Beleza defeats Urawa to win fourth straight Empress Cup

Soccer Dec 29, 2020

Beleza defeats Urawa to win fourth straight Empress Cup

Tokyo Verdy Beleza claimed the Empress Cup for the fourth straight year Tuesday, beating Nadeshiko League champion Urawa Reds 4-3 following a pair of second-half goals from Japan forward Rikako Kobayashi. Beleza lifted the trophy a record 15th time following the final of the all-Japan ...

Sawa lifts cup in swan song

Soccer Dec 27, 2015

Sawa lifts cup in swan song

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Homare Sawa has always been regarded as a winner throughout her long career. And she was still thought of in that way when she left the pitch for the final time. Sawa, the 2011 FIFA Women's World Player of the Year, scored the game-winning goal ...

Sawa aims for goal in career finale

Soccer Dec 26, 2015

Sawa aims for goal in career finale

Homare Sawa will take to the field on Sunday for the very last time in her 25-year career, and the women's soccer icon is determined to end on a high note with the Empress' Cup in her hand, and with a goal, too. "It will ...

Sawa, INAC advance to Empress Cup final

Soccer Dec 23, 2015

Sawa, INAC advance to Empress Cup final

Homare Sawa will have the chance to end her illustrious career with a trophy after Kobe INAC Leonessa downed Vegalta Sendai Ladies 2-0 in the Empress Cup semifinals on Wednesday. The 2011 FIFA World Women's Player of the Year, who appeared in a record six ...

Retiring Sawa, INAC reach Empress' Cup semifinals

Soccer Dec 19, 2015

Retiring Sawa, INAC reach Empress' Cup semifinals

Homare Sawa, who announced her retirement at the end of the season, will at least have another game before calling it a career after playing the full 90 minutes in INAC Kobe Leonessa's 2-0 win over AS Saitama in the Empress' Cup quarterfinals on ...

Sunflowers reign supreme in Empress' Cup

Basketball Jan 12, 2014

Sunflowers reign supreme in Empress' Cup

by Kaz Nagatsuka

The JX-Eneos Sunflowers captured the Empress' Cup, which, according to their veteran point guard Asami Yoshida, had always belonged to them. A pair of Japan national team inside players, Yuka Mamiya and Ramu Tokashiki, scored 22 points and 16 point, respectively, to guide the Sunflowers ...