Monday, April 30, 2012

John Duerden: Kagawa the Toast of Asia

Germany has great beer but Japan is not far behind with Sapporo, Asahi and Kirin all crisp and cool. Just like Shinji Kagawa who last weekend was able to enjoy the huge tankards of ale on the pitch as he celebrated a second successive title with Borussia Dortmund. When served with a league winner's medal, any beer in the world would taste great. Among fans of the German champions however, there is a growing fear that the Japanese international is about to drain his glass, say "cheers" and head to a new party (that's enough - ed). After just two seasons in the Bundesliga, Kagawa has established himself as one of the league's top players. That is some achievement for a 23 year-old who arrived from Cerezo Osaka in the summer of 2010 unknown to European fans and most Asians after just a dozen games in the top tier of the J-league. Japanese fans knew though.

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