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Japan: From small football to Asia’s No. 1 power

Many years ago, Japanese football used to refer to itself as a “small shoe”, but now, Japan is already Asia’s No. 1 football power, as well as the nearest football in Asia. to catch up with the world level.

Maybe the story of Japanese football comparing itself as a “small shoe” every year is just humility, because in 1968, Japan had a bronze medal in the Mexican Olympic men’s football content – an achievement beyond them. Korea was the only one who was re-established at the 2012 London Olympics.

However, many years ago, Japan was still inferior to some of the continent’s leading football, such as Korea, Iran, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, or even… Burma (today Myanmar).

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It was not until 1992 that Japan won the Asian championship for the first time, compared with Korea’s first Asian championship in 1956, Iran in 1968, or Saudi Arabia in 1984.

It was not until 1998 that Japan attended the first World Cup finals, still behind Korea, Iran and Saudi Arabia.

But the Japanese, after stepping to the top of continental football, they keep their form very steady. Since 1998, Japan has never been eliminated from the next World Cup finals. And today, almost one of Asia’s spots for the World Cup finals will be named in Japan.

Among the continent’s top football powers, including Japan, South Korea, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Australia, excluding Australia joining AFC from Oceania, Japan won the Asian Cup at the latest, but after Champion, they win the next many times.

After the 1960 Asian Cup, Korea never returned to the top of Asia, which is nearly 60 years, Korea has not tasted the taste of the championship. For Iran, the last time they won the championship was in 1976, which means the waiting time is shorter than South Korea, but also… 43 years.

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The two countries above also do not know when they will return to the top of Asian football, because in addition to competing with some emerging football, such as Saudi Arabia, Iraq, with the new football joining AFC. This is Australia, they are especially difficult to compete with Japan.

Although success in football is not only limited to football, but also depends on the qualities of athletes, on the development of science and technology, for example, the improvement of human stature. . But first, footballers must still be pioneers of change.

Forming soccer academies and training facilities with a large scale, rules and inheritance is also a scientific job. Organizing an attractive, attractive and competitive domestic tournament, pyramid-shaped development (more teams than above) are also a scientific job …

At the beginning, Japanese players were not appreciated in terms of quality, compared to Iranian players in particular and West Asian players in general, compared to Korean players, North Korea, but later they improved. Gradually improve. In the beginning, the Japanese domestic championship was also quite meager, but the later it developed in the right direction.

No football background is a small football forever, if there is a desire and a methodical roadmap to fulfill your desire. The success of Japanese football over the past few decades has been the driving force behind Japan, the driving force to move forward.

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Top most famous players of Asian football (Part 2)

2. Ahn Jung-hwan

DAEGU, REPUBLIC OF KOREA: South Korean midfielder Ahn Jung-hwan celebrates his game tieing goal against the USA in their Group D match at the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan in Daegu, 10 June 2002. The two teams finished in a 1-1 draw. AFP PHOTO/Pornchai KITTIWONGSAKUL (Photo credit should read PORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKUL/AFP/Getty Images)

Is a former Korean soccer player and television personality. A legend of Korean football, he drew world attention by scoring a golden goal for Korea against Italy in the second round of the 2002 World Cup, and he was sacked from Italian club Perugia together. due to not meeting expectations.

Ahn also played for clubs in Japan, France, Germany and China, and was selected for Korea in two more World Cups, in 2006 and 2010. After retiring as a soccer player, he became a television presenter (JTBC’s Please Take Care of My) and a football commentator.

Anh married former Miss Korea Lee Hye-won in 2001 and received this nickname by kissing his wedding ring after every goal he scored.

Unlike football, Ahn is noted for her model-like appearance and has appeared in many make-up commercials. Korean media often show a similar facial appearance between the soccer player and actor Cha In-pyo. He said that as a pure compliment.

3. Heung Min Son

He is the most famous Korean football player today. As a Korean professional football player, who plays as a winger or a striker for Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur and captain of the Korean national team.

Son completed his development at Hamburger SV, where he made his Bundesliga debut in Germany in 2010. In 2013, he moved to Bayer Leverkusen for a record 10 million euros and played for the club in the UEFA Europa League and UEFA Champions League. Two years later, he signed for Tottenham for £ 22 million, becoming the most expensive Asian player in history, during his time at Tottenham he became Asia’s top scorer in Premier history. League.

Since 2010, Son has represented Korea at the 2014 and 2018 World Cups and is South Korea’s highest scorer at the World Cup. He also represented Korea at the 2018 Asian Games, where the team won the gold medal as well as the 2011 and 2015 editions of the AFC Asian Cup, ending the 2015 season as he received the award “best young player of the Premier League”.

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Top most famous players of Asian football (Part 1)

Football in Asia, although their football background is not as developed as European or South American football. Asian players have world-class qualities. 

Here are the most famous players from Asia.

1. Park Ji-sung

He is a former Korean professional football player who used to be a midfielder, and is currently the club ambassador for Manchester United.

Born in Goheung, Jeollanam-do, Park is the most successful Asian footballer in history, having won 19 titles in his career. He was the first Asian footballer to win the UEFA Champions League, to participate in the UEFA Champions League final, as well as the first Asian to win the FIFA Club World Cup. Park can be played anywhere in midfield and is noted for his exceptional fitness, discipline, work ethic, and off-ball movement. 

Park’s talent was received by Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson and he signed Park for a fee of around £ 4 million in July 2005. During his time at United, Park won the Premier League four times and also won. the UEFA Champions League 2007– 2008 and the 2008 FIFA Club World Cup. He moved to Queens Park Rangers in July 2012 after reducing his appearances for Manchester United last season. However, a season of injury disruption with QPR, combined with the club’s relegation, led to Park rejoining PSV on loan for the 2013-14 season.

As a member of the Korean national team, Park won 100 points and scored 13 goals. He was a member of the team that finished fourth at the 2002 World Cup. He also represented his country at the 2006 World Cup and was the captain at the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Park scored in three consecutive leagues (Korea first and only second Asian player to do so) and is currently South Korea’s top scorer at the World Cup final with three goals , along with Ahn Jung-hwan and Son Heung-Min.

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3. Shunsuke Nakamura

Famous for the colors of Reggina, Italy, but the peak of Nakamura’s career was in Scotland – where he played for Celtic in four seasons, won three national championships and contributed 34 goals in 166 appearances.

Possessing a “magical” left leg and a sorrowful penalty kick, Nakamura was once dubbed the “Beckham of Japan”.

He owns a massive career with a total of 716 appearances in five different club colors. Nakamura also had 98 caps for the national team, scoring 24 goals.

4. Hidetoshi Nakata

Adding another name becomes the pride in the history of Japanese football in particular and Asia in general. The name of the legend born in 1977 is associated with the golden age of Serie A – where he used to wear five clubs, winning noble titles such as Serie A (Roma, 2001) and Coppa Italia (2002).

Before that, he was the owner of two Asian Golden Ball titles in 1997 and 1998.

Nakata is also a rare player in Asia in the Top 100 FIFA best players. In addition, he has 77 caps for the Japanese national team, attending three World Cups.

5. Cha Bum Kun

Cha Bum Kun is the first player in Korean football history to go abroad to play football, and stick to his entire career in the Bundesliga.

In 1978, he moved to Darmstadt Club. But it was not until he joined Eintracht Frankfurt a year later that his talent broke.

In the four seasons played here, this legendary striker is an irreplaceable pillar, playing 156 games and scoring up to 58 goals. Together with Frankfurt, Cha Bum Kun won a UEFA Cup championship (1980) and a German National Cup (1981).

In 1983, Cha Bum Kun joined Bayer Leverkusen. There, he won another UEFA Cup in 1988. In the national colors, he played 135 games, contributing 58 goals.

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Top 5 Asian stars that make Son Heung-min look up (Part 1)

It is too early to say Son is the best Asian player of all time. Let’s take a look at the Asian superstars who roamed the world grass fields.

Son Heung-min is the most prominent Asian football player in the world. The Korean striker possesses stature and skills that are superior to colleagues from the world’s most populous continent.

However, the 26-year-old striker will still have a lot of effort if he wants to match the Asian legends that have been the storm in football history.

1. Shinji Kagawa

Borussia Dortmund lost only € 350,000 to recruit Kagawa from Japan’s Cerezo Osaka Club in 2010. He immediately shone and made a major contribution to helping the Ruhr team win two Bundesliga titles (2011, 2012), along with It was a German National Cup (2012).

Dazzling form helped Kagawa open the door to Manchester United in the summer of 2012. Here, although not as successful as expected, he still left a mark with six goals, including a hat-trick.

In the Japanese national shirt, Kagawa played a total of 95 matches, scored 31 goals and won the Asian Cup in 2011.

2. Park Ji-sung

Many experts and prestigious newspapers in the world think that Park Ji Sung is the best Asian player in the history of world football because of what he has done in Manchester United.

Despite playing at the same time with the world’s top superstars, under the guidance of Sir Alex Ferguson, the Korean midfielder still became an important factor in the Golden Age’s golden age.

At Old Trafford, Park Ji Sung has 205 appearances, contributing 27 goals. He is the only Asian player in history to ever lift the Champions League in 2008.

In addition, “Three-lungs” also owns four Premier League titles, three League Cups and one FIFA Club World Cup.

In the Korean national colors, he played even 100 matches, scored 13 goals and had reached the semi-finals of the 2002 World Cup.

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Top 10 most successful Asian players in the Bundesliga

Top 10 most successful Asian players in the Bundesliga with the participation of Son Heung Min, Shinji Kagawa, Makoto Hasebe or the legendary Cha Bum Kun.

Cha Bum Kun (South Korea)

  • 1978-1989
  • Clubs: SV Darmstadt 98, Eintracht Frankfurt, Bayer Leverkusen
  • Appearances: 308
  • Goals: 98
  • Trophies won: UEFA Cup (1979-80, 1987-88), German National Cup (1980-81)
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Mehdi Mahdavikia (Iran)

  • 1998-2010
  • Club: VfL Bochum, Hamburger SV, Eintracht Frankfurt
  • Number of appearances: 253
  • Goals: 29
  • Trophies won: Best Footballer in Asia (2003), Hamburger SV Team of the Century

Yasuhiko Okudera (Japan)

  • 1977-1986
  • Club: FC Köln, Werder Bremen
  • Number of appearances: 234
  • Goals: 26
  • Trophies won: Bundesliga (1977-78), German Cup (1977-78)

Ashkan Dejagah (Iran)

  • 2004-2012, 2017
  • Club: Hertha BSC, VfL Wolfsburg
  • Appearances: 158
  • Goals: 19
  • Trophies won: Bundesliga (2008-09)

Makoto Hasebe (Japan)

  • 2008-present
  • Clubs: VfL Wolfsburg, FC Nürnberg, Eintracht Frankfurt
  • Number of appearances: 304
  • Goals: 7
  • Trophies won: Bundesliga (2008-09), German Cup (2017-18), Asia Player of the Year (2018)

Koo Ja Cheol (South Korea)

  • 2011-2019
  • Club: VfL Wolfsburg, FC Augsburg, Mainz 05
  • Number of appearances: 211
  • Goals: 28

Vahid Hashemian (Iran)

  • 1999-2008
  • Clubs: Hamburger SV, VfL Bochum, Bayern Munich, Hannover 96
  • Number of appearances: 208
  • Goals: 38
  • Trophies won: Bundesliga (2004-05), German Cup (2004-05), DFB Ligapokal (2004)

Shinji Kagawa (Japan)

  • 2010-2012, 2014-2018
  • Club: Borussia Dortmund
  • Appearances: 148
  • Goals: 41
  • Trophies won: Bundesliga (2010-11, 2011-12), German Cup (2011-12, 2016-17), Bundesliga Team of the Week (2015-16)

Son Heung Min (Korea)

  • 2010-2015
  • Clubs: Hamburger SV, Bayer Leverkusen
  • Number of appearances: 135
  • Goals: 41
  • Trophies won: Hamburger SV’s all-time best XI in the Bundesliga

Ali Daei (Iran)

  • 1997-2002
  • Club: Arminia Bielefeld, Bayern Munich, Hertha BSC
  • Number of appearances: 107
  • Goals: 19
  • Titles: Bundesliga (1998-99), DFB Ligapokal (1998-99), Asia Player of the Year (1999)
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Jurgen Klopp’s top 7 best signings ever

Jurgen Klopp has made a name for himself in Dortmund and Liverpool, he has many players who were successfully bought.

Alisson Becker

Signed by: AS Roma ((£67 million)

After Loris Karius made two errors in the Champions League final in 2018, Klopp quickly brought Alisson from Roma and Liverpool never regretted it. The Brazilian was the key to last season’s success in Europe and keeping an incredible 20 clean sheets in the Premier League to earn him the Golden Glove award, being the first Liverpool player since Pepe Reina , he is also the number one goalkeeper in Brazil who has just been crowned Copa America after 12 years of waiting in the summer in his home country.

Mats Hummels

Signed from: Bayern Munich (£4 million)

Hummels and Klopp won two Bundesliga titles together before the center-back returned to Bayern Munich, where he won the Bundesliga 2 again. The center-back made an unexpected comeback with Dortmund this summer and hopes to recreate his previous form after being dropped from the German squad.

Virgil Van Dijk

Signed from: Southampton (£75 million)

When Liverpool failed to sign Van Dijk in the summer of 2017, Klopp accepted no replacement and waited a few months to get the person he liked most. The rest is history. Van Dijk is now the world’s leading center-back and a central part of the club’s progress under Klopp, who has just won the European Footballer of the Year award.

Ilkay Gundogan

Signed by: Nurnberg (£5 million)

One of the most important members of Dortmund’s 2011/12 Bundesliga squad, Ilkay Gundogan soon attracted Pep Guardiola’s interest in Manchester City. But it is thought that Klopp has developed this midfielder into the excellent Premier League champion we see today.

Mohamed Salah

Signed by: AS Roma (£36.9 million)

Even Klopp acknowledged that he did not expect Salah to be as good as when he was at Liverpool. The Egyptian striker came to Anfield as a winger with a good scoring record and became one of the best guns, scoring 44 goals in his first season in England.

Robert Lewandowski

Signed by: Lech Poznan (£4 million)

Klopp’s ability to turn his scoring potential into crazy numbers begins with Lewandowski, who scored 36 goals in the 2012/13 season, including 4 in the first leg against Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final. Unfortunately for Dortmund, Bayern successfully bought Lewandowski and the Polish captain kept on scoring goals.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Signed by: St Etienne (£12 million)

Aubameyang soon replaced Lewandowski when Klopp turned another pitiful attacking superstar into an outstanding striker. Arsenal are currently benefiting from the striker, who joined Mane and Salah with 22 Premier League goals last season, sharing the Golden Boot.

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3. Shinji Kagawa

After Park J Sung, Kagawa is probably the Asian player that fans know and love the most. The 28-year-old Japanese player came to Dortmund for just over 300,000 euros, but after the first two seasons with the Ruhr team he proved his worth under the reign of Jugen Kloop, he was a bridge The connection of the Gengenpressing style of play in Kloop’s 4-2-3-1 scheme, he was responsible for helping play behind the striker, creating for the surrounding satellites to score. Many people then called him Mesust Ozil of Dortmund or M.Ozil of the Japanese team.

He was instrumental in helping Borussia Dortmund win two Bundesliga titles in 2010/2011 and 2011/2012, followed by the German Cup in 2012 – in the match that he shone when directly while discussing. and assist the team to score to help Dortmund beat Bayern to 5 goals. After a period of brilliant playing, he moved to Manchester United, although not so outstanding, but he won the English Premier League (2012/2013) for the 20th time with the club. This is also the last season that Sir Alex Ferguson led United. He is also the second Asian player after Park j Sung to win the Premier League with Manchester United.

4.Shinji Okazaki

32-year-old “General” is the Japanese player to score the most goals in the Bundesliga with 42 goals. In the 2015/2016 season, he moved to Leicester City from the Mainz 05 club, in the first season of the “fox” he became an irreplaceable player for the 4-4- 2 of coach Rannieri, he played alongside Jamie Vardy in the striker’s cave and helped the poor city team of Lecester write a crazy fairy tale in the heart of modern football and English football. He and Leicester City won the Premier League in 2015/2016.

He is the third Asian player after Park J sung and Kagawa to win the Premier League title.

5.Son Heung Min

Young talent of Korean football is Asia’s most expensive player with a fee of 22 million euros. He is expected of Asian and Korean football when it is hoped that the player will have the same success as Park J sung in Europe.

After nearly 3 seasons playing for Tottenham, he is now an extremely important strategic card of coach Pochettino on the attack of “Rooster” into London. His strength is his speed, stamina, and the ability to hold the ball so well that he is expected by Pochettino to be the future of the team later. After 92 appearances for Tottenham in all competitions, he had 31 goals, a respectable performance for an Asian player playing in Europe. Especially in the 2016/2017 season, he scored 21 goals after 47 appearances, making the Top scorers with the best scoring goals that season, comparable to those of Harry Kane or Diego Costa … In the month 9 years ago he has made a strong impression when he became the player of the month in the Premier League – becoming the first Asian player to receive this honor.

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Which team is going to take part in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics?

Australia has excelled in overtaking its rivals on Uzbekistan, winning the last ticket of the Asian region to participate in this summer’s Olympics.

Unfortunately for Uzbekistan U23 – the champion of 2018 after defeating the teachers and coach Park Hang-seo, when breathless at a critical time. The idea that the Central Asian team knocked UAE to 5-1 in the quarterfinals will be a match for South Korea in the race to the title of champion. However, coach Drulovic proved exhausted suddenly collapsed at the stage of deciding to win tickets to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

In the semi-finals, U23 Saudi Arabia with an effective counter-attacking style played a “final blow” in the 87th minute, making Uzbekistan “disillusioned” with the championship. The bronze medal match is also very similar to the scenario in the semi-finals.

Uzbekistan dominated and constantly had chances to score but were ineffective. D’Agostino striker in an ecstatic ball situation tore the goalkeeper Nematov, setting up a 1-0 victory for Australia.

As such, U23 Australia, South Korea and Saudi Arabia are the representatives of Asian football. It is fair to judge that this is a fair and reasonable result.

Socceroos, Saudi Arabia and South Korea have shown the experience through many major tournaments. Plus host U23 Japan, Asia is the area with many teams competing in the Summer Olympics.

Meanwhile, Europe also identified four names to win tickets to this year’s Tokyo Olympics. These are France, Romania, Germany and Spain. In the U23 European finals, Spain won the victory over German with a score of 2-1, thereby winning the championship for the fifth time. The remaining two tickets belong to France and Romania after losing in the semi-finals.

The other four teams that qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualifiers are South Africa, Ivory Coast, Egypt and New Zealand.

The last four tickets belong to South America, ending the qualifier on February 9 and Concacaf. Currently, Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina, and Chile are the 4 dominant teams in South America. Meanwhile, the U23 Concacaf final will be played from March 20 to April 1.

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Top 5 best Asian players to play in Europe (Part 1)

1. Hitoshi Nakata

He is a legend of Korean football playing the most successful in Europe during the transition period between ancient football and modern football. He was the first Asian player to win the Scuetto and the Italian Cup in As Roma, he was the player who scored 2 goals against Juventus to help Roma win the Seria championship that year.

He was the player who won the “Asian Golden Ball” award for two consecutive years, 1997 and 1998. He is one of two Asian players named in FiFa’s Top 100 list.

2. Park J sung

Pank was perhaps the most successful Asian player in Europe, the Korean player known to the fans during the 2002 World Cup in Korea and Japan, in that year’s tournament. Park played very impressively and helped Korea reach the 4th position. He then went to PSV Eindhoven and played very impressed by helping this team win the Dutch national championship in 2004/2005. He also composed PSV fans to create a song for himself.

If PSV is the place to nurture Park, give him his first experience playing in Europe, then Manchester United with the guidance of Sir Alex Ferguson is the place where his career development has reached the peak when he has Get all the honorable titles from domestic to continental club. He is a rarity for an Asian player to get this.

In Sir Alex’s squad, Pank is a strategic weapon, a “strange wind from the East” in each specific match. This is because Sir Alex recognizes his strong points about hard work, full fitness, and availability at every hot spot on the pitch. He plays mainly as a central midfielder but when needed he can play as a striker and become a virtual striker at any time. Along with MU he has 15 titles big and small in 7 football seasons sticking. Including up to 4 Premier League titles along with 1 championship Champions League prestigious. In the 2010/2011 season, he was the first Asian player to officially play in a Champions League final, even though that match of MU lost 1-3 to the mighty Barcelona.