Yuki Abe

For footballer, born 1989, see Yuki Abe (footballer, born 1989).
Yuki Abe
阿部 勇樹

Abe playing for Leicester City
Personal information
Full name Yuki Abe[1]
Date of birth (1981-09-06) 6 September 1981
Place of birth Ichikawa, Chiba, Japan
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Urawa Red Diamonds
Number 22
Youth career
1994–1998 JEF United Ichihara
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2006 JEF United Ichihara 214 (36)
2007–2010 Urawa Red Diamonds 120 (14)
2010–2012 Leicester City 52 (2)
2012– Urawa Red Diamonds 135 (17)
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 19 February 2016.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 2 October 2011 (UTC)

Yuki Abe (阿部 勇樹 Abe Yūki, born 6 September 1981) is a Japanese footballer who plays for the Japanese national team and Urawa Red Diamonds as a midfielder.

Club career

JEF United Ichihara

Born in Ichikawa, Chiba, Abe, then a member of the JEF United Ichihara (now JEF United Ichihara 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 J-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.

Abe (right) playing for Urawa Red Diamonds in 2007

Urawa Red Diamonds

On 22 January 2007, Abe joined Urawa, the defending J. 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 to win the AFC Champions League 2007. He scored once in the second leg of the final against Iran's Sepahan F.C..[3] Abe participated in the 2007 FIFA Club World Cup playing for Urawa who eventually lost to A.C. 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]

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 AFC Asian Cup qualification match. He was not selected to Japan's 2006 FIFA 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 FIFA 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.

Career statistics

As of 29 November 2016


Club Season League Cup1 League Cup2 Continental3 Other4 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
JEF United Ichihara Chiba 1998 10----10
1999 3011020--331
2000 2503230--312
2001 1732020--213
2002 2412030--291
2003 2734030--343
2004 2451051--306
2005 331210105--4417
2006 33111082-314514
Total 21436152368-3126847
Urawa Red Diamonds 2007 33310-12360526
2008 336101040-396
2009 342-40--382
2010 203-21--224
Total 1201420711636015118
Leicester City 2010–11 3612020--401
2011–12 1611020--191
Total 5223040--592
Urawa Red Diamonds 2012 3443040----414
2013 336005061--447
2014 3441171--426
2015 34341225020477
2016 352104160-463
Total 17119922241712022027
Career total 55671294691333411169893

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, J. League Championship and FIFA Club World Cup.



Japan national team

Appearances in major competitions

Team Competition Category Appearances Goals Team Record
Start Sub
 Japan2004 Summer Olympics qualificationU-22412Qualified
 Japan2004 Summer OlympicsU-23301Round 1
 Japan2007 AFC Asian Cup qualificationSenior501Qualified
 Japan2007 AFC Asian CupSenior6014th place
 Japan2010 FIFA World Cup qualificationSenior610Qualified
 Japan2011 AFC Asian Cup qualificationSenior010Qualified
 Japan2010 FIFA World CupSenior400Round 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 My Dinh 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



JEF United Ichihara Chiba
Urawa Red Diamonds



  1. "FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010: List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 4 June 2010. p. 16. Retrieved 20 April 2014.
  2. "Abe makes record switch to Japan's Urawa Reds". Reuters. 22 January 2007. Retrieved 22 January 2007.
  3. (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 Sep 2010. 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 Sep 2011, retrieved 10 Mar 2012
  9. "Yuki Abe leaves Leicester City for return to Japan". BBC Sport. 22 January 2012. Retrieved 22 January 2012.
  10. Yuki Abe at National-Football-Teams.com
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