Yuichiro Nagai

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Yuichiro Nagai
Personal information
Full name Yuichiro Nagai
Date of birth (1979-02-14) 14 February 1979 (age 38)
Place of birth Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Thespakusatsu Gunma
Number 11
Youth career
1984–1996 Mitsubishi Yowa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–2008 Urawa Red Diamonds 278 (63)
1998–1999 Karlsruher SC II (loan) 21 (4)
2009–2011 Shimizu S-Pulse 39 (1)
2012–2013 Yokohama FC 21 (3)
2014 Arterivo Wakayama 11 (3)
2015– Thespakusatsu Gunma 31 (0)
National team
1997–1999 Japan U20 12 (2)
2003[1] Japan 4 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 February 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 28 January 2010

Yuichiro Nagai (永井 雄一郎 Nagai Yūichirō?, born 14 February 1979 in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan) is a Japanese football (soccer) player. He is a forward and currently plays for J. League Division 2 side Thespakusatsu Gunma.[2]

Playing career[edit]

Club[edit]

He played his youth football at Mitsubishi Yowa Club. After graduating from high school in 1997, he joined Urawa. He made his professional debut on 12 April of that year in the opening league match against Yokohama Marinos at Urawa Komaba Stadium.

Nagai was loaned out to German second division Bundesliga side Karlsruher SC from 1998 to 1999. He played 21 league games and scored four goals.

In 2003, he took over the number nine jersey from iconic Masahiro Fukuda after the latter retired from the game. He scored a hat trick against Tokyo Verdy 1969 on 21 August 2004. In the same match, his teammate Koji Yamase also scored three goals. On 1 January 2007, he was instrumental in Urawa defending the Emperor's Cup by scoring a late winner assisted by Masayuki Okano.

In AFC Champions League 2007, he helped Urawa win the tournament scoring 3 goals. He was named the player of the tournament.[3][4]

On 7 January 2009, he transferred to Shimizu S-Pulse.[5]

International[edit]

He was a member of the Japan team for the 1997 FIFA World Youth Championship hosted by Malaysia. He scored a goal against Costa Rica at the group stage. The team was eliminated at the quarterfinal. He also represented Japan at the 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship hosted by Nigeria. He scored a goal in the semi-final against Uruguay and contributed to the team finishing runners-up in the competition.

He made his full international debut for Japan on 21 April 2003 in a friendly against South Korea at Seoul World Cup Stadium.[1] His first international goal was the winner in the same match.[1] He is so far capped four times and scored one goal.

Club team career statistics[edit]

Updated to 23 February 2016.[6]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Japan League Emperor's Cup League Cup Asia Total
1997 Urawa Red Diamonds J. League Division 1 30 3 2 0 6 0 - 38 3
1998 3 0 - 0 0 - 3 0
Germany League DFB-Pokal Other Europe Total
1998–99 Karlsruher SC II Fußball-Regionalliga 21 4 - - - 21 4
Japan League Emperor's Cup League Cup Asia Total
1999 Urawa Red Diamonds J1 League 12 3 2 0 2 1 - 16 4
2000 J2 League 29 12 1 0 2 1 - 32 13
2001 J1 League 25 6 4 1 6 1 - 35 8
2002 19 4 1 1 4 0 - 24 5
2003 23 8 1 0 8 1 - 32 9
2004 27 6 4 2 8 1 - 39 9
2005 30 6 2 0 7 0 - 39 6
2006 23 4 4 3 6 2 - 34 9
2007 31 6 1 0 2 1 11 3 45 10
2008 26 5 1 0 4 0 3 0 34 5
2009 Shimizu S-Pulse 8 0 3 2 3 0 - 14 2
2010 14 1 4 0 8 2 - 26 3
2011 17 0 1 1 2 0 - 20 1
2012 Yokohama FC J2 League 7 2 0 0 - - 7 2
2013 14 1 0 0 - - 14 1
2014 Arterivo Wakayama JRL 11 3 1 1 - - 14 4
2015 Thespakusatsu Gunma J2 League 31 0 1 0 - - 32 0
Total Japan 380 70 33 11 68 10 14 3 497 94
Germany 21 4 - - - 21 4
Career total 401 74 33 11 68 10 14 3 518 98

FIFA Club World Cup career statistics[edit]

Season Team Apps Goals
2007 Urawa Red Diamonds 3 1

National team career statistics[edit]

Last update: 31 December 2008

Appearances in major competitions[edit]

Team Competition Category Appearances Goals Team Record
Start Sub
 Japan 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup Senior 0 1 0 Group Stage
Japan national team
Year Apps Goals
2003 4 1
Total 4 1

Goals for Senior National Team[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 16 April 2003 Seoul, South Korea  South Korea 1–0 Won Friendly

Honors and awards[edit]

Individual[edit]

Team[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "NAGAI Yuichiro". Japan National Football Team Database. 
  2. ^ "Stats Centre: Yuichiro Nagai Facts". Guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 5 January 2010. 
  3. ^ (English) Urawa Reds In Raptures Over Asian Crown
  4. ^ (English) Reds rule Asia / Sink Sepahan to become 1st J.League club to win ACL, earn Club World Cup berth
  5. ^ "Yuichiro Nagai Moves to Shimizu S-Pulse". Urawa Red Diamonds. 7 January 2009. Retrieved 26 December 2012. 
  6. ^ Nippon Sports Kikaku Publishing inc./日本スポーツ企画出版社, "2016J1&J2&J3選手名鑑", 10 February 2016, Japan, ISBN 978-4905411338 (p. 227 out of 289)

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