Soccer: Schalke promote Japanese attacker Kozuki to 1st team


German first-division soccer club Schalke said Friday they have signed a professional contract with Japanese attacker Soichiro Kozuki, who was with their Under-23 team.

The contract for the 22-year-old is through to the end of the 2024-25 season and includes an automatic extension based on a certain number of appearances. Japan captain and defender Maya Yoshida is also on Schalke’s first team.

Kozuki moved to Germany after leaving Kyoto Sanga of the J-League in December 2021.

“I feel right at home here at Schalke and am very grateful for the opportunity that the club has afforded me,” Kozuki s...

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