Takahara to join South Korea's Suwon

Published Jul. 23, 2010 8:43 a.m. EDT

Former Japan striker Naohiro Takahara has agreed on a move to South Korean club Suwon Bluewings from Japan's Urawa Reds.

''I will do everything I can to help my new team win,'' Takahara told Urawa's official website.

Takahara played in the 2006 World Cup in Germany and scored 68 goals in 168 matches in the J-League first division.

The 31-year-old was the J-League's top scorer in 2002 with 26 goals but has been limited match time this season. He played for German Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt in 2008 on a three-year deal.


Suwon has advanced to the quarterfinals of the Asian Champions League.

Takahara, who appeared in 57 matches for the Japan national team scoring 23 goals, will join his new team on Saturday.