Uchida training with Schalke 04 in 2015
|Full name||Atsuto Uchida|
|Date of birth||27 March 1988|
|Place of birth||Kannami, Shizuoka, Japan|
|Height||1,760 mm (5 ft 9 in)|
|Playing position||Right back|
|2003–2005||Shimizu Higashi High School|
|2014||Schalke 04 II||1||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 May 2015.
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 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 18 September 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. Uchiha was a member of the Brazil 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.
2Includes J. League Cup.
- As of 11 June 2015.
- 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
- J. League Best Eleven: 2008, 2009
- Bundesliga Team of the Season: 2012–13
- Bundesliga Team of the Season: 2013–14
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