|Full name||Kenichi Uemura|
|Date of birth||April 22, 1974|
|Place of birth||Yatsushiro, Kumamoto, Japan|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
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
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.
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Total|
|Japan||League||Emperor's Cup||J.League Cup||Total|
|1993||Sanfrecce Hiroshima||J1 League||17||1||2||0||6||0||25||1|
|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||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|
National team statistics
|Japan national team|
Honors and awards
- Kenichi Uemura – FIFA competition record
- Kenichi Uemura at National-Football-Teams.com
- Japan National Football Team Database
- Kenichi Uemura at J.League (in Japanese)
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