Soccer-Vissel Kobe confirm Osako signing from Werder Bremen
(Reuters) - Japan international striker Yuya Osako has joined Vissel Kobe, the J-League side announced on Sunday after signing the 31-year-old forward from German club Werder Bremen.
Osako returns to Japan after seven-and-a-half seasons in Germany, where he also played for 1860 Munich and FC Koln. He was unveiled by Kobe a day after they confirmed the capture of free agent Yoshinori Muto.
The striker joins a Kobe side who are third in the J-League standings as they attempt to qualify for next year's Asian Champions League.
Osako has scored 23 times in 49 games for Japan and remains the first-choice centre forward for national team head coach Hajime Moriyasu.
He was a member of the Japanese squad at the 2018 World Cup when they reached the knockout rounds and was also a part of the team that finished as runners-up at the 2019 Asian Cup.
(Reporting by Michael Church in Hong Kong, Editing by Clare Fallon)
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