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Minamino, Azmoun, Son Heung-Min, Hee-Chan Hwang: who are Asia's top UEFA Champions League performers?

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

Takumi Minamino, Serdar Azmoun, Son Heung-Min and Hee-Chan Hwang
Takumi Minamino, Serdar Azmoun, Son Heung-Min and Hee-Chan Hwang ©Getty Images

Most appearances by an Asian player 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)
50: 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)
24: Oleg Pashinin (UZB – Lokomotiv Moskva)
23: Yuto Nagotomo (JPN – Internazionale, Galatasaray, Marseille)
20: Young-Pyo Lee (KOR – PSV Eindhoven)
19: Shunsuke Nakamura (JPN – Celtic)
19: Mehrdad Minavandchal (IRN – Sturm Graz)

Most goals by an Asian player 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)
19: Heung-Min Son (KOR – Bayer Leverkusen, Tottenham Hotspur)
6: Sardar Azmoun (IRN – Rostov, Zenit)
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: Vladimir Maminov (UZB – Lokomotiv Moskva)
3: Mehdi Mahdavikia (IRN – Hamburg)

Most appearances by an Asian player in UEFA club competition*

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

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

Most goals by an Asian player in UEFA club competition*

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25: Heung-Min Son (KOR – Bayer Leverkusen, Tottenham Hotspur)
23: Maksim Shatskikh (UZB – Dynamo Kyiv, Arsenal Kyiv)
11: Sardar Azmoun (IRN – Rubin, Rostov, Zenit)
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)
6: Ali Daei (IRN – Bayern München, Hertha Berlin)
6: Yuya Kubo (JAP – Young Boys, Gent)

Notable Asian 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 – Eintracht Frankfurt, 1979/80 UEFA Cup)

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

Asian players who have featured in UEFA club competition finals
Bum-Kun Cha (KOR – Eintracht Frankfurt, 1979/80 UEFA Cup)
Bum-Kun Cha (KOR – Bayer Leverkusen, 1987/88 UEFA Cup)
Shinji Ono (JPN – Feyenoord, 2001/02 UEFA Cup & 2002 UEFA Super Cup)
Dong-Jin Kim (KOR – Zenit, 2007/08 UEFA Cup)
Ji-Sung Park (KOR – Manchester United, 2008 UEFA Super Cup & 2010/11 UEFA Champions League)
Heung-Min Son (KOR – Tottenham Hotspur, 2018/19 UEFA Champions League)

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), Gupreet Singh Sandhu (Stabæk)
Indonesia
– 1: Yulianto Kurniawan (Luzern)Iran – 35: Mehdi Mahdavikia (Hamburg)
Iraq
– 16: Brwa Nouri (Åtvidaberg, Östersund)

Japan's Shinji Kagawa celebrates a goal for Dortmund
Japan's Shinji Kagawa celebrates a goal for DortmundBorussia Dortmund via Getty Imag

Japan – 53: Shinji Kagawa (Borussia Dortmund, Manchester United)
Jordan
– 25: Musa Suleiman (APOEL)
Korea DPR
– 10: Pak Kwang-Ryong (Basel, Vaduz)
Korea Republic
 – 70: Ji-Sung Park (PSV Eindhoven, Manchester United)
Kuwait
– NONE
Kyrgyzstan
– 2: Gulzhigit Alykulov (Kairat Almaty)
Laos
– NONE
Lebanon
– 8: Bassel Jradi (Nordsjælland, Strømsgodset, Hajduk Split)
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: Hussain Yasser (Braga)
Saudi Arabia
– NONE
Singapore
– NONE
Sri Lanka
– NONE
Syria
– 2: Mohamed Afash (Ionikos)
Tajikistan
– 6: 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 competition means European Champion Clubs' Cup/UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League, UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, UEFA Super Cup, UEFA Intertoto Cup