Takuma Asano

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Takuma Asano
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Asano training with VfB Stuttgart in 2016
Personal information
Full name Takuma Asano
Date of birth (1994-11-10) 10 November 1994 (age 24)
Place of birth Komono, Mie, Japan
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Hannover 96
(on loan from Arsenal)
Number 11
Youth career
2010–2012 Mie Prefectural Yokkaichi
Central Technical High School
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2016 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 58 (12)
2014–2015J. League U-22 (loan) 3 (0)
2016– Arsenal 0 (0)
2016–2018VfB Stuttgart (loan) 41 (5)
2017VfB Stuttgart II (loan) 2 (1)
2018–Hannover 96 (loan) 6 (0)
National team
2015– Japan U23 18 (6)
2015– Japan 17 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:43, 9 December 2018 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 November 2017

Takuma Asano (Japanese: 浅野 拓磨 Asano Takuma; born 10 November 1994) is a Japanese professional footballer who plays for Hannover 96 of the Bundesliga, on loan from Premier League club Arsenal, and for the Japan national team.

Club career[edit]

Sanfrecce Hiroshima[edit]

Asano joined Sanfrecce Hiroshima at the age of 18 in January 2013, and went on to win the J1 League in his inaugural season while making just one league appearance. The forward concluded his first year at the club by also lifting the Japanese Super Cup for the first time.

He went on to win the cup once again in 2014 and 2015, while starting to break into the squad for the J1 League. He helped his side lift the J1 League for a second time in 2015, this time adding nine goals in 34 appearances. He was also named as the J-League's 'Rookie of the Year'.[1]

Arsenal[edit]

On 3 July 2016, Asano was announced as Arsenal's second signing of the season, subject to a medical and international clearance.[2] Manager Arsene Wenger described him as "a talented young striker and very much one for the future".[3] However, Asano was refused a work permit to play in the Premier League.[4]

Loan to VfB Stuttgart[edit]

On 26 August 2016, Asano was loaned out to VfB Stuttgart until the end of the season with an option for a further year.[5] On 9 April 2017, Asano scored a brace in VfB Stuttgart's 2-0 derby win over Karlsruher SC to take his team to the top of the 2. Bundesliga table.[6]

On 22 June 2017, the loan deal with Stuttgart was extended for another season.[7]

Loan to Hannover 96[edit]

On 23 May 2018, Asano was loaned out again to another Bundesliga team for the season, Hannover 96.[8]

International career[edit]

On 7 May 2015, Japan's coach Vahid Halilhodžić called him for a two-days training camp.[9] On 23 July 2015, he was called again for the upcoming 2015 EAFF East Asian Cup.[10] Asano scored his first goal on 3 June 2016 in the 2016 Kirin Cup in a 7–2 win against Bulgaria.[11] Asano represented the under-23 side at the 2016 Summer Olympics, where Japan was eliminated in the group stage.

On 15 March 2018, Vahid Halilhodzic surprisingly left out Asano and Yosuke Ideguchi for the Japan squad for friendly matches with Mali and Ukraine in preparation for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, with Halilhodzic describing Asano & Ideguchi's lack of regular game time, he proclaimed It makes me sad that Asano and Ideguchi are not playing, They were the heroes of our qualifying game against Australia. They haven’t been chosen this time, and if things continue the way they are, there is a chance that they won’t be chosen for the World Cup.”[12] In May 2018 he was named in Japan’s preliminary squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.[13] However, he did not make the final 23.[14]

Club statistics[edit]

As of match played 16 December 2017 [15]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sanfrecce Hiroshima 2013 J1 League 1 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
2014 11 0 0 0 2 0 6 0 1 1 20 1
2015 34 9 5 4 5 4 0 0 4 1 48 18
2016 14 4 0 0 0 0 4 3 1 1 19 8
Total 60 13 10 4 7 4 10 3 6 3 93 27
VfB Stuttgart (loan) 2016–17 2. Bundesliga 26 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 27 4
2017–18 Bundesliga 15 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 18 1
Total 41 5 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 45 5
Career totals 101 18 14 4 7 4 10 3 6 3 138 32

National team statistics[edit]

[16]

Japan national team
Year Apps Goals
2015 3 0
2016 7 2
2017 7 1
Total 17 3

National team goals[edit]

As of match played 31 August 2017. Japan score listed first, score column indicates score after each Asano goal.[17]
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 3 June 2016 Toyota Stadium, Toyota, Japan 4  Bulgaria 7–2 7–2 2016 Kirin Cup
2 6 September 2016 Rajamangala Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand 7  Thailand 2–0 2–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
3 31 August 2017 Saitama Stadium 2002, Saitama, Japan 12  Australia 1–0 2–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

Honours[edit]

Sanfrecce Hiroshima

Stuttgart

Japan U23

Individual

References[edit]

  1. ^ Group, Arsenal Media. "Arsenal agree deal for Japan forward". www.arsenal.com. Retrieved 3 July 2016.
  2. ^ Charles, Andy (3 July 2016). "Arsenal to sign Takuma Asano from Japan's Sanfrecce Hiroshima". Sky Sports.
  3. ^ "Arsenal sign Japanese striker Takuma Asano from Sanfrecce Hiroshima". The Guardian. 3 July 2016. Retrieved 3 July 2016.
  4. ^ "Asano loaned to Stuttgart". Arsenal FC. 26 August 2016. Retrieved 26 August 2016.
  5. ^ "Takuma Asano kommt von Arsenal". VfB Stuttgart. 26 August 2016. Retrieved 26 August 2016.
  6. ^ "VfB Stuttgart 2-0 Karlsruher SC". Vavel. 9 April 2017. Retrieved 9 April 2017.
  7. ^ "Asano's loan at Stuttgart is extended". www.arsenal.com.
  8. ^ "Asano to join Hannover 96 on loan". Arsenal F.C. 23 May 2018. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  9. ^ 大久保嘉人ら28人日本代表候補合宿メンバー/一覧. Nikkansports.com (7 May 2015). Retrieved on 2016-07-03.
  10. ^ EAFF東アジアカップ2015(8/2~9@中国/武漢) SAMURAI BLUE(日本代表)メンバー・スケジュール. Japan Football Association (23 July 2015)
  11. ^ "Japan 7 Bulgaria 2: Kagawa at the double in dominant win". Sportal. 3 June 2016. Retrieved 3 June 2016.
  12. ^ "Halilhodzic reveals roster for upcoming friendlies". Japan TImes. 15 March 2018. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
  13. ^ "World Cup 2018: All the confirmed squads for this summer's finals in Russia".
  14. ^ https://www.goal.com/en/amp/news/kento-misao-yosuke-ideguchi-takuma-asano-cut-japan-world-cup/1vx0o2pxmil9h1s2hb9k4emkec
  15. ^ Takuma Asano at Soccerway. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  16. ^ [ Japan National Football Team Database](in Japanese)
  17. ^ Takuma Asano at Soccerway

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