Soccer / J. League Aug 14, 2019

Gotoku Sakai to join Vissel

Following more than 200 games in the German first and second divisions, former Japan defender Gotoku Sakai will return to the J. League with Vissel Kobe, the club said Wednesday. The 28-year-old right-back, a member of Japan's past two World Cup squads, joins Vissel on ...

Carles Perez nets pair as Barcelona blanks Vissel Kobe

Soccer / J. League Jul 27, 2019

Carles Perez nets pair as Barcelona blanks Vissel Kobe

Carles Perez scored a second-half brace to lift Spanish powerhouse Barcelona over J. League first-division side Vissel Kobe 2-0 in their friendly on Saturday. The game was one of two high-profile matches featuring J. League clubs on Saturday. In the other one, English Premier League ...

Former Barcelona, Arsenal defender Vermaelen joins Vissel Kobe

Soccer / J. League Jul 27, 2019

Former Barcelona, Arsenal defender Vermaelen joins Vissel Kobe

Belgium international defender Thomas Vermaelen on Saturday become the latest high-profile European player to join J. League side Vissel Kobe. Vissel introduced the 33-year-old center-back at a news conference at Kobe's Noevir Stadium ahead of a friendly against his former club Barcelona. Vermaelen arrived on a ...

Rakuten's Barca-Chelsea show misses mark

Soccer | From the Spot Jul 24, 2019

Rakuten's Barca-Chelsea show misses mark

by Dan Orlowitz

The possibility exists that Tuesday's Rakuten Cup match between Barcelona and Chelsea was being considered by some influential soccer figure or another as an audition for Japan's inclusion in the increasingly popular International Champions Cup, the international preseason tournament that is currently taking place ...

Andres Iniesta guides Vissel Kobe past FC Tokyo

Soccer / J. League Jun 15, 2019

Andres Iniesta guides Vissel Kobe past FC Tokyo

by Dan Orlowitz

After four no-shows at high-capacity stadiums in the greater Tokyo metropolitan area and just one Kanto appearance last October in Kawasaki, Andres Iniesta finally stood on a pitch in the capital in front of over 38,000 fans. Even Saturday's persistent rain stopped to take in ...

Antlers beat struggling Vissel Kobe on Serginho goal

Soccer / J. League May 12, 2019

Antlers beat struggling Vissel Kobe on Serginho goal

Serginho struck his first goal of the J. League first-division campaign Sunday as Kashima Antlers outclassed struggling Vissel Kobe 1-0. The Brazilian forward found the net in the 17th minute at Noevir Stadium to consign Vissel to its sixth straight league defeat. With a host of ...