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December 10, 2016, 11:49 pm
Ep.213 - 2016 J.League Finale
The curtain came down on the 2016 J.League season last weekend, and Cesare Polenghi, Stuart Smith and Jon Steele all feature on our final podcast of the year. In Part 1 Cesare discusses Kashima's J1 title triumph (to 37:20) and rounds up the top flight season (to 48:10), then Stuart and Jon take over to talk about Cerezo Osaka's promotion (to 1:12:00), Kanazawa retaining their J2 status (to 1:19:12) and some hopes for the 2017 season.  

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Posted by The J-Talk Podcast at December 10, 2016, 11:49 pm
November 30, 2016, 12:56 pm
Ep.212 - 2016 J.League Playoffs
Sam Robson from Football Radar guests on the podcast this week to review a big week of J.League playoff action, involving teams from all three divisions. We begin with the first leg of the J1 Championship Final between Kashima and Urawa and talk about how Antlers got there with their semi final win (to 22:10), then move on to the J2 Promotion Playoff semi finals, look ahead to the final (to 36:15), and finish with a check on the J2-J3 Playoff.  

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Posted by The J-Talk Podcast at November 30, 2016, 12:56 pm
November 29, 2016, 11:42 pm
Ep.211 - J2 Final Day & Playoffs Preview
After a dramatic final day of the J2 season, Stuart Smith joined me for a podcast that was frustratingly cut short by technical difficulties. We begin with J2 Champions Sapporo, move on to Shimizu's promotion, and discuss the four teams that will contest the playoffs, but after chatting about FC Gifu's great escape, my recording software turned itself off (at 35:30), and I was forced to recap the end of the J3 season and briefly preview the J1 playoffs solo.  

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Posted by The J-Talk Podcast at November 29, 2016, 11:42 pm
November 16, 2016, 2:42 pm
Ep.210 - Japan & J2 Matchday 41
Barry Valder and Dave Brooks guest after a thrilling J2 Matchday 41. I begin with brief updates on Japan's two wins and the Emperor's Cup (to 5:00), then Barry discusses Shimizu's superb run that has them within touching distance of promotion with one game left (to 30:00). Later Dave chats about Machida's win over Matsumoto, and Zelvia's terrific season as a whole. I finish with an update on the J2 #RelegationDogfight, and J3.  

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Posted by The J-Talk Podcast at November 16, 2016, 2:42 pm
November 8, 2016, 2:03 pm
Ep.209 - J1 Final Day & J2 Drama
Dan Orlowitz and Stuart Smith guest to round another monumental J.League weekend. Dan and I begin with Nagoya's relegation (to 23:15), finish J1 with the top two (to 37:35) then end Part 1 with the Emperor's Cup and the Japan National Team (to 47:13). In Part 2 Stuart chats Gifu and the foot of J2 (to 1:05:30), before we move to the top (to 1:19:05) and finish with J3.  

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Posted by The J-Talk Podcast at November 8, 2016, 2:03 pm
November 1, 2016, 3:30 pm
Ep.208 - 2016 J1 Matchday 33 & J2 Run-In
In this week's podcast Alan Gibson guests to chat about J1 Matchday 33, and we get you ready for Thursday's climactic final round of the season. Then in Part 2 Jon Steele returns to run the rule over J2 with four games left in the season, and we finish with a brief J3 update.  

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Posted by The J-Talk Podcast at November 1, 2016, 3:30 pm
October 26, 2016, 1:10 pm
Ep.207 - 2016 J1 Matchday 32
After a frenetic Saturday afternoon in the top flight Sam Robson and Steve Barme returned to the pod to round up the top and bottom of J1 after Matchday 32. In Part 1 Sam covers the battle between Urawa and Kawasaki for first in the full season table (to 29:00), and then Steve discusses the murkiness down in the dogfight, with four teams still in danger and two games left in the season. I finish the episode with a brief check on J2 and J3.  

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Posted by The J-Talk Podcast at October 26, 2016, 1:10 pm
October 23, 2016, 10:25 pm
LATE! Ep.206 - Levain Cup Final & J1 Run-In
*Posted on J-Talk website Oct.19* Scott McIntyre guested on the pod this week after Urawa claimed their first major trophy since 2007 by winning Saturday's Levain Cup Final. After a review of the game, and a chat about what it could mean for Reds in the closing stages of the J1 season, we discuss Yahiro Kazama leaving Kawasaki, before finishing with a look at Saturday's Matchday 32 and the key clashes to come in the #RelegationDogfight.  

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Posted by The J-Talk Podcast at October 23, 2016, 10:25 pm
October 12, 2016, 2:03 pm
Ep.205 - Australia v Japan Special
Following Japan's 1-1 draw against Australia Cesare Polenghi and Ryan Steele guested to review the game and the general state of the Samurai Blue. In Part 1 we discuss events on the pitch in Melbourne and revisit the mentality problems that have plagued Japan in recent times (to 39:35), then Ryan and I continue on the Samurai Blue (to 51:30) before finishing with the Levain Cup semi finals and a preview of Saturday's final between Gamba and Urawa.  

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Posted by The J-Talk Podcast at October 12, 2016, 2:03 pm
October 4, 2016, 1:27 pm
Ep.204 - 2016 J1 Matchday 31 & Shimizu in J2
After another huge J.League weekend Alan Gibson & Barry Valder guest to share their thoughts on it all. In Part 1 Alan discusses the contrasting results for the two Kansai teams in J1 from Saturday's Matchday 31 (to 32:44), before we move on to the #RelegationDogfight with Alan making a surprising prediction. Then in Part 2 (from 48:50) Barry chats about Shimizu's late heroics on Sunday and gives his thoughts on S-Pulse's season and the rest of the top six in J2.  

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Posted by The J-Talk Podcast at October 4, 2016, 1:27 pm