VISSEL KOBE

Club History

2007

A Return to J1 and a Great Achievement in Finishing in 10th Place - Vissel's Highest Finish in History.

After fighting a fierce battle against Avispa Fukuoka in the promotion-relegation playoff, Vissel Kobe won through and made their comeback to the J1 stage after two years.

Under manager Hiroshi Matsuda's supervision, Vissel strengthened by adding soon-to-be recalled Japan international forward Yoshito Okubo, goalkeeper Tatsuya Enomoto and influential midfielder Botti, and had a successful start to the season in aiming for a top half finish. An away opening game against Shimizu saw a narrow defeat, but the third game - away at Yokohama F Marinos was a clear victory (4-1), with Yoshito Okubo scoring two goals.
The team then showed some consistency for the first few months, consolidating their position.

Halfway through the season, the departure of captain, Atsuhiro Miura, and losing five consecutive games during July & August put the team in a difficult situation.
In the end Vissel did not quite attain their objective, and finished their J1 comeback season in a tie for 10th place - their highest finish in history.
The team was proud of their attacking ability, and 15 goals for Leandro, and 14 goals for Okubo saw two Vissel players among the J1 top scorers, and the team's total goals (48) was 4th highest in the division.

It was a year of rebuilding and consolidation, while preparing for 2008, in which Vissel Kobe aim to play competitively, and maintain their rise to become one of Japan's top teams!

Highlights

  • 3 Mar
    Opening of J.League Division1
  • 1 Dec
    End of J1 season, Vissel finish in 10th place (13 wins, 8 draws, 13 losses).
  • 8 Dec
    Reach 5th round of Emperor's Cup. Emerson Thome announces retirement.

Season Statistics

  • J.League Divison 1
    10th(13 wins, 8 draws, 13 losses / Pts47 GF58 GA48)
  • Top Scorer Of The Team
    LEANDRO 15goals

The Squad

Manager

  • Hiroshi MATSUDA

GK

  • Tatsuya ENOMOTO
  • Kota OGI
  • Takahide KISHI
  • Kenta TOKUSHIGE
  • Kohei DOI

DF

  • Teruaki KOBAYASHI
  • Syusuke Tsubouchi
  • Kunie Kitamoto
  • Hiroyuki KOMOTO
  • Emerson THOME(BRA)
  • Toshihiko UCHIYAMA
  • Masaki YANAGAWA
  • Kiyokazu MASUDA
  • Keichi MISAWA
  • Tomohisa NAKATA

MF

  • Kang Jo Park
  • Keisuke KURIHARA
  • BOTTI
  • Atsuhiro MIURA
  • Hideo TANAKA
  • Jun Marques DAVIDSON
  • Tae Teon KIM(KOR)
  • Yosuke ISHIBITSU
  • Ryosuke MATSUOKA
  • GABRIEL Donizete de Santana(BRA)
  • Takayuki TOYOMITSU
  • Yusuke NAKAMURA
  • Masatoshi MIHARA
  • Akihiro ENDO
  • Keita SOGABE
  • Masahiro ITO
  • Sho OKUBO
  • Tomoyuki SAKAI
  • Seiji KOGA

FW

  • LEANDRO(BRA)
  • Hiroto MOGI
  • Yoshito OKUBO
  • Tomoyuki HIRASE
  • Hiroki KISHIDA
  • Yusuke KONDO
  • Gakuto KONDO
  • Yuji OE
  • Shingo KINOSHITA
  • Ryota DOI
  • 楽天カード(株)
  • 楽天メディカル