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10th in Japanese J1 League
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68dJohn Duerden

Vissel player suspended for Iniesta injury leak

Club said Shunki Takahashi had told a friend via instant messaging that Iniesta, who joined in May, would not appear against Urawa Reds on Sept. 23.

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138dJohn Duerden, Asia correspondent

FC Tokyo to hire Andres Iniesta impersonator

Iniesta arrived in Japan from Barcelona last month but, after two J-League appearances, has returned to Spain for a few days.

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150dReuters

Iniesta, Torres both lose on J-League debuts

Iniesta was a second-half substitute for Vissel Kobe's 3-0 loss, while Torres couldn't prevent Sagan Tosu - who are second-bottom - from losing 1-0.

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345dPaul Murphy

Thai ace Theerathon lands J.League deal

Thai international Theerathon Bunmathan will join ex-Germany striker Lukas Podolski at J.League club Vissel Kobe in 2018 after securing a loan deal.

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358dPaul Murphy

Theerathon keen on Vissel Kobe move

Theerathon Bunmathan has said it would be a dream to become the latest Muangthong United star to swap the Thai League for the J.League.

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486dESPN staff

Breitbart issues apology for Podolski photo

Conservative website Breitbart has apologised for mistaking retired Germany international Lukas Podolski for a travelling migrant in a recent story.

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489dJohn Duerden

Van Gaal targeted by Vissel Kobe - reports

Japan's Vissel Kobe, who signed Lukas Podolksi in June, have put Louis van Gaal at the top of their shortlist after firing coach Nelsinho on Monday.

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503dJohn Duerden

Podolski shines for Vissel, helps J.League

Lukas Podolski could turn out to be the J.League's biggest star since its 1990s heyday when Lineker and Zico thrilled crowds, writes John Duerden.

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525dStephan Uersfeld

Podolski: CSL will never reach the top

Lukas Podolski says the Chinese Super League will never join the elite because what happens behind the scenes is "about anything but football."

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531dAssociated Press

Podolski targets CL place after Kobe move

Arriving by charter plane at Kobe Airport, Podolski was greeted by a large group of supporters eager to get a glimpse of the striker.

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533dChris Wright

Podolski in Japan: Bratwurst sushi, anyone?

Vissel Kobe's Lukas Podolski has been immersing himself in Japanese culture -- and is possibly the first person ever to eat bratwurst with chopsticks.

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656dJohn Duerden

Can Podolski put Japan on the map again?

Vissel Kobe have never come close to winning the J.League title but they have signed Lukas Podolski with hopes that he can lift Japanese football.

2017-18 J Lge Standings

TEAMGPWDLGDP
Kawasaki Frontale342167+3069
Sanfrecce Hiroshima3417611+1257
Kashima Antlers3416810+1156
Consadole Sapporo3415109055
Urawa Red Diamonds3414911+1251
FC Tokyo3414812+550
Cerezo Osaka34131110+150
Shimizu S-Pulse3414713+849
Gamba Osaka3414614-548
Vissel Kobe3412913-745
Vegalta Sendai3413615-1045
Yokohama F. Marinos3412517041
Shonan Bellmare34101113-541
Sagan Tosu34101113-541
Nagoya Grampus3412517-741
Jubilo Iwata34101113-1341
Kashiwa Reysol3412319-739
V-Varen Nagasaki348620-2030

RankingsJapanese J1 League

Goal Difference-7Tied-14th
Goals Scored4510th
Assists0Tied-1st
Goals Conceded5214th