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Son, Taremi, Kamada, Minamino: Who are Asia's top UEFA Champions League performers?

Which Asian players have the most appearances and goals in Europe's leading club competition?

Asian Champions League stars

Most appearances by Asian nationals in the European Champion Clubs' Cup/UEFA Champions League (including qualifying)

69: Maksim Shatskikh (UZB – Dynamo Kyiv)
59: Ji-Sung Park (KOR – PSV Eindhoven, Manchester United)
56: Heung-Min Son (KOR – Bayer Leverkusen, Tottenham Hotspur)
37: Vladimir Maminov (UZB – Lokomotiv Moskva)
33: Shinji Kagawa (JPN – Borussia Dortmund, Manchester United)
31: Atsuto Uchida (JPN – Schalke)
27: Sardar Azmoun (IRN – Rostov, Zenit, Leverkusen)
24: Takumi Minamino (JPN – Salzburg, Liverpool)
24: Oleg Pashinin (UZB – Lokomotiv Moskva)
23: Yuto Nagatomo (JPN – Internazionale, Galatasaray, Marseille)

Top-scoring Asian nationals in the European Champion Clubs' Cup/UEFA Champions League (including qualifying)

Uzbekistan's Maksim Shatskikh in action for Dynamo in 2002
Uzbekistan's Maksim Shatskikh in action for Dynamo in 2002Getty Images

23: Maksim Shatskikh (UZB – Dynamo Kyiv)
21: Heung-Min Son (KOR – Bayer Leverkusen, Tottenham Hotspur)
8: Sardar Azmoun (IRN – Rostov, Zenit, Leverkusen)
8: Mehdi Taremi (IRN – Porto)
5
: Hee-Chan Hwang (KOR – Salzburg, Leipzig)
5: Ji-Sung Park (KOR – PSV Eindhoven, Manchester United)
4: Ali Daei (IRN – Bayern München, Hertha Berlin)
4: Shinji Kagawa (JPN – Borussia Dortmund, Manchester United)
4: Takumi Minamino (JPN – Salzburg, Liverpool)
3: Keisuke Honda (JPN – CSKA Moskva)
3: Daichi Kamada (JPN – Eintracht Frankfurt)
3: Vladimir Maminov (UZB – Lokomotiv Moskva)
3: Mehdi Mahdavikia (IRN – Hamburg)

Most appearances by Asian nationals in UEFA club competition*

Vladimir Maminov made 76 UEFA competition appearances
Vladimir Maminov made 76 UEFA competition appearances©Getty Images

78: Heung-Min Son (KOR – Bayer Leverkusen, Tottenham Hotspur)
76: Vladimir Maminov (UZB – Lokomotiv Moskva)
75: Maksim Shatskikh (UZB – Dynamo Kyiv, Arsenal Kyiv)
70: Ji-Sung Park (KOR – PSV Eindhoven, Manchester United)
56: Shinji Kagawa (JPN – Borussia Dortmund, Manchester United, PAOK)
53: Takumi Minamino (JPN – Salzburg, Liverpool)
52: Makoto Hasebe (JPN – Wolfsburg, Eintracht Frankfurt)
49: Oleg Pashinin (UZB – Lokomotiv Moskva)
47: Odil Akhmedov (UZB – Anji, Krasnodar)
40: Yuto Nagatomo (JPN – Internazionale, Galatasaray, Marseille)
40: Atsuto Uchida (JPN – Schalke)

Top-scoring Asian nationals in UEFA club competition

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29: Heung-Min Son (KOR – Bayer Leverkusen, Tottenham Hotspur)
23: Maksim Shatskikh (UZB – Dynamo Kyiv, Arsenal Kyiv)
14: Daichi Kamada (JAP – Eintracht Frankfurt)
13: Sardar Azmoun (IRN – Rubin, Rostov, Zenit, Leverkusen)
11: Hee-Chan Hwang (KOR – Salzburg, Leipzig)
11: Shinji Kagawa (JPN – Borussia Dortmund, Manchester United)
11: Takumi Minamino (JPN – Salzburg, Liverpool)
10: Bum-Kun Cha (KOR – Bayer Leverkusen)
9: Mehdi Taremi (IRN – Porto)
7: Alireza Jahanbakhsh (IRN – AZ Alkmaar, Feyenoord)

Notable firsts

Bum-Kun Cha with the UEFA Cup in 1988
Bum-Kun Cha with the UEFA Cup in 1988©Getty Images

First Asian player to feature in/win a UEFA club competition final
Bum-Kun Cha (KOR, Mönchengladbach 3-3agg Eintracht Frankfurt, Frankfurt win on away goals, 1979/80 UEFA Cup)

First Asian player to feature in a European Champion Clubs' Cup/UEFA Champions League final
Ji-Sung Park (KOR, Barcelona 3-1 Manchester United, 2010/11)

Nation-by-nation: Most appearances by Asian players in UEFA club competition*

China's Wu Lei in action for Espanyol
China's Wu Lei in action for EspanyolGetty Images

Afghanistan – 8: Agim Meto (Besa, Flamurtari, Laç)
Bahrain
– 11: Abdulla Yusuf Helal (Slavia Praha, Liberec)
Bangladesh
– NONE
Bhutan
– NONE
Brunei
– NONE
Cambodia
– NONE
China
– 13: Wu Lei (Espanyol)
Chinese Taipei
– NONE
East Timor
– NONE
India
– 1= Reginald Pickett (Ipswich Town), Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (Stabæk)
Indonesia
– 1: Yulianto Kurniawan (Luzern)Iran – 39: Sardar Azmoun (Rubin, Rostov, Zenit, Leverkusen)
Iraq
– 16: Brwa Nouri (Åtvidaberg, Östersund)

Shinji Kagawa last played in UEFA competition for PAOK
Shinji Kagawa last played in UEFA competition for PAOKGetty Images

Japan – 56: Shinji Kagawa (Borussia Dortmund, Manchester United, PAOK)
Jordan
– 25: Musa Suleiman (APOEL)
Korea DPR
– 10: Kwang-Ryong Pak (Basel, Vaduz)
Korea Republic
 – 78: Heung-Min Son (Leverkusen, Tottenham)
Kuwait
– NONE
Kyrgyzstan
– 16: Gulzhigit Alykulov (Kairat Almaty)
Laos
– NONE
Lebanon
– 15: Bassel Jradi (Nordsjælland, Strømsgodset, Hajduk Split, Apollon Limassol)
Malaysia
– NONE
Maldives
– NONE
Mongolia
– NONE
Myanmar
– NONE
Nepal
– NONE
Northern Mariana Islands
– NONE

Oman's Ali Al-Habsi with Bolton in 2007
Oman's Ali Al-Habsi with Bolton in 2007ddp images via AFP

Oman – 6: Ali Al-Habsi (Lyn, Bolton Wanderers)
Pakistan
– NONE
Philippines
– NONE
Qatar
– 2: Hussein Yasser (Braga)
Saudi Arabia
– NONE
Singapore
– 2: Fandi Ahmad (Groningen)
Sri Lanka
– NONE
Syria
– 2: Mohamed Afash (Ionikos)
Tajikistan
– 10: Parvizdzhon Umarbaev (Lokomotiv Plovdiv)
Thailand
– NONE
Turkmenistan – 14= Nazar Bayramov (Karvan Evlakh, Neftçi), Ruslan Mingazov (Skonto, Jablonec, Slavia Praha)
United Arab Emirates
– 1: Hamid Al Kamali (Valletta)
Uzbekistan
– 76: Vladimir Maminov (Lokomotiv Moskva)
Vietnam
– NONE
Yemen – NONE

*UEFA club competitions means European Champion Clubs' Cup/UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League, UEFA Europa Conference League, European/South American Cup, UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, UEFA Super Cup and UEFA Intertoto Cup