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Japanese starlet Usami arrives in Munich

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Japanese starlet Usami arrives in Munich

Postby FCBayernNews » Thu Jul 14, 2011 6:40 pm

Welcome to Munich, Takashi Usami! Bayern's first-ever Japanese signing landed in the Bavarian capital at 5.20 pm on Thursday evening, where a total of eight camera crews were waiting to record the 19-year-old's arrival on European soil. Two Japanese TV stations even sent crews to cover the whole of the player's journey from the Land of the Rising Sun to Munich.

"We've been watching Usami for a long time, and we're delighted he's coming to us, because he's very talented indeed," commented FCB director of sport Christian Nerlinger. Usami is joining Munich from Gamba Osaka, initially on a one-year loan, with an option for FCB to purchase the player in 12 months' time.

Fond farewell from Osaka crowd

In the attacking midfielder's final match before flying to Munich, he scored on 62 minutes to put his side 2-0 up in a home meeting with Vissel Kobe, a match Gamba ended up winning 3-2. After the final whistle, Usami donned a Bayern shirt and was given a rousing send-off by the home crowd.

The versatile forward is at home on both flanks, but is also comfortable operating in a central position. Usami, who earned a chorus of praise in Japan in the season just ended for his pace and dribbling ability, has represented his country at U-17 and U-20 level, and was called into the senior national squad for the first time in June this year, although he has yet to earn full international recognition.
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