"Iniesta TV" Kicks Off Worldwide

Vissel Kobe midfielder Andres Iniesta, a global superstar of the soccer pitch, is set to generate new waves of excitement on the small screen with the global debut of “Iniesta TV.”

The original series follows the former FC Barcelona legend as he transitions into his new life in Japan and playing career with Vissel Kobe of Japan’s J1 League. Fans from around the world will be offered an unparalleled and intimate view of Iniesta as he embraces a new league and a new culture head-on.

Iniesta TV, produced by and exclusive to Rakuten, launches around the world today and streams in English, Spanish and Japanese on the global video streaming service Rakuten VIKI.

Iniesta TV offers fans an exclusive mix of content featuring in-depth interviews with the World Cup winner, as well as pitch-side scenes that include training sessions with the midfield superstar. Fans will see exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of Iniesta working alongside his new teammates, as well as tackling the Japanese language with his trusted interpreter.

Episode 1 kicks off with epic documentary-style footage and a behind-the-scenes chat with Andres and Rakuten CEO Hiroshi “Mickey” Mikitani.

Chat with Iniesta and Mickey

Watch Episode 1 here

Off the pitch, Iniesta TV also offers highlights of how Iniesta is adapting to life in Japan since arriving in early summer 2018.

In what promises to be a sure-fire fan favorite, new planned content includes a tutorial lesson series of Iniesta showcasing the incredible range of skills that have propelled him to become one of the all-time soccer greats.

Iniesta TV: Football Lessons

Iniesta joined Vissel Kobe in May 2018 in a move that made global headlines. Prior to this monumental decision, Iniesta spent his entire playing career with FC Barcelona, joining the club’s famed youth academy at the age of 12. He went on to play nearly 700 games for the senior team, winning nine La Liga titles as well as four Champions Leagues.

On the world stage, Iniesta has proven to be equally effective, making history when he helped Spain win their first-ever World Cup by scoring the winning goal at the 2010 tournament in South Africa.

Since his unveiling in front of thousands of Vissel Kobe fans in May, Iniesta has become a firm favorite with the Kobe side, netting two goals along the way.

Iniesta’s incredible life journey, playing with and against some of the greatest players of the past two decades, as well as the latest chapter in his career in which he aims to establish Vissel Kobe as one of Asia’s top teams, will form the backdrop to Iniesta TV.

With a mixed-media approach of engaging videos and in-depth articles, Iniesta TV will provide a mix of free and subscriber content. Viki Pass subscribers will also have the opportunity to enter exclusive draws for the chance to meet with Iniesta at a fan event, as well as win shirts or shoes signed by the living legend himself.

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