Future player for Urawa Red Diamonds
While a lot of international players have returned to the WPS in the US, many of the World Cup winning Japanese players have returned back home to heroic welcomes in their own Nadeshinko League.
This is Nahomi Kawasumi. She scored two goals for Japan against Sweden to propel them into the Finals against the USA.
Urawa Red Diamonds supporters will their team to victory in Japan
Japan’s work rate and selflessness on the pitch yield 6 goals against New Zealand in the Under 17 FIFA World Cup. I have the Japanese as favorites, the composure that they’ve shown is well beyond their years, as they have taken the ideals of Asian culture and transfers them to 90 minutes on a football pitch. It’s fascinating to watch a team so young play with such maturity. They have camaraderie, they have skill, but most importantly they have decision making throughout all 11 men on the pitch. These Japanese players have a bright future in football, and I can’t wait to see Japan at the 2014 World Cup in Rio, who knows, many of these players might feature heavily in Brazil
Supporters of Japan cheer for their team before their Women’s World Cup Group B soccer match against New Zealand in Bochum, June 27, 2011. (via Photo from Reuters Pictures)
Great match on espn3 Japan vs. Argentina Under 17 World Cup. Japan are perfectly organized, like watching a Premier League team, in fact like watching a Liverpool, or Arsenal. Cool, calm. But Japan are lacking the blind skill, the ability to make the great pass, or fantastic shot. Argentina have that ability, but lack the discipline and tactical skill of the Japanese. It’s proving to be an interesting lesson in football between two countries with different ideals on the pitch. Japan are excellent at doing all the simple things right, and are 2 - 0 up inside the first 20 minutes. I’m not sure how this one will turn out, but Japan are so relaxed on the ball, they’re not even phased they’re playing Argentina. This is a brilliant lesson in football, and why I chose to watch this instead of watching France overpower Jamaica in the other group game. Japan are impressive in their organization and Argentina aren’t sure what to do, but the Argentines will still manage a few step overs and volley shots before the day is out. In fact, as I’m writing the Mexican fans have started to Ole Argentina. Yeah, it’s that good, watch it now!