Kenji Arai

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Kenji Arai
Personal information
Full name Kenji Arai
Date of birth (1978-05-19) May 19, 1978 (age 39)
Place of birth Saitama, Japan
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1997–2000 Rissho University
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2003 Albirex Niigata 26 (0)
2004–2005 Albirex Niigata Singapore 51 (6)
2006–2009 Singapore Armed Forces 119 (15)
2009–2010 Goa
2010 Sengkang Punggol 17 (3)
2011–2012 Home United 37 (1)
Total 250 (25)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Kenji Arai (新井 健二, Arai Kenji, born May 19, 1978) is a former Japanese football player.

Career[edit]

Arai entered professional football with Albirex Niigata after graduating from Rissho University in 2001 but was unable to hold on to the first team place although he played 20 league games for Albirex Niigata in his first season.[1] He was on loan to Albirex Niigata FC (Singapore) in 2004 and in 2006 he secured a permanent move to Singapore Armed Forces FC.

He is also the second Japanese player, after his Singapore Armed Forces FC teammate Masahiro Fukasawa, to play in the AFC Champions League for a non-Japanese club. On November 2009, Kenji joined SC Goa.[2] He returned to Singapore and joined Sengkang Punggol FC on 2010 and subsequently Home United FC in 2011.

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
2001 Albirex Niigata J2 League 20 0 2 0 2 0 24 0
2002 2 0 1 0 - 3 0
2003 4 0 1 0 - 5 0
Singapore League Singapore Cup League Cup Total
2004 Albirex Niigata Singapore S. League 26 3 1 0 - 27 3
2005 25 3 3 0 - 28 3
2006 Singapore Armed Forces S. League 28 3 3 0 - 31 3
2007 30 4 6 1 - 36 5
2008 31 4 5 1 - 36 5
2009
Country Japan 26 0 4 0 2 0 32 0
Singapore 140 20 18 2 - 158 22
Total 166 20 22 2 2 0 190 22

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Albirex Niigata

Singapore Armed Forces

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