Top 10 Asian players in Europe

Published May 30th, 2012 - 03:33 GMT

Wigan goalkeeper Ali al Habsi has been ranked third on a list of top ten Asian performers in Europe for the 2011-12 season by popular football website Goal.com on Monday.

The Oman captain, who is in Japan for the final round FIFA World Cup qualifier on June 3, has been picked along with four other players from Japan. Habsi was ranked behind Japan's Shinji Kagawa of Borussia Dortmund and Australia's Brett Holman of Dutch club AZ Alkmaar.

Habsi made 40 appearances this season for Wigan and had eight clean sheets. Rating him third, Goal.com wrote, 'It's never easy being a goalkeeper at a club expected to get relegated, with Habsi making a massive 119 saves this season. The Omani does deserve special recognition for keeping the Latics together with their strong defensive performances before they found form in attack late in the season to rubber stamp their Premier League survival'.

Some of the biggest names on last year's top ten list do not find a place this time. Among them were Park Ji-Sung of South Korea, Yuto Nagatomo of Japan, Tim Cahill of Australia, Park Chu-Young of South Korea and Atsuto Uchida of Japan.

THE TOP 10

1. Shinji Kagawa (Japan, Borussia Dortmund); 2. Brett Holman (Australia, AZ Alkmaar); Ali al Habsi (Oman, Wigan); 4. Shinji Okazaki (Japan, Stuttgart); 5. Koo Ja-Cheol (South Korea, Wolfsburg/Augsburg); 6. Adam Federici (Australia, Reading); 7. Eiji Kawashima (Japan, Lierse); 8. Ki Sung-Yueng (South Korea, Celtic); 9. Javad Nekounam (Iran, Osasuna); 10. Hajime Hosogai (Japan, Augsburg).


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