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10-6-11, 9th in Japanese J1 League
The past, present and future of Andres Iniesta (5:50)
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53dJohn 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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64dReuters

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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260dPaul 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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272dPaul 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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400dESPN 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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403dJohn 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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418dJohn 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.

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439dStephan Uersfeld

Podolski: CSL will never reach the top

Lukas Podolski says the Chinese Super League will never join the elite because what happens behind the scenes is "about anything but football."

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446dAssociated Press

Podolski targets CL place after Kobe move

Arriving by charter plane at Kobe Airport, Podolski was greeted by a large group of supporters eager to get a glimpse of the striker.

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447dChris Wright

Podolski in Japan: Bratwurst sushi, anyone?

Vissel Kobe's Lukas Podolski has been immersing himself in Japanese culture -- and is possibly the first person ever to eat bratwurst with chopsticks.

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570dJohn Duerden

Can Podolski put Japan on the map again?

Vissel Kobe have never come close to winning the J.League title but they have signed Lukas Podolski with hopes that he can lift Japanese football.

RankingsJapanese J1 League

Goal Difference-2Tied-8th
Goals Scored33Tied-12th
Assists0Tied-1st
Goals Conceded358th