List of active Asian football players in the Premier League, Bundesliga, LaLiga and Serie A (UPDATED 2023)


Note: for the purposes of this article, “Asian” refers to a player of Asian nationality, not ethnicity.

Premier League (England)

NameNationalityClubPositionYears active for current clubAge
Wataru EndoJapanLiverpoolDefensive midfielder2023 —30
Saman GhoddosIran *BrentfordAttacking midfielder / striker / winger2020 —30
Hwang Hee-chanSouth KoreaWolverhampton WanderersWinger2021 —27
Hwang Ui-joSouth KoreaNorwich City (Championship) **Forward2022 —31
Kim Ji-sooSouth KoreaBrentford B (reserve team) ***Centre-back2023 —18
Kaoru MitomaJapanBrighton & Hove AlbionLeft winger2021 —26
Son Heung-minSouth KoreaTottenham HotspurForward2015 —31
Takehiro TomiyasuJapanArsenalDefender2021 —25
* Born to Iranian parents in Sweden; acquired Iranian citizenship in 2017 and now represents Iran internationally
** On loan from Nottingham Forest (PL)
*** Signed with Brentford, assigned to reserve team

Bundesliga (Germany)

NameNationalityClubPositionYears active for current clubAge
Takuma AsanoJapanVfL BochumForward2021 —29
Ritsu DōanJapanSC FreiburgWinger2022 —25
Taichi FukuiJapanBayern MunichMidfielder2023 —19
Genki HaraguchiJapanVfB StuttgartAttacking midfielder2023 —32
Makoto HasebeJapanEintracht FrankfurtCentre- back / defensive midfielder2014 —39
Ko ItakuraJapanBorussia MönchengladbachCentre-back / defensive midfielder2022 —26
Hiroki ItoJapanVfB StuttgartCentre-back / left back2022 —24
Lee Jae-sungSouth KoreaMainz 05Attacking midfielder / winger2021 —31
Jeong Woo-yeongSouth KoreaVfB StuttgartForward / attacking midfielder2023 —24
Kim Min-jaeSouth KoreaBayern MunichCentre-back2023 —27
Masaya OkugawaJapanFC AugsburgMidfielder2023 —27

LaLiga (Spain)

NameNationalityClubPositionYears active for current clubAge
Takefusa KuboJapanReal SociedadRight winger / attacking midfielder2022 —22

Serie A (Italy)

NameNationalityClubPositionYears active for current clubAge
Sardar AzmounIranRoma *Forward2023 —22
Daichi KamadaJapanLazioAttacking midfielder / forward2023 —27
* On loan from Bayer Leverkusen (Bundesliga)

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