September 28, 2022
After an encouraging international break for the Samurai Blue, we discuss Tuesday night's battling draw against Ecuador and last Friday's impressive win over the USA, and then try to piece together Hajime Moriyasu's squad for Qatar. How many of the 26 spots are already locked up, and which players might be left on the outside looking in?
Then in Part 2 (from 35:30), we review the Levain Cup semi finals (to 42:50), and look ahead to what should be an epic J1 Matchday 31 on Saturday.
September 26, 2022
In this episode Alex Bishop chats with Everton FC First Team Performance Analyst, Kaita Hasegawa. Kaita tells us all about his journey as an aspiring analyst. Originally from Japan, Kaita is a football analytics graduate of Liverpool John Moore's University and has gone on to work under renowned managers such as Carlo Ancelotti and Rafael Benitez.
An excellent and intriguing listen that details the career path of an analyst as well as a brief comparison of analytics in the Premier League and the J League. Enjoy!
September 22, 2022
James Taylor and Jon Steele are back with a review of J2 round 37, featuring Yokohama FC v Kofu, Akita v Gunma, Ryukyu v Yamaguchi and Kanazawa v Oita, with a bit of extra chat about Kanazawa’s new stadium. James rounds up the rest of the weekend’s games and two rearranged midweek matches, then he and Jon look ahead to matchday 38. Mike Innes has the latest twists in the J3 promotion race in J-Talk: Short Corner
00:00-05:58 Yokohama FC v Kofu
05:59-11:24 Akita v Gunma
11:25-19:53 Ryukyu v Yamaguchi
19:54-31:18 Kanazawa v Oita
31:19-43:04 roundup of J2 MD37 and rescheduled matches
43:05-49:46 J2 MD38 preview
49:47 to end Short Corner
September 20, 2022
Two huge relegation dogfight six-pointers highlighted the J1 Matchday 30 fixture list, and we lead this episode with special guest Alan Gibson, who was on hand (with a foot in both camps) at the Noevir Stadium to see hosts Kobe stun Kansai rivals Gamba Osaka with a fightback from a goal down in the last ten minutes (to 35:40).
Then Alan sticks around as we round up the other games down in and around the drop zone, beginning with Fukuoka's massive win over Shimizu, and finishing off with Kyoto's disappointing display away at FC Tokyo (to 1:12:00).
Finally, we review the other four games, including draws for the top two, before ending the episode with a check on the Japan squad for the upcoming friendlies against the USA and Ecuador.
September 17, 2022
Just in time for the weekend action, Jon Steele and Mike 'The Magic' Innes have all the latest J2 & J3 news for you.
In Part 1 (Start to 17:00), Jon reviews all of the midweek J2 action (Round 36), and previews the upcoming Round 37 games on Saturday and Sunday.
Then in Part 2 (17:00 to Finish), Mike reviews all of the weekend J3 action (plus bonus Gifu v Fujieda content from Wednesday night), and looks ahead to this coming weekend's fixtures.
Hope everyone enjoys the pod, and thanks for all the support (Jon has just about recovered from COVID now)!
September 13, 2022
Bottoms are really beginning to squeak down in the #RelegationDogfight, and we begin our review of the weekend's J1 Matchday 29 with Iwata's heavy defeat up in Sapporo, and frustrating home draws for both Kobe and Gamba Osaka.
Next is the six-pointer at Nihondaira where Shonan nicked (but deserved) a point at the death away to Shimizu, and Kyoto's home draw with Kashima, before we finish Part 1 with the leaders sending Fukuoka down to 16th (to 54:05).
Then Neil Debnam hops on board to discuss Kawasaki's cruise over a depleted and disappointing Hiroshima, and Frontale's outlook for the remainder of the season (to 1:22:55), before we finish the episode with wins for Cerezo Osaka and Urawa.
September 13, 2022
James Taylor reviews the Emperor’s Cup quarter finals, with an historic win for Kofu. There’s also a review of J2 games from the weekend, when Niigata took over top spot, and 4 of the bottom 5 teams earned points. Plus there’s a quick preview of Wednesday night’s J2 games.
00:00-03:26 Emperor’s Cup quarter finals
03:27-10:36 J2 round 35 review
10:37-end J2 round 36 preview
September 10, 2022
Just in time for another big weekend of J2 & J3 football, the JTET machine whirrs back into action to review the most recent slate of lower-tier matches.
This week, after a solo round-up of all of last weekend's J2 action (plus a bonus midweek game), Jon talked to Daniel Kuroda from the Nagasaki Blue & Orange Blog (https://nagasakiblueorange.wordpress.com) about the Kyushu-based side's recent form, and Play-Off chances.
Jon and Daniel then preview the upcoming Round 35 matches, before handing over to Mike 'the Magic' Innes for all of the J3 news in 'J-Talk: Short Corner'.
Hope everyone enjoys the (very long) show this week!
You can find Daniel on Twitter @NagaSapo_EN.
Start to 22:00 - J2 Round 34 Review (plus Kanazawa v Nagasaki from Round 32)
22:00 to 01:03:15 - Nagasaki deep diving with Daniel
01:03:15 to 01:23:00 - J2 Round 35 Preview
01:23:40 to Finish - J3 news with Mike in 'J-Talk: Short Corner'
September 6, 2022
The full slate of games in J1 Matchday 28 delivered an incredible amount of terrific goals, late drama, and, once again, VAR controversy.
We begin with new leaders Hiroshima, who proved they have the mettle to stick around in the title race with a gritty win against the odds at home against Shimizu (to 13:10), before we welcome Stuart Woodward back to the pod after his Yokohama F.Marinos side were pegged back and had to settle for a 2-2 draw away at FC Tokyo (to 40:30).
Then we roll through the rest of the top flight games, with some huge results - some good (Shonan, Kyoto, Iwata), some not so good (Gamba, Kobe) - down in the relegation dogfight, and the controversial Fukuoka vs Nagoya game that had pretty much everything.
September 4, 2022
In this special episode of J-Talk, long time friend of the podcast Cesare Polenghi chats about everything that went into the process of starting his own football club, Kamui FC, and his hopes for the future for this ambitious project.