Soccer 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 with ...

Soccer 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 my ...

Nadeshiko Japan staring into abyss

Soccer Mar 6, 2016

Nadeshiko Japan staring into abyss

by Shintaro Kano

Since lifting the 2011 Women's World Cup, Japan reached the Olympic final the following year, won the 2014 Women's Asian Cup and returned to the World Cup final last summer in Canada. But have the Nadeshiko finally run out of steam? Friday's 2-1 defeat to China ...

Soccer Feb 27, 2016

JFA chief Daini considers nominating Sawa for FIFA council

Japan Football Association president Kuniya Daini said Friday that he is mulling the possibility of nominating recently retired former Women's World Player of the Year Homare Sawa for FIFA's new council. At least one female representative will be selected from each confederation in the new ...

Ogimi receives No. 10 shirt before final Olympic qualifiers

Soccer Feb 25, 2016

Ogimi receives No. 10 shirt before final Olympic qualifiers

Frankfurt striker Yuki Ogimi has inherited the No. 10 shirt from retired icon Homare Sawa as manager Norio Sasaki announced the Nadeshiko Japan team for the women's final Asian qualifiers for the 2016 Summer Olympics. Out of 20 members named on Thursday, 16 remain from ...

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 ...

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 ...