• Reuters, Kyodo


Homare Sawa, who served as Nadeshiko Japan captain when it won the 2011 Women’s World Cup, and Yasuhiko Okudera, who became the first Japanese to play pro soccer in Europe, were among the first 10 players to be inducted into the Asian Football Confederation’s Hall of Fame on Friday.

In 2011, Sawa also collected the Golden Shoe and Golden Ball. She won the Women’s World Player of the Year award the same year and helped Japan win the London Olympic silver medal in 2012.

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