Yuichiro Nagai

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Yuichiro Nagai
永井 雄一郎
Personal information
Full name Yuichiro Nagai
Date of birth (1979-02-14) February 14, 1979 (age 39)
Place of birth Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
Mitsubishi Yowa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–2008 Urawa Reds 278 (63)
1998–1999 Karlsruhe II (loan) 21 (4)
2009–2011 Shimizu S-Pulse 39 (1)
2012–2013 Yokohama FC 21 (3)
2014 Arterivo Wakayama 11 (3)
2015–2017 Thespakusatsu Gunma 43 (0)
Total 413 (74)
National team
1997–1999 Japan U-23 12 (2)
2003 Japan 4 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Yuichiro Nagai (永井 雄一郎, Nagai Yūichirō, born February 14, 1979) is a Japanese football player. He played for Japan national team.

Club career[edit]

Nagai played his youth football at Mitsubishi Yowa Club. After graduating from high school in 1997, he joined Urawa Reds. 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 2. Bundesliga side Karlsruhe from 1998 to 1999. He played 21 league games and scored 4 goals for reserve team.

In 2003, Nagai took over the number "9" jersey from iconic Masahiro Fukuda after the latter retired from the game. He scored a hat trick against Tokyo Verdy 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. The club won the champions 2006 J1 League, 2003 J.League Cup, 2005 and 2006 Emperor's Cup until 2006.

In 2007, AFC Champions League, Nagai helped Urawa win the tournament scoring 3 goals. He was named the player of the tournament.[1][2] Urawa also won the 3rd place at 2007 FIFA Club World Cup.

On 7 January 2009, Nagai transferred to Shimizu S-Pulse.[3] He played until 2011. After that, he played for Yokohama FC (2012-13), Arterivo Wakayama (2014) and Thespakusatsu Gunma (2015-17).

National team career[edit]

Nagai was a member of the Japan team for the 1997 World Youth Championship hosted by Malaysia. He played all 5 matches and scored a goal against Costa Rica at the group stage. The team was eliminated at the quarterfinal. He also represented Japan at the 1999 World Youth Championship hosted by Nigeria. He played all 7 matches and 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. His first international goal was the winner in the same match. He also played at 2003 Confederations Cup. He is so far capped 4 times and scored 1 goal.[4]

Club statistics[edit]

Updated to 23 February 2017.[5][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 Reds J1 League 30 3 2 0 6 0 - 38 3
1998 3 0 0 0 0 0 - 3 0
Germany League DFB-Pokal Other Europe Total
1998/99 Karlsruhe II Regionalliga 21 4 - - - 21 4
Japan League Emperor's Cup League Cup Asia Total
1999 Urawa Reds 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 J1 League 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 Regional Leagues 11 3 1 1 - - 14 4
2015 Thespakusatsu Gunma J2 League 31 0 1 0 - - 32 0
2016 10 0 1 0 - - 11 0
Total Japan 390 70 34 11 68 10 14 3 508 94
Germany 21 4 - - - 21 4
Career total 411 74 34 11 68 10 14 3 529 98

FIFA Club World Cup[edit]

Season Team Apps Goals
2007 Urawa Reds 3 1

National team statistics[edit]

[4]

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

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

Honors and awards[edit]

Individual[edit]

Team[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ (in English) Urawa Reds In Raptures Over Asian Crown
  2. ^ (in English) Reds rule Asia / Sink Sepahan to become 1st J.League club to win ACL, earn Club World Cup berth
  3. ^ "Yuichiro Nagai Moves to Shimizu S-Pulse". Urawa Reds. 7 January 2009. Retrieved 26 December 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Japan National Football Team Database
  5. ^ 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)
  6. ^ Nippon Sports Kikaku Publishing inc./日本スポーツ企画出版社, "J1&J2選手名鑑 2013 (NSK MOOK)", 14 February 2013, Japan, ISBN 978-4905411161 (p. 185 out of 266)

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