Soccer: Former Japan, Leicester midfielder Abe to retire

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Former Japan midfielder Yuki Abe on Sunday announced he would retire at the end of the season, bringing down the curtain on a career that saw him win two Asian Champions League titles with Urawa Reds. The 40-year-old Abe, who started his career in 1998 with JEF United Ichihara (now Chiba), was a key player as Japan made the knockout stage at the 2010 World Cup before spending a season-and-a-half at Leicester City, then in the English second-tier. Abe is known for his quality set-piece deliveries and tactical awareness. His 589 appearances are the fourth-most in the J-League top-flight. "Around...

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