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Japanese midfielder Daichi Kamada joins Eintracht Frankfurt

Daichi Kamada has said his move to Frankfurt is 'very exciting.'

Eintracht Frankfurt have signed 20-year-old Japanese midfielder Daichi Kamada from Sagan Tosu on a four-year contract.

Kamada has scored three goals and set up a further two in 16 matches in Japan in the current J-League season, and DFB Pokal finalists Frankfurt are reported to have paid €2.5 million for him.

"Daichi has a lot of potential. We've seen him play many times," Frankfurt sporting director Fredi Bobic told the club's official website.

"He makes our attacking midfield more variable."


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Francesco Totti a target for Japanese second division side Tokyo Verdy

Gab Marcotti shares his favourite memory of Francesco Totti and looks back on the Roma legend's career with the club.

Roma legend Francesco Totti is wanted by Japanese club Tokyo Verdy, a spokesman for the club has confirmed.

The J-League second division side have made an offer to the 40-year-old World Cup winner, who brought an end to his 25-year career with Roma at the end of the season.

Totti has also been linked with North American Soccer League side Miami FC, coached by his friend Alessandro Nesta.

"There has been interest from Totti's side," Tokyo Verdy spokesman Yuya Kurabayashi was quoted as saying...

 By John Duerden

Five leagues where Keisuke Honda could play next season

Japan midfielder Keisuke Honda
Heading back home to the Japanese J League could solidify Keisuke Honda's place on the Japan national team.

Keisuke Honda's three and a half years at AC Milan, the team he supported as a boy, are over and the Japanese star confirmed that he is on his way out.

His dream move was not exactly a nightmare, but Honda often struggled for playing time in Italy and didn't manage to make the impact he would have liked.

There is no doubting his talent, however, and at the age of 30, there is still plenty more where that came from. The question now is "Where next?" ESPNFC looks at five options.

1. Japan

The easiest...

J-League club Gamba Osaka fined for fans' banner with swastika-like logo

Gamba Osaka fans
Gamba Osaka fans landed their side in hot water.

TOKYO -- The J-League fined first division side Gamba Osaka $17,500 on Thursday after a group of supporters displayed a banner with a logo resembling a Nazi symbol during a match last month.

The banner, which resembled a symbol derived from the SS of Nazi Germany, was displayed at the team's April 16 match away to crosstown rivals Cerezo Osaka.

After the incident, Gamba said that members of the group have been banned from games indefinitely.

Kawasaki Frontale was fined $15,000 last week by the Asian...

 By John Duerden

Takefusa Kubo makes Tokyo FC debut, hailed as the Japanese Messi

ESPN FC's Jason Dasey and PJ Roberts recap the big wins for Japan, South Korea and Iran in AFC World Cup qualifying.
Takefusa Kubo makes debut for FC Tokyo
Takefusa Kubo, right, made his FC Tokyo senior debut in a Japanese cup game on Wednesday.

Thailand, Iran and South Korea are Asian nations who have their own versions of Lionel Messi, however misguided the comparison. And now, Japan have joined the club. Hopes are high that Takefusa Kubo will shine brighter than any Japanese player in history.

In terms of media attention, he is already on his way. Still only 15, he made his senior debut in midweek for FC Tokyo in a cup game against Consadole Sapporo. becoming the second youngest rookie in J.League history after Takayuki Morimoto in 2004.