5 Future Asian Stars You've Never Heard of

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5 Future Asian Stars You've Never Heard of
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East Asian football is riding on the crest of a wave at present, with both Japan and South Korea progressing as footballing nations to the point where they will expect to progress from the Group Stage in Brazil next summer.

The latest Japan squad featured 10 players based in Europe, with only CSKA Moscow's Keisuke Honda and Standard Liege's Eiji Kawashima called from outside of what are widely considered the top four leagues in the world.

For South Korea, it is a similar story, with eight of their current squad based either in England or Germany. Neither Sunderland's Ki Sung-Yeung or Arsenal's Park Chu-Young count among that figure.

Focusing mainly on East Asia then, let's look at five players who have the potential to make big strides in European football over the coming years.

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