Departure to the J-League for almost anyone, even the most famous former footballer, is the beginning of the end in terms of media popularity in Europe goldenslot.
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Thomas Vermaelen actually disappeared from the radar of European fans back in the summer of 2019, when he transferred from Barcelona to Vissel Kobe as a free agent. However, this summer, Vermaelen was again in the spotlight when he took part in the final of Euro 2020 with the Belgian national team, having played five matches in the tournament, three of which were in the starting lineup.
In Japan, Vermaelen is actually in its third season. He is an important footballer of the base of Vissel Kobe, but this does not help Thomas often find himself in the focus of attention of the European football media. Like Sergi Samper, Vermaelen managed to win two trophies in the Japanese team – the Cup and the Super Cup of the country, and in total he played 45 matches for Vissel Kobe, in which he scored one goal and one assists.
In fact, Vissel Kobe could be the last club in Vermalen’s career. The Belgian’s contract with the Japanese expires on January 31, 2022, and while there is a high probability that the parties will agree on an extension for another season, and then Thomas will retire. What is true, in recent weeks, other information has appeared in the media on this score – that the clubs of the North American MLS are interested in the services of Vermaelen, where they wanted to drag the Belgian back in the summer of 2019, but then he opted for the Land of the Rising Sun.
2010 World Champion and two-time European Champion Andres Iniesta needs no further introduction. This footballer, with active performances, became a real legend of Barcelona, and therefore, when in the summer of 2018 it became known about his departure from the capital of Catalonia, many Blaugranas fans did not hide their tears.
Whatever it was, but Iniesta still has not finished his career, but pleases fans of Japanese football with his subtle understanding of football, clear and timely transmissions, as well as almost logarithmic thinking on the field. It seems that nothing is impossible for Iniesta in football, and Vissel Kobe really appreciates that. In May of this year, the Japanese club took care of extending the contract with Andres, which had been in effect since the summer of 2018. Iniesta’s current employment agreement with Vissel Kobe is valid until January 31, 2024. At that time, the Spanish maestro will be almost 40 years old.
Note that despite the presence of many well-known European footballers, Vissel Kobe cannot please Iniesta with the gold medal of the Japanese championship. So this season, Andres’ team is still only fifth, and has actually lost a real chance to compete for the championship, as it is 21 points behind Kawasaki Frontale. Well, there will still be more rallies ahead, and perhaps Iniesta will still acquire the title of champion of Japan.