Mar 8, 2014

Iwabuchi on target in Nadeshiko win

Mana Iwabuchi scored a first-half winner as women’s world champion and London Olympic silver medalist Japan beat Denmark 1-0 at the Algarve Cup on Friday. Coach Norio Sasaki made eight changes to the team that drew 1-1 with the United States in its opening ...

Nadeshiko Japan, U.S. draw in Algarve opener

Mar 6, 2014

Nadeshiko Japan, U.S. draw in Algarve opener

Nadeshiko Japan failed to avenge their loss to the United States in the 2012 London Olympic gold medal match, but did manage to draw the world’s top women’s team 1-1 in their Algarve Cup opener on Wednesday. In a match that saw World Cup ...

Nadeshiko Japan's Kawasumi to play for U.S. team

Jan 29, 2014

Nadeshiko Japan's Kawasumi to play for U.S. team

Nadeshiko Japan midfielder Nahomi Kawasumi is set for a move from INAC Kobe Leonessa to a team in the National Women’s Soccer League in the United States, INAC general manager Yasunori Yamashita said Wednesday. Yamashita said the 28-year-old Kawasumi is “getting ready to move ...

Nadeshiko Japan sweeps past Nigeria in friendly

Sep 22, 2013

Nadeshiko Japan sweeps past Nigeria in friendly

Women’s world champion Nadeshiko Japan eased to a 2-0 win over Nigeria on Sunday night in the first of two home friendlies against the Africans. Yuki Ogimi opened the scoring late in the first half and Nahomi Kawasumi added the second to wrap up ...

Japan rolls past China in Women's East Asian Cup opener

Jul 20, 2013

Japan rolls past China in Women's East Asian Cup opener

Japan launched its bid for a third consecutive championship with a methodical 2-0 victory over China in the opening match of the Women’s East Asian Cup on Saturday. Frankfurt midfielder Kozue Ando netted late in the first half and INAC Kobe’s Emi Nakajima doubled ...

Nadeshiko Japan loses to Germany in friendly

Jul 1, 2013

Nadeshiko Japan loses to Germany in friendly

Women’s world champion Japan was overpowered 4-2 away to Germany in the final exhibition match of its mini tour of Europe on Saturday. Norio Sasaki’s team, which drew 1-1 away to England on Wednesday, twice came from behind through goals from Shinobu Ono and ...

Nadeshiko Japan, New Zealand play to 1-1 draw

Jun 21, 2013

Nadeshiko Japan, New Zealand play to 1-1 draw

Japan, the reigning women’s world champion and London Olympic silver medalist, had returning captain Aya Miyama sent off and was held to a 1-1 draw by New Zealand in a rain-lashed international friendly on Thursday. Yuki Ogimi opened the scoring with a well-taken strike ...