How many Japanese players played in Spain in professional category? Until not long ago, Japan Soccer, we did not know much else besides in the Japanese country one of the cartoon series that marked the childhood of generations created, known as Champions, Supercampeones or a street name of our times, Oliver and Benji. But nevertheless, since the end of the decade of the 90 the last century, They have been a few Japanese players who have stepped on the pitch Spanish. In Colgados remember them.
In the summer of 1996 the legendary Logroñés returned to the First Division. In full madness “Ley Bosman” La Rioja had thrown the European market to strengthen its workforce in order to maintain the category. But nevertheless, He was set in this Japanese player who was on the lower Lazio to play in the old Gaunas. But nevertheless, to occupy extra space, He never got to make debut not even be registered with the team riojano so eventually ended up leaving the club unable to play in the league.
Sotaro Yasunaga played in the Spanish second division at the end of the twentieth century after first strengthening the ranks of Lleida and then a Racing de Ferrol was characterized for a while to put together a veritable Tower of Babel of nationalities.
The twentieth century brought a new player Japanese to Spanish football but this time whether to play in First Division. Real Valladolid, He announced that it was made with the signing of Shoji Jo to play the first League of the new millennium. Juice 15 games and scored 2 goals, both at Real Oviedo. But nevertheless, serious injury slowed his way into the Spanish football.
Espanyol Barcelona signed this Japanese player to make it one of their forwards. But nevertheless, the Japanese will never burst through the eye then-coach parakeet, Paco Flores who even stated that the Japanese had no level to play in First. Four games and low at the end of that season.
Mallorca took the Japanese player in the transfer market this season 2004/05. He completed a second round which made the Mallorca took control services in property. He played another season where he went on to complete 25 games with a somewhat uneven performance.
Kenji Fukuda was a Japanese player who made much of his career in Latin countries. He played in the Mexican Pachuca and Irapuato well at the Guarani of Paraguay. In Spain did three teams from 2006, in Castellón, Numancia and Las Palmas. All an adventurer.
Espanyol were encouraged to repeat the experience of hiring a Japanese even though the other had left her frog. This time, they went straight for a more contrasted as Nakamura who already had experience in Europe. It came as reinforcing media but contributed nothing. twelve parties, zero goals and low at the end of the season 2009/10.
Mallorca as Espanyol, also he encouraged to repeat with a Japanese footballer. In the winter of 2011, He decided to sign known as Akihiro Ienaga “Who”. It was from 2011 until 2013 in the rows of the Balearic.
The Japanese giant Dutch father, with almost two meters tall and slightly oriental features, He signed by the Cordoba in summer 2014 in the season it was the turn of the Andalusian team to the First Division after many decades. He started headline but I just lost the position ceding the position to Nabil Ghilas.
Japanese striker eared 1,97 meters high played in several Spanish teams. Specifically in Girona, Zaragoza B, Sabadell, Sevilla Atletico and Valencia Mestalla. A long career in Spanish football youth ranks but not endorsed in the top flight.
Eibar hit full in the recruitment of Japanese Inui in summer 2015. The skilled and talented end of Eibar was uncovered as a quality player and materialized a good season in his debut in the Spanish football. Then he went through the Betis and Alaves in one season and return to Eibar after a year out in 2019. Today, best Japanese players who played in Spain.
In the summer of 2016 Sevilla was the one who decided to sign a Japanese player. The team decided to pay Nervion 6,5 million euros to Hannover 96 to clinch the second Japanese in its history after Hiroshi. It did not work out and left in the winter of 2017 for a few personal problems that prevented him from adapting.
At the end of World Club 2016 a surprising Kashima Antlers, He had an entire Real Madrid to extra time. In the modest Japanese team he highlighted a player who a month later would land in Spanish football hand Tenerife. Gaku Shibasaki showed his talent in the league 1,2,3 in half a year to make the leap to the Spanish Primera Division Getafe hand and then signing for Deportivo La Coruna.
Leeds United signed in the winter market 2018 this promising international Japanese player to then transfer it to the Cultural Leonesa of Laliga 123 by midseason. It did not make much of interest.
Definitely a signing of these so-called 'random'. A top player with a very high salary until then, which surprisingly he signed in 2019 for Real Zaragoza who was in second with a fairly tight economic conditions. The Japanese changed a whole Borussia Dortmund play in the second category of Spanish football in the less movement, surprising considering that Manchester United had paid for the less important number one a few years earlier.
Another signing Kagawa style, in the same summer and in the same category but in this case by the Malaga signed a whole champion of the Premier in 2016 with that surprising Leicester who managed to surprise the entire football world.