Takakura hired as first female manager of Nadeshiko Japan

Apr 27, 2016

Takakura hired as first female manager of Nadeshiko Japan

The Japan Football Association appointed Nadeshiko Japan’s first ever female manager on Wednesday, naming four-time Asian women’s coach of the year Asako Takakura as successor to Norio Sasaki. Takakura will also be in charge of the under-20 national side, and the JFA has entrusted ...

Apr 25, 2016

JFA targeting Takakura for Nadeshiko Japan post

The Japan Football Association is poised to ask women’s Under-20 head coach Asako Takakura to take over the women’s national team, Nadeshiko Japan, following a decision by the JFA Women’s Committee on Monday. The decision will be reported to JFA President Kozo Tashima on ...

Apr 20, 2016

Nadeshiko to play extra match against U.S.

Former women’s world champions Nadeshiko Japan will play a second exhibition match against United States away in June, the Japan Football Association said Wednesday. In addition to its game against the Americans in Colorado on June 2, Japan will take on the world champions ...

Sasaki reflects on Nadeshiko tenure

Mar 18, 2016

Sasaki reflects on Nadeshiko tenure

Norio Sasaki said Friday he is proud of his endeavor with Nadeshiko Japan after his tenure as head coach of the women’s national came to an end. “I’ve worked together with the players aiming to win on the world stage, and managed to get ...

Mar 11, 2016

Omiya Ardija president hopes Sasaki rejoins team's coaching staff

Omiya Ardija want departing Japan women’s team coach Norio Sasaki to rejoin the club’s coaching staff, the J. League first-division side’s president said Friday. “He (Sasaki) is someone who has always been at Omiya, and has great achievements,” club president Shigeru Suzuki said. “We’ll ...

Sasaki out as Nadeshiko Japan coach

Mar 10, 2016

Sasaki out as Nadeshiko Japan coach

Nadeshiko Japan coach Norio Sasaki said on Wednesday that he is stepping down after the team failed to qualify for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Following a 1-0 victory over North Korea that wrapped up the women’s Asian Olympic qualifiers, Sasaki, who guided Japan ...

Nadeshiko hand Sasaki parting victory

Mar 9, 2016

Nadeshiko hand Sasaki parting victory

Nadeshiko Japan handed manager Norio Sasaki a likely farewell gift with a 1-0 victory over North Korea as the women’s Asian Olympic qualifying drew to a close on Wednesday. Mana Iwabuchi came off the bench to tap in an 80th-minute winner for the hosts, ...

Nadeshiko Japan fail to qualify for Rio Olympics

Mar 8, 2016

Nadeshiko Japan fail to qualify for Rio Olympics

Nadeshiko Japan failed to qualify for their fourth successive Olympic Games on Monday night, missing out on one of Asia’s two places at Rio de Janeiro this summer after China defeated South Korea 1-0. After winning the 2011 Women’s World Cup, capturing a silver ...