VISSEL KOBE

Club History

1996

Runners-up at JFL Promoted to J.League

Following the progress made in 1995, the squad pledged to bring joy to football fans and to qualify for the prestigious J.League.
The season saw a successful balance of attack and defence.
Ziad was the 2nd top scorer in the league with 25 goals, Akihiro Nagashima came 5th with 17 goals, and a strong defence conceded the 2nd least goals in the JFL.
VISSEL finished 2nd in a spectacular season and secured a well deserved place in the J.League for 1997!
The streets were flooded with jubilant supporters celebrating the success of qualifying for the J.League.
Team manager, Stuart Baxter, was tossed into the air.
The Danish star midfielder, Michael Laudrup, who joined in the middle of the season, was instrumental in the success.

Highlights

  • 21 Apr
    5th JFL kicks off
  • 27 Oct
    Vissel finish 2nd in 5th JFL
  • 17 Nov
    Lose a close game to Kyoto Purple Sanga in 76th Emperor's Cup (3rd round)
  • 19 Nov
    Promotion to J.League formally endorsed by J.League Board of Directors
  • 24 Nov
    Celebration parades flood streets everywhere
  • 27 Nov
    Win JFL Fair Play Award

Season Statistics

  • 5th JFL
    2nd((25 wins, 5 losses / Pts.75 GF 78 GA 32)
  • Top Scorer Of The Team
    Tlemcani Ahmed Ziad 25 goals
  • The 76th Emperor's Cup
    Reach 3rd round

The Squad

Manager

  • Stuart Baxter(ENG)

GK

  • Ryuji Ishizue
  • Masamitsu Kanemoto
  • Norihiro Fukunishi
  • Lee Stuart Baxter(ENG)
  • Norihiro Fukunishi

DF

  • Hiroshi Matsuda
  • Cho Kwi-Jea(KOR)
  • Hiroki Azuma
  • Masahiro Wada
  • Kotaro Nakao
  • Masakazu Koda
  • Ko Takagi
  • Toshihiro Kurokawa
  • Shinichi Ohashi
  • Naoki Mori
  • Yoichi Kajiyama
  • Tomohiro Yoshimura
  • Keiji Kaimotoi
  • Yasuo Sakai
  • Konno Yoshiharu

MF

  • Shigemitsu Egawa
  • Michael LAUDRUP(DEN)
  • Michihiro Tsuruta
  • Thomas BICKEL(SUI)
  • Masaki Tsukano
  • Jun Naito
  • Kei Kinoshita
  • Koji Okamoto
  • Jan JONSSON(SWE)
  • Masaki Hirano

FW

  • Tlemcani Ahmed ZIAD(TUN)
  • Takuya Jinno
  • Akihiro Nagashima
  • Shinichi Kawano
  • Tomonao Okada
  • Jun Iwashita
  • Takashi Uemura
  • Yoshiaki Matsuda
  • Naoyuki Kitabori
  • Yoshihiko Matsuoka
  • Yuichi Yoda
  • Tomoji Eguchi