Shinji Kagawa
Shinji Kagawa
Date of birth:

March 17, 1989


Flag of Japan Japan


Attacking midfielder



Shinji Kagawa (Japanese: 香川 真司 Kagawa Shinji [kaɡaɰa ɕindʑi]; born 17 March 1989) is a Japanese professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Turkish club Beşiktaş, on loan from German club Borussia Dortmund, and the Japan national team. Kagawa began his professional career in his homeland with Cerezo Osaka before joining Borussia Dortmund in 2010. After two years with Dortmund, Kagawa signed for Manchester United on a four-year contract. Two years later, he returned to Dortmund.[2] He is known for his "vision, technique, movement and deft passing".[3] Kagawa holds the records for most appearances and goals by a Japanese player in UEFA club competitions.[4]

Since making his senior international debut in May 2008, he has won over 90 caps and scored over 30 goals. On 29 November 2012, Kagawa was named Asian Football Confederation International Player of the Year.[