Kenichi Uemura

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Kenichi Uemura
上村 健一
Personal information
Full name Kenichi Uemura
Date of birth (1974-04-22) April 22, 1974 (age 44)
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.

Club career[edit]

Uemura was born in Yatsushiro on April 22, 1974. After graduating from Matsunaga High School, 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 Kawasaki Todoroki Stadium. He scored his first professional goal on July 24, 1993 against Urawa Reds at Hiroshima Stadium. He played in many matches as defener from first season, except at the time he was injured.

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 (later 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.

National team career[edit]

He represented Japan U-23 national team at the 1996 Summer Olympics. He played in 2 matches. He scored a goal in a group stage match against Hungary. Although Japan won 2 matches, Japan lost at First round. At this time, Japan won Brazil in first game. It was known as "Miracle of Miami" (マイアミの奇跡) in Japan.

In April 2001, Uemura was elected Japan national team. National team manager Philippe Troussier gave him the first full international cap on April 25 in a friendly against Spain in Córdoba. He was a member of the Japan team for the 2001 Confederations Cup. He played three games and Japan won the 2nd place. He played 4 games for Japan in 2001.[1]

Club statistics[edit]

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
1993 Sanfrecce Hiroshima J1 League 17 1 2 0 6 0 25 1
1994 26 0 2 0 1 0 29 0
1995 46 4 4 0 - 50 4
1996 12 2 0 0 7 0 19 2
1997 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
1998 17 0 3 0 0 0 20 0
1999 29 7 5 1 4 1 38 9
2000 28 6 2 0 3 0 33 6
2001 25 2 2 0 5 0 32 2
2002 10 1 4 0 0 0 14 1
2003 J2 League 38 0 4 0 - 42 0
2004 Cerezo Osaka J1 League 15 0 0 0 6 0 21 0
2005 Tokyo Verdy J1 League 18 0 1 0 4 0 23 0
2006 J2 League 1 0 0 0 - 1 0
2006 YSCC Yokohama Regional Leagues 0 0 - - 0 0
2007 Rosso Kumamoto Football League 30 3 1 0 - 31 3
2008 Roasso Kumamoto J2 League 28 0 0 0 - 28 0
Country Japan 343 26 30 1 36 1 409 28
Total 343 26 30 1 36 1 409 28

National team statistics[edit]

[1]

Japan national team
Year Apps Goals
2001 4 0
Total 4 0

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