Yuki Abe

Full name: Yuki Abe
Birthdate: 06.09.1981
Birthplace: Ichikawa, Chiba, Japan
Position: Defensive midfielder
Joined from: Urawa Red Diamonds
Signed by: Paulo Sousa
Nationality: Japan
First game: Cardiff City, 14.09.2010
Last game: Nottingham Forest, 07.01.2012
Games: 59 (44 starts + 15 subs)
Goals: 2

Player profile

Abe is a Japanese footballer who signed for City in August 2010 from Urawa Red Diamonds. Typically packed full of energy in his performances, Abe took time to settle into the English game but soon started making a positive impression on the Foxes fans. He penned a three-year deal and made his debut in a 2-1 victory over Cardiff City in September before scoring his first goal in a 4-2 win over Ipswich Town at the end of the season.

A defensive midfielder, Abe made 36 appearances during his first season at the Walkers Stadium. Unlike many other squad members, Abe kept his place in the first eleven following the arrival of Sven-Goran Eriksson and was also seen as a key cog at the start of the 2011-12 campaign despite City splashing the cash on a whole host of new midfield men. He's represented Japan at under-20, under-23 and senior level - making over 50 international appearances.

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.

League Total
Season Division Apps Gls Apps Gls
2010-11Championship361401
2010_25_
2011-12Championship161191
2011_25_
Total522592
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From/To Fee Date
IN  Urawa Red Diamonds Unknown 26.08.2010
OUT  Urawa Red Diamonds Free 22.01.2012

Appearances

DateCompetitionOppositionResultStartSubGoals
1 14.09.2010 Championship Cardiff City (H) 2 - 1
2 21.09.2010 League Cup 3 Portsmouth (A) 2 - 1
3 24.09.2010 Championship Portsmouth (A) 1 - 6
4 28.09.2010 Championship Norwich City (A) 3 - 4
5 02.10.2010 Championship Scunthorpe United (H) 3 - 1
6 16.10.2010 Championship Hull City (H) 1 - 1
7 19.10.2010 Championship Leeds United (A) 2 - 1
8 23.10.2010 Championship Swansea City (A) 0 - 2
9 26.10.2010 League Cup 4 West Bromwich Albion (H) 1 - 4
10 30.10.2010 Championship Preston North End (H) 1 - 0
11 06.11.2010 Championship Barnsley (A) 2 - 0
12 10.11.2010 Championship Sheffield United (H) 2 - 2
13 13.11.2010 Championship Derby County (H) 2 - 0
14 20.11.2010 Championship Bristol City (A) 0 - 2
15 29.11.2010 Championship Nottingham Forest (H) 1 - 0
16 04.12.2010 Championship Watford (A) 2 - 3
17 11.12.2010 Championship Doncaster Rovers (H) 5 - 1
18 18.12.2010 Championship Ipswich Town (A) 0 - 3
19 26.12.2010 Championship Leeds United (H) 2 - 2
20 01.01.2011 Championship Hull City (A) 1 - 0
21 03.01.2011 Championship Swansea City (H) 2 - 1
22 09.01.2011 FA Cup 3 Manchester City (H) 2 - 2
23 15.01.2011 Championship Preston North End (A) 1 - 1
24 18.01.2011 FA Cup 3 rep Manchester City (A) 2 - 4
25 22.01.2011 Championship Millwall (H) 4 - 2
26 01.02.2011 Championship Sheffield United (A) 1 - 0
27 05.02.2011 Championship Barnsley (H) 4 - 1
28 18.02.2011 Championship Bristol City (H) 2 - 1
29 22.02.2011 Championship Cardiff City (A) 0 - 2
30 26.02.2011 Championship Coventry City (H) 1 - 1
31 05.03.2011 Championship Queens Park Rangers (A) 0 - 1
32 08.03.2011 Championship Norwich City (H) 2 - 3
33 12.03.2011 Championship Scunthorpe United (A) 3 - 0
34 19.03.2011 Championship Portsmouth (H) 0 - 1
35 02.04.2011 Championship Middlesbrough (A) 3 - 3
36 09.04.2011 Championship Burnley (H) 4 - 0
37 22.04.2011 Championship Nottingham Forest (A) 2 - 3
38 25.04.2011 Championship Watford (H) 4 - 2
39 30.04.2011 Championship Doncaster Rovers (A) 1 - 1
40 07.05.2011 Championship Ipswich Town (H) 4 - 2 1
41 06.08.2011 Championship Coventry City (A) 1 - 0
42 13.08.2011 Championship Reading (H) 0 - 2
43 20.08.2011 Championship Nottingham Forest (A) 2 - 2
44 23.08.2011 League Cup 2 Bury (A) 4 - 2
45 27.08.2011 Championship Southampton (H) 3 - 2
46 17.09.2011 Championship Brighton & Hove Albion (H) 1 - 0 1
47 21.09.2011 League Cup 3 Cardiff City (A) 2 - 2
48 25.09.2011 Championship Cardiff City (A) 0 - 0
49 28.09.2011 Championship Middlesbrough (A) 0 - 0
50 01.10.2011 Championship Derby County (H) 4 - 0
51 16.10.2011 Championship Birmingham City (A) 0 - 2
52 19.10.2011 Championship Watford (H) 2 - 0
53 22.10.2011 Championship Millwall (H) 0 - 3
54 29.10.2011 Championship West Ham United (A) 2 - 3
55 20.11.2011 Championship Crystal Palace (H) 3 - 0
56 26.12.2011 Championship Ipswich Town (H) 1 - 1
57 31.12.2011 Championship Portsmouth (H) 1 - 1
58 02.01.2012 Championship Crystal Palace (A) 2 - 1
59 07.01.2012 FA Cup 3 Nottingham Forest (A) 0 - 0
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