Plethora of South Koreans and Japanese in Bundesliga pushing for World Cup

13 German Bundesliga players from two of Asia’s strongest nations, South Korea and Japan, will be pushing for selection at the 2014 World Cup.

13 German Bundesliga players from two of Asia’s strongest nations, South Korea and Japan, will be pushing for selection at the 2014 World Cup.

In the Taeguk Warriors camp, expect Bayer Leverkusen ace Son Heung-min to be a certain starter in Hong Myung-bo’s line-up while FSV Mainz new boy Koo Ja-cheol could feature in midfield while his die Nullfunfer teammate Park Joo-ho will be pushing for a starting berth in defence.

Also on Hong’s radar will be FC Augsburg pair Ji Dong-won (who will join Borussia Dortmund at season’s end) and Hong Jeong-ho making it five from the Bundesliga who will be hoping to compete in Group H against Belgium, Algeria and Russia.

For the Blue Samurai, FC Nurnberg midfielder Makoto Hasebe is returning from a knee injury but should be at prime fitness to captain Alberto Zaccheroni’s men.

Potentially joining him in the middle of the park will be Der Club teammate Hiroshi Kiyotake , while Mainz ace Shinji Okazaki is highly likely to figure prominently.

Schalke full-back Atusto Uchida is almost certain to be selected while chances also go to Takashi Inui from Eintracht Frankfurt, Hertha Berlin’s Hajime Hosogai, Hannover’s Hiroki Sakai and VfB Stuttgart’s Gotoku Sakai making it a group of eight Japanese from Germany’s top flight who could make the trip to Brazil later this year to take on Colombia, Greece and Ivory Coast in Group C.

 
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