Okubo leaves Wolfsburg for Kobe

BERLIN - Striker Yoshito Okubo has returned to Japan to join Vissel Kobe after only six months with Bundesliga champions VfL Wolfsburg, the German club said on Tuesday. Okubo, who joined Wolfsburg in the northern winter, failed to win a starting spot with the champions despite a contract until 2011. "The 27-year-old striker who had a contract with VfL until 2011 has transferred to Vissel Kobe," Wolfsburg said on their website.