Takumi Minamino at Liverpool: Asia's top European stars

Is new Liverpool signing Takumi Minamino high up in the rankings?

Son Heung-Min, Takumi Minamino, Serdar Azmoun and Makoto Hasebe
Son Heung-Min, Takumi Minamino, Serdar Azmoun and Makoto Hasebe ©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: Park Ji-Sung (KOR – PSV Eindhoven, Manchester United)
50: Son Heung-Min (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)
21: Yuto Nagotomo (JPN – Internazionale, Galatasaray)
20: Lee Young-Pyo (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)

Son Heung-Min is second in the rankings
Son Heung-Min is second in the rankings©AFP/Getty Images

23: Maksim Shatskikh (UZB – Dynamo Kyiv)
19: Son Heung-Min (KOR – Bayer Leverkusen, Tottenham Hotspur)
6: Sardar Azmoun (IRN – Rostov, Zenit)
5: Hwang Hee-Chan (KOR – Salzburg)
5: Park Ji-Sung (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)
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 appearances
Vladimir Maminov made 76 UEFA 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)
59: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)
40: Atsuto Uchida (JPN – Schalke)
39: Takumi Minamino (JPN – Salzburg)
38: Makoto Hasebe (JPN – Wolfsburg, Eintracht Frankfurt)
38: Yuto Nagotomo (JPN – Internazionale, Galatasaray)
38: Lee Young-Pyo (KOR – PSV Eindhoven, Tottenham Hotspur, Borussia Dortmund)

Most goals by an Asian player in UEFA club competition*

23: Maksim Shatskikh (UZB – Dynamo Kyiv, Arsenal Kyiv)
22: Son Heung-Min (KOR – Bayer Leverkusen, Tottenham Hotspur)
11: Sardar Azmoun (IRN – Rubin, Rostov, Zenit)
11: Shinji Kagawa (JPN – Borussia Dortmund, Manchester United)
11: Takumi Minamino (JPN – Salzburg)
10: Cha Bum-Kun (KOR – Bayer Leverkusen)
10: Hwang Hee-Chan (KOR – Salzburg)
7: Hwang Hee-Chan (KOR – Salzburg)
6: Ali Daei (IRN – Bayern München, Hertha Berlin)
6: Yuya Kubo (JAP – Young Boys, Gent)

Notable Asian firsts

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

First Asian player to feature in/win a UEFA club competition final
Cha Bum-Kun (KOR – Eintracht Frankfurt, 1979/80 UEFA Cup)

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

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

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

Iran's Mehdi Mahdavikia in 2000
Iran's Mehdi Mahdavikia in 2000©Bongarts
Ji-Sung Park with Manchester United
Ji-Sung Park with Manchester United©Getty Images
Turkmenistan's Ruslan Mingazov (seated) with Skonto
Turkmenistan's Ruslan Mingazov (seated) with Skonto©Roman Koksharov

AFGHANISTAN: 8 – Agim Meto (Besa, Flamurtari, Laç)
BAHRAIN:
3 – Abdulla Yusuf Helal (Slavia Praha)
BANGLADESH:
none
BHUTAN:
none
BRUNEI:
none
CAMBODIA:
none
CHINA:
11 – 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:
53 – Shinji Kagawa (Borussia Dortmund, Manchester United)
JORDAN:
19 – Musa Suleiman (APOEL)
KOREA DPR:
10 – Pak Kwang-Ryong (Basel, Vaduz)
KOREA REPUBLIC:
70 – Park Ji-Sung (PSV Eindhoven, Manchester United)
KUWAIT:
none
KYRGYZSTAN:
1 = Azamat Baimatov (Ventspils), Kum Dezire (Dacia Chisinau)
LAOS:
none
LEBANON:
7 – Bassel Jradi (Nordsjælland, Strømsgodset, Hajduk Split)
MALAYSIA:
none
MALDIVES:
none
MONGOLIA:
none
MYANMAR:
none
NEPAL:
none
NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS:
none
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:
2 – 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