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The 2018 FIFA World Cup is less than 100 days away now and teams all over the world are gearing up for what promises to be the best FIFA World Cup in recent memory. There are as many as 6 contenders to win the 2018 FIFA World Cup along with those teams who would upstage the favorites and cause the biggest upsets at the World Cup. We shall take a look at the 5 Asian stars to look out for at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
In terms of upsets, Asian teams are seen as the giant killers and while there are only 6 teams qualifying from the Asian pool of teams we must be ready for a lot of surprises as the Asian teams have come in leaps and bounces over the last few months and look ready to deliver a memorable performance at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Five Asian stars to look out at the 2018 FIFA World Cup:
5). Sardar Azmoun (Iran)
Despite being only 22-years-old, Sardar Azmoun is the fifth highest goal-scorer for his country with 22 international from just 30 appearances. The youngster constantly dominated the headlines playing for Iran’s youth football having scored 30 goals at the Under-19 and Under-21 level.
Sardar Azmoun is currently playing for Rubin Kazan and by his standards is experiencing an awful season with only 1 goal in 18 league games this season. However, Sardar is always on his game when he puts on his national colors and Iran would hope for a positive goal-return from their main man and one of the five asian stars featuring at the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup.
4). Aaron Mooy (Australia)
There is a new Australian making his name for Australian and its Huddersfield star Aaron Mooy who has impressed everyone with his vision and creative play going forward. Mooy, 27 was an inspiration in Huddersfield’s win over Manchester United earlier this season and he would like to carry the same form to the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Mooy has 4 goals and 3 assists in Premier League this season and he will certainly be a key Asian player at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
3). Hwang Hee-Chan (South Korea)
Capable of operating from either wing, South Korean Hwang Hee-Chan is the latest to have come from the Red Bull Salzburg’s academy and making giant strides in European football. Hee-Chan is already a 2-time Austrian League and Australian Cup winner and the Asian has managed 9 goals and 2 assists so far this season.
In the 2012 AFC U-16 Championship, Hee-Chan scored a hat-trick against North Korea and the 22-year-old will be one of the key figures for South Korea’s World Cup run later this season.
2). Shinji Kagawa (Japan)
We may have seen Shinji Kagawa for the last decade or so but the footballing sensation is still 28-years-old and looks certain to be one of the Asian players to shine at the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup. Kagawa made his international debut for Japan back in 2008 and has netted 29 goals for his country. Playing for Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund in recent seasons will prepare him for a successful 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign.
1). Son Heung-Min (South Korea)
On his day, Son Heung-Min is one of the best attackers in the Premier League apart from one of the best Asian players at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, as he has scored 12 goals and has 4 assists this season. Amidst Harry Kane’s brilliance, many have overlooked Son’s performances this season but at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, he will be the star man for his side and we may see the very best from the 25-year-old star while playing in a free role in the front three.