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FC Tokyo to hire Andres Iniesta impersonator

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Fernando Torres: J League goal drought down to Sagan Tosu focus on defence

Fernando Torres ends speculation of his next club as he announces he'll be joining J.League side Sagan Tosu.

Fernando Torres may still be seeking a first goal in Japan but the Spanish striker is encouraged by the upturn in Sagan Tosu's results since he arrived in July.

Torres, 34, has yet to hit the target in six league appearances for the struggling Kyushu side since arriving but a haul of eight points has taken the team out of the relegation zone.

The latest result was a fine 0-0 draw at the home of title-chasing Kawasaki Frontale on Wednesday that took Tosu, with just 17 goals in 22 games this season,...

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...

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

While Andres Iniesta may have moved on from Barcelona, new signing Arthur discusses how he hopes to emulate his habits and successes.

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...

Andres Iniesta, Fernando Torres make J-League debuts - but both lose

While Andres Iniesta may have moved on from Barcelona, new signing Arthur discusses how he hopes to emulate his habits and successes.
Free-Kick: Iniesta bids farewell as hose curse strikes Spain, while Neymar and Lukaku hope to step up
Fernando Torres ends speculation of his next club as he announces he'll be joining J.League side Sagan Tosu.

Andres Iniesta and Fernando Torres made their much-anticipated debuts in Japanese football on Sunday -- but both ended up on the losing side.

The Spanish pair recently joined J-League teams following illustrious careers in Europe.

Iniesta's signing for Vissel Kobe has been met with understandable excitement in Japan and the home crowd were given their first sight of the former Barcelona great when he came on as a second-half substitute against Shonan Bellmare.

Iniesta, in his first appearance since...

Fernando Torres to pass on MLS, Australia to join Japanese side Sagan Tosu

Fernando Torres ends speculation of his next club as he announces he'll be joining J.League side Sagan Tosu.

Former Atletico Madrid and Spain forward Fernando Torres has announced that he has agreed to join Japanese club Sagan Tosu and expects to make his debut for them later this month.

With his time at boyhood club Atletico coming to an end last month, Torres had been linked with destinations including the Chicago Fire in MLS and Australian A-League club Sydney FC, but opted for Japan's J-League.

"My new team will be Sagan Tosu in Japan," the 34-year-old said in Madrid. "Yesterday we signed the...