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Shinji Kagawa

25-Year-Old Midfielder     Borussia Dortmund  Bundesliga


Japan

Birthdate:  March 17, 1989    Birthplace:  Hyogo-ken, Japan    Nationality:  Japan    Height:  5' 8"    Weight:  139 lbs    

October 23, 2014    Shinji Kagawa News

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Kagawa played 82 minutes and got an assist as Dortmund defeated Galatasaray 4-0 in the Champions League Wednesday.

Kagawa was good in possession and helped make Dortmund a more cohesive unit in midfield. He missed an early one-on-one situation but grew into the game and assisted for Marco Reus' fine strike. The Japanese international nearly had a goal himself when he just shot wide but then had to be replaced on 82 minutes because of a hamstring injury, a worrying sight for Dortmund fans.

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October 19, 2014

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Kagawa showed flashes of excellence but ultimtely fell short as his Dortmund side were defetaed 2-1 Saturday by FC Köln.

Kagawa has been coming into some good form of late but he lacked the same spark against Köln. Apart from a few great corner-kick deliveries, he was slow in his decision-making and thus failed to make any real telling contribution. He suffered a concussion last weekend while playing for Japan against Jamaica and perhaps that took something away from his performance. He's likely to be much more creative against Galatasaray in the Champions League next week, a competition where Dortmund's form is far superior to that in the league.

October 11, 2014

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Kagawa will not play in Japan's friendly with Brazil after suffering a concussion Friday in his country's 1-0 friendly win over Jamaica, USA Today reports.

Kagawa took a hit to the jaw in the first half and had resultant mouth bleeding but was not taken off until the 90th minute when he complained of dizziness. It's a repeat of his last game for Manchester United when he suffered a concussion against MK Dons. He's almost certain to be available for Dortmund's next game but sits out the Brazil friendly as a precaution.

October 5, 2014

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Kagawa put in another star performance but could not prevent Dortmund crashing to a 1-0 home defeat Saturday against Hamburg.

Kagawa has got back to his creative best since returning to Dortmund and Saturday was another fine demonstration of what he has to offer. He constantly looked to create openings for his team and was involved in much of Dortmund's link-up play but unfortunately was his team's only real perfomer in a humiliating loss. Dortmund are now ten points off the Bundesliga pace and look increasingly reliant on Kagawa to help them turn things around.

October 2, 2014

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Kagawa provided an assist and produced an excellent all-round performance as Dortmund eased to 3-0 win Wednesday against Anderlect in Champions League Group D.

Kagawa looks like he has rediscovered the form that made him a star at Dortmund the first time around. He assisted Ciro Immobile expertly with a fine lofted through ball for Dortmund's first goal and was instrumental with his intricate passing game throughout. He looked very much at home in the Dortmund midfield and will be vital for the team this season if they are to be successful.

September 27, 2014

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Kagawa was dynamic and strengthened his team creatively after coming on as a 57th minute substitute in Dortmund's 2-1 defeat Saturday to rivals Schalke.

Kagawa has needed time to adjust since returning from Manchester United in the summer and now looks to be finding form. After being dropped to the bench, Kagawa replaced Ciro Immobile in the 57th minute and changed the flow of the game. Dortmund became more fluid when going forward and were far more incisive with him in the team . Expect Kagawa to re-gain his place in the starting line-up for the Champions League match against Anderlecht.

September 25, 2014

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Kagawa showed good movement and hit the crossbar but ultimately did not reach his own high standards as Dortmund battled back to a 2-2 draw Wednesday with Stuttgart.

Kagawa has shown glimpses of his former brilliance since his summer return from Manchester United but is yet to hit top form. The game against Stuttgart was no exception as his good movement and effective crossing was contrasted by a consistently poor first touch and ineffective link-up play in midfield. He didn't click with Miloš Jojić and this failure was one of the reasons Dortmund found themselves 2-0 down to a poor Stuttgart side. Will surely improve as he continues to recover from a nightmare spell in the Premier League and is a good bet to make a big impact this season.

August 31, 2014

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Manchester United announced Sunday that they have reached a transfer agreement to send Kagawa to Borussia Dortmund.

Kagawa left Dortmund in the summer of 2012 to join Manchester United, but was not part of new manager Louis van Gaal's plans. Kagawa can be a dynamic player, but it may take him awhile to find a place in the Dortmund starting XI, which limits his fantasy value.