Former BVB greats Shinji Kagawa finds new club

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By Benjamin McFadyean

Former big and fan favorite BVB Shinji Kagawa has signed a contract with Sint Truidsee VV.

Shinji Kagawa (33) signed a contract with Sint Truidsee VV, who is coached by former HSV coach Germany’s Bernd Hollerbach and is currently 13th in the Belgian Jupiler Pro League (first division).

The 97-time Japan international, who also won the title in 12-13 in his two seasons with Manchester United, has been most successful with BVB, winning the Bundesliga title in 2010-11 and the double in 2011-12 as well as DFB Pokal in 16/17.

Kagawa, whose other stations included Besiktas, Real Zaragoza and more recently PAOK, rank among the best signings in BVB history in terms of transfer activity.

The talented Kobe-born midfielder who has scored 20 goals in 100 appearances for ‘Die Schwarzgelben’ was signed by Cerezo Osaka for just € 350,000 in 2010 and was sold to ‘Man U’ for just € 16million three seasons later in 2014.

Kagawa was a key player in the BVB squad at the time, playing alongside stalwarts like Mats Hummels, Sebastian Kehl, Roman Weidenfeller and Robert Lewandowski in his 100 games in which he scored 20 goals, including his brace. during his first Revierderby against Schalke 04 in 2010/11.

Former German players at the Belgian club, known to their fans as “The Canaries”, include midfielder Mory Konate (BVB II), left-back Robert Bauer (Werder Bremen) and defender Toni Leistner ( Union Berlin).

The winners of the 1998 Belgian League Cup St Truidsee, whose full name is Koninklijke Sint-Truidense Voetbalvereniging, play their football on the Stayen pitch with a capacity of 14,600 seats.

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