Japan international midfielder SHINJI KAGAWA (23) of Borussia Dortmund shoots the ball past seated FC St. Pauli goalkeeper THOMAS HESSLER for the game-winning goal in the 50th minute of the Bundesliga match at the Millerntor Stadion in Hamburg, Germany. (Reuters photo)
BORUSSIA DORTMUND lost their league opener at home 2-0 to Bayer Leverkusen to start the 2010-11 campaign in Germany. Since that initial disappointing result, die Schwarzgelben have ripped off five Bundesliga wins in a row and seven altogether including the UEFA Europa League. Currently, manager JUERGEN KLOPP’s side occupy second place in the domestic table.
Part of the early success can be attributed to an off-season acquisition from Asia. Attacking midfielder SHINJI KAGAWA has been an ever-present in the Dortmund team and is delivering goals as well. So far, the 21-year-old Japan international has easily been extraordinary value for the 350,000 Euros that Borussia reportedly paid to J-League side Cerezo Osaka last May.
Kagawa scored the game-winning goal, his second such this term, for Borussia Dortmund five minutes into the second half at FC St. Pauli over the weekend and is among the class of the Bundesliga with four goals from six league games this season.
Including his brace against FK Qarabag of Azerbaijan in the UEFA Europa League, Kagawa, who also scored the only goal in Japan’s 1-0 win over Paraguay in early September, now counts six goals from ten games in all competitions to start his Borussia Dortmund career.