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Japan's J-League is 'the best league in Asia' - Ange Postecoglou

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Yokohama F. Marinos boss Ange Postecoglou has declared the J-League "the best league in Asia" as Japan's top flight awaits the green light to resume after the coronavirus pandemic.

While South Korea's K-League and Germany's Bundesliga have already swung back into action, there is no such certainty around the J-League. With one round played, the competition was postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak in February and, while various dates have been proposed for the league to resume, some coaches believe...

Coronavirus lockdown: Japan's Makino attempting the tablecloth trick is the content we need right now

With almost all football postponed indefinitely because of the coronavirus pandemic, star players have found themselves at a loose end.

With many training grounds off-limits, clubs have sent footballers home, where they're adhering to an isolation period for the next few weeks. How are they passing the time?

ESPN will be keeping a daily eye on what the world's best are up to, as well as how clubs are keeping busy by battling in online competitions against each other.

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Coronavirus: Japanese football to resume on April 25 with temporary ban on away fans

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Just 24 hours after the Tokyo 2020 Olympics were postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak, J.League chairman Mitsuru Murai has said the top tier of Japanese football plans to restart on May 9.

After agreeing on measures with all 56 clubs in Japan on Tuesday, Murai said there will be a gradual resumption of football in the country after it was suspended on Feb. 25, meaning that leagues with smaller attendances start first.

The third-tier J3 will be ready to kick-off on April 25, while the...

Iniesta's Vissel Kobe ban singing, chanting due to coronavirus threat

Fans at Vissel Kobe's last match against Suwon Samsung Bluewings in Korea had to submit a medical questionnaire and have their temperatures taken to be allowed in.
Fans at Vissel Kobe's last match against Suwon Samsung Bluewings in Korea had to submit a medical questionnaire and have their temperatures taken to be allowed in.

J. League side Vissel Kobe have told fans not to sing, chant or wave flags in their season-opening clash with Yokohama FC in order to help contain the spread of coronavirus.

In a statement on the homepage of the big spending Kansai outfit, fans who have a cold or flu-like symptoms have been asked to stay home while those who feel fine are requested to wear masks, wash their hands upon entry to the stadium and cover mouths and noses when coughing and sneezing.

It is hoped that not singing or participating...

Andres Iniesta lifts Japan Super Cup after nine straight pen misses

Andres Iniesta lifted his first trophy of 2020 on Saturday but the Japanese Super Cup final will be remembered more for Vissel Kobe and Yokohama F Marinos missing nine consecutive spot kicks in the deciding penalty shootout that Kobe eventually won 3-2.

The game between the defending champions, Yokohama, and Emperor's Cup holders, Kobe, is the traditional curtain-raiser to the Japanese season though coaches will hope it does not set the scene for the standard of penalties for the months to come.

A...