Abe playing for Leicester City
|Full name||Yuki Abe|
|Date of birth||6 September 1981|
|Place of birth||Ichikawa, Chiba, Japan|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|1997–1998||JEF United Ichihara|
|1998–2006||JEF United Chiba||214||(36)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of end of 2018 season|
JEF United Chiba
Born in Ichikawa, Chiba, Abe, then a member of the JEF United Ichihara (now JEF United Chiba) youth side, made his debut with the senior club at the age of 16 years and 333 days on 5 August 1998, at the time a record for the youngest Japanese professional player and J1 League. He went on to become JEF United's captain, and led the club to the 2005 and 2006 J.League Cup titles while being named to the league's Best Eleven during the span.
On 22 January 2007, Abe joined Urawa Reds, the defending J1 League and Emperor's Cup champions, for a transfer fee of around ¥360 million (around $3 million), a record amount for a Japanese player in a domestic deal.
Abe helped Urawa Reds to win the 2007 AFC Champions League. He scored once in the second leg of the final against Iran's Sepahan FC. Abe participated in the 2007 Club World Cup playing for Urawa who eventually lost to AC Milan. Urawa finished in third place.
On 26 August 2010, Abe was signed by English Championship club Leicester City, signing a three-year contract. He made his debut in a 2-1 league win over Cardiff City on 14 September, scoring his first goal for the club in a 4-2 win over Ipswich Town on 7 May 2011. His last league goal for the club was in a 1-0 win over Brighton on 17 September 2011. Suffering from homesickness, Abe's contract was cancelled by mutual consent on 22 January 2012 and he returned to Japan to re-join former club Urawa Reds.
In 2012, Abe returned to Urawa Reds. He played all matches in J1 League except for one match in 2013 season until 2016 season. In 2016, Reds won the champions in J.League Cup and the 2nd place in J1 League. He was also selected Best Eleven award. In 2017, Reds won the champions in AFC Champions League for the first time in 10 years. In 2018, Reds won the Emperor's Cup.
Abe made his senior national team debut on 29 January 2005, in a friendly match against Kazakhstan and scored his first national team goal on 6 September 2006 against Yemen in a 2007 Asian Cup qualification match. He was not selected to Japan's 2006 World Cup team, but he has become a regular under his former JEF United coach Ivica Osim, who took over as the national team head coach after the World Cup. He had previously represented Japan at the Under-20 and Under-23 levels, appearing in all three first round matches at the 2004 Olympics and scoring a goal against Italy. He appeared in all of Japan's games at the 2010 World Cup. Despite missing out on Japan's 2011 Asian Cup victory, on 29 March 2011 he played 45 minutes against the J-League All Stars. On 4 August 2011 Abe was announced in the Japan squad to play South Korea. He played 53 games and scored 3 goals for Japan until 2011.
|JEF United Ichihara||1998||1||0||0||0||0||0||-||-||1||0|
|JEF United Chiba||2005||33||12||1||0||10||5||-||-||44||17|
3Includes AFC Champions League.
|Japan national team|
Appearances in major competitions
|Japan||2004 Summer Olympics qualification||U-22||4||1||2||Qualified|
|Japan||2004 Summer Olympics||U-23||3||0||1||Round 1|
|Japan||2007 AFC Asian Cup qualification||Senior||5||0||1||Qualified|
|Japan||2007 AFC Asian Cup||Senior||6||0||1||4th place|
|Japan||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification||Senior||6||1||0||Qualified|
|Japan||2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification||Senior||0||1||0||Qualified|
|Japan||2010 FIFA World Cup||Senior||4||0||0||Round of 16|
Goals for Japan National Team
|1.||16 August 2006||Niigata Stadium, Niigata, Japan||Yemen||2–0||Won||2007 AFC Asian Cup qualification|
|2.||25 July 2007||Mỹ Đình National Stadium, Hanoi, Vietnam||Saudi Arabia||2–3||Lost||2007 AFC Asian Cup Semifinals|
|3.||27 May 2009||Nagai Stadium, Osaka, Japan||Chile||4–0||Won||Kirin Cup 2009|
- JEF United Chiba
- Urawa Red Diamonds
- AFC Champions League (2): 2007, 2017
- J.League Cup: 2016
- Suruga Bank Championship: 2017
- Emperor's Cup: 2018
- Yuki Abe at J.League (in Japanese)
- "Abe makes record switch to Japan's Urawa Reds". Reuters. 22 January 2007. Retrieved 22 January 2007.
- (in English) Reds rule Asia / Sink Sepahan to become 1st J.League club to win ACL, earn Club World Cup berth
- "Japan midfielder Yuki Abe completes Leicester City move". BBC Sport. 31 August 2010. Retrieved 1 December 2010.
- "Leicester City new boy Yuki Abe brushes up on his history". this is Leicestershire. 17 September 2010. Archived from the original on 21 April 2013. Retrieved 11 May 2011.
- "Leicester 2 – 1 Cardiff". BBC Sport. 13 September 2010. Retrieved 22 December 2010.
- "Leicester 4 – 2 Ipswich". BBC Sport. 7 May 2011. Retrieved 8 May 2011.
- Leicester 1-0 Brighton, BBC Sport, 17 September 2011, retrieved 10 March 2012
- "Yuki Abe leaves Leicester City for return to Japan". BBC Sport. 22 January 2012. Retrieved 22 January 2012.
- Yuki Abe at J.League (in Japanese)
- Japan National Football Team Database
- Nippon Sports Kikaku Publishing inc./日本スポーツ企画出版社, "J1&J2&J3選手名鑑ハンディ版 2018 (NSK MOOK)", 7 February 2018, Japan, ISBN 978-4905411529 (p. 59 out of 289)
- Nippon Sports Kikaku Publishing inc./日本スポーツ企画出版社, "2017 J1&J2&J3選手名鑑 (NSK MOOK)", 8 February 2017, Japan, ISBN 978-4905411420 (p. 19 out of 289)
- "Yuki Abe". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman.
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