The Japan Daily Press features a series of articles about Homare Sawa and the Nadeshiko Japan. One published in January 2013 features comments made by Sawa about the need for more diverse representations of women soccer players that expand our vision and understanding of who plays soccer and where it’s popular (full article here).
Sawa is famous for leading the Nadeshiko Japan to victory against the USA in the Final Match of the 2011 Women’s World Cup in Germany. For a refresher clink the link: http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/football/14168601. As a result of her performance in 2011, Sawa won the FIFA 2011 Women’s Player of the Year.
Sawa is an incredible advocate for women’s soccer in Asia, and I’m curious to see if she will play in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, hosted in Canada. In the meantime, Canada hosts Japan in October 2014 for two friendlies to be played in Vancouver. For more info visit: http://www.canadasoccer.com/canada-s-women-s-national-team-to-host-germany-and-japan-in-vancouver-p155884.