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 ...

Kobe's Lukas Podolski linked with Chicago, Zabrze: report

Soccer / J. League Dec 31, 2019

Kobe's Lukas Podolski linked with Chicago, Zabrze: report

Vissel Kobe's Lukas Podolski is attracting strong interest from MLS side Chicago Fire and Polish top-division side Gornik Zabrze, the online edition of Kolner Stadt-Anzeiger reported Monday. The former Germany World Cup winner, 34, is also being linked with Monterrey of Mexico and Flamengo of ...

Vissel Kobe, Kashima Antlers advance to Emperor's Cup final

Soccer Dec 21, 2019

Vissel Kobe, Kashima Antlers advance to Emperor's Cup final

Andres Iniesta scored one goal and helped set up another as Vissel Kobe advanced to the Emperor's Cup final with a 3-1 win over Shimizu S-Pulse on Saturday. The star-studded J. League club will christen the new National Stadium in Tokyo on New Year's Day ...

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 ...