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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...

Kazuyoshi 'King Kazu' Miura signs new Yokohama deal at 52

Kazuyoshi Miura has extended his deal at Yokohama FC at the age of 52.

One of the longest careers in football has been extended after 52-year-old striker Kazuyoshi Miura signed a contract with J-League club Yokohama FC on Saturday.

Miura, who turns 53 on Feb. 26, will enter his 35th season this year.

"I was able to renew my contract with Yokohama FC for the 2020 season," Miura said in a statement.

"I hope to enjoy playing football and remember to be grateful as I make an effort to achieve the club's goal of staying in the J1. I'll work hard to contribute to the team's...

Ange Postecoglou's Yokohama F. Marinos beat rivals FC Tokyo to secure J-League title

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Ange Postecoglou lifts the J-League trophy with his Yokohama F. Marinos side.

Yokohama F. Marinos eased past title rivals FC Tokyo 3-0 on Saturday to clinch their first J-League trophy since 2004.

Yokohama, led by former Australia head coach Ange Postecoglou, dominated from the start and took a 2-0 lead into half-time courtesy of Thai defender Theerathon Bunmatan's deflected effort and Brazilian forward Erik's neat finish.

Despite having goalkeeper Il-Kyu Park sent off midway through the second half, Yokohama wrapped up the win courtesy of substitute Keita Endo's counter-attack...