Extra stadium info – NOEVIR Stadium Kobe
The NOEVIR Stadium Kobe, also known as the Kobe City Misaki Park Stadium, opened as the Kobe Wing Stadium with a capacity of 42,000. The construction costs of the venue, which has a retractable roof, were ¥23 billion. The stadium is used for both men’s and women’s football and it is also known as a venue for rugby union. It was one of the 2002 FIFA World Cup venues. In 2002, the national football teams of Belgium, Brazil, Nigeria, Russia, Sweden and Tunisia played one FIFA World Cup match at the venue. INAC Kobe Leonessa, the Kobelco Steelers and Vissel Kobe use the stadium for home games.
In 2018, Vissel Kobe made world headlines when they signed Andrés Iniesta, one of the first athletes with 10 million followers on his main social media page. The national football team of Spain won its first-ever FIFA World Cup title in 2010, after Iniesta scored the decisive goal against the Netherlands in South Africa. Andrés Iniesta also won various prestigious domestic and international trophies with the world famous Spanish side FC Barcelona. He won the European championship for football clubs, the UEFA Champions League, four times with FC Barcelona. He also won the world championship for football clubs, the FIFA Club World Cup, several times with FC Barcelona.