Vissel Kobe

Full Name: Vissel Kobe
Nickname: -

Founded: 1966 (as Kawasaki Steel Soccer Club)
Home Ground: Kobe Wing Stadium 
Manager/Coach: Masahiro Wada (Japan) 


League Champions: -
League Cup Winners: -
Emperor’s Cup Winners: -
Super Cup Winners: -
AFC Champions League Winners: -


Originally founded in Kurishike, a town in the Okayama prefecture, as Kawasaki Steel SC, the team separated from its parent company and moved to the city of Kobe in 1994 under the name Kobe Orange Soccer Club, with financial backing from several investors, including supermarket chain Daiei Inc.

In an attempt to achieve membership to the J. League, they once again changed the club’s branding in 1995 to Vissel Kobe, combining the words Victory and Vessel in honour of the city’s port history. The Great Hanshin Earthquake earlier in the year had disrupted their financial backing, particularly with Daiei Inc. pulling out as an investor, however with the Government granting a large loan to the club’s holdings company, Vissel were granted their wish of promotion to the J. League for the 1997 season, largely boosted by their signing of Danish star playmaker, Michael Laudrup, who signed with them straight after the end of his time at Real Madrid.

In 2004, the club was sold to Crimson Group, who set out to put their stamp on the team, changing both the club crest and colours, as well as making several big signings in an attempt to boost the club to the heights of the more successful J. League clubs. Players of Patrick Mboma and Kim Nam-Il’s ilk were unable to assist with these aims and the club also hit their lowest point in their J. League history in 2005, finishing last and being relegated to the Second Division, barely achieving promotion the following season.

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