Yuichiro Nagai

Yuichiro Nagai
Personal information
Full name Yuichiro Nagai
Date of birth (1979-02-14) 14 February 1979
Place of birth Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Thespakusatsu Gunma
Number 11
Youth career
1984–1996 Mitsubishi Yowa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–2008 Urawa Red Diamonds 278 (63)
1998–1999Karlsruher II (loan) 21 (4)
2009–2011 Shimizu S-Pulse 39 (1)
2012–2013 Yokohama FC 21 (3)
2014 Arterivo Wakayama 11 (3)
2015– Thespakusatsu Gunma 31 (0)
National team
1997–1999 Japan U20 12 (2)
2003[1] Japan 4 (1)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 February 2016.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 28 January 2010

Yuichiro Nagai (永井 雄一郎 Nagai Yūichirō, born 14 February 1979 in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan) is a Japanese football (soccer) player. He is a forward and currently plays for J. League Division 2 side Thespakusatsu Gunma.[2]

Playing career


He played his youth football at Mitsubishi Yowa Club. After graduating from high school in 1997, he joined Urawa. He made his professional debut on 12 April of that year in the opening league match against Yokohama Marinos at Urawa Komaba Stadium.

Nagai was loaned out to German second division Bundesliga side Karlsruher from 1998 to 1999. He played 21 league games and scored four goals.

In 2003, he took over the number nine jersey from iconic Masahiro Fukuda after the latter retired from the game. He scored a hat trick against Tokyo Verdy 1969 on 21 August 2004. In the same match, his teammate Koji Yamase also scored three goals. On 1 January 2007, he was instrumental in Urawa defending the Emperor's Cup by scoring a late winner assisted by Masayuki Okano.

In AFC Champions League 2007, he helped Urawa win the tournament scoring 3 goals. He was named the player of the tournament.[3][4]

On 7 January 2009, he transferred to Shimizu S-Pulse.[5]


He was a member of the Japan team for the 1997 FIFA World Youth Championship hosted by Malaysia. He scored a goal against Costa Rica at the group stage. The team was eliminated at the quarterfinal. He also represented Japan at the 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship hosted by Nigeria. He scored a goal in the semi-final against Uruguay and contributed to the team finishing runners-up in the competition.

He made his full international debut for Japan on 21 April 2003 in a friendly against South Korea at Seoul World Cup Stadium.[1] His first international goal was the winner in the same match.[1] He is so far capped four times and scored one goal.

Club team career statistics

Updated to 23 February 2016.[6]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Japan League Emperor's Cup League Cup Asia Total
1997Urawa Red DiamondsJ. League Division 13032060-383
Germany League DFB-Pokal Other Europe Total
1998–99Karlsruher SC IIFußball-Regionalliga214---214
Japan League Emperor's Cup League Cup Asia Total
1999Urawa Red DiamondsJ1 League1232021-164
2000J2 League29121021-3213
2001J1 League2564161-358
2009Shimizu S-Pulse803230-142
2012Yokohama FCJ2 League7200--72
2014Arterivo WakayamaJRL11311--144
2015Thespakusatsu GunmaJ2 League31010--320
Total Japan 380703311681014349794
Germany 214---214
Career total 401743311681014351898

FIFA Club World Cup career statistics

2007Urawa Red Diamonds31

National team career statistics

Last update: 31 December 2008

Appearances in major competitions

Team Competition Category Appearances Goals Team Record
Start Sub
 Japan2003 FIFA Confederations CupSenior010Group Stage
Japan national team

Goals for Senior National Team

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 16 April 2003 Seoul, South Korea  South Korea 1–0 Won Friendly

Honors and awards




  1. 1 2 3 "NAGAI Yuichiro". Japan National Football Team Database.
  2. "Stats Centre: Yuichiro Nagai Facts". Guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 5 January 2010.
  3. (English) Urawa Reds In Raptures Over Asian Crown
  4. (English) Reds rule Asia / Sink Sepahan to become 1st J.League club to win ACL, earn Club World Cup berth
  5. "Yuichiro Nagai Moves to Shimizu S-Pulse". Urawa Red Diamonds. 7 January 2009. Retrieved 26 December 2012.
  6. Nippon Sports Kikaku Publishing inc./日本スポーツ企画出版社, "2016J1&J2&J3選手名鑑", 10 February 2016, Japan, ISBN 978-4905411338 (p. 227 out of 289)
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