Atsuto Uchida with Schalke 04
|Full name||Atsuto Uchida|
|Date of birth||27 March 1988|
|Place of birth||Kannami, Shizuoka, Japan|
|Height||176 cm (5 ft 9 in)|
|Playing position||Right-Back / Right Wing-Back|
|2003–2005||Shimizu Higashi High School|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 September 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Atsuto Uchida (内田 篤人 Uchida Atsuto?, born 27 March 1988) is a Japanese professional footballer, who plays for Schalke 04 and the Japan national football team as a right-back or right wing-back. Uchida is known for his trademark tireless enduring forward runs on the football pitch of such timing that he is rarely caught out by opponents on the football pitch.
Uchida’s professional football career began at J.League giants Kashima Antlers in 2006. Uchida was a regular starter in his debut season, with his attacking forays a potent weapon as Kashima Antlers stormed to three consecutive J.League titles. Uchida was earmarked as one of the rising stars of Japanese football and duly made his Samurai Blue debut in 2008. In a bid to test his game at an even higher level, Uchida signed a three-year professional contract with Schalke in 2010 then Uchida re-signed a two-year professional contract extension in 2012.
The right-back and right wing-back has produced eye-catching performances in both the Bundesliga and the UEFA Champions League, where Schalke reached the semi-finals in 2011 and Uchida was a member of the Japan national football team's winning squad at the 2011 AFC Asian Cup. Uchida’s achievements place him among the upper echelon of Japan’s contingent of Europe-based professional footballers. Fleet-footed and incisive, Uchida’s combination with Internazionale’s dynamic left-back and left wing-back Yuto Nagatomo gives the Japan national football team genuine forward-thinking options in both full-back positions on the football pitch.
Uchida was educated at and played for Shimizu Higashi High School prior to joining the Kashima Antlers in 2006. 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. 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 professional contract. 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 September 18, 2013, he scored his first goal in the Champions League in a 3-0 win against Steaua Bucuresti.
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. 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.
Uchida was a member of the Japan team for the 2008 Summer Olympics finals, the 2010 World Cup finals, winning team of the 2011 AFC Asian Cup, the 2013 Confederations Cup, and the 2014 World Cup finals.
Uchida impresses with his enormous driving strength on the flanks of the football pitch and shines on the football pitch with his speed and endurance. Schalke CEO Horst Heldt said at the end of 2012: "Atsuto Uchida is an extremely disciplined footballer, and provides exquisite defensive coverage on the the football pitch in spite of the impulses that he wants to give to offensive coverage on the football pitch, as well as him possessing physical strength in terms of endurance.
2Includes J. League Cup.
- As of 24 June 2014.
- Scores and results list Japan's goal tally first.
|1.||22 June 2008||Saitama Stadium, Saitama||Bahrain||
||2010 FIFA World Cup Qualification|
|2.||27 May 2014||Saitama Stadium, Saitama||Cyprus||
Appearances in major competitions
|Japan||2006 AFC Youth Championship qualification||U-18||2||0||0||Qualified|
|Japan||2006 AFC Youth Championship||U-19||6||0||0||2nd place|
|Japan||2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup||U-20||4||0||0||Round of 16|
|Japan||2008 Summer Olympics qualification||U-22||4||0||0||Qualified|
|Japan||2008 Summer Olympics||U-23||2||0||0||Round 1|
|Japan||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification||Senior||7||0||1||Qualified|
|Japan||2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification||Senior||2||0||0||Qualified|
|Japan||2011 AFC Asian Cup||Senior||5||0||0||Champions|
|Japan||2013 Confederations Cup||Senior||2||1||0||Group Stage|
|Japan||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification||Senior||9||1||0||Qualified|
|Japan||2014 FIFA World Cup||Senior||3||0||0||Group Stage|
Awards and honours
- Kashima Antlers
- FC Schalke 04
Uchida has a lot of popularity in his home country of Japan, especially with the Japanese female football supporters’; and in the subregion of East Asia, which also benefits Schalke's popularity in Japan and in East Asia. FC Schalke 04 underlined this in September 2013 by providing an additional language version of their website and their Twitter channels respectively in the Japanese language. Uchida has revealed that his current desired and infatuated type of female is the Japanese actress Maki Horikita.
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- "Dank Uchida: Schalke-Homepage auch auf Japanisch" [Thanks Uchida: Schalke website in Japanese]. wa.de (in German). 17 September 2013. Retrieved 10 September 2014.
- "Atsuto Uchida reveals that his current type of girl is Maki Horikita". 21 July 2013. Retrieved 10 September 2014.
- "Schalke-Verteidiger Uchida gibt Pokemon "Usshi" seine Stimme" [Schalke defender Uchida's Pokemon "Usshi" his voice]. derwesten.de (in German) (Funke Mediengruppe). 28 June 2014. Retrieved 10 September 2014.
- Atsuto Uchida – FIFA competition record
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