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Japanese J1 League

Kawasaki Frontale win back-to-back J.League titles after Sanfrecce Hiroshima collapse

Kawasaki Frontale clinched a second successive J.League title despite defeat to Cerezo Osaka.

Kawasaki Frontale retained the J.League title despite losing 2-1 to Cerezo Osaka on Saturday, the visitors clinching a second top-flight championship when nearest rivals Sanfrecce Hiroshima completed a stunning collapse with another defeat.

Osaka striker Kazuya Yamamura scored the winner in the fourth minute of injury time, but with Hiroshima falling to a 1-0 home defeat to Vegalta Sendai, Toru Oniki's team secured the title with two games to spare.

After Saturday's fixtures, Kawasaki hold an unassailable...

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...

Keisuke Honda calls for coaching license overhaul amid questions over Cambodia role

Keisuke Honda has called for an overhaul of the coaching license pathway into management, advocating a written test for potential new coaches.

Former Japan star Honda, 32, took over coaching duties with Cambodia after retiring from international football following the World Cup in Russia.

He has been officially named as general manager of the national team but is acting in a voluntary and unpaid role.

Honda, who also signed a two-year deal to play for Melbourne Victory in August, argued that players...

Yokohama Marinos win over Vissel Kobe saved Ange Postecoglou job - source

The surprise 2-0 win for Yokohama F. Marinos at high-flying Vissel Kobe on Sunday went a long way to saving the job of coach Ange Postecoglou, a source close to the club has told ESPN FC.

Postecoglou, 53, left his position as head coach of Australia in October after leading the Socceroos through qualification for the 2018 World Cup and then took over at Yokohama in December.

But it has been a tough first season in the J.League. Under the Australian, the Marinos, fifth last season, have slipped down...

Fernando Torres scores one, sets up two as Sagan Tosu ease relegation worries

Fernando Torres produced his best performance on Sunday since arriving in Japan helping Sagan Tosu to victory in a relegation six-pointer and then promised there was more to come.

The Spaniard had failed to find the target in seven previous league games since signing for the club in July but scored one and created the other two in a vital 3-0 win over fellow strugglers Gamba Osaka.

Torres, who opened his account in Japan in last week's 3-0 win over Vissel Kobe in the Emperor's Cup, set up Yuji Ono...