Atsuto Uchida

Atsuto Uchida

Uchida training with Schalke 04 in 2015
Personal information
Full name Atsuto Uchida[1]
Date of birth (1988-03-27) 27 March 1988
Place of birth Kannami, Shizuoka, Japan
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)[2]
Playing position Right back
Club information
Current team
Schalke 04
Number 22
Youth career
2003–2005 Shimizu Higashi High School
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2010 Kashima Antlers 124 (3)
2010– Schalke 04 104 (1)
2014 Schalke 04 II 1 (0)
National team
2005–2007 Japan U20 12 (0)
2007–2008 Japan U23 8 (0)
2008– Japan 71 (2)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 May 2015.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 24 June 2014

Atsuto Uchida (内田 篤人 Uchida Atsuto, born 27 March 1988) is a Japanese professional footballer, who plays for FC Schalke 04 and the Japan national football team as a right back.

Club career

Uchida was educated at and played for Shimizu Higashi High School prior to joining the Kashima Antlers in 2006.[3] On 5 March 2006, Uchida began his professional career when he debuted for Kashima at the age of 17 in the season-opener against Sanfrecce Hiroshima, since which he has remained a fixture in the starting eleven.[4] His first goal as a professional footballer came on 21 March 2006 when he scored against Ventforet Kofu. He was also selected by popular vote to play in the 2006 J. League All-Star Soccer game. On 13 June 2010, German club FC Schalke 04 announced that they had signed the Japanese international to a three-year contract.[5] On 13 April 2011, Uchida became the first Japanese footballer to play for a team that reached the semi-finals of the Champion's League. On 18 September 2013, he scored his first goal in the Champions League in a 3-0 win against Steaua Bucuresti.

On 17 August 2012, FC Schalke 04 announced that Atsuto Uchida signed a two-year professional contract extension to 30 June 2015.[6]

International career

Uchida defending Neymar during a match at the Confederations Cup in 2013.
Uchida playing for the Japan national team

Uchida represented Japan at several underage levels. Uchida was part of the Japan team for the 2006 AFC Youth Championship finals hosted by India and Japan finished runners-up. Uchida also took part in the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup finals hosted by Canada.

In 2006, Uchida received an international call-up from national coach Ivica Osim but did not play any game. Uchida finally made a full international debut for Japan on 26 January 2008 in a friendly against Chile at National Olympic Stadium in Tokyo. This was the first match under the reign of new manager Takeshi Okada. On 6 February 2008, Uchida played 90 minutes for Japan in a 4–1 win against Thailand and became the first teenage Japanese footballer to play FIFA World Cup qualification after the establishment of the J. League in 1993. On 22 June 2008, Uchida scored the winner in a 1–0 win against Bahrain.[7] It was his first international goal and Uchida became the youngest Japanese goalscorer in FIFA World Cup qualification at age 20 years and 87 days, beating an 11-year-old record that was held by Hidetoshi Nakata. Uchiha was a member of the Japan team for the 2008 Summer Olympics squad, the 2010 World Cup squad, winning team of the 2011 AFC Asian Cup, the 2013 Confederations Cup squad, and the 2014 World Cup squad.[8]

Career statistics


Statistics accurate as of 7 February 2015.[9][10][11]

Club Season League League Cup1 League Cup2 Continental3 Other4 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Kashima Antlers 2006 J1 28230100--412
2007 3105180--441
2008 25110106010341
2009 31020207110431
2010 90--7110171
Total 1243111210202301796
Schalke 04 2010–11 Bundesliga 26050-11010430
2011–12 180--80-260
2012–13 24110-50-301
2013–14 17030-81-281
2014–15 19000-60-250
Total 104190-381101522
Career total 2284201210583403318

1Includes Emperor's Cup and DFB-Pokal.

2Includes J. League Cup.

3Includes AFC Champions League, UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League.

4Includes Japanese Super Cup and DFL-Supercup.


As of 11 June 2015.
National teamYearAppsGoals
Japan U-20
Japan U-23

International goals

Scores and results list Japan's goal tally first.

Senior team

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 22 June 2008 Japan Saitama Stadium, Saitama  Bahrain
2010 FIFA World Cup Qualification
2. 27 May 2014 Japan Saitama Stadium, Saitama  Cyprus

Appearances in major competitions

Team Competition Category Appearances Goals Team Record
Start Sub
 Japan2006 AFC Youth Championship qualificationU-18200Qualified
 Japan2006 AFC Youth ChampionshipU-196002nd place
 Japan2007 FIFA U-20 World CupU-20400Round of 16
 Japan2008 Summer Olympics qualificationU-22400Qualified
 Japan2008 Summer OlympicsU-23200Round 1
 Japan2010 FIFA World Cup qualificationSenior701Qualified
 Japan2011 AFC Asian Cup qualificationSenior200Qualified
 Japan2011 AFC Asian CupSenior500Champions
 Japan2013 Confederations CupSenior210Group Stage
 Japan2014 FIFA World Cup qualificationSenior910Qualified
 Japan2014 FIFA World CupSenior300Group Stage

Awards and honours


Kashima Antlers
FC Schalke 04




Uchida provided the voice for a character named Uschi, who is named after him, in the Pokémon movie Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction.[12]


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