Despite a raft of big-name signings recently, it appears that Andres Iniesta's Vissel Kobe will have to wait till at least 2022 to taste success.
Vissel Kobe's recent transfer spree has continued with the signing of Bojan Krkic, who will reunite with former Barcelona team-mate Andres Iniesta.
Vissel Kobe have bolstered their attack with the double capture of Japan internationals Yuya Osako and Yoshinori Muto.
Will Celtic's signing of Japanese attacker Kyogo Furuhashi be the second coming of cult hero Shunsuke Nakamura?
Japan international Kyogo Furuhashi has earned a move to Europe after signing for Scottish giants Celtic from Vissel Kobe.
Former Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta said on Tuesday he has extended his contract with Vissel Kobe by another two years.
Iconic Spanish midfielder Andres Iniesta will play on at least after his 38th birthday after signing a two-year contract extension with Vissel Kobe.
Vissel Kobe had a chance to pull off the upset win but a late extra time goal from Junior was enough to send Ulsan through to the finals.
Junior Negrao's brace sent Ulsan through where they will face a Vissel squad that barely eked out a win over Suwon.
Former champions Ulsan will face Beijing while Kobe's quarterfinal debut will be against two-time title holders Suwon.
Vissel's passage to the quarterfinals may have come at a cost while Suwon shocked Yokohama with a comeback win.
Guangzhou Evergrande could have sealed a knockout berth with a win over Suwon but will now need help from Vissel.
Guangzhou made gains in Group G by topping Vissel , while Shanghai SIPG dropped Yokohama Marinos for their first loss of the tournament.
Andres Iniesta was brilliant as Vissel Kobe secured passage to the knockout rounds with a win over Guangzhou Evergrande.
With the East Zone set to return, Andres Iniesta, Ki Sung-yueng and Rhyan Grant will be key as their sides seek to reach the finals.
Vissel Kobe have told fans not to sing, chant or wave flags in their season-opening clash with Yokohama FC due to the spread of coronavirus.
Vissel Kobe and Yokohama F Marinos missed nine consecutive spot kicks in the deciding penalty shootout as Andres Iniesta's team eventually won.
Former Barcelona and Spain striker David Villa has announced he will retire at the end of the year.
Spain's World Cup-winning striker Fernando Torres ended a glittering 18-year career on Friday with his final match for J-League club Sagan Tosu.
Carles Perez scored twice as Barcelona beat a Vissel Kobe side including Andres Iniesta 2-0 in the Rakuten Cup on Saturday in Japan.
Sergi Samper, who has made one appearance this season, said his desire to play regular football again was the main reason behind his decision.
Andres Iniesta has said he and his family struggled to adapt after swapping Barcelona for Vissel Kobe but they are now beginning to feel settled.
Andres Iniesta released a statement explaining a social media post that prompted criticism because of a photo that included two people in blackface.
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