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 ...

Sawa ending illustrious career with no regrets

Soccer Dec 17, 2015

Sawa ending illustrious career with no regrets

Former FIFA Women's Player of the Year Homare Sawa is putting an end to her unrivaled career with "no regrets," the Japan midfielder saying Thursday she is retiring at season's end because she has nothing more to give. "I've never made a bigger decision in ...

Japanese soccer icon Sawa ready to hang up boots

Soccer Dec 16, 2015

Japanese soccer icon Sawa ready to hang up boots

Homare Sawa, the 2011 FIFA Women's World Player of the Year, announced her retirement from soccer on Wednesday. The 37-year-old Sawa, the former Nadeshiko Japan captain and 2011 Women's World Cup top scorer and MVP, will hold a press conference on Thursday. "She led women's soccer ...

Sawa breaks silence about husband

Soccer Aug 12, 2015

Sawa breaks silence about husband

Former Women's World Player of the Year Homare Sawa described her new husband and former Vegalta Sendai player Hiroaki Tsujikami as a "manly man who doesn't lie and has a strong sense of responsibility." Sawa, 36, granted reporters' request to speak about her husband after ...

Soccer star Sawa gets married

Soccer Aug 11, 2015

Soccer star Sawa gets married

Former Women's World Player of the Year Homare Sawa is married. The 36-year-old Nadeshiko Japan midfielder made the announcement on Tuesday through her club team, INAC Kobe Leonessa. She tied the knot on Saturday. Sawa, the MVP and top scorer of the 2011 Women's World Cup, ...

Age no obstacle as Wakisaka chases dream

More Sports / Football Jun 19, 2015

Age no obstacle as Wakisaka chases dream

by Hiroshi Ikezawa

Four years before Japan midfielder Homare Sawa became the first player in soccer to appear in six consecutive World Cups, Yasuo Wakisaka was the only player to participate in all four world championships of another version of football, American football that is. Now the 46-year-old ...

Soccer 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 Cup ...