Former Japan midfielder Atsuhiro Miura named manager of Vissel

Soccer / J. League Sep 24, 2020

Former Japan midfielder Atsuhiro Miura named manager of Vissel

Former Japan midfielder Atsuhiro Miura has been named Vissel Kobe's new manager, the J. League first-division club said Thursday. The 46-year-old Miura, who has been overseeing Vissel's training and development as their sports director since 2018, fills the vacancy left by Thorsten Fink, who stepped ...

Vissel manager Thorsten Fink resigns at season's midway point

J. League Sep 22, 2020

Vissel manager Thorsten Fink resigns at season's midway point

Vissel Kobe on Tuesday announced the resignation of manager Thorsten Fink, who has opted to return to his family in Germany. The 52-year-old arrived at Noevir Stadium midway through the tumultuous 2019 season, helping to steady the club on the way toward its historic first-ever ...

Vissel becomes first J. League club to pass ¥10 billion mark

Soccer / J. League May 28, 2020

Vissel becomes first J. League club to pass ¥10 billion mark

Vissel Kobe became the first Japanese club to surpass ¥10 billion ($92.7 million) in annual operating revenue as the club once again topped the J. League earnings list for the 2019 fiscal year, according to figures released Wednesday. The league's financial disclosures showed Vissel, owned ...

Vissel star Andres Iniesta holds court with young fans online

J. League May 6, 2020

Vissel star Andres Iniesta holds court with young fans online

Vissel Kobe superstar Andres Iniesta shared some of his wisdom with young fans Tuesday during an online question-and-answer session. The Barcelona great and 2010 World Cup winner with Spain fielded questions and gave advice to around 100 children in the live event hosted on Vissel's ...

Vissel defender Gotoku Sakai tests positive for COVID-19

J. League Mar 31, 2020

Vissel defender Gotoku Sakai tests positive for COVID-19

Former Japan defender Gotoku Sakai has tested positive for COVID-19, his club Vissel Kobe confirmed Monday, making him the first known J. League player to have been infected. According to Vissel, Sakai fell ill late Wednesday night with a fever of 38 degrees Celsius and ...

German star Lukas Podolski leaving Vissel

Soccer / J. League Jan 19, 2020

German star Lukas Podolski leaving Vissel

Vissel Kobe announced Saturday that former Germany international Lukas Podolski is leaving the J. League first-division club upon the expiration of his contract. The 34-year-old striker joined Kobe in the summer of 2017 on a 2½-year deal with an estimated annual salary of ¥600 million ...

Andres Iniesta says he hopes to  finish playing career in Japan

Soccer / J. League Jan 10, 2020

Andres Iniesta says he hopes to finish playing career in Japan

Former Spain and Barcelona great Andres Iniesta hopes to finish his playing career in Japan with J. League's Vissel Kobe, Spanish media reported Thursday. Following rumors of interest from clubs in North America's Major League Soccer, the 34-year-old Iniesta was quoted in the online edition ...