Reporter Bae Jin-nam = Midfielder (MF) Suzuki Yuito (22), a rising star in Japanese soccer, will wear a French first division (League 1) RC Strasbourg uniform and go on the stage of the European professional soccer big league.
Strasbourg announced on the 28th that they had acquired Suzuki from Shimizu S-Pulse in Japan.
French media L’Equipe reported that the contract includes a full transfer option after loan until the end of this season.
Suzuki wears number 18.
Suzuki, an attacking midfielder who can play in the center as well as on the side, joined Shimizu in 2020 and scored 5 goals in 83 matches in the J1 (first division) league for three seasons until last year. Shimizu stayed in 17th out of 18 teams in the J1 League last season and was relegated to the J2 (Second Division) League this year.
Suzuki is also a key player in the Japanese under-23 (U-23) national team preparing for the 2024 Paris Olympics. 스포츠토토
He scored three goals in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U-23 Asian Cup held in Uzbekistan in June last year.
In particular, he scored two goals, including the first goal, in the quarterfinals against the Korean national team, which challenged for a second consecutive victory under coach Hwang Seon-hong, leading Japan to a 3-0 victory.
Strasbourg, where Japanese goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima is also playing, is 16th out of 20 teams with 15 points (2 wins, 9 draws, 8 losses) in League 1 in the 2022-2023 season.