Asano training with VfB Stuttgart in 2016
|Full name||Takuma Asano|
|Date of birth||10 November 1994|
|Place of birth||Komono, Japan|
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|2010–2013||Yokkaichi Chuo Technical|
|2014–2015||→ J.League U-22 (loan)||3||(0)|
|2016–2018||→ VfB Stuttgart (loan)||41||(5)|
|2018||→ VfB Stuttgart II (loan)||2||(1)|
|2018–2019||→ Hannover 96 (loan)||13||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 November 2019|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18 October 2019
- 1 Club career
- 2 International career
- 3 Statistics
- 4 Honours
- 5 References
- 6 External links
After attending the Yokkaichi Chuo Technical High School, Asano joined Sanfrecce Hiroshima at the age of 18 in January 2013. He went on to win the J1 League in his debut season, making one appearance in the process.
Asano went on to win the Japanese Super Cup in 2014, while starting to break into the squad for the J1 League. He helped the side lift the league title for a second time in 2015, this time adding nine goals in 34 appearances. Due to his performances, Asano was named the J1 League Rookie of the Year.
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On 3 July 2016, Asano was announced as Arsenal's second signing of the season, subject to a medical and international clearance. Manager Arsène Wenger described him as "a talented young striker and very much one for the future". However, Asano was refused a work permit to play in the Premier League.
Loan to VfB Stuttgart
On 26 August 2016, Asano was loaned out to VfB Stuttgart until the end of the season with an option for a further year. He made his debut in a 2–1 home loss to 1. FC Heidenheim two weeks later. On 9 April 2017, Asano scored a brace to give his side a 2–0 win over Karlsruher SC. He helped the team win the Zweite Bundesliga and take promotion to the top flight.
Loan to Hannover 96
On 1 August 2019, Asano completed his move to Serbian club Partizan for a £1 million transfer fee. He signed a three-year contract and was given the number 11 shirt, while becoming the first Japanese player in club history.
At youth level, Asano won a gold medal at the 2016 AFC U-23 Championship, scoring a brace against South Korea to give his side a 3–2 win in the final. He also represented Japan at the 2016 Summer Olympics, netting two goals in the tournament, as the team exited in the group stage.
On 7 May 2015, Asano was invited by Japan manager Vahid Halilhodžić for a two-day training camp. He was subsequently called up to the team for the upcoming 2015 EAFF East Asian Cup. Asano scored his first goal for Samurai Blue in a 7–2 win over Bulgaria at the 2016 Kirin Cup.
In March 2018, Halilhodžić left out Asano and Yosuke Ideguchi for friendly matches with Mali and Ukraine in preparations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup due to lack of playing time at club level, commenting, "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". In May, Asano was named in Japan's preliminary squad for the World Cup, but failed to make the final cut.
- As of 10 November 2019
|Club||Season||League||National Cup||League Cup||Continental||Other||Total|
|J.League U-22 (loan)||2014||2||0||—||—||—||—||2||0|
|VfB Stuttgart (loan)||2016–17||26||4||1||0||—||—||—||27||4|
|VfB Stuttgart II (loan)||2017–18||2||1||—||—||—||—||2||1|
|Hannover 96 (loan)||2018–19||13||0||2||1||—||—||—||15||1|
- As of 10 November 2019
- Scores and results list Japan's goal tally first.
|1||3 June 2016||Toyota Stadium, Toyota, Japan||Bulgaria||7–2||7–2||2016 Kirin Cup|
|2||6 September 2016||Rajamangala Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand||Thailand||2–0||2–0||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|3||31 August 2017||Saitama Stadium 2002, Saitama, Japan||Australia||1–0||2–0||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|4||15 October 2019||Pamir Stadium, Dushanbe, Tajikistan||Tajikistan||3–0||3–0||2022 FIFA World Cup qualification|
- Sanfrecce Hiroshima
- VfB Stuttgart
- "Arsenal agree deal for Japan forward". arsenal.com. 3 July 2016. Retrieved 3 July 2016.
- "Arsenal to sign Takuma Asano from Japan's Sanfrecce Hiroshima". skysports.com. 3 July 2016. Retrieved 3 July 2016.
- "Arsenal sign Japanese striker Takuma Asano from Sanfrecce Hiroshima". theguardian.com. 3 July 2016. Retrieved 3 July 2016.
- "New Arsenal signing Asano refused work permit". goal.com. 21 August 2016. Retrieved 18 October 2019.
- "Takuma Asano kommt von Arsenal". vfb.de. 26 August 2016. Retrieved 26 August 2016.
- "Asano's loan at Stuttgart is extended". arsenal.com. 22 June 2017. Retrieved 22 June 2017.
- "Asano to join Hannover 96 on loan". arsenal.com. 23 May 2018. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
- "Arsenal flog flop Takuma Asano to Partizan Belgrade for £1m after three years and ZERO minutes played". thesun.co.uk. 1 August 2019. Retrieved 3 August 2019.
- "ASANO, KUVAR I SARADNICI: Prvi Japanac u istoriji Partizana stigao sa brojnom ekipom" (in Serbian). novosti.rs. 3 August 2019. Retrieved 3 August 2019.
- "Partizan (SRB) 3-1 Yeni Malatyaspor (TUR)". uefa.com. 8 August 2019. Retrieved 8 August 2019.
- "Asano's Japan knocked out of Rio 2016". dailycannon.com. 11 August 2016. Retrieved 18 October 2019.
- "大久保嘉人ら28人日本代表候補合宿メンバー／一覧" (in Japanese). nikkansports.com. 7 May 2015. Retrieved 7 May 2015.
- "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" (in Japanese). jfa.jp. 23 July 2015. Retrieved 25 July 2015.
- "Japan 7 Bulgaria 2: Kagawa at the double in dominant win". yahoo.com. 3 June 2016. Retrieved 18 October 2019.
- "Halilhodzic reveals roster for upcoming friendlies". japantimes.co.jp. 15 March 2018. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
- "Asano cut from Japan World Cup squad despite making preliminary list of 27". dailycannon.com. 31 May 2018. Retrieved 18 October 2019.
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