Jon Steele in the driver's seat looking at the state of play in J3. As you were at the top (of course) but the fascinating game of musical chairs for that crucial 2nd place took another turn at the weekend.
Jon will fill you in on that, ANOTHER win for Kamatamare Sanuki, Shota Fujio's latest star turn and all the rest of the news, as well as a look ahead to the next games.
Stuart Smith is back with a sub-eight minute wrap up of the chaos that took place in J2 at the weekend.
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Another matchday, another win for top flight leaders Kawasaki, but Saturday's was a little extra special as it came in a Tamagawa Classico against FC Tokyo, with Frontale icon Kengo Nakamura scoring the winner.
Neil Debnam guests for an extended chat on the game, and Kawasaki's historic season as they look set to smash all kinds of J1 records - marks that are likely to stand for years (decades?) to come (to 49:02).
After Neil departs, we wrap up the other six games played on Saturday, and look ahead to a busy week in the top flight.
Stuart Smith is at the wheel for this very brief flying lap around J2, touching on transfer news, the top of the table, and a look ahead to the upcoming weekend of big games.
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Jon and Stuart are reunited just in time to talk about the chaos that the J3 promotion race is descending into. The duo are back behind their mics to talk about:
Blaublitz Akita (of course)
Good refereeing (a rarity....)
And all things J3!
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Unfortunately we had to begin this episode by talking about some disturbing recent events involving J.League players off the pitch, with the latest transgressor, Ademilson of Gamba Osaka, most probably costing himself his job after his DUI arrest on Sunday.
That soured what had been a terrific Gamba win the previous day, with the man himself scoring the winner at the death but then taking his celebrations way, way, too far, and as we move on to events on the pitch we begin with the game at the Panasonic Stadium, before moving on to Cerezo Osaka's defeat at suddenly resurgent Urawa - those two results leaving the Osaka clubs knotted together on 48 points. Next up Sam sets Ben down on the couch for a therapy session after FC Tokyo's profligacy (and later, utter stupidity) cost them dearly at home against Yokohama F.Marinos (all that runs to 44:17).
A review of the wins for Nagoya, Kashima and Sapporo follows, before we wrap up the episode with the draw between Tosu and Shonan and a look ahead to upcoming top flight fixtures.