Keisuke Honda opens his CSKA Moscow account against Neuchatel Xamax (video)

Regular readers of the site will know that we’re huge fans of rising Japanese star Keisuke Honda.

Honda came to prominence during his time with Dutch outfit VVV Venlo in the 2008/09 season as the playmaker lead the club to promotion to the Eredivisie. Once in the top flight in Holland, Honda continued to impress against the best the Dutch league had to offer, and in total the free scoring midfielder found the net 24 times in 68 league appearances in the past two seasons.

A slew of Premier League clubs were reported as circling Honda, but in the end Russian big-hitters CSKA Moscow managed to pen the Japanese star for a reputed fee of €9 million in a four-year deal.

With the Russian season still on its hiatus before the new campaign begins, it is now the season of friendlies. And happily, in CSKA’s last match against Swiss club Neuchatel Xamax, Honda scored his first goal for his new employers in a 2-all draw.

Hitting a sweet left-footed curler into the top corner, Honda’s first goal for CSKA can be seen here.