Iniesta named new Vissel Kobe captain

J1 League: After three J1 League defeats in a row, Vissel Kobe has decided to make Andres Iniesta its new captain.

New Vissel Kobe captain Andres Iniesta   -  Getty Images

Andres Iniesta has been named Vissel Kobe's new captain as the J1 League club looks to get back on track following a poor start to the season.

The former Barcelona midfielder replaces ex-Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski in the role, with the German having stepped down last week amid reports of turmoil behind the scenes.

Kobe is 11th in the table after eight fixtures and has lost its past three games in a row, winning just one of its previous five.

Iniesta, 34, joined the club last year having previously spent his entire career with Barca.

He was captain of the Blaugrana in his final three seasons with the club and wore the armband in the 2015 Champions League final when Barca beat Juventus 3-1 in Berlin to complete a treble.