Japan midfielder Hosogai signs with Bangkok United
True Bangkok United have signed former Japan midfielder Hajime Hosogai from fellow Thai League 1 club Buriram United.
The 33-year-old Japanese had an excellent season with the Thunder Castle after joining from J1 League side Kashiwa Reysol a year ago. However, he was released by Buriram after failing to help the club win any trophies last season.
"I am very happy to join a big team like True Bangkok United," said Hosogai. "I will try my best and my goal is to win the Thai League 1 trophy with the team. Bangkok United are a team that have a lot of quality and I believe that we can win all the trophies in Thailand," he added.
Hosogai played for Urawa Red Diamonds from 2005-2010 before moving to the Bundesliga where he had spells with Bayer Leverkusen, Augsburg, Hertha Berlin and Stuttgart.
Meanwhile Thailand midfielder Thitiphan Puangjan has returned to BG Pathum United after finishing his loan spell at J1 League team Oita Trinita at the end of last season.
During his spell with Oita, the 26-year-old Thitiphan played 25 matches, scored one goal and had one assist for the team. BG Pathum, formerly Bangkok Glass FC, won promotion to the top flight after winning the Thai League 2 crown last season.
The new Thai League 1 season will begin on Feb 14.