On 20 May 2014, an announcement was made that the City Football Group had invested in Japanese side Yokohama F. Marinos, acquiring an estimated 20% of the J-League club. This created a partnership with Nissan, who went on to become sponsors of CFG clubs including Manchester City.
Unlike New York City FC and Melbourne City, which are majority owned by the CFG, little is reported about the Japanese member of the growing network of clubs. Coached by Greek-Australian tactician Ange Postecoglou, it’s clear they are playing a style of football well-suited to the CFG though.
A video posted on Twitter by Wael Jabir on Monday may look familiar to Manchester City fans. Though down in 15th (of 18 clubs) after 9 matchweeks, Yokohama are playing a slick passing style reminiscent of Pep Guardiola’s philosophy.
Take a look at this exquisite move and goal by the Marinos:
Yokohama Marinos are Pep Guardiola's wet dream pic.twitter.com/tr7e3LOqlq
— Wael Jabir (@waeljabir) April 23, 2018
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