The J1 opening day is around the corner! Let’s look at the key players of all teams! (Oita, Kobe, G-Osaka)

The J1 opening day is around the corner! Let’s look at the key players of all teams! (Oita, Kobe, G-Osaka)

The 2020 MEIJI YASUDA J1 League kicks off on February 21.
Ahead of the opening day, let’s look at the key player of all 18 teams.

This Installment edition looks at Oita Trinita, Gamba Osaka and Vissel Kobe, the club that features Iniesta.

■Oita Trinita
Achievements in 2019
J1:9th place
Levain Cup: Group stage

・Player to watch
FW 9 Kei Chinen
The physically-gifted striker who joined from Kawasaki Frontale this season will threaten the opposition by sneaking into the box and unleashing powerful strikes. He is also good at helping his teammates to keep the ball in the opponents’ half by taking advantage of his physical strength. Oita need big performances from him to improve their attacking power.

■Vissel Kobe
Achievements in 2019
J1:8th place
Levain Cup: Group stage

・Player to watch
MF 8 Andres Iniesta
A world-class superstar who won a countless number of titles with FC Barcelona and Spain. He is an absolutely unique player who can fascinate the fans with a single pass or touch. In particular, his superb through passes are once again guaranteed to surprise fans this season.

■Gamba Osaka
Achievements in 2019
J1:7th place
Levain Cup: Semifinals

・Player to watch
FW 33 Takashi Usami
Gamba Osaka’s star has already a rich career, after playing overseas for several years since joining German giants Bayern Munich at the age of 19. His signature moves are speedy dribbling and bold shots. He returned to Gamba for the second time during the past season and scored several goals towards the end of the year. His contribution will be essential for Gamba in order to clinch a title.