Takakura hired as first female manager of Nadeshiko Japan

Soccer Apr 27, 2016

Takakura hired as first female manager of Nadeshiko Japan

The Japan Football Association appointed Nadeshiko Japan's first ever female manager on Wednesday, naming four-time Asian women's coach of the year Asako Takakura as successor to Norio Sasaki. Takakura will also be in charge of the under-20 national side, and the JFA has entrusted her ...

Soccer Apr 25, 2016

JFA targeting Takakura for Nadeshiko Japan post

The Japan Football Association is poised to ask women's Under-20 head coach Asako Takakura to take over the women's national team, Nadeshiko Japan, following a decision by the JFA Women's Committee on Monday. The decision will be reported to JFA President Kozo Tashima on Tuesday, ...

Sasaki reflects on Nadeshiko tenure

Soccer Mar 18, 2016

Sasaki reflects on Nadeshiko tenure

Norio Sasaki said Friday he is proud of his endeavor with Nadeshiko Japan after his tenure as head coach of the women's national came to an end. "I've worked together with the players aiming to win on the world stage, and managed to get results ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...