Bayern Munich’s new Japanese midfielder Fukui could make his debut.
Bayern Munich drew 2-2 with Leverkusen in the fourth round of the 2023-24 Bundesliga on Saturday morning (Aug. 16) at the Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany. In a highly anticipated clash between two Bundesliga leaders, the Bavarians improved to 3-1-1 (10 points) with the draw, maintaining second place in the league behind Leverkusen (10 points) on goal difference. Bayern Munich’s Kim Min-jae played the full game and led the defense, while the Bavarians conceded two goals to Leverkusen on free kicks and penalties.
Bayern Munich’s matchday squad against Leverkusen included new Japanese midfielder Fukui. The game against Leverkusen was the first time Fukui, who has been with the Bavarian second team since last season, was included in the matchday squad for the Bavarian first team. The 19-year-old rookie made his professional debut at the age of 17 in 2021 while playing for Sagandos.
German outlet TZ reported, ‘An unknown Japanese suddenly sits on the Bayern Munich bench,’ adding, ‘A previously unknown face stands out on the Bayern Munich bench. Some Bayern Munich fans may have been surprised to see the bench. ‘Fukui made his first appearance in Bayern Munich’s starting lineup for a Bundesliga match. This was only possible because Bayern Munich had to play without him.
TZ adds, ‘The 173cm tall Japanese moved to Bayern Munich from Sagandos earlier this year. He made his J-League 1 debut at the age of 17. Fukui, who was acquired for a fee of €400,000, has made seven appearances for Bayern Munich’s second team this season. In 12 appearances for Bayern Munich’s second team, he made four assists. Fukui is under contract with Bayern Munich until 2025,” said the club. After joining Bayern Munich, Fukui said, “My role models are Kimmich and Weiner.”
Bayern Munich has been plagued by a series of injuries. Kimmich and Musiala, who missed the last match against France due to injury after being called up to the German national team, were doubtful for the Leverkusen match but played 60 and 30 minutes respectively. Coman, on the other hand, suffered a muscle injury after being called up to the France squad and was left out of the squad against Leverkusen.카지노사이트
Bayern Munich, who have been short on depth this season, have only named 22 players for the UEFA Champions League competition. Each club is allowed 25 players in the UEFA Champions League, but the Bavarians were unable to fill the full 25. Fukui was not included in Bayern Munich’s UEFA Champions League roster.
After playing for Bayern Munich’s second team since the 2021-22 season, South Korean prospect Lee Hyun-joo was loaned to Wiesbaden in the Bundesliga this season. Lee scored 10 goals in 26 appearances for Bayern Munich’s second team, with Fukui assisting on one of Lee’s goals last season.
The first South Korean player to make his Bayern Munich debut was Jung Woo-young, who plays for Stuttgart. Despite being in his late teens, Jung made his Bundesliga debut and UEFA Champions League debut for Bayern Munich in the 2018-19 season. He went on to play for Freiburg, and this season, he’s been playing for Stuttgart.