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...is exactly what it says on the label.

This thread will serve to keep track and discuss Asian players in Europe.

I will take the liverty of borrowing a lot from goal.com, since they do such an excellent round-up, but will also contribute on my own and with any random thoughts or articles I find.

Please feel free to add to this thread.
 

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Goal.com Special: Asians In Europe
http://www.goal.com/en/Articolo.aspx?ContenutoId=888514


Another weekend in Europe for some of Asia's best players in some of the world's best leagues. Goal.com Asia runs the rule over the runners and riders…



Masoud Shojaei (Iran and Osasuna)

The midfielder is becoming a familiar fixture in Osasuna's line-up. He impressed in the midweek goalless draw against La Coruna but found it harder going in another blank stalemate at Numancia. He was booked and then withdrawn near the end. Osasuna are still looking for a first win this season.

Park Ji-sung (South Korea and Manchester United)


Park should have added to his goal against Chelsea the previous week as United defeated Bolton 2-0 at Old Trafford. But it was another busy and effective performance from the Korean.

Sun Xiang (China and Austria Vienna)

The left-back play two-thirds of Vienna's midweek 2-1 win at home to Rheindorf but wasn't selected in the weekend's 1-0 triumph at FC Karnten, one that sent the capital club top of the league.

Park Chu-young (South Korea and AS Monaco)

It's an up and down season for Monaco who lost 2-0 at home to Lille. Park tried a couple of free-kicks but wasn't able to get on the scoresheet.

Roda Antar (Lebanon and Koln)

A run of three straight defeats came to an end at home to Schalke. Anter headed against the bar in the first half when he really should have scored. He wasn't left to rue the miss however as Koln moved into 11th with a 1-0 victory.

Makoto Hasebe (Japan and Wolfsburg)

Not the best of games from the former Urawa Reds star. He struggled in midfield with his team-mates as they went two goals behind at Karlsruhe. He was withdrawn with 12 minutes remaining. Replacement Ricardo Costa immediately scored but it ended 2-1 and Wolfsburg became the last club to lose their unbeaten record.

Shinji Ono (Japan and Bochum)

Ono returned to action for Bochum and played the first 79 minutes. It was all to no avail however as though the hosts fought back bravely from three goals down at home to Bayer Leverkusen, they lost 3-2 and it looks like a long season is in store.

Lee Young-pyo (South Korea and Borussia Dortmund)

Lee returned to action to help his new team return to form as they defeated Stuttgart 3-0. Even better was his cross for Alexander Frei to head home the third and seal the win.

Hussein Sulimani (Saudi Arabia and Neuchatel Xamax)

Came on with four minutes remaining but could do nothing about a 3-0 defeat a FC Zurich.

Javad Nekounam (Iran and Osasuna)


The midfielder was busy enough in the two recent goalless draws but despite a number of close calls is just not able to score. Osasuna need to start winning soon if a relegation fight is to be avoided.

Shunsuke Nakamura (Japan and Celtic)

Was hailed by Celtic boss Gordon Strachan hailed Naka as the best player he has worked with. The playmaker worked hard in an exciting, last-minute 3-2 victory over Aberdeen.

Vahid Hashemian (Iran and Bochum)

The helicopter will be grounded for around two weeks.

Kim Do-heon (South Korea and West Brom)

A sad day for Kim and the Baggies –despite a welcome win at Middlesbrough. The midfielder went down unchallenged in the first minute after catching his stud in the Riverside turf. He will be out of action for around six weeks with suspected knee ligament damage.

Daisuke Matsui (Japan and St Etienne)


The midfielder was injured and left out of St Etienne's battling draw left on the bench as the Greens ended a run of three defeats with a 1-0 win over Paris SG.

Mehdi Mahdavikia (Iran and Eintracht Frankfurt)

Kia was on the bench as Frankfurt drew at home to Arminia Bielefeld.

Junichi Inamoto (Japan and Eintracht Frankfurt)


Inamoto played the full ninety as the struggling Frankfurt snatched a late point at home to Arminia Bielefeld. The ex-Arsenal, Fulham, West Brom and Galatasaray star went close to a spectacular goal but saw his volley saved.

Seol Ki-hyeon (South Korea and Fulham)


Seol watched his team lose 2-1 at home to West Ham from the bench as for the second successive game, coach Roy Hodgson chose not to introduce any substitutes.

Andranik Teymourian (Iran and Fulham)

Teymourian was not in the squad for Fulham's loss at home to West Ham.

Ali Al Habsi (Oman and Bolton)

A familiar story for the giant goalkeeper who was an unused substitute as Bolton 2-0 at Manchester United.

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Nakamura, Park Ji Sung, and Park Chu-young
those three players are immense and definitely the best 3 Asian players

Nakamura had hit the 100 match mark with Celtic few days ago
 

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After the international break, Asian stars were back in action in the big leagues out west..

http://www.goal.com/en/Articolo.aspx?ContenutoId=922951

Takayuki Morimoto (Japan and Catania)

A lively game for the Japanese youngster as Catania continued their good start to the season with a 2-0 home win over Palermo.

Masoud Shojaei (Iran and Osasuna)

Despite the arrival of new coach Jose Antonio Camacho, Osasuna crashed to another defeat and lost 2-1 at Sporting Gijon. Shojaei came on at half-time but struggled to make an impact, partly because his team was already trailing and down to ten men.

Park Ji-sung (South Korea and Manchester United)

Park had a good game as United moved into top gear with a 4-0 win over West brom. He was withdrawn after 70 minutes with the game well and truly in the bag.

Youssef Mohamad (Lebanon and FC Koln)

A solid game at the back and a clean sheet as Koln registered their third successive win -this time a 1-0 victory over Energie Cottbus.

Park Chu-young (South Korea and AS Monaco)

A fifth game without a goal for the young striker. He missed a couple of chances as Monaco lost 2-1 at home to Nice. The 2004 Champions league finalists are slipping down the table.

Roda Antar (Lebanon and Koln)

Had a good game both going forward and helping out the defence as Koln moved to within four points of the summit with a 1-0 win at home to Energie Cottbus.

Makoto Hasebe (Japan and Wolfsburg)

A good game from the midfielder and a great 4-1 win for Wolfsburg over Arminia Bielefeld

Shinji Ono (Japan and Bochum)

Ono sat on the bench and watched as Bochum drew 2-2 with Borussia Monchengladbach.

Lee Young-pyo (South Korea and Borussia Dortmund)

Lee was involved in another high-scoring draw in Germany. Dortmund drew 3-3 at Werder Bremen to stay in mid-table.

Javad Nekounam (Iran and Osasuna)

The midfielder played the whole game as Osasuna slipped further down the table with a 2-1 defeat at Sporting Gijon.

Shunsuke Nakamura (Japan and Celtic)

Naka was rested ahead of Celtic's Champions League match at Manchester United. The Japanese international sat on the bench as his club won 2-1 in Inverness.

Vahid Hashemian (Iran and Bochum)

The helicopter is currently returning from injury and didn't feature in Bochum's 2-2 draw with Borussia Monchengladbach.

Kim Do-heon (South Korea and West Brom)

Kim is going to be out of action for a few more weeks with knee ligament damage.

Daisuke Matsui (Japan and St Etienne)

Matsui came off the bench with 16 minutes remaining as St Etienne's indifferent start to the season continued with a 1-0 loss at Nantes.

Mehdi Mahdavikia (Iran and Eintracht Frankfurt)

After a good showing and a goal for Iran in midweek, Kia returned to the Frankfurt bench to watch his team lose again. A 2-0 defeat at the hands of Bayer Leverkusen leaves Frankfurt firmly rooted to the bottom of the Bundesliga.

Junichi Inamoto (Japan and Eintracht Frankfurt)

Inamoto stayed on the bench as bottom club Frankfurt lost at home to Bayer Leverkusen.

Seol Ki-hyeon (South Korea and Fulham)

Seol didn't make the bench as Fulham ended a run of defeats with a goalless draw at home to Sunderland.

Andranik Teymourian (Iran and Fulham)

Teymourian was not in the squad for Fulham's draw with Sunderland.

Ali Al Habsi (Oman and Bolton)

A familiar story for the giant goalkeeper who was an unused substitute as Bolton drew 0-0 with Blackburn.

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Zense_United said:
i really want atleast one player from
thailand to play in europe.. really want that
to happen.. but there is one player i really love
here is.. Theerathep Winothai.. try check him out
he scored against japan 4-1 lost on world cup
qualifier.. superb goal!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55m_z0-U9ks
yellow shirt guy

It's quite difficult to judge this player from that clip, but it is a nice goal.
It's too bad thaksin sold Man City, because he was going to bring in a few thai players.

If having a thai player in the premier league means thai girls will watch football, I'm all for it though.

I love thai girls and if they knew more about football, I might not be able to resist. ;)
 

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Goal.com Special: Asians In Europe
http://www.goal.com/en/Articolo.aspx?ContenutoId=958335

It was a relatively quiet week for many of Asia's stars who ply their trade out west in Europe's biggest league. Goal.com Asia takes a look…

Makoto Hasebe (Japan and Wolfsburg)

Hasebe came on at half-time and helped Wolfsburg pick up a comfortable 3-0 win at home to Energie Cottbus.

Park Chu-young (South Korea and AS Monaco)

Monaco's October Player of the Month was withdrawn near the end as the seven-time French champions lost 1-0 to Lyon.

Hussein Sulimani (Saudi Arabia and Neuchatel Xamax)

The defender missed the match as his team lost 3-2 to Young Boys.

Takayuki Morimoto (Japan and Catania)

The young striker sat on the bench for the full game as Catania defeated rivals Cagliari.

Shao Jiayi (China and Energie Cottbus)

The midfielder stayed on the bench as Cottbus lost 3-0 at Wolfsburg. The eastern team stay bottom.

Masoud Shojaei (Iran and Osasuna)

Came on with 18 minutes remaining as Osasuna ended a run of three defeats with a goalless draw against Atletico Madrid.

Park Ji-sung (South Korea and Manchester United)

Park played the full ninety and was probably United's best player as the Red Devils lost 2-1 at Arsenal. The Korean was full of running as always and his use of possession and movement caused problems for Arsenal.

Youssef Mohamad (Lebanon and FC Koln)

The defender was again impressive as Koln kept pace with the leaders with a 2-1 win at home to Bochum.

Shinji Ono (Japan and Bochum)

Ono was nowhere to be seen as Bochum held Werder Bremen to a goalless draw.

Lee Young-pyo (South Korea and Borussia Dortmund)

Lee played the whole game as a stuttering Dortmund team went down 2-1 at Hamburg.

Javad Nekounam (Iran and Osasuna)

The midfielder played the whole game –except for the last nine minutes – as Osasuna drew 0-0 with Atletico Madrid. The Pamplona team are still without a win.

Shunsuke Nakamura (Japan and Celtic)

The playmaker has been suffering from a string of niggling injuries of late and picked up an ankle knock in training. He could even miss Japan's World Cup qualifier next week.

Vahid Hashemian (Iran and Bochum)

The helicopter came off the bench two-thirds of the way through Bochum's 0-0 draw at home to Werder Bremen.

Junichi Inamoto (Japan and Eintracht Frankfurt)

Inamoto is aiming to shake off a hamstring injury for Frankfurt's match next weekend and if he does so, he may return to the Japan team for their game in Qatar on November 19.

Roda Antar (Lebanon and Koln)

Another good game for Antar and he played well as Koln continued their strong start to the season with a 2-1 win against Bochum.

Kim Do-heon (South Korea and West Brom)

Not a bad start at Liverpool for Kim but the midfielder was withdrawn before the hour as West Brom went down 3-0 at Anfield.

Daisuke Matsui (Japan and St Etienne)

It is going from bad to worse for Les Verts and Matsui was probably happy to sit out the match in which his team lost 3-0 at home to Rennes.

Mehdi Mahdavikia (Iran and Eintracht Frankfurt)

Kia was left out of the squad as Frankfurt drew 2-2 with Stuttgart.

Seol Ki-hyeon (South Korea and Fulham)

Seol didn't make the squad as Fulham defeated Newcastle.

Andranik Teymourian (Iran and Fulham)

Teymourian was not in the squad either.

Ali Al Habsi
(Oman and Bolton)

A familiar story for the giant goalkeeper who was an unused substitute as Bolton defeated Hull.

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Asians In Europe: Risings Sons Of Japan

Asians In Europe: Risings Sons Of Japan

Shunsuke Nakamura (Celtic and Japan)

What can you say about this player that hasn't been said a million times already? The midfield maestro helped himself to a hat-trick with a free-kick and a couple of fine shots as Celtic thrashed St. Mirren 7-0. It may be the playmaker’s last ever season in Scotland but he is still as good as ever.

Takayuki Morimoto (Catania and Japan)

The young striker is in good form these days and is starting to turn heads both inside Italy and out. His latest goal, a coolly taken one-on-one chance came in the Sicilian derby and Catania thrashed their rivals 4-0. He also assisted a spectacular strike from Guiseppe Mascara.

Daisuke Matsui ( St Etienne and Japan)

Another Japanese goalscorer. The midfielder fired home a super strike from outside the area to give Les Verts the opener at Monaco. Unfortunately, for the visitors, Monaco scored in the final minute to draw 2-2.

Park Ji-sung (Manchester United and South Korea)

After his mid-week Inter Milan exertions, Park sat out United’s Carling Cup final win over Spurs.

Masoud Shojaei (Osasuna and Iran)

Shojaei got his first goal for the Pamplona club last week but was unable to do the same as Osasuna drew 1-1 with Racing Santander. He was subbed off on the hour and the draw sees Osasuna back in the relegation zone.

Park Chu-young (Monaco and South Korea)

A good game for the young Korean striker. He made both goals as Monaco drew 2-2 at home to St Etienne and also was unlucky with a shot that just hit the post.

Vahid Hashemian
(Bochum and Iran)

The Helicopter hasn’t, like the club, enjoyed the best of seasons but worked hard to help Bochum defeat relegation rivals Energie Cottbus 3-2. Hashemian was subbed off with 18 minutes remaining. The win lifts Bochum out of the bottom three.

Lee Young-pyo (Borussia Dortmund and South Korea)

The full-back is still serving his suspension after being shown a red card recently.

Makete Hasebe (Wolfsburg and Japan)

The midfielder came on in the last minute as the high-flying Wolfsburg won 3-1 at Hamburg to knock the leaders off their perch.

Javad Nekounam (Osasuna and Iran)

The midfielder played the full 90 minutes as Osasuna were held to a 1-1 draw at Racing Santander.

Mehdi Mahdavikia (Eintracht Frankfurt and Iran)
The experienced Kia was on the bench as Frankfurt lost 2-1 at home to Schalke 04.

Shinji Ono
(Bochum and Japan)

Ono was an unused substitute as Bochum defeated Energie Cottbus 3-2.

Ali Al Habsi (Oman and Bolton)

A familiar story for the giant goalkeeper who was an unused substitute as Bolton defeated Newcastle 1-0.

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Asians In Europe: Park Ji-Sung On The Mark
Asians In Europe: Park Ji-Sung On The Mark - Goal.com

Park Ji-sung (Manchester United and South Korea)

Park was once again impressive as United destroyed Fulham 4-0 in the FA Cup quarter-finals and he even got on the scoresheet with a fine finish late in the game.

Shunsuke Nakamura (Celtic and Japan)

What a difference a week makes! After scoring a hat-trick in Celtic’s 7-0 win over St. Mirren in the league, Nakamura and his team-mates lost against the same team in the cup. The playmaker couldn’t get into the game and Celtic lost 1-0.

Sun Xiang (Austria Vienna and China)

Sun scored his second goal in two games as Vienna defeated Sturm Graz 2-0.

Takayuki Morimoto (Catania and Japan)

The young striker has been in great form but was injured in the recent Sicilian Derby win over Palermo. He has been busy fielding questions instead about interest from English clubs.

Youssef Mohamad (Koln and Lebanon)


The defender returned to the Koln line-up and had a good game – although the team returned to the Rhine with a 1-0 defeat at FC Schalke. Mahmoud had two good chances to score at the death to earn a point for his team but couldn’t find the net.

Daisuke Matsui (St Etienne and Japan)

A solid game from the midfielder and a vital 2-1 win for his club in a relegation six-pointer at home to Nantes. Matsui was busy in the middle and picked up a yellow card before being taken off with 16 minutes remaining.

Hussein Abdulghani (Neuchatel Xamax and Saudi Arabia)

The defender had a good game at the back as his Swiss team defeated FC Vaduz 3-1.

Masoud Shojaei (Osasuna and Iran)

Shojaei was subbed off on the hour as Osasuna lost 2-1 at home to Sporting Gijon. The result leaves the Pamplona club in trouble at the bottom.

Park Chu-young (Monaco and South Korea)


Once again the striker hit the woodwork and once again he had a decent game. This time, Monaco’s match with Nice ended goalless.

Junichi Inamoto (Eintracht Frankfurt and Japan)

Was taken off at half-time as Frankfurt drew 0-0 at Arminia Bielefeld.

Vahid Hashemian (Bochum and Iran)

The Helicopter was an unused substitute as Bochum drew 1-1 with Bayer Leverkusen. Bochum are still in serious danger of the drop.

Lee Young-pyo (Borussia Dortmund and South Korea)


The full-back returned to action after suspension and while he was good going forward, he couldn’t stop Stuttgart defeating Dortmund 2-1 in a hard-fought game.

Makete Hasebe (Wolfsburg and Japan)

A very energetic performance from the Japanese midfielder who was all over the pitch, helping out in defence and attack. The 1-0 win over Karlsruhe keeps Wolfsburg fourth and in the hunt for the Bundesliga title.

Javad Nekounam (Osasuna and Iran)

Another penalty from the inspirational Iranian wasn’t enough to prevent Osasuna from losing 2-1 at home to Sporting Gijon.

Mehdi Mahdavikia (Eintracht Frankfurt and Iran)

The experienced Kia was not even on the bench as Frankfurt drew 0-0 at Arminia Bielefeld

Shinji Ono (Bochum and Japan)

Ono was not on the bench as Bochum drew at Bayer Leverkusen.

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Nakamura, Park Ji Sung, and Park Chu-young
those three players are immense and definitely the best 3 Asian players

Nakamura had hit the 100 match mark with Celtic few days ago


how can you forget Junichi Inamoto...he's great and that's why Wenger push him away....he's too good for Arsenal...:rtfm:
 
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