Thorsten Fink leaves Vissel Kobe


Vissel Kobe is one of the clubs in Japan many people have heard of throughout the footballing world as they have AndrĂ©s Iniesta and Thomas Vermaelen in their ranks. This though did not stop them having a poor start to the season which finally saw the end to German coach Thorsten Fink last week. 

Fink that 

In April 2019 Thorsten Fink came to Japan as he looked to steer Vissel Kobe up the table, in that respect he did an ok job as they finished eighth in the league. He then completed the season by bringing the club their first ever Emperors Cup defeating Kashima Antlers in the final. 

2020 has been a roller coaster year for all but with Vissel Kobe it started so well at they won the Japan Super Cup back in February defeating J1 current champions Yokohama F Marinos on penalties. 

The season, of course, took a long break for that COVID thing am sure you have heard of. Football in Japan then returned in July with one game played of the season back in February. As for this season, Vissel Kobe have been very inconsistent and performances have not been much to write home about. 

It then came to a head as they went seven J1 matches without a win and this was the point the board said enough was enough and Fink was to head out the door. Having managed just the four wins in 21 matches am not sure many would have been shocked by this call. 

A statement on the club's website seems to suggest Fink walked rather than being pushed as the German commented. 

"We were able to win two trophies. This was a historic achievement and something that will link us forever. We were able to unite as one and achieve extraordinary success, but my time has come to return to my family."

Back to winning ways 

Following this call, the club appointed the former Japan midfielder Atsuhiro Miura as their new manager just two days later. It was the night after the club bounced back from their run as they defeated Sagan Tosu 4-3 with Marcos Vives in temporary charge. 

Miura also got off to a winning start as this weekend the side Consadole Sapporo 4-0 as they look to get the season back on track. They now sit tenth in the table with any bid for the Champions League looking an unlikely goal.

Although they are due to return to Champions League action this season, as the competition resumes in November. Currently, a destination for these fixtures is yet to be chosen. 

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