The J-Talk Podcast
Episode 394 - J1 Matchday 36

Episode 394 - J1 Matchday 36

November 23, 2021

Sean Carroll makes a very welcome return to the podcast to chat about all the goings-on in the latest round of top flight action.

We begin at the foot of the table, where relegation was confirmed for Yokohama FC, Sendai and Oita, but Tokushima and Shimizu both notched vitally important wins, to keep some interest in the dogfight ahead of a huge clash between Shonan and Tokushima this weekend (to 51:35).

In Part 2 we move up the table and chat about wins for Nagoya, Urawa, Kawasaki and Tosu, before finishing with the draw at Hitachidai and some more player of the season awards.

Episode 393 - Ito Goes Ham, Saves Moriyasu‘s Bacon

Episode 393 - Ito Goes Ham, Saves Moriyasu‘s Bacon

November 18, 2021

It wasn't much to write home about, but Junya Ito's goals saw Japan win both of their November qualifiers 1-0 away, and in part 1 of this week's podcast, we talk about the Samurai Blue's ongoing struggles under Hajime Moriyasu, while also discussing the personnel at his disposal, and how they might be better deployed if the manager is kept on, or ultimately replaced (to 37:15).

Part 2 looks ahead to Saturday's J1 Matchday 36, with a huge relegation six-pointer on the slate up in Sendai as last chance saloon time looms for several of the drop zone occupants.

J-Talk: Extra Time - J2 round 39 & J3 round 27

J-Talk: Extra Time - J2 round 39 & J3 round 27

November 17, 2021
Wow....last weekend's J2 and J3 had EVERYTHING....and more. Stuart Smith (J2) & Mike Innes (J3) take you through the wreckage of J2 round 39 and J3 round 27 including who is up, who is down, and who is sweating relegation from J2. 
 
In J3, Mike looks at a new frontrunners, an almighty scramble for the top two  which leaves a certain club needing a miracle to achieve its aim of promotion. 
 
Thank you to all of you that download and listen to this podcast. I speak for all the hosts when I say we really appreciate it. Enjoy the listen, and enjoy the upcoming football!
JTET - J2 Round 38 / J3 Round 26 Review

JTET - J2 Round 38 / J3 Round 26 Review

November 13, 2021

The boys are back for another look at the state of play in Japan's lower tiers! 

This week, Jon reviews some of the less-vital J2 games on his own, before being joined by Richy Palmer for the latest on the 2nd-tier relegation dogfight.

That's followed by your regular 'J-Talk: Short Corner' segment, as Mike Innes brings you up to speed with all of the latest J3 news.

Enjoy the show!

Episode 392 - Tokyo Trauma, Kawasaki Kings of J1

Episode 392 - Tokyo Trauma, Kawasaki Kings of J1

November 9, 2021

After Kawasaki wrapped up the J1 title last Wednesday afternoon, we obviously expected to lead this week's episode with that banner news, but then Yokohama F.Marinos 8-0 FC Tokyo happened on Saturday evening, and Tokyo manager Kenta Hasegawa quit on Sunday, so the sorry state of the capital club opens this podcast (to 14:55).

After that Neil Debnam guests to revel in a fourth Frontale title in five seasons, and chats about what targets are left for the top flight record breakers and how they might cope if more players are poached by European clubs (to 46:00).

Then we round up the other eight games from Matchday 35 (to 1:11:45), chat about Japan's prospects ahead of two crucial away World Cup qualifiers, and hand out the first Player of the Season awards.

JTET - J2 Round 37 Review

JTET - J2 Round 37 Review

November 7, 2021

Jon Steele flies solo again with a 15-minute roundup of all the midweek J2 action, as Iwata & Kyoto look dead certs for promotion, while Matsumoto & Kitakyushu look to be in almost irreversible relegation danger.

Hope everyone enjoys the mini-pod!

JTET - J2 Round 36 / J3 Round 25 Review

JTET - J2 Round 36 / J3 Round 25 Review

November 3, 2021

Just in time for Wednesday's midweek J2 round, Jon Steele & 'Magic' Mike Innes are back to bring you up to speed with all the lower-league news.

This time, Jon is flying solo to look back on the weekend's J2 action (Round 36), with Mike on 'J-Talk: Short Corner' duty to review J3 Round 25.

Hope everyone enjoys the show, and thank you for all the support!

Episode 391 - Levain Cup Glory for Grampus

Episode 391 - Levain Cup Glory for Grampus

November 2, 2021

Its cup action all the way on this week's pod, beginning with Nagoya's 2-0 win over Cerezo Osaka in Saturday's Levain Cup final (to 11:45), while we also look back at last Wednesday's Emperor's Cup quarters (to 22:00), before previewing upcoming top flight fixtures and the start of our Player of the Season series for all 20 J1 clubs.

J-Talk: Extra Time - J2 Round 35 / J3 Round 24 review

J-Talk: Extra Time - J2 Round 35 / J3 Round 24 review

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!!

Episode 390 - J1 Matchday 33

Episode 390 - J1 Matchday 33

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.

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