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 ...

Reds battle past struggling Vissel

Soccer / J. League Apr 20, 2019

Reds battle past struggling Vissel

by Dan Orlowitz

Once again, the stage was set for Andres Iniesta to dazzle in front of a gigantic crowd at Saitama Stadium. But once again he was a no-show, disappointing large contingents of both traveling supporters and media who anticipated a chance to see the former Barcelona ...

Andres Iniesta's Vissel dominate Vegalta

Soccer / J. League Mar 10, 2019

Andres Iniesta's Vissel dominate Vegalta

Midfield maestro Andres Iniesta put on a playmaking master class Sunday and David Villa scored for the second straight game as Vissel Kobe came from behind in a 3-1 win over Vegalta Sendai in the J. League first division. Villa, the third big-name European star ...

Vissel add Sergi Samper to loaded lineup

Soccer / J. League Mar 7, 2019

Vissel add Sergi Samper to loaded lineup

by Dan Orlowitz

Vissel Kobe has added another name to its ever-growing list of Barcelona connections. The J. League first-division club announced on Thursday the signing of defensive midfielder Sergi Samper, who will become the third player to trade the famed Spanish side's blue and red for Kobe's ...

Vissel edge Sagan on David Villa's goal

Soccer / J. League Mar 2, 2019

Vissel edge Sagan on David Villa's goal

by Dan Orlowitz

The fireworks around the Noevir Stadium pitch lit up as the players made their entrance. The fireworks on the pitch took slightly longer. With an open roof and a number of upgrades in place for this fall's Rugby World Cup, the hallowed Kansai ground played host ...