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 ...

Nadeshiko stalwarts Miyama, Iwabuchi to miss Sweden friendly

Jul 6, 2016

Nadeshiko stalwarts Miyama, Iwabuchi to miss Sweden friendly

Nadeshiko Japan coach Asako Takakura overlooked regular captain Aya Miyama for selection as she named her squad on Wednesday for an upcoming friendly away to Sweden. Miyama, the three-time Asian Player of the Year, missed Japan’s first two matches under Takakura against world champion ...

INAC confirms Seattle move for Kawasumi

Jun 17, 2016

INAC confirms Seattle move for Kawasumi

Nahomi Kawasumi, who played a pivotal role in helping Nadeshiko Japan win the 2011 Women’s World Cup, will join U.S. National Women’s Soccer League club the Seattle Reign, INAC Kobe Leonessa confirmed Friday. The 30-year-old striker, who also helped Nadeshiko win the 2012 London ...

Jun 16, 2016

Nadeshiko Japan to travel to Sweden for friendly

Former women’s world champion Nadeshiko Japan will play Sweden away in a friendly next month, the Japan Football Association said on Thursday. Asako Takakura’s side will play the Swedes at Guldfageln Arena in Kalmar on July 21 and will also play club side Kristianstad ...

Nadeshiko-U.S. game abandoned in storm

Jun 6, 2016

Nadeshiko-U.S. game abandoned in storm

The second match of Japan’s two-game friendly series away to the United States on Sunday was halted and ultimately abandoned with the Americans leading 2-0 in the second half because of a thunderstorm. Goals from Julie Johnston in the 27th minute and Alex Morgan ...

Nadeshiko Japan earns draw against U.S. in Takakura's debut

Jun 3, 2016

Nadeshiko Japan earns draw against U.S. in Takakura's debut

Nadeshiko Japan ushered in the Asako Takakura era with a gutsy 3-3 stoppage-time draw against the world champion United States on Thursday. Substitute Kumi Yokoyama nailed a 93rd-minute equalizer for 10-woman Japan, just four minutes after Lindsey Horan had put the United States up ...

Nadeshiko Japan makes new start under Takakura

Jun 2, 2016

Nadeshiko Japan makes new start under Takakura

All eyes will be on new Nadeshiko Japan manager Asako Takakura and her newly assembled charges when Japan faces world champion United States on Thursday in the first game of a two-match friendly tour. The 48-year-old Takakura, who led Japan to titles at the ...