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A weekly Japanese football podcast focusing on the J.League.

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A weekly Japanese football podcast focusing on the J.League.

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Talkin J

By Go Gunners! - Dec 03 2018
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It’s nice to have a podcast on rotation that keeps up on everything J League. Best thing is, it’s more consistent than any other Asian soccer podcast around. Keep up the good work!

Finally Westerners Talk Japanese Football

By Tape Doctor - Jul 04 2018
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I've been searching for a way to follow Japanese football that did not require me learning my mother's native tongue. Thank Ben et al. for answering the call. Their analysis is not the usual Western drivel about 'technically superior but undermanned' that we always hear. They praise and criticize - agree with their assessments or not - that's all you can ask for. Domo arigato Maxwell-san.

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6 Ratings
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Talkin J

By Go Gunners! - Dec 03 2018
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It’s nice to have a podcast on rotation that keeps up on everything J League. Best thing is, it’s more consistent than any other Asian soccer podcast around. Keep up the good work!

Finally Westerners Talk Japanese Football

By Tape Doctor - Jul 04 2018
Read more
I've been searching for a way to follow Japanese football that did not require me learning my mother's native tongue. Thank Ben et al. for answering the call. Their analysis is not the usual Western drivel about 'technically superior but undermanned' that we always hear. They praise and criticize - agree with their assessments or not - that's all you can ask for. Domo arigato Maxwell-san.
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The J-Talk Podcast

Latest release on Sep 18, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: J-Talk: Extra Time - Still waiting...

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Still no J.League? Still no problem!

Jon Steele is in the host's chair as he and Stuart Smith go over the latest Corona Virus influence on the J.League schedule, tell our favourite relegation escape stories, and explain what keeps us ticking over while the J.League is on hiatus. Enjoy!

Stuart - @sushi_football

Jon - @J2KantoBites

Patreon - www.patreon.com/jtalkpod

A huge thanks to all the listeners, especially the Patreons who keep us going. Stay safe, wherever you are in the world. 

Mar 12 2020

52mins

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Rank #2: Episode 301 - Emperor's Cup Glory for Kobe

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Kobe claimed their first ever major trophy in the Emperor's Cup final on New Year's Day, defeating Kashima 2-0 at the new National Stadium, and Alan Gibson, Chris Hough and Sam Robson guest as we review Vissel's big day.

After our discussion on the game, we also chat about how big Kobe might go in the transfer market as they approach their first ever ACL campaign (from 24:10), Chris shares his experiences from inside the stadium as his Road to the Final came to a conclusion (from 38:20), and Alan and Sam run through some of the early transfer window activity (from 47:05).

#As outlined in the intro, friend of the podcast Scott McIntyre is currently being held by the authorities in Japan after being arrested attempting to get information on the whereabouts of his missing children, Hinata and Harugo, who were abducted by his wife and mother in law back in May. Please support Scott by signing the change.org petition addressed to Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, and by donating to the GoFundMe page set up to help with his legal expenses.#

Follow my guests on twitter and elsewhere:

Sam - @FRsoccerSam

Alan - @JSoccerMagazine

JSoccer.com

Chris - @LiFJapan

The Lost in Football Japan YouTube channel

Jan 06 2020

1hr 4mins

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Rank #3: Episode 302 - 2020 J1 Preview Part 1

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We're baaaack, and we begin to get you ready for the start of the new J1 season with an in-depth look at last year's top six with new co-host Sam Robson, and special guests Stuart Woodward, Alex Bishop and Neil Debnam.

After Sam and I briefly round up last week's ACL playoff games, we welcome in Stuart for a chat about how defending champions Yokohama will fare in 2020, the key additions to their squad and how they will approach their return to the ACL (to 26:20).

Then Alex pops on to discuss FC Tokyo, and if they can go one better than last year's second placed finish (to 42:09), Sam and I chat about Kashima, and Neil joins us for a look at Kawasaki, who like Antlers don't have the distraction of the ACL this year, and can go all out for the J1 title (to 1:17:50), before we finish up by running the rule over Cerezo Osaka and Hiroshima.

Follow our guests on twitter:

Stuart - @stuartcw

Alex - @Abishop32

FC Tokyo KaiGuys

Neil - @frontalerabbit

Feb 04 2020

1hr 32mins

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Rank #4: J-Talk Extra Time: Episode 20 - The Post Mortem

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At Christmas, people say (don't quote me on that) that good things come in small packages and arrive late. Or something like that. It is in that spirit that I (Stuart) present the "latest" Extra Time - a week late. 

Jon & I talk about Tokushima's "defeat", we make what turn out to be correct predictions on the Emperor's Cup, and what turned out to be a wrong prediction about Jordy Buijs's destination. 

Enjoy - and Merry Xmas!! Happy Holidays!! Have a great Festivus!!

Dec 24 2019

33mins

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Rank #5: J-Talk Extra Time: Second Tier Tales

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Stuart Smith is joined by Paul Neat for this very special look at the second divisions in Japan & Korea. 

You'll hear about the similarities & differences between clubs in K-2 and J2, difficulties that second tier clubs face, and difficult promotion routes. But you'll also hear about:

  • Players getting married on the pitch
  • Hedgehogs & aliens
  • Pensioners leading teams out
  • Idol groups
  • Smoke breathing magpies

Because, let's face it: Second tier football is the best tier football.

Mar 17 2020

1hr 10mins

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Rank #6: Episode 312 - J.League Fan Culture

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We took an idea/topic/question from a patron, and Stuarts Woodward and Smith were the right men at the right time to handle it, as they joined Sam and Ben to discuss their impressions of, and experiences of interacting with, the active support at their favourite J.League clubs - Yokohama F. Marinos and FC Gifu, respectively.

Follow us on twitter:

Stuart Woodward - @stuartcw

Stuart Smith - @sushi_football

The pod - @JTalkPod

Sam - @FRsoccerSam

There's another special Patreon-only episode of the pod coming later this week, for access to that, and all of our other exclusive content for our patrons, climb on board (there's plenty of room!) at patreon.com/jtalkpod.

Apr 21 2020

1hr 28mins

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Rank #7: Party like it is.....2008?

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Come for the Covid-19 talk - but stay for the riveting events of the final day of the 2008 J1 season!

Honestly, it is crazy. But here is what you need to do to really appreciate it: 

  1. Cue up this YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjVM1jxf0Nw
  2. Listen to our podcast from 9:55
  3. Be amazed!

Thank you so much to all the Patreons - we know that there are many other things in the world that you could spend your hard-earned money on at this particular time. But we really appreciate it and we hope that you enjoy this special episode. 

Apr 10 2020

34mins

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Rank #8: J-Talk Extra Time: Episode 17 - Showdown Sunday

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Who will finish second? Who will end up in the playoffs? Who will finish 21st and be in line for a possible relegation? Stuart Smith & Jon Steele don't really know, but they will guide you through, and brief you on, what is sure to be a dramatic final day of the J2 season.

Nov 22 2019

44mins

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Rank #9: J-Talk: Extra Time - Welcome to 2020

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Guess who's back? Stuart Smith & Jon Steele open the 2020 season with a brief (by our standards) and breezy introduction to J2. Who has the best kit? Who does Jon think could beat him up? What's going on in Gunma? Who will bring shithousery back to J2 this year? 

It will all become clear in the J-Talk: Extra Time season premiere! Enjoy. 

Follow us:

Stuart - @sushi_football

Jon: @J2KantoBites

Support us on Patreon: www.patreon.com/jtalkPod

Feb 05 2020

41mins

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Rank #10: J-Talk: Extra Time - J2 Opening Day

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The time has arrived as Stuart Smith & Jon Steele put their predictions out to the world, show their working and discuss the opening slate of J2 games.

Big thanks to all of those who support the podcast on Patreon. Really does give us a big lift when we see how many people enjoy and get something out of the pod. 

Follow Stuart - @sushi_football

Follow Jon - @J2KantoBites

Support the pod on Patreon - patreon.com/jtalkpod

Feb 21 2020

1hr 14mins

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Rank #11: Episode 306 - J1 Matchday 1

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Welcome to the 2020 J1 season!
 
Sean Carroll guested for a full review of Matchday 1, beginning with the four games from Sunday - including a chastening defeat for defending champions Yokohama, a Brazilian-powered come from behind win for runners-up FC Tokyo, and a draw between Kobe and Yokohama FC played out at the Noevir Stadium public library.
We then move on to Saturday's games, and wrap it all up with the curtain raiser between Shonan and Urawa from last Friday night.
 
Follow us on twitter and the web:
 
The pod - @JTalkPod
 
Sam Robson - @FRsoccerSam
 
Sean Carroll - @seankyaroru
 
Sean's Sakka Nihon website

Feb 25 2020

1hr 16mins

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Rank #12: Episode 305 - J1 Quextravaganza Part 2

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Part 2 of the J1 Quextravaganza with Sam and Dan answers questions from listeners on Yokohama copycats, the impact of VAR on the league, young players to watch this season, stadiums in the works and promoted sides.

Follow us on twitter and the web:

The pod - @JTalkPod

Sam - @FRsoccerSam

Dan - @aishiterutokyo

Dan's archive at The Japan Times

What better way to mark the start of the season than joining us on Patreon? Any and all support is greatly appreciated as we take the podcast(s) forward. Please visit patreon.com/jtalkpod

Feb 19 2020

1hr 10mins

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Rank #13: J-Talk Extra Time: Episode 18 - Walking through the debris

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Wow! What a Sunday. It has taken Jon Steele & Stuart Smith the best of a week to get their thoughts together on what was an epic final day in J2. We talk Kashiwa, Yokohama, Omiya, Kyoto, Tochigi, Stadia, players, suits, redemption, acne and so much more. 

Like a Pink Floyd album, this podcast is long but very much worth listening to all of it.

Nov 29 2019

1hr 13mins

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Rank #14: Episode 300 - J1 Glory For Yokohama

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After Yokohama claimed their 4th J1 title, and first in 15 years, on Saturday, Sean Carroll, Sam Robson and Stuart Woodward guest as we celebrate their stirring achievement.

F.Marinos chat with Stuart dominates Part 1 - his enjoyment of the day and post game celebrations, Ange Postecoglou's impact on the club and how they will approach 2020, but also events on the pitch on Saturday of course, as Yokohama withstood some early FC Tokyo physicality to ultimately cruise to a championship-sealing 3-0 win (to 32:53).

After we bid Stuart farewell, Sam, Sean and I discuss the two big games at the foot of the table that saw Tosu survive despite losing at Shimizu thanks to Matsumoto's late equalizer against Shonan - and we look ahead to Bellmare's playoff against Tokushima this Saturday - before we run through all of the other games from J1 Matchday 34, with snippets on each top flight club as we close the book on the 2019 J1 season.

On this, the occasion of our 300th episode, I'd like to thank all of our guests for making themselves available to chat about this league we all love, and of course, as I always say, thanks to you for listening wherever you are. But the biggest thanks of all has to go to our supporters on Patreon, who have enabled us to grow in 2019 and made it possible to launch the Extra Time podcast. If you'd like to get on board for the 2020 season, please visit patreon.com/jtalkpod.

Dec 10 2019

1hr 29mins

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Rank #15: Episode 303 - 2020 J1 Preview Part 2

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We begin this episode with a look back at Saturday's wild and woolly Super Cup between Kobe and Yokohama, then our countdown of all top flight sides continues with Kansai rivals Gamba Osaka and Vissel (to 18:55).

Oita leads off Part 2, then things get a bit murky as we plough through Sapporo, Sendai, Shimizu, Nagoya and Urawa (to 45:55), before we finish off with Tosu, Shonan and promoted sides Kashiwa and Yokohama FC.

We're throwing the doors open to questions on anything and everything top flight-related in next week's pod, so get them in to @JTalkPod and/or @FRsoccerSam and we'll answer your queries in the next episode.

Feb 10 2020

1hr 26mins

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Rank #16: Episode 297 - Islandhopping Special

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We're back to brighten up your international break with another terrific Groundhopping Special, but as the title suggests, we're off to the islands with Chris Hough and Stuart Woodward as we travel around Shikoku, Kyushu and Okinawa.

We begin on Shikoku and Stuart's trip to the Pocari Sweat Stadium in Tokushima, then Chris follows with his visit to (Shinji) Kagawa Prefecture and Kamatamare Sanuki's Pikara Stadium (to 25:39).

We then head over to Kyushu, where Stuart and Chris have both been to Tosu, Oita and Nagasaki, and continue on to everyone's idea of a good time, Fukuoka (to 56:22), before finishing up down in Okinawa with FC Ryukyu's Very Long Stadium Name (total running time 1:22:24).

Follow my guests on twitter and elsewhere:

Stuart - @stuartcw

Tricolore Pride

Chris - @LiFJapan

Chris's Lost in Football website and terrific YouTube channel

This episode ran first for our Patreon supporters, without whom special podcasts like these would not be possible. To support the podcast, please visit patreon.com/jtalkpod.

Nov 20 2019

1hr 22mins

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Rank #17: Episode 310 - A Welcome Return

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Don't want to get your J.League hopes up with the episode title, but it refers to our friend Cesare Polenghi, who joins Sam and I on the pod after a lengthy absence.

After an initial catch up, we dive in to a few J.League-resumption contingency proposals, a 20 team top flight, and discuss Monday's announcement that (at the time of recording) seven prefectures were entering a state of emergency with the worst of the coronavirus seemingly yet to come here.

If Cesare's impassioned plea at the end of the episode has inspired you to join our growing band of over 30 true believers and become a supporter of the podcast on Patreon, please head to patreon.com/jtalkpod and sign up for as little as $1 a month.

Follow us all on twitter:

The Pod - @JTalkPod

Sam - @FRsoccerSam

Cesare - @CesarePolenghi

Apr 07 2020

1hr 5mins

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Rank #18: Where art thou, J.League?

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Jon Steele & Stuart Smith don't have a lot of football to talk about, but that doesn't mean there is NOTHING to talk about.

Player mindsets, training regimes, future projections, and when we think the J.League will resume are all discussed, as are Avispa Fukuoka fashion, Go West and the things we do when drunk. Enjoy!! And more importantly, stay safe out there. 

A special thank you to the Patreons of the podcast. We know that during these times especially that money/enthusiasm can be a bit scarce, but we thank you for allowing to try and bring a little light relief into your listening routine. 

Apr 04 2020

42mins

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Rank #19: J-Talk: Extra Time - J2 Opening Day Review

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Goalkeeper clangers, Niigata bangers, and league scheduling cliffhangers - Jon Steele and Stuart Smith take you through a somewhat eventful first day of the J2 season - and the only football you'll be seeing for possibly quite a while....

We really appreciate all the support we get, and especially from those of you who support what we do on Patreon. As always, we are always happy to receive feedback - just let us know!!

Support us on Patreon

Follow Stuart: @sushi_football

Follow Jon: @J2KantoBites

Feb 29 2020

47mins

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Rank #20: J-Talk: Extra Time: In No Man's Land....

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Jon Steele & Stuart Smith return to take listeners over: 

  • The phased restart plans of the J.League
  • No relegation this year
  • Will going to watch football be viable in April and May?
  • Another 13-1 scoreline 

It wasn't an easy pod to be clear & concise in due to all the uncertainty, but we hope you'll find it a bit of light relief. Stay safe out there, and keep your distance. Let's look out for one another. 

Consider supporting us on Patreon. We appreciate all the support the community gives. 

Mar 27 2020

51mins

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