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10-5-13, 9th in Japanese J League
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226dSam Marsden

Samper confirms Barca departure after 18 years

Sergi Samper, who has made one appearance this season, said his desire to play regular football again was the main reason behind his decision.

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282dAssociated Press

Iniesta explains photo that prompted backlash

Andres Iniesta released a statement explaining a social media post that prompted criticism because of a photo that included two people in blackface.

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1yJohn 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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1yJohn 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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1yReuters

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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2yPaul 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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2yPaul 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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2yESPN 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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2yJohn 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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2yJohn 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.

RankingsJapanese J League

Goal Difference-1Tied-9th
Goals Scored50Tied-2nd
Assists0Tied-1st
Goals Conceded5116th