Homare Sawa

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Homare Sawa
澤 穂希
Homare Sawa 2015 (cropped).jpg
Sawa at the 2015 World Cup
Personal information
Full nameHomare Sawa
Date of birth (1978-09-06) 6 September 1978 (age 40)
Place of birth Fuchū, Tokyo, Japan
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in) [1]
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1991–1999 NTV Beleza 136 (79)
1999–2000 Denver Diamonds
2001–2003 Atlanta Beat 55 (13)
2004–2008 Nippon TV Beleza 85 (47)
2009–2010 Washington Freedom 41 (6)
2009Nippon TV Beleza (loan) 4 (2)
2010 Nippon TV Beleza 0 (0)
2011–2015 INAC Kobe Leonessa 94 (12)
Total415(159)
National team
1993–2015 Japan 205 (83)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Homare Sawa(澤 穂希,Sawa Homare, born 6 September 1978) is a former Japanese professional women's football player. She captained the Japan national team to 2011 World Cup title and the silver medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics. In 2012, she was named the 2011 FIFA Women's World Player of the Year. She previously played for the Atlanta Beat of the Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA), Nippon TV Beleza, the Washington Freedom of Women's Professional Soccer (WPS), and INAC Kobe Leonessa in the Nadeshiko League Division 1.

Japan womens national football team womens national association football team representing Japan

The Japan women's national football team, or Nadeshiko Japan (なでしこジャパン), represents Japan in women's association football and is run by the Japan Football Association (JFA). It is the most successful women's national team from the Asian Football Confederation. Its highest ranking in the FIFA Women's World Rankings is 3rd, achieved in December 2011.

2011 FIFA Womens World Cup 2011 edition of the FIFA Womens World Cup

The 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup was the sixth FIFA Women's World Cup competition, the world championship for women's national association football teams. It was held from 26 June to 17 July 2011 in Germany, which won the right to host the event in October 2007. Japan won the final against the United States on a penalty shoot-out following a 2–2 draw after extra time and became the first Asian team to win a senior FIFA World Cup.

Football at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Womens tournament 2012 edition of the womens association football tournament during the Olympic Summer Games

The women's football tournament at the 2012 Summer Olympics was held in London and five other cities in the United Kingdom from 25 July to 9 August. Associations affiliated with FIFA were invited to enter their women's teams in regional qualifying competitions, from which 11 teams, plus the hosts Great Britain reached the final tournament. There are no age restrictions for the players participating in the tournament. It is the first major FIFA affiliated women's tournament to be staged within the United Kingdom, and marked the first time a team representing Great Britain took part in the women's tournament.

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Early life

Sawa was born in Fuchū, Tokyo on 6 September 1978. She began playing football at the age of six. While watching her older brother train, she was invited by his coach to join the boys' team on the pitch. [2]

Fuchū, Tokyo City in Kantō, Japan

Fuchū/Japanese pronunciation: [futʃʉː ʃi] is a city located in western Tokyo Metropolis, Japan. As of 1 February 2016, the city had an estimated population of 261,488, and a population density of 8,888 persons per square kilometer. Its total area is 29.43 square kilometres (11.36 sq mi).

Club career

NTV Beleza

In 1991, long considered Japan's finest female footballer, Sawa was promoted to Yomiuri SC Ladies Beleza (later NTV Beleza) from youth team by manager Kazuhiko Takemoto. She made her debut in L.League, Japan's highest domestic league, at the young age of 12. [3] She played as forward and played 136 matches and scored 79 goals in League. She was also elected Best Eleven 5 times (1993, 1995, 1996, 1997 and 1998).

Nippon TV Beleza, is a women's football team which plays in Division 1 of Japan's Nadeshiko League. It was a founding member of the league in 1989 and is the only Japanese women's club to have never been relegated. Its team name, "Beleza", is Portuguese for "beauty".

Kazuhiko Takemoto is a former Japanese football player and manager. His wife is former footballer Asako Takakura.

Forward (association football) Association Football position played near the opponents goal

Forwards are the players on an association football team who play nearest to the opposing team's goal, and are therefore most responsible for scoring goals.

Atlanta Beat

With the birth of the Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA) in 2001, Sawa found herself playing in the highest-level professional women's league in the United States, for the Atlanta Beat. She scored the first goal in the club's history, and was a centerpiece of the Beat's three seasons in the league, helping them into the playoffs each year. Despite her diminutive stature at 5'5" (165 cm) tall and 121 lbs. (55 kg), she held her own with the mostly larger and more physical players, and was regularly among the team and league leaders in fouls taken.[ citation needed ]

Womens United Soccer Association professional soccer league

The Women's United Soccer Association, often abbreviated to the WUSA, was the world's first women's soccer league in which all the players were paid as professionals. Founded in February 2000, the league began its first season in April 2001 with eight teams in the United States. The league suspended operations on September 15, 2003, shortly after the end of its third season, after making cumulative losses of around US$100 million.

Atlanta Beat (WUSA) defunct Womens United Soccer Association franchise

The Atlanta Beat was a professional soccer team that played in the Women's United Soccer Association. The team played at Bobby Dodd Stadium on the campus of the Georgia Institute of Technology in their first year of operation before moving to Herndon Stadium, on the campus of Morris Brown College in Atlanta, Georgia.

Nippon TV Beleza

Following the WUSA's demise in 2003, Sawa returned to Japan, where she played with powerhouse Nippon TV Beleza. In 2004, she was named Women's Player of the Year for the Asian Football Confederation.[ citation needed ] She played the club until 2008. The club won L.League championship for 4 years in a row (2005-2008). She also was elected L.League MVP awards in 2006 and 2008.

Asian Football Confederation governing body of association football in Asia

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) is the governing body of association football in Asia and Australia. It has 47 member countries, mostly located on the Asian and Australian continent, but excludes the transcontinental countries with territory in both Europe and Asia – Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Turkey – which are instead members of UEFA. Three other states located geographically along the western fringe of Asia – Cyprus, Armenia and Israel – are also UEFA members. On the other hand, Australia, formerly in the OFC, joined the Asian Football Confederation in 2006, and the Oceanian island of Guam, a territory of the United States, is also a member of AFC, in addition to Northern Mariana Islands, one of the Two Commonwealths of the United States. Hong Kong and Macau, although not independent countries, are also members of the AFC.

Washington Freedom

On 24 September 2008, Sawa was selected by the Washington Freedom in the first round of the 2008 WPS International Draft. She was a fixture in the Freedom midfield through the league's first two seasons in 2009 and 2010.

Washington Freedom

The Washington Freedom was an American professional soccer club based in the Washington, D.C., suburb of Germantown, Maryland, that participated in Women's Professional Soccer. The Freedom was founded in 2001 as a member of the defunct Women's United Soccer Association. Beginning in 2004, the Freedom played its home games at the Maryland SoccerPlex. In 2011, the team relocated to Boca Raton, Florida, and became magicJack.

The 2008 WPS International Draft took place on September 24, 2008. It was the first international draft held by Women's Professional Soccer to assign the WPS rights of international players to the American-based teams. For the 2009 season, teams will be able to sign 5 international players to their roster.

The 2009 Women's Professional Soccer season served as the inaugural season for WPS, the top level professional women's soccer league in the United States. The regular season began on March 29 and ended on August 9, with the postseason being held between August 15 and 21.

Nippon TV Beleza and INAC Kobe Leonessa

Sawa returned to Japan temporarily at the end of the 2009 Women's Professional Soccer season, and joined Nippon TV Beleza on loan. [4] At the end of 2010 Women's Professional Soccer season, she returned to Nippon TV Beleza.

In January 2011, Sawa moved to INAC Kobe Leonessa due to financial strain at Nippon TV Beleza, with international players; Shinobu Ohno, Yukari Kinga, and Chiaki Minamiyama. The club won the L.League championship 3 years in a row (2011-2013). On December 16, 2015, she announced her intent to retire at the end of the 2015 season. At the 2015 Empress's Cup, Sawa's final tournament as a player, INAC Kobe Leonessa reached the final. In the final against Albirex Niigata on December 27, she scored the lone goal of the match in the 78th minute to secure the championship for her side. [5]

National team career

Sawa captaining Japan in the 2011 World Cup Homare Sawa in 2011.JPG
Sawa captaining Japan in the 2011 World Cup

On 6 December 1993, at age 15, Sawa made her Japanese international debut, scoring four goals in her first ever match, a win against the Philippines. She has subsequently remained a fixture for the Japanese national team, participating in the last six FIFA Women's World Cup tournaments and the 1996, 2004, 2008, and 2012 Summer Olympics on her way to a Japanese record 201 caps, and a Japanese female-best 81 international goals, including a hat trick in a 2011 World Cup group stage match against Mexico. [m 1]

Yuki Ogimi (17) scores for Japan against the United States off a pass from Homare Sawa (10) as Kelley O'Hara (5) defends and Hope Solo (1) attempts to save. Ogimi scores vs USA, 2012 Olympic gold medal match.jpg
Yuki Ogimi (17) scores for Japan against the United States off a pass from Homare Sawa (10) as Kelley O'Hara (5) defends and Hope Solo (1) attempts to save.

Sawa led the Japanese national team as captain to a world championship victory at the 2011 World Cup . After a 2–2 tie in front of a sellout crowd in Frankfurt, Germany (with one goal by Sawa in the 117th minute), Japan won the penalty shootout 3–1, defeating the United States to win their first ever World Cup. Sawa was also awarded the Golden Boot for being the tournament's leading scorer with five goals and the Golden Ball for being the tournament's MVP.

On 9 January 2012, Sawa was awarded the FIFA Women's World Player of the Year in Zurich, Switzerland. [6] She announced her immediate retirement from international football in August 2012, after helping Japan win a silver medal at the 2012 London Olympics. [7]

Sawa returned to international competition [8] in 2014 to help Japan win the 2014 Asian Cup, scoring her 82nd international goal in the process. [9] In 2015, she returned to the national team from injury after a one-year absence and marked the occasion by scoring the winning goal, on an assist by Aya Miyama, in a warm-up match against New Zealand. [10] Sawa and Brazil's Formiga became the first footballers to appear for a record sixth World Cup at the 2015 World Cup in Canada. However Japan went on to lose 5-2 to the US in the final. [11]

Career statistics

Club career

As of 11 November 2012
TeamSeasonLeagueDomestic leagueDomestic playoffsTotal
AppsStartsMinutesGoalsAssistsAppsStartsMinutesGoalsAssistsAppsStartsMinutesGoalsAssists
Washington Freedom 2009 WPS 20201800301190002121189030
Total20201800301190002121189030
Career total20201800301190002121189030
ClubSeasonLeagueNational CupLeague CupTotal
AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Yomiuri Beleza 1991 135-
1992 203-
1993 175-
1994 1711-
1995 1816-
1996 1714-
1997 1814-
1998 1611-
1999 00-
Total13679-
Denver Diamonds1999
2000
Total
Atlanta Beat 2001193--193
2002217--217
2003153--153
Total5513--5513
Nippon TV Beleza 2004 65-
2005 211653-2619
2006 171332-2015
2007 20645202611
2008 21741-258
Total854720
Washington Freedom 2009 203--203
Total203--203
Nippon TV Beleza 2009 4241-83
Total4241-83
Washington Freedom 2010 213--213
Total213--213
Nippon TV Beleza 2010 -10-10
Total-10-10
INAC Kobe Leonessa 2011 16440-204
2012 1723040242
2013 60
Total33670100506
Career total

National team

[12] [13]

Japan national team
YearAppsGoals
1993 44
1994 61
1995 80
1996 103
1997 713
1998 104
1999 80
2000 11
2001 86
2002 85
2003 1210
2004 82
2005 93
2006 177
2007 146
2008 157
2009 10
2010 153
2011 145
2012 101
2013 20
2014 81
2015 81
Total20583

International goals

Matches and goals scored at World Cup and Olympic tournaments

Sawa has competed in six FIFA Women's World Cups (Sweden 1995, USA 1999, USA 2003, China 2007, Germany 2011, and Canada 2015); she and Brazil's Formiga, who competed at the same Women's World Cups, are the only players of either sex to appear in six World Cup final tournaments. Sawa has also represented Japan in four Olympics: Atlanta 1996, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012. In all, she played 41 matches and scored 11 goals at those ten global tournaments. [14] Sawa was a member of the Japanese teams that won the 2011 Women's World Cup, and were runners-up at the 2012 Summer Olympics and 2015 Women's World Cup.

Key (expand for notes on “world cup and olympic goals”)
LocationGeographic location of the venue where the competition occurred
LineupStart – played entire match
on minute (off player) – substituted on at the minute indicated, and player was substituted off at the same time

off minute (on player) – substituted off at the minute indicated, and player was substituted on at the same time
( c ) – captain

MinThe minute in the match the goal was scored. For list that include caps, blank indicates played in the match but did not score a goal.
Assist/passThe ball was passed by the player, which assisted in scoring the goal. This column depends on the availability and source of this information.
penalty or pkGoal scored on penalty-kick which was awarded due to foul by opponent. (Goals scored in penalty-shoot-out, at the end of a tied match after extra-time, are not included.)
ScoreThe match score after the goal was scored.
ResultThe final score.

W – match was won
L – match was lost to opponent
D – match was drawn
(W) – penalty-shoot-out was won after a drawn match
(L) – penalty-shoot-out was lost after a drawn match

aetThe score at the end of extra-time; the match was tied at the end of 90' regulation
pso Penalty-shoot-out score shown in parenthesis; the match was tied at the end of extra-time
Orange background color – Olympic women's football tournament
Blue background color – FIFA women's world cup final tournament

Honors

Club

Yomiuri/Nippon TV Beleza
INAC Kobe Leonessa

International

Japan

Individual

Personal life

On 11 August 2015 Sawa announced her marriage without naming her husband. The next day, when asked, she said that her husband was former Vegalta Sendai player Hiroaki Tsujikami. [15] On 10 January 2017, it was announced that she had given birth to a baby girl. [16]

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