• Kyodo


Mike Havenaar finished the Dutch Eredivisie season with his 16th goal, the most ever by a Japanese in a single European top-flight campaign, as ADO Den Haag drew 1-1 to Heerenveen on Sunday.

Havenaar converted a first-half penalty for Den Haag, which ended up 11th in the season, won by PSV Eindhoven. The Japan international was the seventh leading scorer in the league.

Havenaar said he plans to move on from Den Haag for next fall, with his eye on making it to next year’s World Cup in Russia. He also played down the significance of his own achievement, saying the old record of 15 Bundesliga goals scored by Shinji Okazaki with Mainz two years ago is more significant.

“He scored 15 goals in Germany, which is amazing,” Havenaar said of the Leicester City forward.

“I don’t know what holds for next season, but I’m confident I can do the job for whatever team I play for. And hopefully, it will lead to Russia.”


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