Yuki Abe

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Yuki Abe
阿部 勇樹
Yuki Abe 7.05.2011.jpg
Abe playing for Leicester City
Personal information
Full nameYuki Abe
Date of birth (1981-09-06) 6 September 1981 (age 39)
Place of birth Ichikawa, Chiba, Japan
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Urawa Reds
Number 22
Youth career
1997–1998 JEF United Ichihara
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1998–2006 JEF United Chiba 214 (36)
2007–2010 Urawa Reds 120 (14)
2010–2012 Leicester City 52 (2)
2012– Urawa Reds 252 (25)
Total615(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 onlyand correct as of end of 2018 season

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

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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 Yuki Abe.png
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 Yuki Abe, Leicester City.jpg
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

ClubSeasonLeagueCup 1 League Cup 2 Continental 3 Other 4 Total
AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
JEF United Ichihara 1998 100000--10
1999 3011020--331
2000 2503230--312
2001 1732020--213
2002 2412030--291
2003 2734030--343
2004 2451051--306
JEF United Chiba 2005 331210105--4417
2006 33111082-314514
Total21436152368-3126847
Urawa Reds 2007 333100012360526
2008 336101040-396
2009 3420040--382
2010 2030021--224
Total1201420711636015118
Leicester City 2010/11 3612020--401
2011/12 1611020--191
Total5223040--592
Urawa Reds 2012 3443040--414
2013 336005061-447
2014 3441171--426
2015 34341225020477
2016 341104160-473
2017 333001011041393
2018 2715050--371
2019 11010106010200
2020 300000000030
2021 9300400000133
Total252251523343411134133
Career total638773548013504162819100

International

[16]

Japan national team
YearAppsGoals
2005 50
2006 81
2007 111
2008 90
2009 81
2010 90
2011 30
Total533

Appearances in major competitions

TeamCompetitionCategoryAppearancesGoalsTeam Record
StartSub
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 2004 Summer Olympics qualificationU-22412Qualified
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 2004 Summer Olympics U-23301Round 1
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 2007 AFC Asian Cup qualification Senior501Qualified
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 2007 AFC Asian Cup Senior6014th place
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification Senior610Qualified
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification Senior010Qualified
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 2010 FIFA World Cup Senior400Round of 16

Goals for Japan National Team

#DateVenueOpponentScoreResultCompetition
1.16 August 2006 Niigata Stadium, Niigata, JapanFlag of Yemen.svg  Yemen 2–0Won 2007 AFC Asian Cup qualification
2.25 July 2007 Mỹ Đình National Stadium, Hanoi, Vietnam Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia 2–3Lost 2007 AFC Asian Cup Semifinals
3.27 May 2009 Nagai Stadium, Osaka, JapanFlag of Chile.svg  Chile 4–0Won Kirin Cup 2009

Honours

Club

JEF United Chiba
Urawa Red Diamonds

Individual

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References

  1. Yuki Abe at J.League (in Japanese) OOjs UI icon edit-ltr-progressive.svg
  2. "Abe makes record switch to Japan's Urawa Reds". Reuters. 22 January 2007. Retrieved 22 January 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 1 December 2010.
  5. "Leicester City new boy Yuki Abe brushes up on his history". this is Leicestershire. 17 September 2010. Archived from the original on 21 April 2013. Retrieved 11 May 2011.
  6. "Leicester 2 – 1 Cardiff". BBC Sport. 13 September 2010. Retrieved 22 December 2010.
  7. "Leicester 4 – 2 Ipswich". BBC Sport. 7 May 2011. Retrieved 8 May 2011.
  8. Leicester 1-0 Brighton, BBC Sport, 17 September 2011, retrieved 10 March 2012
  9. "Yuki Abe leaves Leicester City for return to Japan". BBC Sport. 22 January 2012. Retrieved 22 January 2012.
  10. Yuki Abe at J.League (in Japanese) OOjs UI icon edit-ltr-progressive.svg
  11. J.League
  12. J.League
  13. Japan National Football Team Database
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  16. Yuki Abe at National-Football-Teams.com