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 By Kelvin Leong

Singapore star Izwan Mahbud's freezing introduction to Japan

ESPN FC's Yasmin Abdol Hamid and John Wilkinson debate what the next move is for LionsXII.

Singapore goalkeeper Izwan Mahbud's one-week trial at Matsumoto Yamaga FC got off to a cold start with more than 60 fans turning up at his first training to catch the LionsXII star in action.

Having gained overnight stardom as the 'Singapore Spiderman' who singlehandedly repelled 18 shots to force a goalless draw against Singapore in an AFC World Cup qualifier earlier this year, the 25-year-old is in Japan trying to earn a playing contract with second-tier side Matsumoto Yamaga.

His first training...

Sanfrecce Hiroshima edge Gamba Osaka in J-League final first leg

OSAKA, Japan -- Sanfrecce Hiroshima scored twice in stoppage time to beat Gamba Osaka 3-2 away in the first leg of the J-League final on Wednesday.

Shun Nagasawa put Gamba ahead midway through the first half but Douglas leveled in the 80th minute.

Yasuyuki Konno looked to have won it for Gamba just one minute after Douglas' equalizer, but Sho Sasaki scored on a header in the first minute of stoppage time.

Yoshifumi Kashiwa sealed the victory six minutes into added time to put Sanfrecce in control...

 By Kelvin Leong

Singapore's Izwan Mahbud ready to make dream come true in Japan

If Izwan secures a contract with Yamaga FC, he will be the first Singaporean to play in Japan. (Photo credit: FAS)

Singapore and LionsXII goalkeeper Izwan Mahbud will be hoping to fulfil his childhood dream of playing in a top Asian football league when he travels to Japan on Tuesday for a one-week trial with J-League side Matsumoto Yamaga FC.

Having just ended their season in J-League Division 1, the Ptarmigans were relegated and are rebuilding a team strong enough to challenge for promotion in the upcoming year. Coached by former Japanese international midfielder Yasuharu Sorimachi, Yamaga regularly fills...

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Kazuyoshi Miura, Japan's oldest player, agrees new Yokohama FC deal

Kazuyoshi Miura has agreed to prolong his stay at Yokohama FC.

Yokohama FC have announced that 48-year-old striker Kazuyoshi Miura has agreed to extend his contract with the club.

Former Japan international Miura, whose decade-long international career ended in 2000, has been with Yokohama since 2005.

The second-tier club posted the announcement of their No. 11's new deal on their official website at 11.11 a.m. on Nov. 11.

Miura, nicknamed King Kazu, told Kyodo News: "I'm thankful to the club staff and supporters who always offer me support.

"I'll continue...

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'North Korea's Wayne Rooney' Jong Tae-Se joins Japan's Shimizu S-Pulse

Jong Tae-Se returns to Japan after a prolific spell with Kawasaki Frontale between 2006 and 2010.

North Korea striker Jong Tae-Se -- dubbed "the People's Wayne Rooney" -- has signed for Japan's Shimizu S-Pulse.

Jong, 31, who was born in Nagoya, Japan to Korean parents and holds a North Korean passport, completed a move from South Korea's Suwon Bluewings to the J-League side.

"I would like to dedicate myself from here on to Shimizu S-Pulse," Jong said following the transfer. "I will sacrifice myself and advance as one with the team.

"I want to carve the words 'history' and 'honour' into my heart...