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Ange Postecoglou's Yokohama F. Marinos beat rivals FC Tokyo to secure J-League title

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Ange Postecoglou lifts the J-League trophy with his Yokohama F. Marinos side.

Yokohama F. Marinos eased past title rivals FC Tokyo 3-0 on Saturday to clinch their first J-League trophy since 2004.

Yokohama, led by former Australia head coach Ange Postecoglou, dominated from the start and took a 2-0 lead into half-time courtesy of Thai defender Theerathon Bunmatan's deflected effort and Brazilian forward Erik's neat finish.

Despite having goalkeeper Il-Kyu Park sent off midway through the second half, Yokohama wrapped up the win courtesy of substitute Keita Endo's counter-attack...

Real Madrid sign 'Japanese Messi' Takefusa Kubo

Real Madrid have announced the signing of FC Tokyo midfielder Takefusa Kubo.

Kubo, who has been described as "the Japanese Messi," was once on Barcelona's books and made his debut for the Japan senior team earlier this month. The 18-year-old will represent his country at the Copa America in Brazil.

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In a statement, Madrid said Kubo would play for their Castilla youth team in Spain's third tier next season.

"Real Madrid...

FC Tokyo to hire Andres Iniesta impersonator with star set to miss game

FC Tokyo will bring in an impersonator of Andres Iniesta to entertain a sell-out crowd with the Vissel Kobe star likely to miss the trip to the Ajinomoto Stadium on Sunday.

Iniesta arrived in Japan from Barcelona last month but has returned to Spain for a brief visit after two J-League appearances against Shonan Bellmare and Kashiwa Reysol.

And Tokyo, looking forward to a first sell-out crowd of around 50,000 in three years, will hire impersonator Iam Noda as a "friend" of their mascot to give fans...

 By Paul Murphy

FC Tokyo starlet Jakkit Wachpirom becomes first Thai to score in J.League


FC Tokyo Under-23 winger Jakkit Wachpirom has made history as the first Thai to score in the J.League, a feat that has so far eluded his more celebrated compatriot Chanathip Songkrasin.

Jakkit, on loan at the J3 club from Bangkok United, side footed home from an angle in the first minute of Sunday's 2-1 victory over Cerezo Osaka U23.

For the club, it meant a winning end to a season in which they finish in 11th spot, and for Jakkit it was the latest high point in what has been a successful...

 By John Duerden

J.League seeks to wrestle back spotlight from Chinese Super League

Kashima Antlers vs. FC Tokyo
Kashima Antlers started their 2017 campaign with a defeat to FC Tokyo at the weekend.

Japan's J.League kicked off its 2017 season on Saturday with a typical demonstration of unpredictability with only one of the top four from last year picking up three points. Kashima Antlers, 2016 champs, scored twice against Real Madrid in the final of the FIFA Club World Cup in December but failed to do so at home to FC Tokyo at the weekend.

The curtain-raising did not get that much attention outside the country. At the moment, it may not be an exaggeration to say that the Chinese Super League...