The Vissel Kobe they have secured participation in the 2022 AFC Asian Champions, despite losing at home to second-placed Yokohama Marinos (0-2). The team led by Andres Iniesta has mathematically secured the third position in the JLeague thanks to the defeat of Nagoya Grampus and, in the absence of a day to conclude the championship, it has already qualified for the top Asian continental competition. In principle, he must play a previous round, but if the champion Kawasaki Frontale win the Emperor’s Cup, the fourth classified in the JLeague would play the previous one and the third would go straight.
The Vissel Kobe has completed the best season in history, having never before been in the top five at the end of the championship. It will be the second time that the club has played in the AFC Champions after the 2020 experience, when they played the competition for having won the Emperor’s Cup, reaching the quarterfinals.
Andres Iniesta, in his fourth season at Kobe, has captained the team after his comeback in June, while Sergi samper has had a very prominent role playing 31 games in the Jleague, 30 as a starter. The former Barça player also played a prominent role Vermaelen, a fixed in the rear, and the signings of the summer market, Bojan Krkic, Osako and Muto.