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Episode 350 - Cup Glory for Kawasaki & FC Tokyo

Episode 350 - Cup Glory for Kawasaki & FC Tokyo

January 6, 2021

After two Cup finals in four days, we close the 2020 J.League season in celebratory mode with star turns from Neil Debnam and Dan Orlowitz.

Dan was at both finals, of the Emperor's Cup on New Years Day and the Levain Cup on Monday the 4th, so guests for the duration, with Part 1 featuring an extended chat with Neil on Kawasaki's 1-0 win over Gamba Osaka, Kaoru Mitoma doing the business again, interesting selection decisions by manager Toru Oniki, and how the Frontale squad might be shaping up for 2021 (to 26:20).

Then in Part 2 we discuss FC Tokyo's 2-1 victory over Kashiwa in the league cup final, a win secured by their two offseason Brazilian signings, Leandro and Adailton.

J-Talk Special - Ricardo Rodriguez Interview

J-Talk Special - Ricardo Rodriguez Interview

December 31, 2020

Stuart Smith was very lucky to be joined by Tokushima Vortis' J2 winning manager, and soon to be Urawa Reds manager, Ricardo Rodriguez to talk about the 2020 season and his coaching ideas.

Rodriguez discussed: 

- The reasons for Vortis' triumph

- Balancing the difficult Corona-impacted schedule

- Building relationships

- Why the crazy 4-3 defeat at Ehime was good

- Why he's excited about Urawa


A big thank you to Ricardo Rodriguez, who took time out of his busy schedule to talk to us. And a huge thank you to all of the listeners to this podcast for supporting us throughout the year. If you want to consider supporting us further in 2021, please consider becoming a patron of the podcast. You can find details here: 

Have a great new year!!!

J-Talk: Extra Time - J-Talk: Extra Time: End of Term J2 Report (bottom half teams)

J-Talk: Extra Time - J-Talk: Extra Time: End of Term J2 Report (bottom half teams)

December 29, 2020

The second part of the end of year discussion on J2 with Jon Steele, Stuart Smith and special guest Mike Innes. Disagreements flow in this part, as we touch on: 

- Matsumoto Yamaga

- Omiya Ardija

- Ehime 

- Renofa Yamaguchi 

As usual, we really appreciate your support, and we can't do it without your listenership and feedback. If you'd like to help us grow and do more good things in 2021, consider supporting us on Patreon:

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Mike - @GoGoOmiyaArdija
Ben - @JTalkPod
Sam - @FRSoccerSam

J-Talk: Extra Time: End of Term J2 Report (top half teams)

J-Talk: Extra Time: End of Term J2 Report (top half teams)

December 29, 2020

Welcome to the end of year bumper J2 review with Jon Steele & Stuart Smith! Because it was such a big task, we enlisted the help of @GoGoOmiyaArdija - the voice of the Squirrel Nation - to help us assign grades to teams. 

This is the first of two parts, and we go over the top half of the J2 table, taking in: 

- Nagasaki

- Jubilo

- Kyoto

- Niigata

We hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed recording it! If you're not following Mike, you can do so at @GoGoOmiyaArdija

You should also be following us: 

- Stuart: @sushi_football
- Jon: @J2KantoBites

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Thank you - and enjoy!!

Episode 349 - Emperor’s Cup Special

Episode 349 - Emperor’s Cup Special

December 29, 2020

The top two in J1 will slug it out in the Emperor's Cup Final on New Year's Day, and our correspondents from Kawasaki and Gamba Osaka, Neil Debnam and Jonny Nicol, guest to review their respective 2-0 semi final wins, and look ahead to the big day on the big stage at the National Stadium.

J-Talk Extra Time - J2 Final Day Wrap-up Pod

J-Talk Extra Time - J2 Final Day Wrap-up Pod

December 25, 2020

Jon Steele brings you all the things you need to know from last weekend's final day of J2 action, including:

- Manager news from Tokushima & Nagasaki

- Who signed off in style?

- What's going on at Tokyo Verdy? 

- Some transfer news

- A brief look at the Tennouhai semi-finals


Thank you to all of you who listened, supported and interacted with us all season long. All that is left is to wish you all Season's Greetings, and a happy & healthy holiday season!! 

J-Talk: Extra Time - The J3 finalé

J-Talk: Extra Time - The J3 finalé

December 22, 2020

Nagano Parceiro and SC Sagamihara.


Two teams, but only one remaining promotion spot available meant there were going to be tears of joy for one team, tears of despair for the other.


Join Stuart Smith & Jon Steele as they sort through the wreckage of an extraordinary final day in J3, and offer thanks for the people that helped make the season possible. 


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Episode 348 - J1 Matchdays 33 & 34

Episode 348 - J1 Matchdays 33 & 34

December 22, 2020

We go large on the final episode of the J1 season, beginning with last Wednesday's Matchday 33 games - in which Gamba Osaka locked up second spot - before moving on to some early offseason managerial changes and rumours (to 22:20).

Then its full steam ahead to Saturday's final round of the season, which saw Nagoya seal third and Cerezo Osaka fourth, while we also wrap up Kawasaki's otherworldly campaign and all the records they have obliterated in 2020, before reviewing each and every game (to 1:13:30).

Then in Part 3 we hand out Player of the Season awards for Nagoya, Gamba and Kawasaki, Sam presents his J1 Team of the Season and we hand out the ultimate honour - The J-Talk J1 Player of the Season.

J-Talk: Extra Time - 2nd Period

J-Talk: Extra Time - 2nd Period

December 19, 2020

Jon Steele rounds up the midweek J2 action, as J1 promotion is confirmed for Tokushima and Fukuoka.

Other topics include new stadiums, orange balls and players wearing tights - it must be winter!

Episode 347 - J1 Matchday 32

Episode 347 - J1 Matchday 32

December 15, 2020

And just like that, the J1 season is almost over! On this week's episode we begin with a look back on gut-wrenching ACL exits for both Yokohama F.Marinos (last Monday in the Round of 16) and Kobe (in Sunday's semi final), then from the 13:20 mark begin our look back at the seven top flight games from Saturday - highlighted (?) by yet more perplexing officiating in Nagoya's 0-0 home draw with Yokohama FC. Cerezo Osaka also lost ground on second placed Gamba when they were held 0-0 at home by Kashiwa, then we cover the only two teams to win on Saturday, Kashima and FC Tokyo, before wrapping up the other three draws (to 48:17).

Next up are Player of the Season gongs for Hiroshima, Tokyo, Kashima and Cerezo, before we look briefly at what's to come on Wednesday, and the final round of the season on Saturday.

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