Let’s look back on the road to victory!
Let’s look back at the history of Vissel Kobe in the Emperor’s Cup!
75th Best8The club reached the Emperor's Cup quarterfinals in their first year of establishment. With the club belonging to the JFL at the time, they entered the Emperor's Cup from the Kansai regional qualifiers, where they defeated Kansai University and Ritsumeikan University to earn their spot into the main tournament. After winning against Shimizu S-Pulse 2-0 at the first round, the club defeated Júbilo Iwata 2-0 at the second round. At the quarterfinals, the club lost to Nagoya Grampus, who was led by Coach Arsène Wenger, but they managed to showcase strong performances against J.League clubs.
 80th Best4Despite finishing 13th place in their league, the club made a deep run at the Emperor's Cup. Following their 2-1 victory over Jatco SC at the third round, they defeated Sanfrecce Hiroshima 1-0 at the fourth round. The quarterfinal match against Cerezo Osaka went into penalty kicks, where the club defeated the Osaka side to reach their first semi-finals. Although losing to Shimizu S-Pulse at the semi-finals, the club showcased their resilience to achieve their best record at the Emperor's Cup.
 83rd Best8The club maintained their attacking style football to make their third appearance at the quarterfinals. Led by Kazuyoshi Miura’s goal, the club won 3-0 against Montedio Yamagata at the third round. Despite allowing FC Tokyo to equalise the match from a two goal lead, the club advanced through to the quarterfinals by defeating the Tokyo side in penalty kicks. The quarterfinal match also saw the club take a two goal lead, but they were eliminated from the tournament after conceding three goals to Cerezo Osaka. Although the club showed great firepower in offence, their vulnerability in defence was also exposed at this tournament.
 95th Best8After suffering an early elimination in the year before, the club defeated AC Nagano Parceiro 5-0 in the second round, thanks to the brace scored by Kazuma Watanabe. The striker also marked the winning goal against JEF United Chiba in the third round. The club held onto the goal scored by Ryota Morioka to win 1-0 against Yokohama F. Marinos at the fourth round, reaching their first Emperor's Cup quarterfinals since 2003. However, the club lost 0-3 against Urawa Red Diamonds at the quarterfinals, after seeing one of their players getting ejected from the match in the early minutes.
 97th Best4After Coach Takayuki Yoshida took over the helm in August, the club showcased a spectacular run at the Emperor's Cup, as they defeated Kataller Toyama, Zweigen Kanazawa, and Matsumoto Yamaga FC to reach the quarterfinals. It was Mike Havenaar who scored the equaliser against Kashima Antlers in the final minutes of the second half, as the goal gave the club new life to surpass the defending champions in penalty kicks to reach their second ever semi-finals. The semi-final match against Cerezo Osaka proceeded scoreless until the closing minutes, before Kotaro Omori’s 90th minute goal broke the deadlock. However, the club conceded the equaliser soon after to enter overtime, where they gave up two more goals to the Osaka side to fall short from reaching their first ever Emperor's Cup final.