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Current Asian footballers in the main European leagues.

China
Top tier;
MF - Hao Junmin (24) - Schalke (Germany)
FW - Dong Fangzhuo (26) - Portimonense (Portugal)
FW - Wang Gang (21) - Beira Mar (Portugal)
FW - Zhang Chengdong (22) - Leiria (Portugal)
FW - Wang Yang (21) - Cercle Brugge (Belgium)
2nd tier;
MF - Shao Jiayi (30) - Cottbus (Germany)
DF - Yi Teng (20) - Metz (France)

Iran
Top tier;
MF - Nekounam (30) - Osasuna (Spain)
MF - Shojaei (26) - Osasuna (Spain)

Iraq
Top tier;
DF - Bassim Abbas (28) - Konyaspor (Turkey)

Japan
Top tier;
MF - Ienaga (24) - Mallroca (Spain)
DF - Nagatomo (24) - Cesena (Italy)
FW - Morimoto (22) - Catania (Italy)
MF - Kagawa (21) - Dortmund (Germany)
DF - Uchida (22) - Schalke 04 (Germany)
FW - Okazaki (24) - Stuttgart (Germany)
MF - Hasebe (26) - Wolfsburg (Germany)
DF - Makino (23) - Koln (Germany)
FW - Yano (26) - Friburg (Germany)
MF - Honda (24) - CSKA Moscow (Russia)
MF - Matsui (29) - Tomsk (Russia)
FW - Maki (31) - Amkur (Russia)
FW - Miyaichi (18) - Feynoord (Netherlands) on loan from Arsenal
MF - Yasuda (23) - Vittese (Netherlands)
DF - Yoshida (22) - VVV Venlo (Netherlands)
FW - Cullen (25) - VVV Venlo (Netherlands)
FW - Sakata (29) - Aris (Greece)
GK - Kawashima (27) - Lierse (Belgium)
2nd tier;
MF - Abe (29) - Leicester City (England)
MF - Hosogai (24) - Augsburg (Germany) on loan from Leverkusen
MF - Soma (29) - Cottbus (Germany)

Lebanon
Top tier;
DF - Mohamad (30) - Koln (Germany)

North Korea
2nd tier;
FW - Jong Tae-Se (26) - Bochum (Germany)

Oman
Top tier;
GK - Al-Habsi (29) - Wigan (England) on loan from Bolton

South Korea
Top tier;
MF - Park Ji-Sung (29) - Manchester United (England)
MF - Lee Chung-Yong (22) - Bolton (England)
MF - Koo Ja-Cheol (21) - Wolfsburg (Germany)
FW - Son Heung-Min (18) - Hamburg (Germany)
MF - Nam Tae-Hee (19) - Valenciennes (France)
FW - Jung Jo-Gook (26) - Auxerre (France)
FW - Park Chu-Young (25) - Monaco (France)
MF - Kim Nam-Il (33) - Tomsk (Russia)
FW - Suk Hyun-Jun (19) - Ajax (Netherlands)
DF - Cha Du-Ri (30) - Celtic (Scotland)
MF - Ki Sung-Yong (22) - Celtic (Scotland)
2nd tier;
MF - Song Jin-Hyung (23) - Tours FC (France)
FW - Lee Yong-Jae (19) - Nantes (France)

Uzbekistan
Top tier;
FW - Shatskikh (32) - Arsenal Kyiv (Ukraine)
DF - Denisov (23) - Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk (Ukraine)
 

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North Korea also have

Hong Yong-jo (Rostov) [Russian top tier]

Cha Jong-hyok & Kim Kuk-jin (FC Wil) [Swiss 2nd tier]
 

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Also, Bahrain have
Jaycee John (Eskisehirspor - Turkish top tier)
Abdullah Omar (Neuchatel Xamax - Swiss top tier)

Uzbekistan:
Aziz Ibrahimov (Bohemians - Czech top tier)
Sanjar Tursunov (Volga Nizhniy Novgorod - Russian top tier)
Marat Bikmoyev (Alaniya Vladikavkaz - Russian 2nd tier)
Vagiz Galiullin (Sibir Novosibirsk - Russian 2nd tier)
Nikolai Markov (Krasnodar - Russian top tier)
Andrei Akopyants (Nizhniy Novgorod - Russian 2nd tier)
Ayubkhan Gapparov (Rubin Kazan - Russian top tier)
Davron Mirzaev (Khimki - Russian 2nd tier)
Vladimir Shishelov (Zhemchuzhina Sochi - Russian 2nd tier)
 

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Iran

Javad Nekounam (Osasuna - Spanish 1st tier)
Masoud Shojaei (Osasuna - Spanish 1st tier)
Ali Karimi (Schalke - German 1st tier)
Ashkan Dejagah (Wolfsburg - German 1st tier)
Shervin Radjabali-Fardi (Alemannia Aachen - German 2nd tier on loan from Hertha)
Agil Etemadi (Veendam - Dutch 2nd tier)
Reza Ghoochannejhad (SC Cambur - Dutch 2nd tier)

Some more Iranians playing in Scandinavian, German leagues and other European leagues but none of them worth noting
 

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The latter 4 aren't Iranian internationals yet. Where's Ferydoun Zandi these days? He was a German who later represented Iran, I remember.
 

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One to add: Ali Karimi to Schalke :D
 

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The latter 4 aren't Iranian internationals yet. Where's Ferydoun Zandi these days? He was a German who later represented Iran, I remember.
Zandi is in Iran at Steel Azin. Dejagah should be representing Iran this year, however it is still up in the air. The other 3 currently not good enough or not ready, just thought I would list them. Another German born player has represented Iran in Shapourzadeh, he is playing in Iran currently.

One to add: Ali Karimi to Schalke :D
Didn't see that coming.
 

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How much will he play?

Is Chivu still playing at LB for them?
 

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I can also see a European club making a move for Ji Dong-Won next summer. Very talented 19 year old striker, he's capable of physically competing in the European leagues as well.
 

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Yeah, Ji Dong-won looks like the complete package: tall, good technique, and has a really good vertical leap as well..

Will be interesting to see in what position Koo Ja-cheol plays for Wolfsburg. He has such a good composure for someone who originally was a DM.
 

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Sorry to learn about Lee @ Bolton breaking his leg.

Was looking forward to seeing him, Reo-Coker and Holden playing together for Bolton this forthcoming 2011-2012 season in the English Premiership League

What with Holden also out through injury at the moment I guess I am in for an even longer wait than I originally anticipated.

If you are reading this Lee, I'm waiting on you, so, get well soon!
 

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Lee Chung-Yong breaks leg: Out for nine months

31/07/2011 03:02:00

LONDON, - (AFP) - South Korea midfielder Lee Chung-Yong will be out of action for nine months after breaking his leg in a pre-season friendly playing for English Premier League side Bolton.*

The 23-year-old international had to be stretchered off during the first half of the game against Newport County.

It was later confirmed that he had undergone a successful operation to repair a double fracture of his lower right leg.

"We will make sure Lee gets all the support he needs," Bolton boss Owen Coyle told the club website.

"Now it is all about his recovery and his well-being, that is the most important thing. The operation went well and we would like to pass on our thanks to the medical staff involved."

Lee was left in agony following a challenge from Newport midfielder Tom Miller and, after several minutes' treatment from paramedics, he was carried from the pitch with his right leg strapped in a brace.

Lee, who joined Bolton from FC Seoul in the summer of 2009, has become a key figure for the team, winning the club's Player of the Year award in 2010.

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http://ascology.com/news/sports/football/17927-Lee-Chung-Yong-breaks-leg-Out-for-nine-months.html
 
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