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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...

Barcelona icon Andres Iniesta to star in documentary about move to Japan

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.

Andres Iniesta is soon to be the star of his very own fly-on-the-wall television series covering his transfer to Vissel Kobe and the start of his new life in Japan.

"Iniesta TV" will follow the Barcelona legend as he gets to grips with the next phase of his career, offering an intimate insight into the 34-year-old's thoughts and feelings as he acquaints himself with a new culture and gets his J-League career underway.

According to Rakuten, who produce the exclusive series, fans tuning into episode...

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...