Another Asian player set a record in the German Bundesliga. Japanese midfielder Makoto Hasebe equals the record for most Asian appearances in the Bundesliga when he brought Eintracht Frankfurt to a crucial 3-0 away win over fellow relegation-threatened Werder Bremen on Wednesday (3/6/2020).
The man born in Fujieda, Shizuoka, Japan, January 18, 1984, played his 308th match. According to Opta records, this number is equivalent to the number of appearances recorded by South Kora striker Cha Bum-Kun, who played for Darmstadt 98 (1978-1979), Eintracht Frankfurt (1979-1983), and Bayer Leverkusen (1983-1989).
Hasebe spent almost 12 years in the Bundesliga. His career began at VfL Wolfsburg after being brought in from Urawa Reds in 2008. He became the first Japanese player to play for Wolves. In 2009, Hasebe became the second Japanese player to win the Bundesliga title.
The former Japanese national team captain left Wolves in 2013 and joined Nuernberg for a season before being carried off by Eintracht Frankfurt in 2014 until now.
36-year-old Hasebe will extend his record and the fund will run alone as an Asian player with the most appearances in the Bundesliga after recently signing a new contract with Eintracht Frankfurt.
Eintracht’s coach, Adi Hutter, has changed Hasebe’s position to become a central defender from his original position as a defensive midfielder. The following match, Eintracht will face Mainz 05 at Commerzbank-Arena, Frankfurt, June 6, before being entertained by Hertha Berlin at the Olympiastadion, Berlin, June 13.
Thanks to the victory behind closed doors at the Weserstadion Bremen, Frankfurt rose eight points from the relegation zone to 11th with 35 points.