VISSEL KOBE

Club History

2008

Development for the Future

Vissel's pre-season aim was to consolidate a team and a good position in J1, aiming for the top 5. After a long season of ups and downs, the final finish was 10th, for the second season in a row.

2007 saw the first year of the team's J1 return, and steady progress was made, with a club record 47 points at the end of the season..

2008, under coach Hiroshi Matsuda the team helped their target of a top 5 finish by actively strengthening, bringing in Korean National Team player Kim Nam-Il in defensive midfield, and Takayuki Yoshida(FW) from Yokohama F Marinos.

However, Mogi tore his Achilles' tendon during Guam Training Camp in February, our ace Okubo also had an operation on his injured right knee, and Leandro broke his collarbone in March - not a good start to the season. The team faced some tough matches without regular players too often.

As noted, it was an up and down season, at one point Vissel lost 7-in-a-row and slipped to 16th place, and then turned it around by winning five consecutive matches - which was a new club record.

The complete J.League was close-fought and, from this lowly position after 27 games, Vissel were still on course to hit the top 5 but lost out in a crucial match just when the top 5, or even betetr seemed possible. The long list of injuries finally told - Koga, Komoto, Matsuhashi and Park and more were also out for long periods of time in 2008, and finally the season ended on the same number of points and the same 10th place as 2007.

Highlights

  • 8 Mar
    Opening of J.League Division1
  • 4 Dec
    The retirement by the limit is announced at Manager Hiroshi-Matsuda's this season.
  • 6 Dec
    Vissel finish 10th place ( 12 wins, 11 draws, 11 losses ).

Season Statistics

  • J.League Divison 1
    10th(12 wins, 11 draws, 11 losses / Pts47 GF39 GA38)
  • Top Scorer Of The Team
    Yoshito Okubo 11goals

The Squad

Manager

  • Hiroshi MATSUDA

GK

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

DF

  • Teruaki KOBAYASHI
  • Kunie Kitamoto
  • Hiroyuki KOMOTO
  • Toshihiko UCHIYAMA
  • Hiroto MOGI
  • Yosuke ISHIBITSU
  • Kiyokazu MASUDA
  • Masaki YANAGAWA
  • Keichi MISAWA

MF

  • Nam Il Kim
  • Kang Jo Park
  • Keisuke KURIHARA
  • BOTTI
  • Tomoyuki SAKAI
  • Seiji KOGA
  • Hideo TANAKA
  • Norio SUZUKI
  • Kenji BABA
  • Masatoshi MIHARA
  • Ryosuke MATSUOKA
  • Takayuki TOYOMITSU
  • Keita SOGABE
  • Masahiro ITO

FW

  • LEANDRO(BRA)
  • Shota MATSUHASHI
  • Yoshito OKUBO
  • Takayuki YOSHIDA
  • Daisuke SUDO
  • Gakuto KONDO
  • Hiroki KISHIDA
  • Nobuhiro UETANI
  • 楽天カード(株)
  • 楽天メディカル