Apr 2, 2017

Iwabuchi to leave Bayern, return to Japan

Japan forward Mana Iwabuchi terminated her contract with Bayern Munich and will return to Japan to concentrate on recovering from injuries, she wrote on her blog on Saturday. The 24-year-old, who was with Nadeshiko Japan for their 2011 World Cup championship, their runners-up finish ...

Japan women finish sixth at Algarve Cup

Mar 9, 2017

Japan women finish sixth at Algarve Cup

The Japan women’s soccer team fell to the Netherlands 3-2 on Wednesday to finish in sixth place after the classification matches at the Algarve Cup. Japan came from two goals down to level the match after 77 minutes through Kumi Yokoyama and an own ...

Yokoyama leads Nadeshiko Japan past Norway

Mar 7, 2017

Yokoyama leads Nadeshiko Japan past Norway

Kumi Yokoyama struck twice in the second half as Nadeshiko Japan defeated Norway 2-0 at the Algarve Cup on Monday. Yokoyama opened the scoring just before the hour and sealed victory one minute to time for Asako Takakura’s side, which finished runnes-up in Group ...

Mar 2, 2017

Spain tops Japan at Algarve Cup

The Japan women’s soccer team made a losing start to the year with a 2-1 defeat to Spain in its opening match of the Algarve Cup on Wednesday. Goals from Silvia Meseguer and Olga Garcia fired the Spaniards into a 2-0 lead before Kumi ...

Takakura chooses youth over experience for Algarve Cup squad

Feb 9, 2017

Takakura chooses youth over experience for Algarve Cup squad

German-based striker Yuki Nagasato was left out as Nadeshiko Japan manager Asako Takakura on Thursday named four uncapped players to her squad for the upcoming Algarve Cup in Portugal. Nagasato, a veteran of Japan’s 2011 World Cup-winning and 2015 runner-up squads and part of ...

Jan 24, 2017

Nadeshiko Japan to host Costa Rica in April friendly

Former women’s world champion Nadeshiko Japan will play Costa Rica in a friendly in Kumamoto on April 9, the Japan Football Association said Tuesday. The match at Yonaka Stadium will be the first home game for Nadeshiko coach Takako Asakura, who took over from ...

Jan 10, 2017

Ex-Nadeshiko star Sawa gives birth to girl

Homare Sawa, a former soccer player who was the 2011 Women’s World Cup MVP and top scorer, has given birth to a baby girl, her first child, her agent said Tuesday. “The moment I heard my daughter giving her first cry, I was filled ...

Sep 30, 2016

Ex-Nadeshiko striker Maruyama to retire

Former Japan women’s striker Karina Maruyama will retire at the end of the current season, her team Speranza FC Osaka Takatsuki announced Friday. Maruyama, 33, scored the extra-time winner against host Germany in the 2011 World Cup quarterfinals before Nadeshiko Japan went on to ...

Jul 22, 2016

Sweden routs Nadeshiko in friendly

Former women’s world champion Nadeshiko Japan remain winless in three games under new coach Asako Takakura after going down 3-0 away to Sweden in a friendly on Thursday. Lotta Schelin put the Swedes in front in the 76th minute and further late goals from ...

Jul 19, 2016

Ex-Nadeshiko star Sawa pregnant

Former FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year Homare Sawa said Tuesday she is expecting her first child in January. “I’ve been blessed with a new life,” Sawa, 37, said through a statement released by her management firm. “It’s been the heartfelt desire of ...