A summer of surprise for departed fox, special appearances in Copa America

We all appreciated the job Shinji Okazaki did at Leicester City and hopefully he will soon find a new club with Malaga as likely winners in the chase for the Japanese international. Okazaki joined Leicester City from Mainz in Bundesliga back in 2015 and been with at Leicester City for four years, before his contract came to an end this summer.

He played 114 league games while at Leicester City, all of them in the top flight, scoring 14 goals. A number of his appearances were not totally 90 minutes as he was often substituted or came in as a sub. TCF rates Shinji Okazaki highly as one of the most underrated players ever to appear for the club.

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His contribution in the national team has also been fantastic and he is still one counted and was part of the squad that played as special guests in the Copa America this season. Japan and Qatar were invited to join to add up the numbers.

Japan with Okazaki in the team played against Chile, Uruguay and Ecuador. A heavy loss to Chile in the first game, defeated 0-4. Then two draws, 2-2 and 1-1. Okazaki came on as a sub against Chile and started in the two other games.

His tally of caps is now 119 with impressive 50 goals scored in total. Shinji has not any plans of any international retirements as he has flown two and from Europe to games during his time in England and Germany.

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Shinji Okazaki was part of the Japan World Cup squads in 2010, 2014 and 2018. To our notice the only Leicester City player to have played in three World Cups and been a Leicester City player during one of them (2018). Peter Shilton is the other one, participating in 1982, 1986 and 1990, he also a former fox, but was not at Leicester City when he appeared in any of the World Cup’s.

He is also a “very special one” appearing for Japan in the Copa America, not really something that is possible, but for Shinji as we all know, anything is possible.

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We wish the Japanese gentleman all the best in his next move in football and hopefully he will play an important part at his next club, where that will be. Shinji turned 33 in april, but as well all know players in Japan can play professionally in to their 50’s so we will probably see him around for a number of more years.


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