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J-League: Lukas Podolski Wore Very Special Pair Of Custom Boots For His Vissel Kobe Debut (Photo)

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Lukas Podolski made his J-League debut for Vissel Kobe on Saturday evening, scoring twice in a 3-1 victory overOmiya Ardija.

The German striker also decided to dress up all nice for the occasion, donning a very special pair of custom boots.

Indeed, Poldi had his old Adizeros plastered with a graphic of Kojiro Hyuga, a character from the ever-popular Captain Tsubasa manga series.

Bonsai And Beyond: Lukas Podolski Immerses Himself In Japanese Culture After Joining Vissel Kobe (Video)

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After two seasons with Galatasaray, Lukas Podolski has moved on to pastures newby signing a pension-boosting deal to join Japanese top flight side Vissel Kobe.

To prepare for life in a new country, Podolski has immersed himself in Japanese culture, trying his hand at origami, bonsai, sushi, Kendo fighting and even giving the Captain Tsubasa books a shufty before bedtime.

Japan: Kashima Antlers To Turn Team Of Ex-Players Into Zombies For Special ‘Escape Event’ Hosted At Their Stadium (Video)

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In what surely must be a first, Japanese side Kashima Antlers are preparing to host a special eventnext month that will see their stadium turned into the ground zeroof a zombie apocalypse.

In collaboration with video game developers Taito, the J. League champions will stage a "zombieescape" experience at Kashima Stadium in which paying customers will be tasked with.

King Kazuyoshi Miura Scores Winning Goal For Yokohama At Grand Old Age Of 50 (Video)

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Kazuyoshi Miura celebrated his 50th birthday in style by scoring Yokohama FC's winning goal in their 1-0 win overThespakusatsu Gunma in the J2 League on Saturday afternoon.

The veteran striker, who officially overtook Sir Stanley Matthews to become the oldest professional football in history in the week, slotted home in the 40th minute to snaffle the narrow victory forYokohama.

Club World Cup Final 2016

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I acknowledged earlier that the current set up does not produce the greatest games. The final people want to see is Europe v South America. Now wasn't this the previous competition. So here we have the team that finished 11th in the second half of the J League one match away from being named the best club side on the world.

Okubo ties record as Kawasaki go top of J-League

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Former Japan striker Yoshito Okubo tied the J-League scoring record as Kawasaki Frontale beat Nagoya Grampus 3-2 at home Saturday to go top of the table.

Okubo bundled in a scrappy equalizer after 75 minutes to tie Hiroshima forward Hisato Sato, who set the new mark with his 158th goal last weekend.

Okubo ties record as Kawasaki go top of J-League

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Former Japan striker Yoshito Okubo tied the J-League scoring record as Kawasaki Frontale beat Nagoya Grampus 3-2 at home Saturday to go top of the table.

Okubo bundled in a scrappy equalizer after 75 minutes to tie Hiroshima forward Hisato Sato, who set the new mark with his 158th goal last weekend.

Nagoya Grampus v Gamba Osaka Nabisco Cup

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Nagoya Grampus hosted Gamba Osaka in a Nabisco Cup Quarter Final Second Leg yesterday in the teeming rain at Paloma Mizuho Stadium. The teams had fought out a 1-1 draw in Osaka so all was to play for in the return fixture, with a place in the semi-finals at stake.


Grampus took an early lead through Ryunosuke Noda, who had scored for Nagoya in the first leg.

The Progress of Asian Nations in World Football

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The Progress of Asian Nations in World Football - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

There is little doubt that football in Asia was given a massive boost by World Cup 2002 which was jointly hosted by Japan and South Korea. It was doubly advantageous that the two hosts put on a good show on the field.

Flown The Nest: United First Team Alumni News and Notes

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Dejan Jakovic and Andy Najar enjoy differing fortunes with Shimizu S-Pulse and Anderlecht respectively, Freddy Adu buys a watch and more!

Another weekly roundup of alumni news is here, as seasons in Europe come to a close while others are picking up steam, especially in Japan's J League.

Dejan Jakovic and Shimizu S-Pulse ride four-game winning streak

After some initial struggles, Shimizu S-Pulse of the J League in Japan have hit some scintillating form, recording four wins in a row as they surge up the league table.

Is the J-League Too Big?

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The new J.League season kicked off recently with 18 teams all aspiring to hold aloft the J.League trophy come December.

But that begs the question - is 18 teams too many?

For those who listen to the excellent JTalk Podcast, they would've heard the animated Cesare Polenghi pose that very question in the final podcast last season.

The Fight Against Racism Rises in Japan Let’s not parse...

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The Fight Against Racism Rises in Japan

Let's not parse words: when headlines related to racism in football make the rounds, it's understandable to assume the story must be related to one of the countries that's been associated with racism in the past.

J-League Talent Production Line

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It's becoming somewhat of a ritual, as a new transfer window opens the latest young talent to come off the J.League production line make the now inevitable move to Europe.

The list is almost endless, but with the growing stature of Japanese players in Europe, and the growing desire for players to move abroad, it does create its own issues.

Hadouken’ing comes to Japanese football It’s hardly...

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Hadouken'ing comes to Japanese football

It's hardly a surprise that the Hadouken'ing, the sort of Dragonball Z-inspired meme sweeping across Japan (and beyond), has made its mark in Japanese football. But J.League club Yokohama F.Marinos owned the moment, passing these shots off on Twitter as an announcement that their club's playersShingo Hyodo and Manabu Saitodo, in fact, possess superpowers.

Will Brazilians Mazinho and Cleo make a splash in Japan?

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Two Samba strikers added to J-League rosters for 2013.

Japan: Kashiwa secure 2012 Emperor’s Cup

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In the first major footballing showpiece final of this year, Kashiwa Reysol secured Japanese football's major domestic knockout competition when defeating Gamba Osaka 1-0 in the 2012 (yes, that is 2012 as opposed to 2013) Emperor's Cup final in the National Stadium in Tokyo.

Kashiwa Reysol went into the game as favourites, the team having finished the 2012 J-League 1 season in a respectable sixth place.

Australia

Gamba Osaka off to AFC Champions League flyer in Adelaide

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Adelaide (Australia) (AFP) – Japan’s former winners Gamba Osaka dominated their AFC Champions League Group H match, outclassing Australia’s Adelaide United 3-0 in Adelaide on Wednesday.

Gamba, the last Japanese club to lift the trophy with their final victory over Adelaide in 2008, were too organised and skilful for the inexperienced Reds team.

Gamba Osaka off to AFC Champions League flyer in Adelaide

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Adelaide (Australia) (AFP) – Japan’s former winners Gamba Osaka dominated their AFC Champions League Group H match, outclassing Australia’s Adelaide United 3-0 in Adelaide on Wednesday.

Gamba, the last Japanese club to lift the trophy with their final victory over Adelaide in 2008, were too organised and skilful for the inexperienced Reds team.

AFC Champions League Rotation

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Rotation has undoubtedly been the buzzword for the group stage of the 2014 AFC Champions League.

Much debate has been had about the extent of squad rotations this year and just what that says about the attitudes of clubs towards participation in the ACL.

It's a difficult issue, and not one that can be viewed as black or white.

Japanese J. League

Vissel Kobe 2017 Asics Home and Away Kits

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Vissel Kobe had their best ever Japanese J1 season in 2016 with a seventh place finished in the league's aggregate table. As the club prepares for their season kickoff againstShimizu S-Pulse on February 25th, they've unveiled their 2017 home and away kits from Asics Japan. In a first, the kits will be available in authentic [.

Vissel Kobe 2016 Asics Home and Away Kits

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Vissel Kobe have unveiled their Asics home and away kits for their 2016 J1 League [...]

Vissel Kobe 2015 Asics 20th Anniversary Jersey

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Japan's Vissel Kobe continue to celebrate their 20th Anniversary in 2015 with the release of [...]

Vissel Kobe 2015 Asics Home and Away Kits

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Vissel Kobe kick off their 2015 Japanese J. League Division 1 season againstKashiwa Reysol on [...]

Vissel Kobe 2013 Asics Home and Away Kits

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Vissel Kobe's six-year run in the Japanese J. League Division 1 ended when the team [...]

Urawa Red Diamonds 2013 Nike Home and Away Kits

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2007 AFC Champions League winners Urawa Red Diamonds have unveiled their home and away kits [...]

Videos

J-League: Godzilla – Yes, Godzilla – Attempts To Take A Pre-Match Penalty With His Tail (Video)

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Godzilla goes rampaging up the wing

You know how you've always wanted to see a bloke in an awkwardly proportioned Godzilla suit attempt to scorea penalty using his tail? Well today's your lucky day.

To promote the release of the new 'Godzilla: Resurgence' movie in Japan, a bloke in an awkwardly proportioned Godzilla suit attempted to score a penalty with his tail before theJ-League match between Kawasaki Frontale and FC Toyko past a bloke in a dolphin suit, naturally.

Japanese Midfielder Yojiro Takahagi Celebrates Debut Goal With Nifty ‘Sumo’ Celebration (Video)

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Having only signed for Western Sydney Wanderersa couple of weeks ago after spending his entire career at J League side Sanfrecce Hiroshima, Japanese international midfielderYojiro Takahagi wasted no time introducing himself on the A League stage on Saturday.

Water fútbol en la liga japonesa de soccer

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En Japón siempre suceden cosas extraordinarias, los japoneses son una mezcla entre lo exótico con lo tradicional y lo moderno.

Este sábado en el partido de FC Tokyo contra Vissel Kobe se desato una tormenta, pero como buenos kamikazes decidieron seguir jugando; las escenas fueron las siguientes:

English Premier League

50 Football Manager 2016 Wonderkids

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50 Football Manager 2016 Wonderkids - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Football Manager 2016 is set for official launch later this month and for an avid fan of the game like me, it is time to kiss my social life goodbye.

Football Manager is easily the closest thing to the real job and the new set of features introduced in this version of the game is already earning rave reviews.

Champions League 2015: Live Score, Goals, Confirmed lineups

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Champions League 2015: Live Score, Goals, Confirmed lineups - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Champions league is back tonight and there a number of cracking games to look forward to.

Here at Soccerlens, we will keep you updated with all the Confirmed lineups,live score, goals and key events from every game tonight.

Chelsea Transfer: Jose offers attacking player plus £22m cash for defender

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Chelsea Transfer: Jose offers attacking player plus £22m cash for defender - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

According to the Daily Mail, Chelsea have agreed a£22m deal to sign Abdul Rahman Baba from Augsburg.

Despite Augsburg insistence that there will not be any compromise, it seems that the German outfit have been convinced to reach a middle ground.

Manchester United send scouts to watch Aleksandar Mitrovic

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Manchester United send scouts to watch Aleksandar Mitrovic - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Earlier this season, Italian outlet TuttoMercatoWeb claimed that Manchester have been monitoring the progress of Serbian striker, Aleksandar Mitrovic and are ready to bring the talented young striker to Old Trafford this summer.

Chelsea’s latest transfer move is a classic Manchester United tactic

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Chelsea's latest transfer move is a classic Manchester United tactic - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea are seemingly set to seal a deal to bring Japanese forwardYoshinori Muto to Stamford Bridge, with reputable sources such as The BBC jumping on the bandwagon over a potential £4 million summer move.

Goggles on! J-league match falls into dissaray thanks to sopping wet pitch

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Players have got it pretty good in the Premier League nowadays. Any standing water on a pitch and the game is called off in a heartbeat the chances of looking like complete amphibious clowns are minimal. Thankfully, such killjoy measures have clearly not quite made it to the J-League in Japan just yet.

Yokohama FC

All Hail The King: Kazuyoshi Miura, The World’s Oldest Professional Footballer, Signs New One-Year Deal With Yokohama FC

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Kazuyoshi Miura, seen here on the left right

Several outfield players have made it into their forties over recent years, but none have ventured as deep into the middle-aged wilderness as Japanese legendKazuyoshi Miura, who is still plugging away at the ripeold age of 47 putting the likes of Ryan Giggs, Javier Zanetti, Rivaldo et al to shame.

Shonan snatch second J2 promotion place

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Shonan Bellmare have snatched the second and final automatic promotion place on offer on a dramatic final day of the regular season in the J. League's second tier.

Needing to beat neighbours Machida Zelvia and hope Kyoto Sanga failed to do the same against champions Ventforet Kofu, the Kanagawa side did their part with a 3-0 win in front of 7,139 fans at Machida Stadium.

The Rest

Kawasaki Frontale Unveil Stunning New Anniversary Shirt, Features Space Stations In Orbit And Slogans About Cake (Photos)

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Photo via @JLeagueShirts/Twitter

If there's one thing we know about Japanese football here on Pies it's that they're bloodystark raving mad for a bonkers limited edition jersey.

To that end, Kawasaki Frontale have upheld the proud tradition with a stunning new effort for their 2016 offering, which uses 'space' as the general theme.

Asian Champions League 2014

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Ah ACL it's good to have you back!

108 days have passed since Guangzhou Evergrande were crowned 2013 Champions, and while we were served a great entrée with the entertaining playoff rounds there is nothing like a main course.

And what a main course!

On the opening night there were a number of intriguing battles, especially in Group E.

Transfer Deadline Day Madness : Knee-Jerk Reactions, Diego Forlan, And His J-League Adventure

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It's Transfer Deadline Day, which is also the most dangerous time in European football and deserves its own public holiday.

Two of the biggest transfers to have taken place was Juan Mata's £37.1million move from Chelsea to United, and Yohan Cabaye from Newcastle to PSG yesterday.

Rodgers Wanted Spiranovic At Liverpool

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Recalled Australia defender Matthew Spiranovic could have joined Brad Jones at Liverpool this season - but instead landed regular first-team football in the Middle East. The 24-year-old centre-back, who signed for Qatari Stars League outfit Al Arabi on a lucrative two-year deal in July, received an approach from new Anfield boss Brendan Rodgers the same month, after the Northern Irishman had earlier tried to sign him for his former club Swansea City.