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The J. League has built up a richly deserved reputation for leadership and vision since it began two decades ago, but this week’s decision to revert to a two-stage championship risks setting the Japanese game back by years.

The J. League on Tuesday announced that it will implement a new split-season format as of 2015, ending 10 years of single-league competition in a bid to lure back lost fans, sponsors and broadcast revenues.

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