Kenichi Uemura

Kenichi Uemura
Personal information
Full name Kenichi Uemura
Date of birth (1974-04-22) April 22, 1974
Place of birth Yatsushiro, Kumamoto, Japan
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–2003 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 251 (23)
2004 Cerezo Osaka 15 (0)
2005–2006 Tokyo Verdy 19 (0)
2006 YSCC Yokohama 0 (0)
2007–2008 Roasso Kumamoto 58 (3)
Total 343 (26)
National team
1996 Japan U-23 2 (1)
2001 Japan 4 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Kenichi Uemura (上村 健一 Uemura Kenichi, born April 22, 1974) is a former Japanese football player. He played for Japan national team. He was a defender and was capped 4 times for Japan national team.

Playing career

After graduating from Matsunaga High Schook, he joined J1 League side Sanfrecce Hiroshima in 1993. He broke into the first team in the first season. His first league appearance came on July 4, 1993 against Verdy Kawasaki at Todoroki Stadium. He scored his first professional goal on July 24, 1993 against Urawa Red Diamonds at Hiroshima Stadium.

He represented Japan national team at the 1996 Summer Olympics. He scored a goal in a group stage match against Hungary.

National coach Philippe Troussier gave him the first full international cap on April 25, 2001 in a friendly against Spain in Córdoba. He was a member of the Japan team for the 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup and he played three games.

After 11 year long service at Sanfrecce Hiroshima, he moved to Cerezo Osaka in 2004, then Tokyo Verdy (2005–2006). After a brief spell at YSCC Yokohama, he joined Rosso Kumamoto (Currently Roasso Kumamoto) in 2007.

He damaged his knee ligaments three times and experienced seven operations. These injuries have affected his form.

Uemura retired from professional football after the 2008 season.

Club statistics

Club performance League Cup League Cup Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Japan League Emperor's Cup J.League Cup Total
1993Sanfrecce HiroshimaJ1 League1712060251
2003J2 League38040-420
2004Cerezo OsakaJ1 League1500060210
2005Tokyo VerdyJ1 League1801040230
2006J2 League1000-10
2006YSCC YokohamaRegional Leagues00--00
2007Rosso KumamotoFootball League30310-313
2008Roasso KumamotoJ2 League28000-280
Country Japan 3432630136140928
Total 3432630136140928

National team statistics


Japan national team

National team

Honors and awards

Team Honors


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