Japan captain Hasebe signs for Frankfurt

Berlin: Japan captain Makoto Hasebe will stay in the Bundesliga following the World Cup after signing a two-year contract on Monday to join Eintracht Frankfurt from relegated Nuremberg. 

The 30-year-old joined Germany`s top-flight in 2007/08 from J-League side Urawa Red Diamonds and has made 135 Bundesliga appearances, scoring five goals.

"We are pleased that we were able to sign an experienced player, who has demonstrated his skills over the last few years in the Bundesliga," said Eintracht`s director of sport Bruno Huebner.

"We wish him lots of success at the World Cup and that he leads his team as far as possible."

Having switched from VfL Wolfsburg to Nuremberg last September, Hasebe endured an injury-hit single season as Nuremberg failed to escape the drop.

He was only able to make 14 appearances for the Franconian club with a knee injury before making his return for the final match of the season.

Hasebe has been in the national team since 2006, making 78 appearances for Japan, who are in Group C and open their World Cup campaign against Ivory Coast on Sunday June 15 in Recife.

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