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Mata’s Farewell

Juan Mata says goodbye to Vissel Kobe after winning the Japanese League in November. It was a title that did not appear in the club’s record and the Asturian footballer’s second trophy in a few months.

Juan Mata says goodbye to Vissel Kobe. With a nice message on his social media profiles, the Spanish international said goodbye to the club with which he was proclaimed champion of the Japanese League (the J1 League) at the end of November. Vissel, founded in 1965, had an Emperor’s Cup and a Super Cup under its belt. The most important national title was missing. A debt that was settled on November 25.

Throughout his publication, written in English and Japanese, the Spanish international thanked his teammates and all the members of the organization, as well as the Vissel fans. They have been some intense and emotional months for Mata.

Fourth country in which Mata has won a title

Japan became the fourth country in which Juan has won at least one trophy in his career (at club level). He added it to the ones won in Spain, England and Turkey. Mata came to Kobe with sporting ambition and interest in a special culture. In both aspects, the experience has been very enriching.

Vissel Kobe – in whose ranks Andrés Iniesta played during the first half of the season – secured the title with one day remaining in the championship. They closed the J1 League with 71 points, seven ahead of the runners-up (Yokohama Marinos). Juan thus completed a 2023 that is difficult to forget, in which he also won a league trophy in Turkey, wearing the shirt of the historic Galatasaray (a few months before his Japanese triumph).

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