Which Asian stars have played the most UEFA games?

Son Heung-Min and Shinji Kagawa are among the most experienced Asian players in UEFA competition.

Sardar Azmoun, Heung-Min Son, Shinji Kagawa and Hee-Chan Hwang are all on World Cup duty
Sardar Azmoun, Heung-Min Son, Shinji Kagawa and Hee-Chan Hwang are all on World Cup duty ©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)
37: Vladimir Maminov (UZB – Lokomotiv Moskva)
32: Heung-Min Son (KOR – Bayer Leverkusen, Tottenham Hotspur)
32: Shinji Kagawa (JPN – Borussia Dortmund, Manchester United)
31: Atsuto Uchida (JPN – Schalke)
24: Oleg Pashinin (UZB – Lokomotiv Moskva)
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)

Spurs favourite Son Heung-Min
Spurs favourite Son Heung-Min©AFP/Getty Images

23: Maksim Shatskikh (UZB – Dynamo Kyiv)
10: Heung-Min Son (KOR – Bayer Leverkusen, Tottenham Hotspur)
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)
3: Keisuke Honda (JPN – CSKA Moskva)
3: Vladimir Maminov (UZB – Lokomotiv Moskva)
3: Mehdi Mahdavikia (IRN – Hamburg)
2: Hee-Chan Hwang (KOR – Salzburg)
2: Ki-Hyeon Seol (KOR – Anderlecht)
2: Yuya Kubo (JAP – Young Boys, Gent)
2: Shunsuke Nakamura (JPN – Celtic)
2: Shinji Ono (JPN – Feyenoord)

Most appearances by an Asian player in UEFA club competitions*

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: Ji-Sung Park (KOR – PSV Eindhoven, Manchester United)
52: Shinji Kagawa (JPN – Borussia Dortmund, Manchester United)
49: Oleg Pashinin (UZB – Lokomotiv Moskva)
47: Odil Akhmedov (UZB – Anji, Krasnodar)
41: Heung-Min Son (KOR – Bayer Leverkusen, Tottenham Hotspur)
40: Atsuto Uchida (JPN – Schalke)
38: Young-Pyo Lee (KOR – PSV Eindhoven, Tottenham Hotspur, Borussia Dortmund)
37: Bum-Kun Cha (KOR – Bayer Leverkusen)

Most goals by an Asian player in UEFA club competitions*

Hee-Chan Hwang: seven goals and counting
Hee-Chan Hwang: seven goals and counting©Getty Images

23: Maksim Shatskikh (UZB – Dynamo Kyiv, Arsenal Kyiv)
13: Heung-Min Son (KOR – Bayer Leverkusen, Tottenham Hotspur)
11: Shinji Kagawa (JPN – Borussia Dortmund, Manchester United)
10: Bum-Kun Cha (KOR – Bayer Leverkusen)
7: Hee-Chan Hwang (KOR – Salzburg)
6: Sardar Azmoun (IRN – Rubin, Rostov)
6: Ali Daei (IRN – Bayern München, Hertha Berlin)
5: Saman Ghoddos (IRN – Östersund)
5: Keisuke Honda (JPN – CSKA Moskva)
5: Junichi Inamoto (JAP – Arsenal, Fulham, Galatasaray)
5: Ji-Sung Park (KOR – PSV Eindhoven, Manchester United )
5: Mehdi Mahdavikia (IRN – Hamburg)
5: Vladimir Maminov (UZB – Lokomotiv Moskva)
5: Shinji Ono (JPN – Feyenoord)
5: Hidetoshi Wakui (JPN – Nõmme Kalju)

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
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)
Kim Dong-Jin (KOR – Zenit, 2007/08 UEFA Cup)
Park Ji-Sung (KOR – Manchester United, 2008 UEFA Super Cup & 2010/11 UEFA Champions League)

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

China's Sun Xiang
China's Sun Xiang©AFP
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:
2 – Mahmood Al Ajmi (Tirana)
BANGLADESH:
none
BHUTAN:
none
BRUNEI:
none
CAMBODIA:
none
CHINA:
8 – Sun Xiang (PSV Eindhoven, Austria Wien)
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:
52 – Sninji Kagawa (Borussia Dortmund, Manchester United)
JORDAN:
3 – Badran Al Shagran (KAMAZ Naberezhnye Chelny)
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:
5 – Bassel Jradi (Nordsjælland, Strømsgodset)
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 – Sukhrob Khamidov (Shakhtyor Soligorsk), Rustam Khodjaev (Shakhtyor Soligorsk), Ahliddin Turdiev (Shakhtyor Soligorsk)
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 Cup Winners' Cup, UEFA Super Cup, UEFA Intertoto Cup

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