Former World Cup winners will play together with Japanese League club Vissel Kobe, but before they will have four friendlies in California.
Japanese League club Vissel Kobe is set to play four matches in Southern California, as part of their preparations for the new season.
The Japanese will play against Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) on January 31st.
Then on February 2nd, they will meet Toronto FC.
They will also play against a second-division team Orange County Soccer League on February 5th.
And their final meeting will be against the Los Angeles Galaxy, where Zlatan Ibrahimovic is currently playing in a scrimmage with site and date to be announced later in the week.
Vissel starts Andres Iniesta spoke in a press conference attended by a Ronaldo.com reporter to explain how he decided to join the team.
“At the moment I decided to leave Barcelona, there were many proposals,” he said.
“People convince you for what they transmit to you, for the respect and affection they give to you.”
“And in the end the option to come to Japan with Vissel what’s the one I found more trustworthy,” he concluded.
On the other hand, German footballer Lukas Podolski joined the Japanese team in 2017, and he feels right at home.
“It’s a great opportunity to play against MLS teams,” he said.
“But I think Japanese teams are getting better now. It’s a good league, is a strong league. I cannot compare it to Europe. Is very different.”
“It’s a really good country to leave, it’s far from my country but it’s really cool to live, the people are friendly,” he explained about living in Japan since 2017.
“I have one more year, I will enjoy it, and then we will see what happens.”