Nearly 22 years after first joining Barcelona at its famous La Masia academy, Iniesta left to join Japan’s Vissel Kobe in 2018. In May 2021, the 37-year-old signed a two-year extension with the J-League team that pays him an estimated $30 million annually through 2023.
So far, Japan has won more Olympic gold medals than ever before: 17 and counting. That includes gold medals in judo, for siblings Uta and Hifumi Abe and two-time champion Shohei Ono. Swimmer Yui Ohashi became the first Japanese woman to win two gold medals.Aug 2, 2021
During the following years, high school and junior high school teams were formed. Today, more than 17,000 players participate in a national competition for about 400 teams. There are two college football leagues, the Kanto League with teams from eastern Japan and the Kansai League with teams from western Japan.