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List of 35 Asian players in the Premier League

A total of 35 Asian players have been playing in the English Premier League, most of them having Korean, Japanese and Chinese nationalities.

Compared with the Americas, Africa, or Asia, the number of Asian players playing in the English Premier League is inferior. In addition to the limited level, a work permit barrier is said to be the reason that not many players from the golden continent play in the No. 1 league.

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Since Karim Bagheri signed with Charlton in 2000, a total of 35 Asian players have played in the English Premier League, more than a third of which are Korean nationals (15 players). Japan and China finished second and third with 9 and 6 players.

After Maya Yoshida moved to Sampdoria, while Ki Sung-yueng landed in Mallorca last winter market, only 4 Asian players played in the English Premier League including Takumi Minamino (Liverpool), Yoshinori Muto (Newcastle), Alireza Jahanbakhsh (Brighton) and Son Heung-min (Tottenham).

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Chinese players:

1. Li Weifeng (Everton, 2002-2003)

2. Dong Fangzhou (MU, 2004-2008)

3. Li Ke (Arsenal, 2011-2014)

4. Zheng Zhi (Charlton, 2007-2009)

5. Li Tie (Everton, 2002-2006)

6. Sun Jihai (Man City, 2002, 2008)

Japanese players:

1. Junichi Inamoto (Fulham and West Brom, 2002-2006)

2. Shinji Kagawa (MU, 2012-2014)

3. Takumi Minamino (Liverpool, 2019-present)

4. Ryo Miyaichi (Bolton, Wigan and Arsenal, 2011-2014)

5. Yoshinori Muto (Newcastle, 2018-present)

6. Hidetoshi Nakata (Bolton, 2005-2006)

7. Shinji Okazaki (Leicester City, 2015-2019)

8. Kazuyuki Toda (Tottenham, 2002-2003)

9. Maya Yoshida (Southampton, 2012-2020)

Korean players:

1. For Won-hee (Wigan, 2008-2010)

2. Ji Dong-won (Sunderland, 2011-2012, 2013-2014)

3. Ki Sung-yueng (Swansea, Sunderland and Newcastle, 2012-2020)

4. Kim Bo-kyung (Cardiff City, 2013-2014)

5. Kim Do-heon (West Brom, 2008-2009)

6. Lee Chung-yong (Bolton and Crystal Palace, 2009-2012, 2014-2018)

7. Lee Dong-gook (Middlesbrough, 2006-2008)

8. Lee Young-pyo (Tottenham, 2005-2008)

9. Park Chu-young (Arsenal, 2011-2012)

10. Park Ji-sung (MU and QPR, 2005-2013)

11. Seol Ki-hyeon (Reading and Fulham, 2006-2010)

12. Yun Suk-young QPR, 2014-2015)

13. Son Heung-min (Tottenham, 2015-present)

Iranian player:

1. Karim Bagheri (Charlton, 2000-2001)

2. Alireza Jahanbakhsh (Brighton, 2018-present)

3. Andranik Teymourian (Bolton and Fulham, 2006-2009)

4. Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham, 2012-2014)

Oman player:

1. Ali Al-Habsi (Bolton and Wigan, 2007-2008, 2010-2013)

Pakistani players:

1. Zesh Rehman (Fulham, 2003-2006)

Philippines player:

1. Neil Etheridge (Cardiff City, 2018-2019)