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.
It is the business end of the season, and there are some huge games in the Japanese second & third tiers. Jon Steele & Stuart Smith are here with your weekend football guide, including:
- Tokushima could be crowned champions on Sunday
- Fukuoka & Nagasaki are in an almighty scrap for the second promotion spot
- The top four in J3 lock horns, with Nagano-Gifu arguably the game of the season. Will Nagano seal promotion, or can Gifu take it to the final day?
Thank you for all support, your messages, your feedback, comments, questions throughout the season. We really do appreciate all of them.
Stay safe, and enjoy the football!!
On this week's episode we begin with our now weekly look at ACL goings-on over in Qatar, with this podcast recorded in between Kobe's and Yokohama F.Marinos' Round of 16 games on Monday night - Kobe are through to the quarter finals but F.Marinos will join FC Tokyo on an early flight home after their loss to Suwon (to 7:50).
Then Jonny Nicol returns to chat about Gamba Osaka's vital 2-1 away win at Shonan on Sunday, a particularly gutsy result considering their untimely injury list (to 32:45).
In Part 2 we discuss the other five games from the weekend (to 49:00), before continuing our J-Talk Players of the Season series with Oita, Urawa, F.Marinos and Kashiwa on the docket this week.
Jon Steele & Stuart Smith are back to talk J3 and the crazy promotion race contained within. They talk:
- Nagano going 2nd
- Sagamihara make it 16 games unbeaten, but still disappointed
- Gifu blow their chance
- Imabari showing up Akita
- Kumamoto cratering
- Looking ahead to the Wednesday fixtures
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- Sagamihara's quiet 15 game unbeaten run
- Nagano's desperately needed win
- Gifu holding on
- A novelty goal in Fujieda
- And, a look ahead to this weekend's fixtures
As always, thank you so much for your support with this podcast - we're in the home straight now, and hopefully you'll stay with us to the climax of this intense promotion race!
Stay safe, and enjoy the football!
Stuart Smith brings you the lowdown on YET ANOTHER midweek of games in J2, looking at:
- Tokushima nearing the promised land
- Nagasaki slip up at Kyoto
- J2 clubs changing managers?
- LOTS of late goals - because everyone is tired?
- A look ahead to the weekend's games
Thank you for all the support you've given us throughout this year - not long to go now!! In the meantime, stay with us for the final promotion pushes in J2 & J3. Until next time, stay safe and enjoy the football.
Jon Steele is back to navigate you all through:
- Craziness in Kanazawa
- Good & Bad goalkeeping in Fukuoka
- Omiya changing manager soon?
- Caio Cesar's virtuoso performance
- and looking ahead to Wednesday's games
As always, thank you for your support!!
We begin this episode with a look back at recent goings-on in the ACL over in Qatar, recording straight after FC Tokyo's loss to Ulsan, before moving on to the six games played in Matchday 30 over the weekend, with Kashima and Cerezo Osaka gaining ground in the hunt for a top three place after both Gamba Osaka and Nagoya drew (to 33:23).
In Part 2 we continue our J1 Players of the Season series with Yokohama FC, Tosu, Sapporo and Kobe featured, before a brief look ahead to upcoming fixtures.