|Full name||Yuichiro Nagai|
|Date of birth||14 February 1979|
|Place of birth||Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan|
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|1998–1999||→ Karlsruher SC II (loan)||21||(4)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
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.
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.
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.
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|Japan||League||Emperor's Cup||J.League Cup||Asia||Total|
|1997||Urawa Reds||J1 League||30||3||2||0||6||0||-||38||3|
|1998/99||Karlsruher SC 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|
|2009||Shimizu S-Pulse||J1 League||8||0||3||2||3||0||-||14||2|
|2012||Yokohama FC||J2 League||7||2||0||0||-||-||7||2|
|2014||Arterivo Wakayama||Regional Leagues||11||3||1||1||-||-||14||4|
|2015||Thespakusatsu Gunma||J2 League||31||0||1||0||-||-||32||0|
FIFA Club World CupEdit
|Japan national team|
|1.||16 April 2003||Seoul, South Korea||South Korea||1–0||Won||Friendly|
Appearances in major competitionsEdit
|Japan||2003 FIFA Confederations Cup||Senior||0||1||0||Group Stage|
Honors and awardsEdit
- (in English) Urawa Reds In Raptures Over Asian Crown
- (in English) Reds rule Asia / Sink Sepahan to become 1st J.League club to win ACL, earn Club World Cup berth
- "Yuichiro Nagai Moves to Shimizu S-Pulse". Urawa Reds. 7 January 2009. Retrieved 26 December 2012.
- Japan National Football Team Database
- 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)
- 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)