With the new Bundesliga 2 season about to begin, bundesliga.com looks at the Far Eastern gems who could be helping their teams to a place in the top flight next season.
Fortuna Düsseldorf's Genki Omae experienced his share of Bundesliga football last season and even if the campaign ended in relegation, the Japanese youngster was able to mature as a player. Under new coach Mike Büskens, the Flingeraner are setting their sights on an immediate return to the top table and the former Shimizu S-Pulse forward could be pivotal to that push as he looks for his first goal in German league football. Fortuna host FC Energie Cottbus in their opener on Monday evening.
VfR Aalen were one of Bundesliga 2’s surprise packages last season, consolidating their place in the second tier after promotion from the third division. They will be aiming for more in 2012/13 with Takuma Abe, signed in January. He has already had six months to get his teeth into Bundesliga 2 following his arrival from Tokyo Verdy, netting netted twice in nine outings last term, but will be looking to raise the bar this season.
Following the exit of Leon Goretzka to FC Schalke 04, Yusuke Tasaka could be the key man in the Bochum midfield this season. The 28-year-old is embarking on his second full campaign in Germany after solid performances in 2012/13. A midfielder with a keen eye for goal, the diligent Japanese worker also scored three times in 28 games last term following his arrival from Kawasaki Frontale. Bochum begin their campaign in the capital away at 1. FC Union Berlin.
He played a peripheral role for Greuther Fürth in the Bundesliga last season, but as the Clover Leaves look to come straight back up, South Korean midfielder Jung Bin Park will be pushing for regular football. The 20-year-old, currently on loan in Bavaria from VfL Wolfsburg, could be in line for a starting berth against DSC Arminia Bielefeld on Sunday.