|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)|
|2018–2019||→ Hannover 96 (loan)||13||(0)|
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 14 May 2022|
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 14 June 2022
Takuma Asano (Japanese: 浅野 拓磨, romanized: Asano Takuma; born 10 November 1994) is a Japanese professional footballer, who plays as a forward for Bundesliga club VfL Bochum and the Japan national team.
After attending 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.
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 2. Bundesliga and take promotion to the top flight.
Loan to Hannover 96
On 1 August 2019, Asano completed his move to Serbian club Partizan. He signed a three-year contract and was given the number 11 shirt, while becoming the first Japanese player in club history.
Having scored 18 goals in 33 league matches for Partizan in the ongoing championship, Asano announced on 2 May 2021 that he had rescinded his contract with the club.
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, manager Vahid Halilhodžić left out Asano and Yosuke Ideguchi for friendly matches with Mali and Ukraine in preparations for the 2018 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 match played 14 May 2022
|Club||Season||League||National Cup||League Cup||Continental||Other||Total|
|Sanfrecce Hiroshima||2013||J1 League||1||0||5||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||6||0|
|J.League U-22 (loan)||2014||J3 League||2||0||—||—||—||—||2||0|
|VfB Stuttgart (loan)||2016–17||2. Bundesliga||26||4||1||0||—||—||—||27||4|
|VfB Stuttgart II (loan)||2017–18||Regionalliga Südwest||2||1||—||—||—||—||2||1|
|Hannover 96 (loan)||2018–19||Bundesliga||13||0||2||1||—||—||—||15||1|
- As of match played 14 June 2022
- Scores and results list Japan's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Asano goal.
|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|
|4||15 October 2019||Pamir Stadium, Dushanbe, Tajikistan||Tajikistan||3–0||3–0||2022 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|5||30 March 2021||Fukuda Denshi Arena, Chiba, Japan||Mongolia||12–0||14–0|
|6||15 June 2021||Panasonic Stadium Suita, Suita, Japan||Kyrgyzstan||5–1||5–1|
|7||2 June 2022||Sapporo Dome, Sapporo, Japan||Paraguay||1–0||4–1||2022 Kirin Challenge Cup|
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- Takuma Asano at Soccerway
- Takuma Asano at WorldFootball.net