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Yuki Abe

Yuki Abe
Yuki Abe 7.05.2011.jpg
Abe playing for Leicester City
Personal information
Full name Yuki Abe
Date of birth (1981-09-06) 6 September 1981 (age 38)
Place of birth Ichikawa, Chiba, Japan
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Urawa Reds
Number 22
Youth career
1997-1998 JEF United Ichihara
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998-2006 JEF United Chiba 214 (36)
2007-2010 Urawa Reds 120 (14)
2010-2012 Leicester City 52 (2)
2012- Urawa Reds 229 (22)
Total 615 (74)
National team
2000 Japan U-20 2 (2)
2002-2004 Japan U-23 13 (3)
2005-2011 Japan 53 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of end of 2018 season

Yuki Abe ( , Abe Y?ki, born 6 September 1981) is a Japanese football player who plays for Urawa Reds as a midfielder.[1] He played for Japan national team.

Club career

JEF United Chiba

Born in Ichikawa, Chiba, Abe, then a member of the JEF United Ichihara (now JEF United Chiba) youth side, made his debut with the senior club at the age of 16 years and 333 days on 5 August 1998, at the time a record for the youngest Japanese professional player and J1 League. He went on to become JEF United's captain, and led the club to the 2005 and 2006 J.League Cup titles while being named to the league's Best Eleven during the span.

Urawa Reds

Abe (right) playing for Urawa Reds in 2007

On 22 January 2007, Abe joined Urawa Reds, the defending J1 League and Emperor's Cup champions, for a transfer fee of around ¥360 million (around $3 million), a record amount for a Japanese player in a domestic deal.[2]

Abe helped Urawa Reds to win the 2007 AFC Champions League. He scored once in the second leg of the final against Iran's Sepahan FC.[3] Abe participated in the 2007 Club World Cup playing for Urawa who eventually lost to AC Milan. Urawa finished in third place.

Leicester City

Abe in his final season with Leicester City on 25 September 2011

On 26 August 2010, Abe was signed by English Championship club Leicester City,[4] signing a three-year contract.[5] He made his debut in a 2-1 league win over Cardiff City on 14 September,[6] scoring his first goal for the club in a 4-2 win over Ipswich Town on 7 May 2011.[7] His last league goal for the club was in a 1-0 win over Brighton on 17 September 2011.[8] Suffering from homesickness, Abe's contract was cancelled by mutual consent on 22 January 2012 and he returned to Japan to re-join former club Urawa Reds.[9]

Urawa Reds

In 2012, Abe returned to Urawa Reds. He played all matches in J1 League except for one match in 2013 season until 2016 season.[10][11] In 2016, Reds won the champions in J.League Cup and the 2nd place in J1 League. He was also selected Best Eleven award.[12] In 2017, Reds won the champions in AFC Champions League for the first time in 10 years. In 2018, Reds won the Emperor's Cup.

International career

Abe made his senior national team debut on 29 January 2005, in a friendly match against Kazakhstan and scored his first national team goal on 6 September 2006 against Yemen in a 2007 Asian Cup qualification match. He was not selected to Japan's 2006 World Cup team, but he has become a regular under his former JEF United coach Ivica Osim, who took over as the national team head coach after the World Cup. He had previously represented Japan at the Under-20 and Under-23 levels, appearing in all three first round matches at the 2004 Olympics and scoring a goal against Italy. He appeared in all of Japan's games at the 2010 World Cup. Despite missing out on Japan's 2011 Asian Cup victory, on 29 March 2011 he played 45 minutes against the J-League All Stars. On 4 August 2011 Abe was announced in the Japan squad to play South Korea. He played 53 games and scored 3 goals for Japan until 2011.[13]

Career statistics

As of end of 2018 season[14][15]

Club

Club Season League Cup1 League Cup2 Continental3 Other4 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
JEF United Ichihara 1998 1 0 0 0 0 0 - - 1 0
1999 30 1 1 0 2 0 - - 33 1
2000 25 0 3 2 3 0 - - 31 2
2001 17 3 2 0 2 0 - - 21 3
2002 24 1 2 0 3 0 - - 29 1
2003 27 3 4 0 3 0 - - 34 3
2004 24 5 1 0 5 1 - - 30 6
JEF United Chiba 2005 33 12 1 0 10 5 - - 44 17
2006 33 11 1 0 8 2 - 3 1 45 14
Total 214 36 15 2 36 8 - 3 1 268 47
Urawa Reds 2007 33 3 1 0 0 0 12 3 6 0 52 6
2008 33 6 1 0 1 0 4 0 - 39 6
2009 34 2 0 0 4 0 - - 38 2
2010 20 3 0 0 2 1 - - 22 4
Total 120 14 2 0 7 1 16 3 6 0 151 18
Leicester City 2010/11 36 1 2 0 2 0 - - 40 1
2011/12 16 1 1 0 2 0 - - 19 1
Total 52 2 3 0 4 0 - - 59 2
Urawa Reds 2012 34 4 3 0 4 0 - - 41 4
2013 33 6 0 0 5 0 6 1 - 44 7
2014 34 4 1 1 7 1 - - 42 6
2015 34 3 4 1 2 2 5 0 2 0 47 7
2016 34 1 1 0 4 1 6 0 - 47 3
2017 33 3 0 0 1 0 11 0 4 1 39 3
2018 27 1 5 0 5 0 - - 37 1
2019
Total 229 22 14 2 28 4 28 1 6 1 305 30
Career total 615 74 34 4 75 13 44 4 15 2 783 97

1Includes Emperor's Cup and FA Cup.

2Includes J.League Cup and Football League Cup.

3Includes AFC Champions League.

4Includes Japanese Super Cup, A3 Champions Cup, Suruga Bank Championship, J.League Championship and FIFA Club World Cup.

International

[16]

Japan national team
Year Apps Goals
2005 5 0
2006 8 1
2007 11 1
2008 9 0
2009 8 1
2010 9 0
2011 3 0
Total 53 3

Appearances in major competitions

Team Competition Category Appearances Goals Team Record
Start Sub
 Japan 2004 Summer Olympics qualification U-22 4 1 2 Qualified
 Japan 2004 Summer Olympics U-23 3 0 1 Round 1
 Japan 2007 AFC Asian Cup qualification Senior 5 0 1 Qualified
 Japan 2007 AFC Asian Cup Senior 6 0 1 4th place
 Japan 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification Senior 6 1 0 Qualified
 Japan 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification Senior 0 1 0 Qualified
 Japan 2010 FIFA World Cup Senior 4 0 0 Round of 16

Goals for Japan National Team

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 16 August 2006 Niigata Stadium, Niigata, Japan  Yemen 2-0 Won 2007 AFC Asian Cup qualification
2. 25 July 2007 M? ?ình National Stadium, Hanoi, Vietnam  Saudi Arabia 2-3 Lost 2007 AFC Asian Cup Semifinals
3. 27 May 2009 Nagai Stadium, Osaka, Japan  Chile 4-0 Won Kirin Cup 2009

Honours

Club

JEF United Chiba
Urawa Red Diamonds

Individual

References

  1. ^ Yuki Abe at J.League (in Japanese) Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Abe makes record switch to Japan's Urawa Reds". Reuters. 22 January 2007. Retrieved 2007.
  3. ^ (in English) Reds rule Asia / Sink Sepahan to become 1st J.League club to win ACL, earn Club World Cup berth
  4. ^ "Japan midfielder Yuki Abe completes Leicester City move". BBC Sport. 31 August 2010. Retrieved 2010.
  5. ^ "Leicester City new boy Yuki Abe brushes up on his history". this is Leicestershire. 17 September 2010. Retrieved 2011.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Leicester 2 - 1 Cardiff". BBC Sport. 13 September 2010. Retrieved 2010.
  7. ^ "Leicester 4 - 2 Ipswich". BBC Sport. 7 May 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  8. ^ Leicester 1-0 Brighton, BBC Sport, 17 September 2011, retrieved 2012
  9. ^ "Yuki Abe leaves Leicester City for return to Japan". BBC Sport. 22 January 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  10. ^ Yuki Abe at J.League (in Japanese) Edit this at Wikidata
  11. ^ J.League
  12. ^ J.League
  13. ^ Japan National Football Team Database
  14. ^ Nippon Sports Kikaku Publishing inc./, "J1&J2&J3 2018 (NSK MOOK)", 7 February 2018, Japan, ISBN 978-4905411529 (p. 59 out of 289)
  15. ^ Nippon Sports Kikaku Publishing inc./, "2017 J1&J2&J3? (NSK MOOK)", 8 February 2017, Japan, ISBN 978-4905411420 (p. 19 out of 289)
  16. ^ "Yuki Abe". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman.

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