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2018/2019 Season

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9 Gamba Osaka 14 6 14 48
10 Vissel Kobe 12 9 13 45
11 Vegalta Send 13 6 15 45
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Andres Iniesta explains Three Kings Day photo that prompted backlash

Former Spain and Barcelona star Andres Iniesta has released a statement explaining a social media post that prompted criticism because of a photo that included two people in blackface.

They were among 10 people that appeared along with the 34-year-old Vissel Kobe midfielder in an Instagram post celebrating Three Kings Day, a tradition that in Spain includes parades held in cities and villages featuring three men dressed up as kings - one of whom is traditionally black.

The photo published Sunday...

Andres Iniesta criticized after taking and posting photo with some in blackface

Former Spain and Barcelona star Andres Iniesta has been criticized on social media for posting a photo showing him with a group of people, including two in blackface, as part of the Three Kings Day celebration in Spain.

Iniesta, who was not in blackface, plays in Japan for Vissel Kobe.

The 34-year-old midfielder, who is white, was sitting at the front of a group of 10 people taking part in Epiphany celebrations. Parades held in cities and villages across Spain feature three men dressed up as kings...

David Villa to join Andres Iniesta at Vissel Kobe after leaving New York City FC

Steve Nicol reflects on the impact David Villa has had on Major League Soccer after announcing his departure from NYCFC after four seasons.
David Villa announces he is ready for another challenge as he bids farewell to New York City FC.

David Villa has revealed that he will be joining up with former Spain teammate Andres Iniesta in Japan at Vissel Kobe, after leaving New York City FC.

Villa, 36, departs MLS after scoring 80 goals in 124  appearances for NYCFC. He paid tribute to everyone associated with the franchise, as well as to the team's fans in a video on YouTube last week as he said his goodbyes.

Vissel Kobe chairman Hiroshi Mikitani said: "We are pursuing a new style of play and after talking with the...

Andres Iniesta reveals depression battle in summer after Barcelona Treble win

Andres Iniesta has described the depression he suffered after winning the Treble with Barcelona in the 2008-09 season.

Iniesta, now at Vissel Kobe, said he had struggled in the months following their success after his friend Dani Jarque, a former Espanyol captain, died of heart failure during preseason preparations.

In his biography "The Artist: Being Iniesta," published in 2016, he wrote that in such difficult situations people could do "crazy" things.

Asked by La Sexta TV whether he had meant...