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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    

January 23, 2015    Shinji Kagawa News

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Kagawa missed the decisive spot-kick Friday as Japan went out 5-4 on penalties to UAE in the Asian Cup quarter-finals.

Holders Japan took UAE to penalties after finding a late equalizer in normal time through Gazu Shibasaki on 81 minutes. However when the game went to sudden death penalties, Kagawa missed and UAE's Ismail Ahmed converted to send the underdogs through. The good news for Dortmund fans is that Kagawa will now fly back to Germany and be available for training prior to the Bundesliga recommencing.

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January 20, 2015

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Kagawa scored his side's second goal as Japan comfortably beat Jordan 2-0 Tuesday to top Group D in the Asian Cup.

Kagawa made it one goal and two assists in three games as the Asian Cup holders progressed through their group as winners. Kagawa pounced on Yoshinori Muto's assist in the 82nd minute to complete the game's scoring and could also have had an assist to his name had Takashi Inui's effort not be ruled out for offside in the 10th minute.

January 12, 2015

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Kagawa made two assists as Japan beat Palestine 4-0 Monday in Group D of the Asian Cup.

Kagawa's shot was headed in by Shinji Okazaki for Japan's second goal and then Kagawa won the penalty for the third as his side made light work of their opponents. Japan will also face Jordan and Iraq in Group D as they bid to defend their Asian Cup title.

December 21, 2014

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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.

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.