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Nadeshiko's Saki Kumagai a finalist for BBC honor

Soccer Apr 18, 2019

Nadeshiko's Saki Kumagai a finalist for BBC honor

by Dan Orlowitz

With over 100 international caps and six seasons of service for women's soccer titan Olympique Lyonnais, defender Saki Kumagai is already recognized by those in the know as one of the sport's top players. Now the rest of the world will have a chance to ...

Nadeshiko falls to France  in friendly international

Soccer Apr 5, 2019

Nadeshiko falls to France in friendly international

Japan lost to France 3-1 on Thursday in a warmup friendly ahead of this summer's FIFA Women's World Cup. Nadeshiko Japan, currently ranked No. 7 in the world, has won three and lost five of its matches against the No. 4 France, including the latest ...

England defeats Japan to win SheBelieves Cup

Soccer Mar 6, 2019

England defeats Japan to win SheBelieves Cup

Both teams were using the four-team, round-robin tournament as a tuneup for the World Cup in France, which starts in June. England, ranked No. 4 in the world, was coming off a 2-2 draw with the United States in Nashville, Tennessee, after defeating Brazil 2-1 ...

Late Momiki goal gives Nadeshiko Japan draw against U.S.

Soccer Feb 28, 2019

Late Momiki goal gives Nadeshiko Japan draw against U.S.

A last-gasp strike from Yuka Momiki earned Japan a deserved 2-2 draw against the United States on Wednesday in the opening round of the four-nation SheBelieves Cup. Momiki smashed home a close-range finish after superb work from Yui Hasegawa in injury time to deny the ...

Japan to bid for 2023 Women's World Cup

Soccer / Women's World Cup Feb 20, 2019

Japan to bid for 2023 Women's World Cup

The Japan Football Association announced Wednesday it will go forward with a long-planned bid to host the 2023 Women's World Cup. The announcement came after FIFA informed its member associations about the start of the bidding process for the tournament, which follows this year's Women's ...

Nadeshiko Japan to face France in pre-World Cup friendly

Soccer Feb 5, 2019

Nadeshiko Japan to face France in pre-World Cup friendly

Japan will warm up for this summer's FIFA Women's World Cup with a friendly against host France in April, the Japan Football Association said Tuesday. Nadeshiko Japan will face France on April 4 at Stade de l'Abbe-Deschamps in Auxerre. World No. 8 Japan has won ...

Nadeshiko Japan beat Norway in friendly

Soccer Nov 11, 2018

Nadeshiko Japan beat Norway in friendly

Nadeshiko Japan beat Norway 4-1 on Sunday in an international friendly. Kumi Yokoyama opened the scoring in the 16th minute at Tottori Bird Stadium to give Japan an early lead and spark a solid victory on home soil. Mana Iwabuchi followed up 11 minutes later, dribbling ...

Nadeshiko head coach Asako Takakura wary of final opponent China

Soccer Aug 30, 2018

Nadeshiko head coach Asako Takakura wary of final opponent China

Japan women's soccer head coach Asako Takakura praised China's improvements since their last encounter in April as the two teams prepared for Friday's gold-medal match. In a Thursday news conference, Takakura said China has become a big threat to her country's hopes of winning a ...