J2 fixtures, Jon was joined by Sean Carroll. The boys discussed the complication relegation picture in the second tier (focusing in particular on a crazy game between Sagamihara and Mito), and the (seemingly much more straightforward) promotion race.
As usual, 'Magic' Mike Innes is on hand for all of the latest J3 news (including a stonking 9-goal thriller) in 'J-Talk: Short Corner'.
Enjoy the show!
October 5, 2021
After another goal-filled weekend in the top flight, Sam and Ben reconvene to review all of the J1 Matchday 31 action.
We begin with the top two looking slightly off-colour, but still doing enough to win their respective games, before moving on to a bumper weekend in the #RelegationDogfight, which saw four of the bottom six win (Part 1 runs to 39:05).
Then we run through the rest of the games leaving the best, or at least highest-scoring games 'til last - though Urawa and Gamba Osaka supporters would probably argue with that designation!
October 1, 2021
The boys are back in town to review another action-packed weekend from J2 & J3.
Joining Jon to look back over J2 Round 31 (including a bad day for the match officials at Matsumoto) was Jonny Nicol (@BlogGamba on Twitter).
Meanwhile, all of the latest J3 news is covered by 'Magic' Mike Innes in 'J-Talk: Short Corner'.
Hope everyone enjoys the show!
P.S. The managerial changes at Yamaguchi (J2) and Imabari (J3) came up after recording, so they will be discussed in more detail next week!
September 28, 2021
What a week of top flight action! Kawasaki won at the death twice in five days to re-establish a comfortable buffer at the top, after Yokohama F.Marinos dropped two points late on against city rivals Yokohama FC on Saturday. We begin Part 1 with the top two (to 20:35), and then move on to the Relegation Dogfight, which further tightened after Tokushima's last gasp win at Sendai (to 27:07).
Later in Part 2 we round up the results for the teams still in the hunt for third, and review the rest of the Matchday 30 fixtures, before looking ahead to the weekend's slate.