Kobe beat Nagoya Grampus 2-1 to clinch the title with one game of the season remaining after Yokohama F. Marinos, their only remaining challengers, drew 0-0 against Niigata on Friday. Mata watched on from the bench as two goals in 14 minutes allowed his side to take control.
Mata&aposs side spent much of last season in a relegation scrap, going through several coaches before finishing 13th in an 18-team league. Their fortunes changed dramatically after the appointment of current coach Takayuki Yoshida.
After every game I show the players the video and tell them this was wrong, this is how we should be doing it, and make adjustments every time, Yoshida said after claiming the title. This is the result of all the work we have done game by game and Im proud of all my players and staff.
Mata made the shock move to Kobe at the start of September, following a successful campaign in Istanbul with Galatasaray. He played 18 times in all competitions for the Turkish side, helping them to the Super Lig title.
Upon signing for Kobe in September, the former Manchester United midfielder detailed his aim to bring a first league title to his new team.