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JAPANESE J1 LEAGUE

2018/2019 Season

POS TEAM W D L PTS
11 Yokohama FC 11 5 14 38
12 Vissel Kobe 10 7 13 37
13 Shonan Bellm 9 9 11 36
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Vissel Kobe player suspended over Andres Iniesta injury leak

Andres Iniesta opens up about life in Japan, how Barcelona will fare in 2018/19 and his hopes of returning to La Masia in the future.

A Vissel Kobe teammate of Andres Iniesta has been suspended for a month after leaking news to a friend of his absence ahead of a J-League game.

The 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 due to injury.

The friend posted the information on Twitter and, although the post was quickly deleted, local media outlets and fans had been alerted.

An investigation confirmed that the league's confidentiality...

Barcelona icon Andres Iniesta to star in documentary about move to Japan

Andres Iniesta opens up about life in Japan, how Barcelona will fare in 2018/19 and his hopes of returning to La Masia in the future.

Andres Iniesta is soon to be the star of his very own fly-on-the-wall television series covering his transfer to Vissel Kobe and the start of his new life in Japan.

"Iniesta TV" will follow the Barcelona legend as he gets to grips with the next phase of his career, offering an intimate insight into the 34-year-old's thoughts and feelings as he acquaints himself with a new culture and gets his J-League career underway.

According to Rakuten, who produce the exclusive series, fans tuning into episode...

Fernando Torres scores first goal in Japan in cup win against Andres Iniesta's Vissel Kobe

Fernando Torres scored his first goal in Japanese football as Sagan Tosu defeated Andres Iniesta's Vissel Kobe on Wednesday to reach the quarterfinals of the Emperors Cup.

The match marked the first time the Spaniards have met since moving to the J.League this summer.

Torres and Iniesta both started the match on the substitutes bench before being introduced in the second half.

By that stage Sagan Tosu were already two goals to the good but there was still time left for Torres, who has struggled...

Andres Iniesta scores stylish first goal for Vissel Kobe in win

Andres Iniesta scored his first goal for Vissel Kobe in their 2-1 victory over Jubilo Iwata on Saturday.

Iniesta, who moved to Japan in May following an illustrious career with Barcelona, scored in the 16th minute on an assist by former Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski.

Podolski slid the ball through to Iniesta in the penalty area and Iniesta displayed pirouetted past a defender before rounding the goalkeeper to roll the ball into the net.

A further goal from forward Kyogo Furuhashi secured the victory...