the view from asia

An Asian armada sets sail for Europe

August 29, 2009
By Matthias Krug
With this weekend's much anticipated start of the Spanish La Liga, the big new signing at European Champions FC Barcelona is undoubtedly Zlatan Ibrahimovic. That may be a tongue-breaker for some Catalans, but fans of cross-city rivals Espanyol are pinning their hopes on an even more exotic name: Shunsuke Nakamura.

At the age of 31, the Japanese superstar has fulfilled a childhood dream with his move to the Iberian Peninsula. Having already proven himself in Scotland, the skilful midfielder ...

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