Wednesday’s Vissel Kobe win also saw a last appearance for former Barcelona and Atletico Madrid striker David Villa, who will retire at the age of 37
Belgian international defender Thomas Vermaelen joins former Barcelona teammate Andres Iniesta at J-League side Vissel Kobe
33-year-old Vermaelen, whose contract with Barcelona has now expired, will team up with David Silva, Lukas Podolski and his former Barca captain Andres Iniesta
J-League: Andres Iniesta named new captain of Vissel Kobe after Lukas Podolski steps down citing lack of 'honesty'
Despite having World Cup winners Iniesta, Podolski and David Villa in their ranks, Kobe sit in 11th place in the 18-team league having lost three of their last four games
Before signing with Vissel Kobe, former Barcelona striker David Villa spent four seasons with New York City FC, scoring 80 goals in 124 MLS appearances
Bundesliga: Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben is reportedly lining up move to J-League outfit FC Tokyo
Superstar Dutch winger Arjen Robben is lining up a move to J-League outfit FC Tokyo after he leaves Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich, local media reported on Tuesday.
Spanish striker David Villa to join former Barcelona teammate Andres Iniesta at J-League club Vissel Kobe
David Villa is the latest high-profile acquisition by Vissel in the western Japanese port city of Kobe. The outfit is owned by Japanese tech billionaire Hiroshi Mikitani.
Andres Iniesta scores outrageous first goal to guide Japanese club Vissel Kobe to victory over rivals Jubilo Iwata
Spanish great Andres Iniesta scored a sublime first goal for Japanese side Vissel Kobe on Saturday, helping them to a 2-1 win over J-League rivals Jubilo Iwata.
Former Barcelona playmaker Andres Iniesta has been introduced as the newest member of Japanese club Vissel Kobe, a poorly kept secret that's been rumored for weeks.
Breitbart apologises to Lukas Podolski for wrong usage of his image alongside an illegal immigration story
The website originally published an article entitled "Spanish Police Crack Gang Moving Migrants on Jet-Skis" with a picture of the ex-Arsenal star on a jet-ski before it was swiftly changed.
Podolski gave Kobe a 1-0 lead four minutes after the break with a left-foot shot from 23 meters.
World Cup qualifiers: Germany coach Joachim Loew convinced his team will 'ruthlessly' extend winning run
Record-breaking Germany face Azerbaijan on Sunday with head coach Joachim Loew insisting their simple goal is to "ruthlessly" secure World Cup qualification as quickly as possible.
After Podolski played the last international game of his career, a look at the biggest moments of his glittering 13 years with Germany.
Lukas Podolski, who smashed home the winning goal, captained the world champions to their first win over old rivals England on home soil since 1987.
Manager Gareth Southgate says England can learn from Germany's consistent success under counterpart Joachim Loew ahead of Wednesday's friendly against the world champions.
International friendlies: Germany and England to blood youngsters in Lukas Podolski's farewell match
The friendly will see forward Lukas Podolski, who retired from international football last year, make his 130th and final appearance for Germany.
Lukas Podolski will captain injury-hit Germany on his farewell international appearance in Wednesday's friendly against England, die Mannschaft's head coach Joachim Loew has confirmed.
Germany captain Manuel Neuer has been ruled out of Wednesday's home friendly against England while die Mannschaft's shooting-star Timo Werner is set to make his debut.
Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has called on Manchester United to end Bastian Schweinsteiger's first-team exile and allow the ex-Germany captain to help improve their flagging fortunes.
With Manuel Neuer confirmed as his new captain, Joachim Loew plans to blood Germany's next generation as part of his team's preparations to defend their World Cup title in Russia.
Podolski has criticised the new 24-team format for the European Championship, labelling it 'stupid' as it created a great confusion among the players.