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Real Madrid sign 'Japanese Messi' Takefusa Kubo

Real Madrid have announced the signing of FC Tokyo midfielder Takefusa Kubo.

Kubo, who has been described as "the Japanese Messi," was once on Barcelona's books and made his debut for the Japan senior team earlier this month. The 18-year-old will represent his country at the Copa America in Brazil.

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In a statement, Madrid said Kubo would play for their Castilla youth team in Spain's third tier next season.

"Real Madrid...

FC Tokyo to hire Andres Iniesta impersonator with star set to miss game

FC Tokyo will bring in an impersonator of Andres Iniesta to entertain a sell-out crowd with the Vissel Kobe star likely to miss the trip to the Ajinomoto Stadium on Sunday.

Iniesta arrived in Japan from Barcelona last month but has returned to Spain for a brief visit after two J-League appearances against Shonan Bellmare and Kashiwa Reysol.

And Tokyo, looking forward to a first sell-out crowd of around 50,000 in three years, will hire impersonator Iam Noda as a "friend" of their mascot to give fans...

 By Paul Murphy

FC Tokyo starlet Jakkit Wachpirom becomes first Thai to score in J.League


FC Tokyo Under-23 winger Jakkit Wachpirom has made history as the first Thai to score in the J.League, a feat that has so far eluded his more celebrated compatriot Chanathip Songkrasin.

Jakkit, on loan at the J3 club from Bangkok United, side footed home from an angle in the first minute of Sunday's 2-1 victory over Cerezo Osaka U23.

For the club, it meant a winning end to a season in which they finish in 11th spot, and for Jakkit it was the latest high point in what has been a successful...