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Asia is currently one of the biggest markets for the top leagues in Europe. The overtures made by various teams in England and Spain to try and reach out to these fans, several thousand nautical miles away, is now a constant feature, as they realise the potential in the East. Revenues have steadily been increasing in number which hasn't gone unnoticed by the teams as the top leagues try and consolidate their fan-bases in Asia, by having regular fan parks and exhibition matches in the continent during pre-season.
Before him, only Michael Chopra and Zesh Rehman had reached the top division. Siddiqi is one of the 11, having spent the season on the books of Northampton Town after spells in Dubai, the United States and at non-league level. It is off the field, however, where the Hammersmith-born, former Pakistan international has made his name.
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Australia, who take part in Asian qualification, were not considered, as the country is not part of the Asian continent, while the likes of Turkey, Armenia and Russia, countries that straddle Europe and Asia, were also excluded from consideration. The team certainly demands an improvement on the Confederations Cup performance, where both Brazil and Italy tore the back line to shreds. With Yasuyuki Konno heading towards retirement, Southampton man Maya Yoshida looks to be the best prospect around which to construct the defence.
Over in Europe, Reza Ghoochannejhad was the second top scorer in Holland last season, Yuto Nagatomo is on-loan at Turkish league leaders Galatasaray and Tom Rogic has won plenty of plaudits and trophies over the last few years at Celtic. Clearly, there are no shortage of options, and for the purposes of this seven, we are classing any nation that is part of the Asian Football Confederation as Asian. Now aged 31, Okazaki has won caps and scored 50 goals for his native Japan, who qualified for this summer's World Cup finals in Russia.
Swansea winger Yan Dhanda says he is proud of his Indian heritage and is desperate to make his mark on the game in order to inspire the next generation of British Asian footballers. Birmingham-born Dhanda, who has represented England at under and under level, was thrust into the spotlight back in when he left West Brom's youth setup to join Liverpool. Despite training regularly at Melwood and joining the first-team at a La Manga warm-weather camp inDhanda moved to Swansea at the beginning of last season in search of senior football. Dhanda insists he is not burdened by the weight of community expectation, and says trying to become one of the first Indian-origin players to thrive in English football is a huge source of motivation for him.
While the other four — Saudi Arabia, Iran, Korea Republic and Australia — all headed home early, the Samurai Blue went into the last 16 and were unlucky to lose to the highly-fancied Belgians after conceding to a last-minute counterattack. With a number of players still active in the big European leagues, it is not a surprise that there are five Japanese players in the running to win BFA Best Footballer in Asia All you need to know.
It is awarded to the player who had the best performance for Asian football during the previous calendar year. Inspired by Ballon d'Or and France Footballthe editorial team of Titan Sports decided to launch an award in honor of the player deemed to have performed the best in Asian football over the previous year. The prize is open to all footballers who participate Asian football, by playing for national teams or clubs affiliated to Asian Football Confederation during the targeted calendar year. Each juror contributes one vote.