Bundesliga Bundesliga 2


<b>Takashi Inui</b> has a had a superb first half to the season with newly-promoted Eintracht Frankfurt. The Japanese international has featured <br> in all 17 league games, scoring five and assisting five as the high-flying Eagles have shot to fourth in the table at the half-way mark <b>Hiroshi Kiyotake</b> has brought much-needed invention to 1. FC Nuremberg following his move from Japanese club Cerezo Osaka.  As the fulcrum of the team’s attack, <br> the 22-year-old has scored three goals and provided five assists for his team-mates, and is establishing a reputation as something of a free-kick specialist <b>Atsuto Uchida</b> has made the right-back position his own at Schalke 04 since his 2010 transfer from Kashima Antlers. The 22-year-old has <br> featured 12 times in the league for the Royal Blues this term and has made the third-highest number of crosses for his side (28) Stuttgart's <b>Shinji Okazaki</b> is yet another talent to have made the move to Germany's top flight from the J-League. VfB’s leading scorer Vedad Ibisevic has monopolised <br> the goals in the league, but in the Europa league Okazaki has scored twice in seven appearances and will he hoping to carry on that form in the new year Gamba Osaka loanee <b>Takashi Usami</b> found playing opportunities limited at FC Bayern Munich last season, but has come into his own at 1899 Hoffenheim. <br> The midfielder's eye for goal and silky dribbling ability have accounted for some of the rare highlights in Hoffenheim's campaign thus far Japan full-back <b>Gotoku Sakai</b> has become a regular in the Stuttgart side since his loan move from Abirex Niigata in January 2012. After impressing <br> last term his development has continued, with 14 league appearances capped off with a stunning goal in Bucharest in the Europa League <b>Hajime Hosogai’s</b> (r.) reputation was cemented at FC Augsburg last season, but this term his stock has risen to a new level entirely. <br> Initially on the bench, he forced his way into the starting eleven as left-back and has been key to Leverkusen's ascent to second in the league Hannover 96's <b>Hiroki Sakai</b> has made nine appearances in all competitions for the Reds this season. With captain Steven Cherundolo <br> ahead of him, he has it tough breaking into the first team, but with games coming thick and fast in the new year, more playing time surely awaits Another example of Japanese tenacity, <b>Makoto Hasebe,</b> like his team VfL Wolfsburg, struggled at the start of the season, but has been in stunning form of late. <br> He scored in the win at Hoffenheim on Matchday 12 and helped the Wolves reach the quarter-finals of the DFB Cup
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