Sawa returns with winning goal as Nadeshiko beat New Zealand

May 24, 2015

Sawa returns with winning goal as Nadeshiko beat New Zealand

Talismanic midfielder Homare Sawa marked her return to the national team with the winner as Nadeshiko Japan edged New Zealand 1-0 on Sunday in a warm-up for its title defense at the upcoming Women’s World Cup in Canada. The 36-year-old former Women’s World Player ...

Nadeshiko Japan begins preparing for Women's World Cup

May 18, 2015

Nadeshiko Japan begins preparing for Women's World Cup

Women’s world champion Japan kicked off its pre-World Cup training camp on Monday in Kagawa Prefecture as the Nadeshiko began their quest to retain the title they won four years ago in Germany. “Putting on the blue shirt again, I feel like it’s finally ...

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 ...