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Barcelona's Andres Iniesta set to join Vissel Kobe in Japan - sources

As Andres Iniesta prepares for his 38th and final El Clasico, take a look back at his impact on Spain's biggest derby.
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Andres Iniesta was brought to tears as he announced he will be leaving Barcelona at the end of the season after 22 years with the club.
The adjectives to describe Andres Iniesta's 22-year career with Barcelona are endless as he announces he'll leave the club at the end of the season.

Andres Iniesta has reached an agreement to sign with Japan's Vissel Kobe, sources have confirmed to ESPN's Jordi Blanco.

Spanish outlet Cadena Ser were the first to report the agreement between Iniesta and the J-League club. According ESPN's sources, the 33-year-old will sign a three-year deal with an annual salary of $30 million.

Hiroshi Mikitani, owner of Vissel Kobe, is also the CEO of Barcelona's main sponsor Rakuten. His participation in the negotiations with Iniesta would have been a pivotal...

 By AAP

Urawa Red Diamonds sign Andrew Nabbout from Newcastle Jets

Newcastle Jets produced a stubborn performance to take a 2 - 1 victory in the top of the table clash with FC Sydney.

Newcastle Jets attacker Andrew Nabbout says leaving the A-League club for Japan is bittersweet but it's an opportunity he can't pass up.

Nabbout is joining J-League powerhouse Urawa Red Diamonds, who tabled an offer moments after his match-winning goal against Sydney FC on Saturday night.

"It's a bittersweet moment to be leaving," Nabbout said in statement on Monday.

"We have got a great group of lads here and I'm loving my football but this is an opportunity I can't pass up, something I've worked...

 By AAP

Newcastle Jets happy to allow Andrew Nabbout to join J-League club

Newcastle Jets produced a stubborn performance to take a 2 - 1 victory in the top of the table clash with FC Sydney.

Newcastle Jets coach Ernie Merrick has given Andrew Nabbout his blessing to leave for Japan, confident the team has enough depth to cover for the star forward -- and Roy O'Donovan should the Irishman cop a suspension.

Nabbout pressed his Socceroos case further in Saturday night's thrilling 2-1 triumph over Sydney FC, netting a stunning goal from 30 metres to bring his season tally to 10 goals and seven assists.

The performance also did little to harm his chances of securing a formal contract offer...

Kazuyoshi 'King Kazu' Miura extends Yokohama deal ahead of 51st birthday

Kazuyoshi Miura of Yokohama FC
Kazuyoshi Miura will enter his 33rd season as a professional footballer this year.

One of the longest careers in football has been extended after 50-year-old striker Kazuyoshi Miura renewed his contract with second-division J-League club Yokohama FC on Thursday.

Miura, who will turn 51 on Feb. 26, will enter his 33rd season this year.

Miura played in 12 league games last year and scored one goal, breaking his own record as the J-League's oldest scorer.

"I've signed a contract extension for this season. I will always play my heart out and hope to continue to grow [as a player],"...

 By AAP

Ben Halloran completes move from Heidenheim to V-Varen Nagasaki

The FC crew explain why Australia's outlook at the World Cup is dreary after being drawn with France, Peru and Denmark.
Jason Dasey and PJ Roberts evaluate Australia's World Cup group and assess whether they or any other Asian teams can progress.

Forgotten Socceroo Ben Halloran has left his German club and signed with newly promoted J-League outfit V-Varen Nagasaki.

The pacy 25-year-old was contracted to 2.Bundesliga side Heidenheim but sealed his move on Tuesday to Japan.

Halloran starred for Gold Coast United and Brisbane Roar in the A-League but had been playing since 2013 in Germany's second division.

He has represented Australia on six occasions and was a second-half substitute in all three matches under Ange Postecoglou at the 2014...