Atsuto Uchida to become Schalke’s club ambassador
FC Schalke 04 have appointed Atsuto Uchida as an official club ambassador. In his new role, the long-standing defender and fan favorite will help to build bridges between the club and the Japanese football and also promote Schalke’s name, traditions and values throughout the world.
Alexander Jobst, responsible board member for marketing, sales and organisation: “We are delighted to have secured Atsuto Uchida as an ambassador for FC Schalke 04. As a player, Atsuto was well-respected and beloved among our fans. He put Schalke on the Japanese football landscape and was the reason why many Japanese fans fell in love with our club.”
FC Schalke is always described as a family, and that's exactly how it feels.
Atsuto Uchida: “I am very happy to be part of the Schalke family as a club ambassador. FC Schalke is always described as a family, and that’s exactly how it feels. Now, in my new role, I will once more give everything for this club and try to support where I can – just like I used to as a player.”
Atsuto Uchida moved from the Kashima Antlers to FC Schalke 04 in the summer of 2010 and played for the Royal Blues for more than seven years before joining 1. FC Union Berlin in August 2017. The right-back played a total of 153 competitive games for the S04, including 104 games in the Bundesliga. In the 2010/2011 season he celebrated winning the German DFB Cup with Schalke, a season later winning the Super Cup.
In total, the right-back scored two goals and had 18 assists in the royal blue jersey. In November 2012, he scored his only Bundesliga goal for S04 in the 2-3 defeat against TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, the 74-time Japanese international also scored in a 3-0 victory in the Champions League against Steaua Bucharest in September 2013.