Soccer Aug 10, 2016

Miyama staying with Okayama

Japan women's captain Aya Miyama has been persuaded to remain at Okayama Yunogo Belle, the club announced Wednesday. The 31-year-old midfielder expressed her intention to leave the club late last month after being upset by the way the players were treated by interim coach Haruo ...

Nadeshiko stalwarts Miyama, Iwabuchi to miss Sweden friendly

Soccer 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 the ...

Sasaki out as Nadeshiko Japan coach

Soccer 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 to ...

Nadeshiko Japan fail to qualify for Rio Olympics

Soccer 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 medal ...

Loss puts Nadeshiko on brink

Soccer Mar 5, 2016

Loss puts Nadeshiko on brink

Nadeshiko Japan is in need of a miracle to qualify for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics after the former world champions went down 2-1 at the hands of China on Friday. Goals from Zhang Rui and Gu Yasha sent China on its way past Japan, ...

Nadeshiko Japan falls to China as Olympic hopes dim

Soccer Mar 4, 2016

Nadeshiko Japan falls to China as Olympic hopes dim

Nadeshiko Japan is in need of a miracle to qualify for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics after the former world champion lost 2-1 to China on Friday. Zhang Rui and Gu Yasha struck for China before Japan pulled one back through Kumi Yokoyama, which proved ...

Soccer Feb 19, 2016

Miyama honored for World Cup success

Nadeshiko Japan captain Aya Miyama has been named to the first women's World XI, FIFPro, the global players' union, said Thursday. Miyama, who captained Japan to a runner-up finish at last year's Women's World Cup in Canada, was the only Asian player in the team, ...

Soccer Feb 4, 2016

Okubo named Japan's Footballer of the Year

Kawasaki Frontale striker Yoshito Okubo was named the 2015 Footballer of the Year on Thursday in a poll of Japan's soccer writers. The 33-year-old won the honor for the first time, receiving 51 of 2011 valid votes cast after topping the J. League scoring chart ...

Nadeshiko Japan begins life without Sawa

Soccer Jan 14, 2016

Nadeshiko Japan begins life without Sawa

Japan coach Norio Sasaki says his players must adapt to life without talismanic midfielder Homare Sawa as he named his squad for the team's first training camp since the former Women's World Player of the Year retired last month. Sasaki named a squad of 26 ...

Messi player of year for record fifth time

Soccer Jan 12, 2016

Messi player of year for record fifth time

Now score it Lionel Messi 5, Cristiano Ronaldo 3. Messi won the Ballon d'Or trophy on Monday as the world's best player in 2015, ending Cristiano Ronaldo's two-year hold on soccer's top individual honor. "It's incredible that it's my fifth," said the 28-year-old Barcelona and Argentina ...