Japan Women's Football Team Wins FIFA 2011
Japanese Women’s Football Team in the FIFA 2011 World Cup
The Japanese Women’s football team were the victors of this year’s FIFA Women’s Football World Cup. Defeating the U.S team 3-1 in a penalty shoot out, the Japanese team made their mark in woman’s football history by becoming the first Asian nation to win the coveted title.
The Japanese women’s team began their career in 1986 against India losing 1-0. Japan's biggest success until now has been a 21-0 defeat against Gaum. Their biggest loss to date was 9-0 against the U.S. team, no doubt facing their biggest rival in the FIFA 2011 Final was a challenge for the Japanese team.
Managed by Norio Sasaki the road to the final was achieved by finishing second in Group B behind England. Japan's boost of confidence came when they toppled host nation Germany in 1-0 in extra time before defeating Sweden 3-1 to reach the final.
Japanese Women’s Football Team
Womens World Cup Final: Team Japan
Ayumi Kaihori (21 )
- The Goal keeper of the 2011 Womans world cup team. Saved penlities by Shannon Boxx and Heather O Rielly. Kaihori was named woman of the match,
Yukari Kinga (2)
Azusa Iwashimizu (3)
- Sent off with a Red Card during extra time.
Saki Kumagai (4)
- Central Defender
- Scored the winning Penalty for Japan.
Aya Sameshima (15)
- Left Back
Mizuho Sakaguchi (6)
- Scored one of the winning penalites.
Homare Sawa (10)
11 Shinobu Ohno
Aya Miyama (8)
- Scored the frst penalty for Japan.
Kozue Ando (7)
Nahomi Kawasumi (9)
- Karina Maruyama (18)
- Yūki Nagasato (17)
- Mana Iwabuchi (20)
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