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Shinji Kagawa

25-Year-Old Midfielder     Borussia Dortmund  Bundesliga


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

December 21, 2014    Shinji Kagawa News

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Kagawa came on as a 46th minute substitute and was guilty of a couple of glaring misses as Dortmund fell to a 2-1 defeat Saturday at Werder Bremen.

Kagawa was brought on for the struggling Sebastian Kehl after half-time to give Dortmund more fire power but missed some of his team's biggest opportunities. He directed a close-range header well wide shortly after coming on and then shot carelessly off target when he was found in space with the score at 2-1. Kagawa is still yet to hit the heights of his pre-Manchester United days, looking far rustier than the player that transferred to England in 2012.

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December 1, 2014

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Kagawa played 74 minutes Sunday as Dortmund fell to the bottom of the Bundesliga with defeat at Eintracht Frankfurt.

Kagawa showed sparks of creativity at times but is still some way off his best form. Although his footwork was neat, he failed to produce any shots or crosses and so Jurgen Klopp opted to replace him with Milos Jojic on 74 minutes following a largely ineffective performance.

November 23, 2014

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Kagawa was ineffectual and substituted after 58 minutes as Dortmund gave up a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 Saturday with Paderborn.

Saturday clash was far from Kagawa's finest game, the playmaker being the weak link in an otherwise decent Dortmund midfield. Kagawa struggled to create, perhaps a product of playing two 90 minute games for the Japanese national side in the last week.

November 10, 2014

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Kagawa played a good passing game as Dortmund overcame Borussia Moenchengladbach 1-0 Sunday.

Kagawa played well in midfield, creating plenty and holding onto the ball expertly. He was a crucial part of his side's midfield that completely over-ran a lacklustre Gladbach team. Kagawa was eventually replaced by Kevin Grosskreutz on 73 minutes with Dortmund leading.

November 1, 2014

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Kagawa was an effective creative outlet and narrowly failed to get on the scoresheet Saturday in Dortmund's 2-1 defeat to Bayern Munich.

Kagawa was a key part of Dortmund's midfield and helped provide cohesion and fluidity to Dortmund's attacking moves. He also went close to finding the net a couple of times, particularly when his turn and shot flew just wide of the post. A decent game for Kagawa, who was substituted after 71 minutes, despite defeat.

October 29, 2014

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Kagawa got a goal and an assist as Dortmund beat 2. Bundesliga side St. Pauli 3-0 Tuesday in the DFB Pokal.

Kagawa passed across for Ciro Immobile's goal to make it 1-0 and then scored himself to wrap up the scoring in the 86th minute following a dreadful clearance by St. Pauli goalkeeper Philipp Tschauner. It was an otherwise relatively quiet game for the Japanese international, who was substituted off in the last couple of minutes.

October 26, 2014

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Kagawa came on as a 66th minute substitute but offered little creative spark as Dortmund lost 1-0 to Hannover Saturday.

After getting a knock in the Champions League game against Galatasaray, Kagawa started on the bench for the first time this month. He was sent on as a replacement for Ilkay GŁndogan to liven up a struggling Dortmund team that had gone 1-0 down just minutes before. However he created little and did not give Jurgen Klopp much reason to start him next time out.

October 23, 2014

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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.