Asians In Europe: Risings Sons Of Japan Asia takes a look at some of Asia's best and brightest who are battling it out in the big leagues out west...
Shunsuke Nakamura (Celtic and Japan)  

What can you say about this player that hasn't been said a million times already? The midfield maestro helped himself to a hat-trick with a free-kick and a couple of fine shots as Celtic thrashed St. Mirren 7-0. It may be the playmaker’s last ever season in Scotland but he is still as good as ever.  

Takayuki Morimoto (Catania and Japan) 

The young striker is in good form these days and is starting to turn heads both inside Italy and out. His latest goal, a coolly taken one-on-one chance came in the Sicilian derby and Catania thrashed their rivals 4-0. He also assisted a spectacular strike from Guiseppe Mascara.  

Daisuke Matsui ( St Etienne and Japan)

Another Japanese goalscorer. The midfielder fired home a super strike from outside the area to give Les Verts the opener at Monaco. Unfortunately, for the visitors, Monaco scored in the final minute to draw 2-2.

Park Ji-sung (Manchester United and South Korea)  

After his mid-week Inter Milan exertions, Park sat out United’s Carling Cup final win over Spurs. 

Masoud Shojaei (Osasuna and Iran)

Shojaei got his first goal for the Pamplona club last week but was unable to do the same as Osasuna drew 1-1 with Racing Santander. He was subbed off on the hour and the draw sees Osasuna back in the relegation zone. 

Park Chu-young (Monaco and South Korea)  

A good game for the young Korean striker. He made both goals as Monaco drew 2-2 at home to St Etienne and also was unlucky with a shot that just hit the post.

Vahid Hashemian (Bochum and Iran) 

The Helicopter hasn’t, like the club, enjoyed the best of seasons but worked hard to help Bochum defeat relegation rivals Energie Cottbus 3-2. Hashemian was subbed off with 18 minutes remaining. The win lifts Bochum out of the bottom three. 

Lee Young-pyo (Borussia Dortmund and South Korea)  

The full-back is still serving his suspension after being shown a red card recently. 

Makete Hasebe (Wolfsburg and Japan) 

The midfielder came on in the last minute as the high-flying Wolfsburg won 3-1 at Hamburg to knock the leaders off their perch. 

Javad Nekounam (Osasuna and Iran)  

The midfielder played the full 90 minutes as Osasuna were held to a 1-1 draw at Racing Santander. 

Mehdi Mahdavikia (Eintracht Frankfurt and Iran)  
The experienced Kia was on the bench as Frankfurt lost 2-1 at home to Schalke 04.  

Shinji Ono (Bochum and Japan)

Ono was an unused substitute as Bochum defeated Energie Cottbus 3-2.  

Ali Al Habsi (Oman and Bolton)

A familiar story for the giant goalkeeper who was an unused substitute as Bolton defeated Newcastle 1-0.

John Duerden

Asia Editor