Round-Up: Takashi Usami

Two years in Germany, one season at Bayern and then back home – Takashi Usami’s Intermezzo in Europe was short, but worth a try. Author: Felix • Translator:

The career of the Japanese started early. With 17 Usami debuted for Gamba Osaka in the AFC Champions League and scored the 1:0. The youngster was also used in the league and in the Japanese Cup. In the following season 2010/11 Usami finally was on the shopping lists of several European top clubs. In the J-League, he was elected “best young player”. Usami’s destination was Bayern – but for a long time it looked as if the transfer could not be realized. In the end, both clubs agreed a loan deal with a subsequent option to buy. The then 19-year-old arrived in Munich in mid-July 2011 with his first words in Bavarian “Servus, I bin der Takashi”. But he was not happy in Munich: the Japanese only had three games in the first team, one in each competition – even though he showed his potential in 18 games for the second team. The FCB ultimately did not use the purchase option, but Usami nevertheless remained in the Bundesliga and tried it at 1899 Hoffenheim. 20 games he collected at Hoffenheim, some even with appealing performances – but the TSG also did not pull the option. So Usami after two seasons in Europe returned back home, where he is a core component of Gamba Osaka today. In March 2015 he made his debut in the Japanese national team.

At Bayern Takashi Usami possibly also arrived just at the wrong time. But Usami is still young – a second chance in Europe is thus still there. Especially in the upcoming summer break, an opportunity might arise.

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