Takashi Inui has been one of the leading lights for Eintracht Frankfurt this season...
Takashi Inui has been one of the leading lights for Eintracht Frankfurt this season...
Bundesliga

The Bundesliga's Asian connection

Munich - FC Augsburg's loan signing of South Korea international Ji Dong-Won is only the latest reminder of the blossoming relationship between the Bundesliga and the Far East.

Eastern promise

On loan from Sunderland, the young striker should need little time settling in to life in Bavaria, where he joins compatriot Ja-Cheol Koo - another Asian import to have made Germany his home in recent seasons.

It's a bond that dates back to the 1980s when Cha Bum-Kun, father of Fortuna Dusseldorf's Cha Du-Ri, made a name for himself at Eintracht Frankfurt and Bayer 04 Leverkusen. Ahead of his time by a couple of decades, the original Cha proved the forerunner for a veritable glut of young Asian footballers now making a huge impression on the Bundesliga.

Former Borussia Dortmund star Shinji Kagawa took the bar to an altogether new level prior to his departure for Manchester United in the summer of 2012, but the Japanese international has already found some notable heirs. bundesliga.com takes a look at seven players from the Far East to watch out for over the coming year.