Hiroki Abe (安部 裕葵, Abe Hiroki, born 28 January 1999) is a Japanese professional footballer who plays as a left winger for Spanish team Barcelona B and the Japan national team.

Hiroki Abe
Hiroki Abe.jpg
Abe with Kashima Antlers in 2018
Personal information
Full name Hiroki Abe
Date of birth (1999-01-28) 28 January 1999 (age 23)
Place of birth Tokyo, Japan
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
Position(s) Winger
Club information
Current team
Barcelona B
Youth career
Johoku Asuka
2014–2016 Setouchi High School
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2017–2019 Kashima Antlers 49 (4)
2019– Barcelona B 27 (4)
National team
2017–2018 Japan U19 4 (1)
2019 Japan U20 2 (0)
2019– Japan 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 25 May 2021
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 24 June 2019

Early lifeEdit

Hiroki Abe attended high school at Setouchi High School before starting his professional career.

Club careerEdit

Kashima AntlersEdit

Abe notched ten goals and seven assists in two-and-a-half years at Kashima Antlers. He made his J1 League debut on 1 April 2017 in a 1–0 away win against Omiya Ardija, replacing Pedro Júnior in the 74th minute. Abe then made his AFC Champions League debut in the group stage on 12 April, replacing Yuma Suzuki in the 61st minute. Abe started his first J-League match on 22 April but was substituted after the first half as Kashima Antlers were 2–0 down.

His next appearance for Antlers was on 21 June in the Emperor's Cup, where he played the full match, bagging his first two goals and an assist in a 5–0 win over FC Maruyasu Okazaki. On 29 July he scored his first league goal in a 3–0 win over Ventforet Kofu.

Abe began the 2018 season with appearances in the AFC Champions League and J1 League. In April of that year, he suffered a fracture in a lumbar vertebrae which kept him out for approximately four weeks. He recorded his first assist of the season on 20 May in a league match against Vegalta Sendai. Abe followed that up with seven consecutive starts between the Emperor's Cup and the J-League. On 6 June, he scored his first goal of the season and got another assist in the second round of the Emperor's Cup. League matches on 18 and 22 July saw Abe score in each of them. 9 September added another assist, this time in the quarter-finals of the J.League Cup against Kawasaki Frontale. On 18 September, Abe started and scored in the second leg of the AFC Champions League quarter-finals. He went on to impress and started both legs of the final with Antlers winning 2–0 on aggregate. For his performances in 2018, starting thirteen games in the league, he was named the J.League Rookie of the Year.[1]

Due to their 2018 AFC Champions League win, Kashima Antlers qualified for the 2018 FIFA Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates. Abe played in all three of their games: quarter-finals against Liga MX side C.D. Guadalajara in which he scored Antlers' third goal, semi-finals against La Liga side Real Madrid where Antlers lost 3–1, and the third place play-off against Argentina's River Plate.

Abe started the 2019 season by helping Kashima Antlers qualify for the AFC Champions League. He recorded two assists of the season on 9 and 14 April, in a AFC Champions League group match and a J-League match respectively. His only goal of the season came on 3 May in a J-League match against Shimizu S-Pulse, when he came on in the 64th minute and scored Antler's second goal of three.

Barcelona BEdit

In July 2019, he transferred to Barcelona B on a four-year contract, for a reported transfer fee of €1.1 million.[2] Abe said that it was a "difficult decision to leave the team mid-season" but that he believes "the various challenges...are absolutely necessary for [his] growth."[3] Barcelona's club president Josep Maria Bartomeu said that he hoped Abe would become a leading player in La Liga.[4] Abe played a total of 3,899 minutes for Kashima Antlers across two and-a-half seasons.

Abe scored his first goal for the reserves in a 3–3 draw against UE Cornellà on 17 November 2019. He followed this up with a header in the next match on 23 November, a 1–1 draw away versus Lleida Esportiu. He scored his first brace in a 3–1 win versus CF La Nucía on 15 December 2019.

On 2 February 2020, Abe ruptured a tendon in his right hamstring against AE Prat. He underwent a successful surgery which rendered him on the sidelines for an estimated five months, putting him in doubt for the 2020 Summer Olympics.[5] However, the COVID-19 pandemic caused the competition to be delayed by a year.

International careerEdit

In March 2019, Hiroki Abe appeared in a series of under-20 friendly matches coached by Masanaga Kageyama. He played 32 minutes in a 4–1 loss against Poland and captained his side in the 1–0 loss against Argentina.

On 24 May 2019, Abe was called up by Japan's head coach Hajime Moriyasu to feature in the Copa América played in Brazil.[6] He made his debut on 17 June 2019 in the game against Chile, as a 66th-minute substitute for Shoya Nakajima.[7] He started the next match, a 2–2 draw against Uruguay and was substituted in the 67th minute for Ayase Ueda.[8] In the final group match, Abe came on in the 82nd minute for Koji Miyoshi.[9] Japan exited the competition being third place in their group with two points.[10]

In December 2019, Abe was called to the under-22 team for a friendly against Jamaica's under-23s, where he scored a penalty kick in the 28th minute.

Playing styleEdit

Hiroki Abe prefers to play on the left wing but can play on the right, behind the striker, and in a center forward position. Most of his appearances for Barcelona B have been on the left wing and as a center forward, and it is in this center position where he has scored his four goals in his first season as of February 2020.[citation needed]

Club statisticsEdit

As of 8 May 2021.[11][12][13]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2017 Kashima Antlers J1 League 13 1 2[a] 2 1[b] 1 1[c] 0 17 4
2018 22 2 5[a] 1 2[b] 0 8[c] 1 3[d] 1 40 5
2019 14 1 1 0 0 0 7[c] 0 22 1
Total 49 4 8 3 3 1 16 1 3 1 79 10
2019–20 Barcelona B Segunda División B 20 4 20 4
2020–21 7[e] 0 1[f] 0 8 0
Total 27 4 1 0 28 4
Career total 76 8 8 3 3 1 16 1 4 1 107 14
  1. ^ a b Appearances in Emperor's Cup
  2. ^ a b Appearance(s) in J.League Cup
  3. ^ a b c Appearance(s) in AFC Champions League
  4. ^ Appearances in FIFA Club World Cup
  5. ^ Includes four appearances in the second phase
  6. ^ One appearance in Segunda División B play-offs

National team statisticsEdit

[14]

Japan national team
Year Apps Goals
2019 3 0
Total 3 0

HonoursEdit

ClubEdit

Kashima Antlers

IndividualEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Jリーグ 歴代のMvp・ベストイレブン・得点王・ベストヤングプレーヤー賞". ultra.zone. Retrieved 9 June 2020.
  2. ^ "Hiroki Abe joins FC Barcelona". www.fcbarcelona.com.
  3. ^ NEWS, KYODO. "Football: Kashima agree to transfer young talent Hiroki Abe to Barcelona". Kyodo News+. Retrieved 9 June 2020.
  4. ^ NEWS, KYODO. "Football: Hiroki Abe can become "important player" for Barca: club president". Kyodo News+. Retrieved 9 June 2020.
  5. ^ "Barcelona B forward Hiroki Abe sidelined for five months". The Japan Times. 12 February 2020. Retrieved 9 June 2020.
  6. ^ "SAMURAI BLUE (Japan National Team) Squad, Schedule - CONMEBOL Copa America Brazil 2019 (6/14–7/7)". JFA. 24 May 2019.
  7. ^ "Japan v Chile game report". CONMEBOL. 17 June 2019.
  8. ^ "Fixtures/Results | CONMEBOL Copa America Brazil 2019 | SAMURAI BLUE | JFA". www.jfa.jp. Retrieved 9 June 2020.
  9. ^ "Fixtures/Results | CONMEBOL Copa America Brazil 2019 | SAMURAI BLUE | JFA". www.jfa.jp. Retrieved 9 June 2020.
  10. ^ "Fixtures/Results | CONMEBOL Copa America Brazil 2019 | SAMURAI BLUE | JFA". www.jfa.jp. Retrieved 9 June 2020.
  11. ^ 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 2019 (NSK MOOK)", 9 February 2019, Japan, ISBN 978-4905411628 (p. 25 out of 289)
  12. ^ 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. 20 out of 289)
  13. ^ Hiroki Abe at Soccerway. Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  14. ^ Hiroki Abe at National-Football-Teams.com  

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