The new domestic season in Japan opens this weekend with a host of players competing for selection in Alberto Zaccheroni’s Brazil 2014 squad, while the nation's professional ranks continue to grow at an impressive pace.
Every Monday, FIFA.com delivers you a football-related photo you won’t be able to resist paying a second glance to. This week’s shows a World Cup-themed station entrance.
Diego Forlan has left Internacional to sign for Cerezo Osaka on a J.League record wage, with Shunsuke Nakamura and Maya Yoshida expressing their delight at the move.
Yokohama Marinos claimed a measure of revenge for their J-League disappointment by beating Sanfrecce Hiroshima, the team that pipped them to the title, 2-0 Emperor's Cup final.
Yokohama Marinos extended their lead at the top of the J.League to four points with a 1-0 win over Shimizu S-Pulse, while Sanfrecce Hiroshima moved into second place on goal difference with a win over Albirex Nagata.
Yokohama Marinos moved to the top of the J.League with a 3-0 win over third-place Urawa Red Diamonds, while reigning champions Sanfrecce Hiroshima slipped to a 2-0 defeat to Ventforet Kofu.