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 is a Japanesemarker professional football  club, currently playing in the J. League Division 1. The team is located in Kobe, Hyōgo Prefecturemarker. The home stadium is Kobe Wing Stadiummarker, in Hyōgo-kumarker, though some home matches are played at Kobe Universiade Memorial Stadiummarker in Suma-kumarker.


History

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

In 1994, 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", a nod to Kobe's history as a port city.

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

After finishing 2nd in JFL in 1996, Vissel was promoted to the J. League and began play in the top division of soccer 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. So far, Mikitani's attempts to strengthen the team have met little success. 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 Korea/Japan, was a massive failure - the Turkishmarker forward played just three matches before leaving the team because of a knee injury. Mikitani also alienated supporters by changing the team uniform colors from black and white stripes to crimson, after his Crimson Group and the color of his alma mater, Harvard Business Schoolmarker.

Vissel finished 13th in the league in 2004, the same position as the previous year, and finished 18th and last place, resulting in automatic relegation from J. League Division 1, or J1, to J2. During the two-year span, Vissel has had five different head coaches. 2006 will be 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 are promoted to J1 after beating Avispa Fukuoka in the promotion/relegation play-offs.

Team Record

J.League

Season League Place GP Pts Win Draw Lose Average Crowd
1997 J1 1st stage 14 / 17 16 17 6 - 10 6,567
J1 2nd stage 17 / 17 16 7 3 - 13
J1 Total 16 / 17 32 24 9 - 23
1998 J1 1st stage 17 / 18 17 9 3 - 14 7,686
J1 2nd stage 14 / 18 17 16 6 - 11
J1 Total 17 / 18 34 25 9 - 25
1999 J1 1st stage 12 / 16 15 15 5 1 9 7,691
J1 2nd stage 7 / 16 15 22 7 3 5
J1 Total 10 / 16 30 37 12 4 14
2000 J1 1st stage 7 / 16 15 22 7 1 7 7,512
J1 2nd stage 14 / 16 15 11 4 0 11
J1 Total 13 / 16 30 33 11 1 18
2001 J1 1st stage 10 / 16 15 19 6 2 7 13,872
J1 2nd stage 13 / 16 15 14 3 5 7
J1 Total 12 / 16 30 33 9 7 14
2002 J1 1st stage 13 / 16 15 12 4 1 10 10,467
J1 2nd stage 10 / 16 15 19 6 2 7
J1 Total 14 / 16 30 31 10 3 17
2003 J1 1st stage 13 / 16 15 16 5 1 9 11,195
J1 2nd stage 13 / 16 15 14 3 5 7
J1 Total 13 / 16 30 30 8 6 16
2004 J1 1st stage 12 / 16 15 15 3 6 6 15,735
J1 2nd stage 8 / 16 15 21 6 3 6
J1 Total 11 / 16 30 36 9 9 12
2005 J1 18 / 18 34 21 4 9 21 14,913
2006 J2 3 / 13 48 86 25 11 12 6,910
2007 J1 10 / 18 34 47 13 8 13 12,460
2008 J1 10 / 18 34 47 12 11 11 12,981
 

Key to colors
          Played in 1st division league
          Played in 2nd division league


Other domestic competitions

Emperor's Cup

Season Result
1997 4th Round
1998 3rd Round
1999 3rd Round
2000 Semi-finals
2001 4th Round
2002 3rd Round
2003 Quarter-finals
2004 4th Round
2005 4th Round
2006 3rd Round
2007 5th Round
2008 5th Round
 

J. League Cup

Season Result
1997 Group Stage
1998 Group Stage
1999 1st Round
2000 2nd Round
2001 2nd Round
2002 Group Stage
2003 Group Stage
2004 Group Stage
2005 Group Stage
2006 Didn't qualify
2007 Group Stage
2008 Group Stage


Players

Current squad

As of June 29, 2009

Out on loan

Notable players



World Cup players

World Cup 1998

Managers

Manager Nat. Tenure
Stuart Baxter 1997
Hiroshi Kato 1997
Benito Floro Sanz 1998
Ryoichi Kawakatsu 1999-2002
Hiroshi Matsuda 2002
Hiroshi Soejima 2003
Ivan Hašek 2004
Hiroshi Kato 2004
Hideki Matsunaga 2005
Émerson Leão 2005
Pavel Řehák 2005
Stuart Baxter 2006
Hiroshi Matsuda 2006-2008
Caio Júnior 2009-June 2009
Masahiro Wada July 2009-August 2009
Toshiya Miura August 2009-?


Trivia



References



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