Vissel Kobe

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Vissel Kobe
ヴィッセル神戸
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Full nameVissel Kobe
Nickname(s)Ushi (cows)
Founded1966;55 years ago (1966) [1]
Ground Noevir Stadium Kobe
Hyōgo-ku, Kōbe, Hyōgo
Capacity30,134
Owner Rakuten
ChairmanKatsuya Ishiyama
Manager Atsuhiro Miura
League J1 League
2020 J1 League, 14th of 18
Website Club website
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1995–2004 crest
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First home colours (1995–2004)
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Noevir Stadium, the home of Vissel Kobe

Vissel Kobe (ヴィッセル神戸, Visseru Kōbe) is a Japanese professional football club based in Kobe, Hyōgo Prefecture. The club plays in the J1 League, which is the top tier of football in the country. The team's home stadium is Kobe Wing Stadium, in Hyōgo-ku, though some home matches are played at Kobe Universiade Memorial Stadium in Suma-ku.

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History

The club was founded in 1966 as the semi-professional Kawasaki Steel Soccer Club in Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture. [2] It was first promoted to the Japan Soccer League Division 2 in 1986, and stayed there until the JSL folded in 1992. [2]

In 1995, the city of Kobe reached an agreement with Kawasaki Steel, the parent company, to move the club to Kobe and compete for a spot in the professional J.League as Vissel Kobe. Vissel is a combination of the words "victory" and "vessel", in recognition of Kobe's history as a port city. [2] (Owing to its importance to the city of Kobe, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, parent company of former team patron Kawasaki Steel, remains a Vissel Kobe sponsor. Kawasaki Steel was eventually sold off to become part of JFE Holdings.)

Vissel Kobe began play in 1995 in the Japan Football League, a league below J.League, and the supermarket chain Daiei was slated as the club's primary investor. However, the economic downturn following the Great Hanshin earthquake forced Daiei to pull out and the city of Kobe became responsible for operating the club.

Despite finishing 2nd in the JFL in 1996, Vissel was promoted to the J.League (the champions, Honda FC, refused to abandon their corporate ownership and become a professional club) and began play in the top division of Japanese football in 1997. However, due to mismanagement, including the inability to secure investors and sponsors, Vissel has never been a contender for the league title. In December, 2003, mounting financial losses forced the club to file for bankruptcy protection.

In January 2004, Vissel was sold to Crimson Group, parent company of online merchant Rakuten, whose president is Kobe native Hiroshi Mikitani. Vissel's first signing under the Mikitani regime, İlhan Mansız, who was acquired partly to capitalize on his popularity during the 2002 FIFA World Cup hosted in Korea and Japan, was a massive failure – the Turkish forward played just three matches before leaving the team because of a knee injury. Mikitani also alienated supporters by changing the team uniform colours from black and white stripes to crimson, after his Crimson Group and the colour of his alma mater, Harvard Business School. The Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles, a baseball team also owned by Rakuten but based in Sendai, wear the same colours.

Vissel finished 11th in the league in 2004, the same position as the previous year, and finished 18th and last place in 2005, resulting in automatic relegation from J.League Division 1, or J1, to J2. During the two-year span, Vissel had five different head coaches. 2006 was Vissel's first season in J2 after nine years in the top division of soccer in Japan. They finished 3rd in the 2006 season and were promoted to J1 after beating Avispa Fukuoka in the promotion/relegation play-offs.

During the period of 2007 to 2011 Vissel finished in the bottom half of the table each year. In 2012 they finished 16th, third from last, and were again relegated to J2. In 2013, Vissel finished in second place, 4 points behind Gamba Osaka, which secured their return to J1 for the 2014 season.

On 6 December 2014, Rakuten Inc. bought the team from the Crimson Group. [3] In May 2018, Vissel signed 2010 FIFA World Cup winner Andrés Iniesta from FC Barcelona. [4] In December 2018 Vissel Kobe managed to sign David Villa from New York City FC the Spanish striker scored 13 goals in 28 games. Alongside Sergi Samper and Andrés Iniesta Villa was the third Spaniard in the team in that season in which the Emperor's Cup was won.

First titles

On 1 January 2020, first time finalist Vissel beat Kashima Antlers in the 2019 Emperor's Cup final at the recently opened New National Stadium to win the first title in the club history. The furthest Kobe had been in the Cup was the semifinals of 2000 and 2017. [5] This was Spanish striker David Villa's last professional match. [6] Vissel also qualified for the 2020 AFC Champions League for the first time. On 8 February 2020, Vissel beat Yokohama F. Marinos to win their first Japanese Super Cup title and respectively their second national title ever. [7]

Record as J.League member

SeasonDiv.Tms.Pos.Attendance/G J.League Cup Emperor's Cup
1997 J11716th6,567Group stageFourth round
1998 1817th7,686Group stageThird round
1999 1610th7,691First roundThird round
2000 1613th7,512Second roundSemi-finals
2001 1612th13,872Second roundFourth round
2002 1614th10,467Group stageThird round
2003 1613th11,195Group stageQuarter-finals
2004 1611th15,735Group stageFourth round
2005 1818th14,913Group stageFourth round
2006 J2133rd6,910Third round
2007 J11810th12,460Group stageFifth round
2008 1810th12,981Group stageFifth round
2009 1814th13,068Group stageFourth round
2010 1815th12,824Group stageThird round
2011 189th13,233First roundThird round
2012 1816th14,638Group stageSecond round
2013 J2222nd11,516Third round
2014 J11811th15,010Quarter-finalsSecond round
2015 1812th16,265Semi-finalsQuarter-finals
2016 187th17,018Quarter-finalsRound of 16
2017 189th18,272Quarter-finalsSemi-finals
2018 1810th21,450Play-offsFourth round
2019 188th21,4911stGroup stageWinners
2020 1814th6,041Quarter-finalsDid not qualify
Key

Honours

League history

Total (as of 2014): 16 seasons in the top tier, 11 seasons in the second tier, 2 seasons in the third tier and 8 seasons in the Regional Leagues.

Continental record

SeasonCompetitionRoundClubHomeAwayAggregate
2020 AFC Champions League Group G Flag of Malaysia.svg Johor Darul Ta'zim
5–1
Cancelled
1st
Flag of South Korea.svg Suwon Samsung Bluewings
0–2
1–0
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Guangzhou Evergrande
0–2
3–1
Round of 16 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Shanghai SIPG
2–0
Quarter-finals Flag of South Korea.svg Suwon Samsung Bluewings
1–1 ( a.e.t. )
(7–6 p)
Semi-finals Flag of South Korea.svg Ulsan Hyundai
1–2 ( a.e.t. )

Players

Current squad

As of March 8 2021. [8]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No.Pos.NationPlayer
1 GK Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Daiya Maekawa
3 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yuki Kobayashi
4 DF Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  BEL Thomas Vermaelen
5 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Hotaru Yamaguchi (vice-captain)
6 MF Flag of Spain.svg  ESP Sergi Samper
7 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yuta Goke
8 MF Flag of Spain.svg  ESP Andrés Iniesta (captain)
9 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Noriaki Fujimoto
11 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kyogo Furuhashi
14 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Takuya Yasui
17 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Ryuho Kikuchi
18 GK Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Hiroki Iikura
19 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Ryo Hatsuse
20 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Shion Inoue
21 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Junya Tanaka
No.Pos.NationPlayer
22 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Daiju Sasaki
23 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Tetsushi Yamakawa
24 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Gōtoku Sakai
25 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Leo Osaki
26 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Nagisa Sakurauchi
27 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Tatsunori Sakurai
29 FW Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Lincoln
30 GK Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Genta Ito
31 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yuya Nakasaka
32 GK Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Ryotaro Hironaga
37 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Asahi Masuyama
40 FW Flag of Kenya.svg  KEN Ayub Masika
41 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yutaro Oda
49 FW Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Douglas

Managers

ManagerNat.Tenure
Stuart Baxter Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 1997
Hiroshi Kato Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg  Japan 1997
Benito Floro Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 1998
Harumi Kori Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg  Japan 1998
Ryoichi Kawakatsu Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 1999–2002
Hiroshi Matsuda Flag of Japan.svg  Japan January 2002 – December 2002
Hiroshi Soejima Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 2003
Ivan Hašek Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic January 2003 – December 2004
Hiroshi Kato Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 2004
Hideki Matsunaga Flag of Japan.svg  Japan January 2005 – April 2005
Émerson Leão Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil May 2005 – June 2005
Pavel Řehák Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic 2005
Stuart Baxter Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland January 2006 – December 2006
Hiroshi Matsuda Flag of Japan.svg  Japan January 2007 – December 2008
Caio Júnior Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil December 2008 – June 2009
Masahiro Wada (interim)Flag of Japan.svg  Japan July 2009 – August 2009
Toshiya Miura Flag of Japan.svg  Japan August 2009 – September 2010
Masahiro Wada Flag of Japan.svg  Japan September 2010 – April 2012
Ryo Adachi (interim)Flag of Japan.svg  Japan April 2012 – May 2012
Akira Nishino Flag of Japan.svg  Japan May 22, 2012 – November 8, 2012
Ryo Adachi (interim)Flag of Japan.svg  Japan November 9, 2012 – December 31, 2012
Ryo Adachi Flag of Japan.svg  Japan January 1, 2013 – December 11, 2014
Nelsinho Baptista Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil December 12, 2014 – August 16, 2017
Takayuki Yoshida Flag of Japan.svg  Japan August 16, 2017 – September 16, 2018
Kentaro Hayashi (interim)Flag of Japan.svg  Japan September 17, 2017 – October 4, 2018
Juan Manuel Lillo Flag of Spain.svg  Spain October 5, 2018 – April 17, 2019
Takayuki Yoshida Flag of Japan.svg  Japan April 17, 2019 – June 8, 2019
Thorsten Fink Flag of Germany.svg  Germany June 8, 2019 – September 22, 2020
Atsuhiro Miura [9] Flag of Japan.svg  Japan September 24, 2020 – present

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