Shinji Kagawa – Everything you need to know about him

by Sam Peoples

Shinji Kagawa of Borussia Dortmund (photo from Getty Images)

Shinji Kagawa, the 23-year-old Winger/Attacking Midfielder who has had two great seasons with Bundesliga Champions, Borussia Dortmund. He made the headline in this country when he stalled on a new contract with Dortmund, announcing that he wants to play in the Premier League. He has been linked to Manchester United in recent weeks, also to Arsenal. It was reported that Kagawa met with Manchester United earlier this week, before he flew to Japan to play in the international fixtures they have. His future is very much up in the air at the moment but it will all be announced in due course I reckon.

Kagawa has only played in the Bundesliga for two seasons, after transferring from Cereza Osaka in Japan, where he had played since 2006. In his two seasons with Borussia Dortmund he has won and retained the Bundesliga and also won the DFB-Pokal. Here are some of Kagawa’s stats whilst he has been a Borussia Dortmund.

COMPETITION

APPEARANCES

GOALS

ASSISTS

BUNDESLIGA

49

21

10

DFB-POKAL

7

3

1

EUROPE

12

3

0

 

68

27

11

Kagawa played for nearly four seasons in Japan before going to the Bundesliga. He played for Cerezo Osaka who are in the J League Division 1, where he made 125 appearances and scored 55 goals.  He also plays for the Japan national team, before that he played for Japan in the youth system at three different age groups. Japan U19 from 2006-2008 making four appearances and scoring no goals, then in 2007 he played for Japan U20 twice, scoring no goals. In 2008 he represented Japan U23 three times, scoring no goals. In the same year he was called up by the Japan senior team, where to date he has made 29 appearances, scoring nine goals.

Shinji Kagawa with the Bundesliga 2011/12 (photo from Bild.de)

Individually Kagawa has won quite a bit more than any other 23-year-old player. Here is a table of his achievements to date.

CLUB HONOURS

BORUSSIA DORTMUND BUNDESLIGA: 2010/11 & 2011/12 (2)
DFB-POKAL 2011/12 (1)
JAPAN AFC ASIAN CUP 2011

INDIVIDUAL HONOURS

J LEAGUE DIVISION 1 TOP SCORER: 2009 (1)

INCLUDED IN BEST BUNDESLIGA ELEVEN IN 2010/11 BY KICKER MAGAZINE (1)

Kagawa will now be in Japan until mid June as they have some FIFA World Cup 2014 qualifiers to get through, so it will be quite a long wait before we find out his future, but legally he cannot be signed by a club in England until July 1st.

In the meantime here is a video of Shinji Kagawa and how he is as a player.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUYuNIpygdc]

By Paul Bienkowski

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