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 ...

Soccer May 5, 2017

Nadeshiko's Kumagai signs contract extension with Lyon

Nadeshiko Japan defender Saki Kumagai signed a three-year extension with Lyon through June 2020, the women's European Champions League holder announced Thursday. The 26-year-old World Cup winner joined Lyon in 2013 from Frankfurt. Lyon, 10-time defending French league champion, has again reached the Champions League ...

Soccer Nov 4, 2016

Kumagai nominated for FIFA award

Defender Saki Kumagai was among 10 players nominated Thursday for the Best FIFA Women's Player 2016 award. Kumagai, who helped Japan win the 2011 Women's World Cup, won the European Champions League, along with a domestic league and cup double with her French club Olympique ...

Nadeshiko Japan makes new start under Takakura

Soccer Jun 2, 2016

Nadeshiko Japan makes new start under Takakura

All eyes will be on new Nadeshiko Japan manager Asako Takakura and her newly assembled charges when Japan faces world champion United States on Thursday in the first game of a two-match friendly tour. The 48-year-old Takakura, who led Japan to titles at the 2014 ...

Kumagai penalty helps secure Champions League title for Lyon

Soccer May 27, 2016

Kumagai penalty helps secure Champions League title for Lyon

Nadeshiko Japan defender Saki Kumagai helped Olympique Lyonnais capture their third Champions League title on Thursday after she put in a player-of-the-match performance and converted the final spot kick to clinch a 4-3 shootout victory against Wolfsburg following a 1-1 draw. Kumagai, who scored the ...