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Why is Keisuke Honda at Botafogo?
12:01 Friday 7th February 2020

A few competitions develop reputations as retirement leagues by signing famous stars playing out the string. The Campeonato Brasileiro doesn't deserve the tag. Yes, Selecao legends Ronaldo, Ronaldinho and Rivaldo all returned to Samba Nation…

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Rakuten, Referees and the Rising Nagoya
17:00 Sunday 9th September 2018

Andres Iniesta settled his family in Japan. No further mid-season excursions will occur. The Barcelona legend embedded himself at Vissel Kobe. In the month's first two home games, he made the score sheet against Jubilo Iwata and Sanfrecce…

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Football Appreciation in Japan
15:00 Friday 18th May 2018

Having lived in the land of the Rising Sun for some seven months now, I feel I can document the glory and oddities which are bestowed to this nation’s football following. The idea of football is still a relatively new mainstream concept.…