Nadeshiko trip up in Algarve Cup opener

Mar 5, 2015

Nadeshiko trip up in Algarve Cup opener

Nadeshiko Japan was stunned 2-1 by Denmark in their Group C opener of the Algarve Cup on Wednesday. Sanne Troelsgaard scored early and set up Denmark’s second by Johanna Rasmussen. Kozue Ando leveled midway through the first half for Norio Sasaki’s side, which is ...

Feb 14, 2015

Kumagai extends stay with Lyon

Japanese international defender Saki Kumagai has extended her contract with Lyon by one year, the French League club announced on Friday. The 24-year-old Kumagai, who was part of Japan’s World Cup-winning squad in 2011 and silver medal-winning team at the London Olympics a year ...

Feb 13, 2015

Sawa not included on Japan's 22-player roster for Algarve Cup

Former Women’s World Player of the Year Homare Sawa was left off Nadeshiko Japan’s 22-member squad for next month’s annual Algarve Cup invitational in Portugal, the Japan Football Association said Friday. The 36-year-old Sawa is in a fitness race toward this summer’s Women’s World ...

Feb 5, 2015

JFA announces final World Cup warm-ups for Nadeshiko Japan

Defending champion Japan will play its last domestic warm-ups against New Zealand and Italy before heading off to Canada for the Women’s World Cup, the Japan Football Association announced on Thursday. Nadeshiko Japan will host New Zealand on May 24 in Kagawa Prefecture before ...

Sawa's mind on World Cup rather than retirement

Dec 31, 2014

Sawa's mind on World Cup rather than retirement

Homare Sawa has long been the face of Japanese women’s soccer, single-handedly carrying the sport years before its national team received the affectionate moniker of “Nadeshiko.” Since making her full international debut at the age of 15, Sawa has appeared in five World Cups ...

Oct 25, 2014

Kawasumi stunned by nomination

Nadeshiko Japan striker Nahomi Kawasumi was shocked by her nomination for the FIFA Women’s Player of the Year award on Friday. Japan captain Aya Miyama was also in the shortlist of 10, with Norio Sasaki being nominated for the World Coach of the Year ...

Nadeshiko down Taiwan to reach quarters

| Sep 22, 2014

Nadeshiko down Taiwan to reach quarters

Women’s world champion Japan secured its place in the quarterfinals of the Asian Games on Monday with a 3-0 win over Taiwan in their final Group B match. Mizuho Sakaguchi fired the defending champions in front after three minutes and Chinatsu Kira headed in ...

Japan U-21s, Nadeshiko look toward future

| Sep 13, 2014

Japan U-21s, Nadeshiko look toward future

Makoto Teguramori’s men will kick off Japan’s Asian Games campaign on Sunday when they take on Kuwait in the soccer competition. Five days ahead of the opening ceremony of the 17th Games, the Japanese under-21s will look to defend the title they won four ...

Nadeshiko Japan beats Australia to win Women's Asian Cup

May 26, 2014

Nadeshiko Japan beats Australia to win Women's Asian Cup

Japan defeated defending champion Australia 1-0 in the on Sunday to win their first Women’s Asian Cup. Nadeshiko Japan manager Norio Sasaki claimed the title in his third try in the tournament, which doubled as a qualifier for next year’s World Cup in Canada. ...

Japan secures spot in Women's Asian Cup final

May 22, 2014

Japan secures spot in Women's Asian Cup final

Defender Azusa Iwashimizu delivered a header from a corner kick from captain Aya Miyama in the dying seconds of extra time as Japan beat China 2-1 to book a spot in the final at the Women’s Asian Cup on Thursday. The reigning World Cup ...

Nadeshiko Japan thumps Vietnam

May 17, 2014

Nadeshiko Japan thumps Vietnam

Women’s World Cup holder Japan blew away Vietnam 4-0 Friday at the Women’s Asian Cup, a qualifying competition for next year’s Women’s World Cup in Canada. Japan went atop Group A with four points followed by defending champion Australia in second to move a ...

Sugasawa propels Japan past New Zealand

May 8, 2014

Sugasawa propels Japan past New Zealand

Yuika Sugasawa scored a late winner as Japan edged New Zealand 2-1 in Osaka on Thursday in a friendly ahead of the Women’s Asian Cup in Vietnam. Megumi Takase collected a long through ball from Aya Miyama to drive home from close range shortly ...