Bundesliga welcomes more Asian players compared to other top 4 European leagues

Bundesliga

06 May 2019: Frankfurt, Germany: Asian players in Germany also accumulate more appearances and goals than all other top four European leagues combined. The Bundesliga has this week released data which confirms Germany as the home for Asian talent in Europe, reinforcing the country’s strong footballing connections to the region.

Data collected by Opta Sports shows that from July 1998, the Bundesliga has welcomed 64 players who have played 3,926 matches and scored 427 goals. In terms of Asian appearances and goals, the Bundesliga outperforms the English Premier League, Serie A, La Liga and Ligue 1 combined.

Since 1998, players representing the vast geographic regions of Asia, including South-East Asia (Cambodia, Philippines), Central Asia (Tajikistan), Western Asia (Iran, Lebanon), as well as East Asia (China, Japan, North and South Korea), have all made Germany their home. These include some of Asia’s biggest stars, such as AFC Asian International Player of the Year 2018 and former Japan captain Makoto Hasebe, former Korea captain Ja-Cheol Koo and Chinese legend Shao Jiayi.

In the last two decades, of the players that made the most appearances in top European leagues, the top four out of five Asian players – Makoto Hasebe, Mehdi Mahdavikia, Vahid Hashemian, Ja-Cheol Koo, made those in the Bundesliga. The quartet made almost 1,000 appearances between them, with Hasebe (Eintracht Frankfurt) and Koo (FC Augsburg) adding to this each week as they continue their careers in Germany.

Speaking about this, Bundesliga International CEO Robert Klein said: “The Bundesliga has earned a reputation of being a truly global league, but we’re particularly proud of our strong Asian connections. We look forward to welcoming many more Asian stars over the coming years as we continue to build on our strong relationship with Asian football and its fans.”

He continued: “Many Asian players come to Germany attracted by the league’s pure, authentic football – football as It’s meant to be. They’ve played an important part in our league’s success, both on the field and by engaging with millions of fans across the continent.”

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[PHOTOS] Philippines vs Japan: Eduard Folayang, Shinya Aoki fight at ‘ONE: A New Era’ in Tokyo

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The Philippines and Japan were among the 19 countries represented at “ONE: A New Era” at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan on March 31, 2019. It was the first ever ONE Championship event to take place in the country.

“ONE: A New Era” featured 11 mixed martial arts bouts and four ONE Super Series matches, which include two kickboxing contests and two Muay Thai contests. In the main event, Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki, 35, of Japan challenged reigning ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard “Landslide” Folayang, 35, of the Philippines in a rematch.

Aoki was one of the six fighters from Japan on the “ONE: A New Era” card. Folayang was one of the three fighters from the Philippines.

Blue Corner

Aoki is training out of Evolve MMA. “ONE: A New Era” marked his 12th ONE Championship bout.

Red Corner

Folayang is training out of Team Lakay in Baguio City, Philippines. “ONE: A New Era” marked her 16th ONE Championship bout.

Fight Result

Olivier Coste served as the referee of the rematch between Folayang and Aoki. The three judges were Jonathan Lai and Ian Cartwright, both from Canada, and Joey Lepiten from the Philippines.

Coste put a stop to the contest after 2 minutes and 34 seconds in the first round. Aoki submitted Folayang via arm triangle.

Winning at “ONE: A New Era” improved Aoki’s professional MMA record to 43 wins and 8 losses. On the other hand, Folayang now has 21 wins and 7 losses.

“ONE: A New Era” Co-Main Events 

In the first co-main event, Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes, 39, of Brazil became the new ONE Bantamweight World Champion. Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon, 31, of the Philippines was dethroned after his disqualification in the second round due to illegal elbow strikes.

In the second co-main event, Ken Hasegawa, 32, of Japan challenged “The Burmese Python” Aung La N Sang, 33, of Myanmar in a rematch. The Burmese champion successfully defended his  ONE Middleweight World Championship belt.

In the third co-main event, reigning ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion “The Unstoppable” Angela Lee, 22, of Singapore failed to dethrone reigning “The Panda” Xiong Jing Nan, 31, of China. It was the Singaporean contender’s first loss.

Australia, Cyprus, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Russia, South Korea, Thailand and the United States were also represented at “ONE: A New Era.” Check all the official results on Conan Daily.

[PHOTOS] China vs Singapore: Xiong Jing Nan, Angela Lee fight at ‘ONE: A New Era’ in Tokyo, Japan

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China and Singapore were among the 19 countries represented at “ONE: A New Era” at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan on March 31, 2019. It was the first ever ONE Championship event to take place in the country.

“ONE: A New Era” featured 11 mixed martial arts bouts and four ONE Super Series matches, which include two kickboxing contests and two Muay Thai contests. Prior to the main event, there were three co-main events, which were all title bouts.

In the third co-main event, reigning ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion “The Unstoppable” Angela Lee, 22, of Singapore challenged reigning ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion “The Panda” Xiong Jing Nan, 31, of China at “ONE: A New Era.” It was the first time two female champions are pitted against each other inside the ONE Championship cage.

Xiong was the only fighter from China on the “ONE: A New Era” card. Lee solely represented Singapore, as well.

Blue Corner

Lee is training out of Evolve MMA and United MMA. “ONE: A New Era” marked her 10th ONE Championship bout.

Red Corner

Xiong is training out of and Bali MMA in Bali, Indonesia. “ONE: A New Era” marked her fifth ONE Championship bout.

Fight Result

The ONE Women’s Atomweight World Championship bout between Xiong and Lee was the 14th bout of the evening. Kemp Cheng served as the referee.

Cheng put a stop to the contest after 1 minute and 37 seconds. Xiong knocked out Lee making the Chinese champion the first ever fighter to defeat the Singaporean MMA star in a professional MMA bout.

Winning at “ONE: A New Era” improved the professional MMA record of Xiong to 14 wins and 1 loss. On the other hand, Lee now has 9 wins and 1 loss.

“ONE: A New Era” Main Event 

In the main event, Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki, 35, of Japan challenged reigning ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard “Landslide” Folayang, 35, of the Philippines in a rematch.

[RESULT TO BE ADDED HERE]

Australia, Brazil, Cyprus, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Russia, South Korea, Thailand and the United States were also represented at “ONE: A New Era.” Check all the official results on Conan Daily.

[PHOTOS] Indonesia vs USA: Anthony Engelen, Garry Tonon fight at ‘ONE: A New Era’ in Tokyo, Japan

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Indonesia and the United States were among the 19 countries represented at “ONE: A New Era” at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan on March 31, 2019. It was the first ever ONE Championship event to take place in the country.

“ONE: A New Era” featured 11 mixed martial arts bouts and four ONE Super Series matches, which include two kickboxing contests and two Muay Thai contests. In the third bout of the evening, Anthony “The Archangel” Engelen, 33, of Indonesia faced Garry “The Lion Killer” Tonon, 27, of the United States.

Tonon was one of the three fighters from the U.S. on the “ONE: A New Era” card. Engelen solely represented Indonesia.

Blue Corner

Training out of Indogym in Kebayoran Baru, Jakarta, Indonesia, Engelen is a former Indonesia Fighting Championships Lightweight Champion. He was born in Ermelo, Gelderland, Netherlands to his Indonesian father Roland Engelen and Dutch mother Inky Engelen.

In Anthony’s previous ONE Championship bouts, he represented both Indonesia and the Netherlands. He represented only Indonesia at “ONE: A New Era,” which marked his ninth outing in the promotion.

Red Corner

Born in Lacey Township, New Jersey, USA, Tonon is training out of Team Renzo Gracie and Evolve MMA. He competed in wrestling in grade school and went on to become a multiple-time No Gi BJJ World Champion.

“ONE: A New Era” marked Tonon’s fifth ONE Championship bout and fourth professional MMA bout. When he made his promotional debut at “ONE Dynasty of Heroes” at Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore on May 26, 2017, he defeated Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki, 35, of Japan in a grappling bout.

Fight Result

Engelen and Tonon competed in an MMA match in the featherweight division. Yoshinori Umeki served as the referee.

Umeki put a stop to the featherweight contest after 4 minutes and 12 seconds in the first round when Tonon knocked out Engelen. It was the first technical knockout of the evening.

Winning at “ONE: A New Era” makes Tonon still an undefeated MMA fighter and now holds a professional MMA record of 4 wins and 0 loss. On the other hand, Engelen now has 8 wins and 6 losses.

“ONE: A New Era” Main Event 

In the main event, Aoki challenged reigning ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard “Landslide” Folayang, 35, of the Philippines in a rematch.

[RESULT TO BE ADDED HERE]

Australia, Brazil, China, Cyprus, France, India, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand were also represented at “ONE: A New Era.” Check all the official results on Conan Daily.