Deviant Art-Blood Design CHECK OUT FOOTBALL AND FUTBOL’S BOOKSTORE Japanese born Shinji Kagawa is a young phenomenal footballer, who caught people’s attention after joining The Red Devils. By Wright Mbongo At only 24, the young skinny midfielder is wearing the famous red and white strips of Manchester United. Shinji Kagawa is one of the Japanese current super-stars in European football. He is in the same level as Spatak Moscow’s Honda after what he did in for Manchester United last season. The Asian helped the Manchester team to clinch their 20th title in history even though himself is not happy with his individual performance in his debut season in the Premier League “I am not happy with my performance last season.” He says. “I didn’t score that much and I also had my injuries, but despite that, we won the league and that’s great.” Despite making 20 appearances for the Premier league Champions and scored a dozen, the midfielder come striker believes that he didn’t reach his objectives “ for me personally it wasn’t a good season, I just believe I didn’t achieve everything I wanted to achieve.” After joining Marino FC at the age of a half –decade, Kobe born star spent five years before leaving for Kobe NK Football Club where he spend two years from 1999-2001. Then he joined FC Miyagi that helped him to join J. League Division Cerezo Osaka as a teenager in 2006. “I went to watch Shinji play at Miyagi, and I saw a skinny, fast, athlete doing some great moves and I said to myself ‘I found a diamond’.” Says Yuji Tsukada, who managed Kagawa at Cerezo Osaka, a total of 125 appearances and 55 goals in the process, caught the eye of German giants Borussia Dortmund that signed him in 2010 despite missing out on the 2010 FIFA World Cup “I want thank Cerezo Osaka for giving me a chance to show my talent, if it wasn’t of them I don’t think I will be where I am today.” Says the right footed star. Shinji Kagawa needed only two season in the Bundasliga to show the world what he is capable of as he helped Dortmund win back-to-back titles before making big money move to Manchester United in 2012 summer and signed a four-year deal. The young Japanese, who can play behind the striker or either on the left or right wing, was Manchester’s United top signing in 2012 off season before his club captured the signing of Dutch front man Robin Van Persie from Arsenal. His role at Manchester United to assist Van Persie up-front has made English star striker Wayne Rooney to watch from the bench, and his former manager Sir Alex Furgerson admitted that he was not going to sign Kagawa if he knew Van Persie was going to be for sale because he sees the former Dortmund attacker as a player who affords to sit on the bench. The versatile player who represented Japan from U-19 level made his international debut for the senior national team back in 2008 but he was left out of the squad that went to South Africa 2010 World cup, but he was called to play in the FIFA Confenderations Cup that will helped them to prepare for the biggest soccer showpiece next year. Shinji Kagawa will be managed by David Moyes in the approaching season, and the versatile attacker says he is ready for the challeng “I am ready for the coming season, I can play in three different positions and I can change my style of play if needed. It will depend where the manager wants me to play.” Says the two time Bundasliga Champion with Borussia Dortmund. Shinji Kagawa will be battling positions with the likes of Wayne Rooney who is unsettled at the club, Robin Van Persie, Denny Welbeck, Antony Valencia, Ashley Young, Javier Hernandes, Ryan Giggs and the new sensational attacker from Crysta Palace, Wilfred Zaha.