Takuma Asano

Takuma Asano
Personal information
Full name Takuma Asano
Date of birth (1994-11-10) 10 November 1994
Place of birth Komono, Mie, Japan
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
VfB Stuttgart
(on loan from Arsenal)
Number 11
Youth career
2010–2012 Mie Prefectural Yokkaichi
Central Technical High School
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2016 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 60 (13)
2016– Arsenal 0 (0)
2016–VfB Stuttgart (loan) 10 (2)
National team
2015– Japan U-23 18 (6)
2015– Japan 7 (2)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 25 September 2016.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 6 September 2016

Takuma Asano (Japanese: 浅野拓磨 Asano Takuma; born 10 November 1994) is a Japanese professional footballer who plays for German side VfB Stuttgart, on loan from English club Arsenal, and for the Japan national team.

Club career

Sanfrecce Hiroshima

Asano joined Sanfrecce Hiroshima at the age of 18 in January 2013, and went on to win the J1 League in his inaugural season while making just one league appearance. The forward concluded his first year at the club by also lifting the Japanese Super Cup for the first time.

He went on to win the cup once again in 2014 and 2015, while starting to break into the squad for the J1 League. He helped his side lift the J1 League for a second time in 2015, this time adding nine goals in 34 appearances. He was also named as the J-League's 'Rookie of the Year'.[1]


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On 3 July 2016, Asano was announced as Arsenal's second signing of the season, subject to a medical and international clearance, joining Granit Xhaka at the Emirates Stadium.[2] Manager Arsene Wenger described him as "a talented young striker and very much one for the future".[3] However Asano was refused a work permit to play in the Premier League.[4]

Loan to VfB Stuttgart

On 26 August 2016, Asano was loaned out to VfB Stuttgart until the end of the season with an option for a further year.[5]

International career

On 7 May 2015, Japan's coach Vahid Halilhodžić called him for a two-days training camp.[6] On 23 July 2015, he was called again for the upcoming 2015 EAFF East Asian Cup.[7] Asano scored his first goal on 3 June 2016 in the 2016 Kirin Cup in a 7–2 win against Bulgaria.[8] Asano represented the under-23 side at the 2016 Summer Olympics, where Japan was eliminated in the group stage.

Career statistics


As of 28 November 2016[9]
Club Season League League1 Cup League Cup Continental Other2 Total
Sanfrecce Hiroshima 2013 J1 League 105000000060
2014 11000206011201
2015 349545400414818
2016 14400004311198
Total 601310474103639327
VfB Stuttgart 2016–17 2. Bundesliga 10210000000112
Career totals 7015114741036310429

1Includes J. League Championship.

2Includes Japanese Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup.

International goals

As of match played 6 September 2016. Japan score listed first, score column indicates score after each Asano goal.[10]
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 3 June 2016Toyota Stadium, Toyota, Japan4 Bulgaria7–27–22016 Kirin Cup
2 6 September 2016Rajamangala Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand7 Thailand2–02–02018 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC Third Round



Sanfrecce Hiroshima


Japan U-23



  1. Group, Arsenal Media. "Arsenal agree deal for Japan forward". www.arsenal.com. Retrieved 2016-07-03.
  2. Charles, Andy (3 July 2016). "Arsenal to sign Takuma Asano from Japan's Sanfrecce Hiroshima". Sky Sports.
  3. "Arsenal sign Japanese striker Takuma Asano from Sanfrecce Hiroshima". The Guardian. 2016-07-03. Retrieved 2016-07-03.
  4. "Asano loaned to Stuttgart". Arsenal FC. 26 August 2016. Retrieved 26 August 2016.
  5. "Takuma Asano kommt von Arsenal". VfB Stuttgart. 26 August 2016. Retrieved 26 August 2016.
  6. 大久保嘉人ら28人日本代表候補合宿メンバー/一覧. Nikkansports.com (2015-05-07). Retrieved on 2016-07-03.
  7. EAFF東アジアカップ2015(8/2~9@中国/武漢) SAMURAI BLUE(日本代表)メンバー・スケジュール. Japan Football Association (2015-07-23)
  8. "Japan 7 Bulgaria 2: Kagawa at the double in dominant win". Sportal. 3 June 2016. Retrieved 3 June 2016.
  9. Japan - T. Asano - Profile with news, career statistics and history - Soccerway. Int.soccerway.com. Retrieved on 2016-07-03.
  10. Takuma Asano profile at Soccerway
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