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Korea blanks Japan to earn bronze

Japan’s medal drought in men’s soccer at the Olympics will now reach 48 years after losing to South Korea 2-0 in the third-place match of London 2012 on Friday. In ...

Nadeshiko advances to Olympic final

Aug 8, 2012

Nadeshiko advances to Olympic final

by Ed Odeven

For more than a year now, Nadeshiko Japan has brought incredible joy and excitement to its homeland and to a large number of admirers around the world. This joy ride isn’t over. The reigning Women’s World Cup champion booked its spot in the Olympic ...

Nadeshiko looking for first-ever medal

Aug 6, 2012

Nadeshiko looking for first-ever medal

by Gus Fielding

As a thunderstorm raged in grey skies over South London on Sunday, Japan midfielder Homare Sawa was confident lightning would not strike twice when the women’s world champions take on France with a first-ever medal at stake at the London Games. Japan, fourth at ...

Aug 4, 2012

Ogimi stars as Nadeshiko Japan reach Olympic semis

Yuki Ogimi scored one goal and set up another as women’s world champions Japan beat Brazil 2-0 on Friday to set up a meeting with France in the semifinals of the London Games. Ogimi opened the scoring with a well-taken finish midway through the ...

Aug 3, 2012

Nadeshiko avoids sanction after draw

Soccer’s world governing body FIFA said Wednesday it would not start disciplinary proceedings against women’s world champion Japan after coach Norio Sasaki instructed his team to try not to beat South Africa in Tuesday’s 0-0 draw at the London Games. Sasaki told his players ...

Japan wins group with scoreless draw

Aug 3, 2012

Japan wins group with scoreless draw

by Gus Fielding

Japan drew 0-0 with Honduras on Wednesday and got the point it needed to finish on top of Group D and avoid a quarterfinal meeting with Brazil at the London Games. Takashi Sekizuka’s side will meet Group C runnerup Egypt in the last eight ...

Dubious draw keeps Nadeshiko in Cardiff

Aug 2, 2012

Dubious draw keeps Nadeshiko in Cardiff

Women’s world champion Japan was held to a surprise 0-0 draw by underdog South Africa in their final first-round match on Tuesday and took second spot behind Sweden in Group F at the London Games. Kozue Ando had the best chance in a match ...

Japan beats Morocco to reach quarterfinals

Jul 31, 2012

Japan beats Morocco to reach quarterfinals

by Gus Fielding

Kensuke Nagai struck a late winner as Japan reached the quarterfinals of the Olympics for the first time in three attempts at the London Games on Sunday with a 1-0 defeat of Morocco. A tightly contested match looked to be heading for a stalemate, ...

Japan beats Morocco, moves into quarterfinals

Jul 30, 2012

Japan beats Morocco, moves into quarterfinals

by Gus Fielding

Kensuke Nagai struck a late winner as Japan reached the quarterfinals of the Olympics for the first time in three attempts at the London Games on Sunday. A tightly contested match looked to be heading for a stalemate but the fleet-footed Nagai raced onto ...