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Former FIFA player of the year Homare Sawa announces her retirement

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Japanese midfielder Homare Sawa, who has been a key part of the national squad for two decades and was named FIFA women's player of the year in 2011, is to retire, her agent said Wednesday. The 37-year-old scored 83 goals in 205 appearances for Japan in an career that extended over six World Cups including Japan's 2011 victory.

Former FIFA player of the year Homare Sawa announces her retirement

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Japanese midfielder Homare Sawa, who has been a key part of the national squad for two decades and was named FIFA women's player of the year in 2011, is to retire, her agent said Wednesday. The 37-year-old scored 83 goals in 205 appearances for Japan in an career that extended over six World Cups including Japan's 2011 victory.

Japan-USA Final!

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The Women's World Cup has been excellent, and the final is already highly anticipated to anyone that has followed the impressive growth of Women's Football over the last decade. Japan-USA is a repeat of the 2011 Final in Germany, when the Japanese took their first World Cup title winning 3-1 in penalties after 2-2.

POTD : USA Women’s Olympic Football Team In Glasgow, Great Britain’s Tankmania!

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Preparations are underway for both the USA Women's Football team (seen above) who are currently at a preOlympics training camp at Glasgow, Scotland and the GB Women's Team. They even visited Tankmania in Measham (England) last week as part of a fun team bonding exercise!

Meanwhile, in surely some appalling news, current Women's World Champions Japan, were forced to fly economy class to London while their male counterparts flew in business.

England’s Faye White Ponders Retirement, The German Cup Final & Homare Sawa Goofs Around

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It's our Weekly Women's round up again and the focus this week is on the DFB or German Cup Final scheduled to take place in Cologne on May 12! Bayern Munich and FFC Frankfurt are set to face off against each other for the title and interestingly, it is Frankfurt's twelfth time in the final.

Messi, Sawa, Guardiola & Sasaki Win at FIFA Ballon d’Or 2011

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Japan's Homare Sawa & Argentina's Lionel Messi pictured with FIFA 2011 Ballon d'Or Awards ZURICH Lionel Messi was awarded FIFA men's player of the year for the third time in... Read more »

Japan captain Homare Sawa celebrating her country’s triumph...

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Japan captain Homare Sawa celebrating her country's triumph after defeating the United States on penalties

The intangibles often get overlooked, however, the sheer mental strength Japan showed to just keep going despite being dominated early on and going down a goal on two occasions was remarkable.

Homare Sawa: The MVP of the 2011 Women's World Cup

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A beaming Homare Sawa shows of her Golden Boot. 5 goals in 6 matches, none bigger than the 116th minute equalizer against the USA in the finals. And who can forget her setting up Karina Maruyama for that extra time goal that torpedoed defending champions Germany?

Sawa also gave the Nadeshiko the lead for good against Sweden in the semi-finals with her improvisational skills.

Women's World Cup: A sense of disbelief as the US lose to Japan

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The more thinks of this match the more admiration one has for the Nadeshiko. There are fewer bigger goals in history men or women than the one Homare Sawa pulled off in the 116th minute of extra time. The US did everything humanly possibly to win this match but for those who know better this can be such a cruel, cruel game.

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England and the 2015 Women’s World Cup: Preview & Videos

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England and the 2015 Women's World Cup: Preview & Videos - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Although the Copa America will take place this summer, plenty of football fans will have World Cup withdrawal after being spoiled by the action in Brazil during the last off-season.

However, the 2015 Women's World Cup is set to fill the void and promises to be an exciting festival of football over the space of a month this summer.

Una mujer de oro

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El día de ayer se entregó el premio FIFA a la mejor jugadora del 2012, Alex Morgan, Abby Wambach y Marta se encontraban nominadas en la terna. Pensar que Marta se reencontraría con el tan anhelado premio que en el 2011 la japonesa Homare Sawa le había quitado, no era una idea viable debido al año tan exitoso de las estadounidenses.

2012 FIFA Ballon d’Or, Girl-Style: What's Missing Here?

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Announced whenever (or yesterday, I think), here's FIFA's short shorts...uh, short LIST of women footballers for this year's big award: Camille Abily (France), Miho Fukumoto (Japan), Carli Lloyd (USA), Marta (Brazil), Aya Miyama (Japan), Alex Morgan (USA), Megan Rapinoe (USA), Homare Sawa (Japan), Christine Sinclair (Canada), Abby Wambach (USA).

USA 2-1 Japan – Match Recap – Olympics – 9 August 2012

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The United States won their third straight Gold Medal with a 2-1 victory over Japan in the 2012 Olympics. It was a record crowd of over 80,000 at Wembley Stadium and a rematch of the 2011 Women's World Cup Final.

Carli Lloyd, who had recently lost her starting job, was the hero for the Americans with goals in the eighth minute and 54th minute.

Former Washington Freedom Star, Abby Wambach Previews Gold Medal Game against Japan

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In two seasons with the Washington Freedom (2002-2003/WUSA & 2009-2010/WPS) Abby Wambach not only played along side the most famous U.S. Soccer player ever - Mia Hamm, she also won a league championship and was named MVP. Wambach scored 44 goals and added 30 assists while playing for the Freedom franchise and was by far a fan favorite at the Maryland SoccerPlex.

USWNT: After Canada, A Golden Battle For Global Supremacy in London

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Neil W. Blackmon Oh, Canada! We don't need to remind you that Monday's semifinal was an absolute classic, an all-timer of a match that transcended women's sport and cemented a spot in U.S. Soccer and Olympic lore. We don't need to remind you of how overwhelmingly familiar the narrative was either, this team trailing and [.

USWNT: After Canada, A Golden Battle For Global Supremacy in London

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Neil W. Blackmon Oh, Canada! We don't need to remind you that Monday's semifinal was an absolute classic, an all-timer of a match that transcended women's sport and cemented a spot in U.S. Soccer and Olympic lore. We don't need to remind you of how overwhelmingly familiar the narrative was either, this team trailing and [.

U.S. WNT vs. Japan: In-Game Blog

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Welcome to today's In-Game Blog for the Volvo Winners Cup match between the U.S. Women's National Team and Japan. We'll have all the information on this game for the USA, including lineups and in-game notes from Halmstad, Sweden.

Lineup:
1-Hope Solo; 6-Amy LePeilbet, 3-Christie Rampone (capt.

Here We Go Again

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The U.S. WNT takes on Japan in its third and final group match at the 2012 Algarve Cup in what will be the first meeting between the teams since the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup Final.

While there will be some extra emotions for sure in this match for the Americans, the focus is looking forward and that means getting a result against Japan that will send the U.

USA Women’s Hope Solo : “I Had No Business Playing At The World Cup”

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She was recently in the running to pick up the FIFA Women's Ballon D'or award, but although it was teammate Abby Wambach who ended up in the top three (with Homare Sawa and Marta), USA goalkeeper Hope Solo still treasures her Golden Glove for an outstanding performance at the Women's World Cup.

The Suspension Of USA’s WPS League And What It Means For Women’s Football

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Que triste! It isn't a good week for fans of the US Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) league. The board announced it would be "suspending play" this year due to complex legal issues involving a former club owner. This matters because some of the world's best female players ply their trade there including Abby Wambach, Marta, Alex Morgan and Hope Solo.

Sawa Snaps Marta’s Ballon d’Or Streak

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Sawa potentially begins her Ballon d'Or reign as Messi continues his own, picking up his third in as many years.

If history is anything to go by, expect 2011 Women's World Cup winner Homare Sawa to be collecting her second Ballon d'Or prize this time next year. Marta had won five years running as the top female player in the world, but no more.

FIFA Ballon D’Or Special: Homare Sawa’s Kimono, Leo Messi’s Day, Neymar’s Puskas Surprise, Sir Alex Ferguson’s Honour & More

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Forget Lionel Messi, it was all about Homare Sawa's kimono (traditional Japanese costume) at the FIFA Ballon D'or awards in Zurich last night! The captain of the Japanese women's team and winner of the FIFA Women's Ballon d'Or lit up the stage with that outfit which should make her countrymen and women extremely proud today.

Messi wins third straight Ballon d'Or, Sawa unseats Marta to win women's title

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As if Lionel Messi needed any more evidence to prove that he is greatest player in the world.

Messi captured the Ballon d'Or for the third consecutive year, beating out Cristiano Ronaldo and Xavi to add yet another item to his trophy case. The 24-year-old Barcelona maestro received 47.

Monday Kickoff: Ballon d'Or finalists announced, Socrates dies at 57 and more

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By CALEB SONNELAND

When the French Football Association announced its men's and women's Ballon d'Or finalists for 2011, the usual suspects were all accounted for — with one American in the mix.

The La Liga trio of Lionel Messi, Xavi and Cristiano Ronaldo are set to contend for the men's award, while Marta, Homare Sawa and Abby Wambach will vie for the women's prize.

Messi and Xavi in final FIFA BALON D'OR Final Shortlist

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The final three men shortlist for FIFA Balon D'OR 2011 has been announced. The final list is no surprise to anyone following serious footballing action - Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Xavi Hernandez. Actually everyone know who is going to win - Lionel Messi. But still you need a three man shortlist.

FIFA World Player And Coach Of The Year 2011 Shortlist Revealed

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For the next couple of weeks the sporting world will be held in suspense as world football governing body FIFA prepares to announce the best male and female player in 2011.

From the look of things, we should expect a new winner in both categories as the level of competition has been extremely high through out the year.

FIFA’s List of 10 for 2011 Women’s Player of the Year

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Will this be the year that Marta will be dethroned as FIFA's women's world player of the year? The Brazilian striker has won the award for the past five years and was among the 10 players nominated for the 2011 award.

The United States has three players on the list all of whom played for the WNT at last summer's Women's World Cup in Germany.

Tuesday Kickoff: USWNT trio makes shortlist, Slovenia's new coach and more

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After a year in which the United States women's national team reached the World Cup final, Abby Wambach, Hope Solo and Alex Morgan were rewarded by being named are among the 10 finalists for the FIFA Women's World Player of the Year award.

Revealed : Abby Wambach, Marta, Miyama In Shortlist For Women’s Ballon d’Or

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FELIZ MARTES! The shortlist for the Women's FIFA Ballon d'Or has been announced and surprise, surprise, three of the names drawn are from the US national team. The winners, Japan, also have two possible winners in the list, as do France. Abby Wambach (seen above with a fan), Hope Solo and Aya Miyama are a few of the key names but all these talented futbolitas are all winners in their own right.

2011 FIFA WWC All-Star Team

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"Hey now, you're an All-Star..."

The FIFA Technical Study Group selected an All-Star Team from this summer's Women's World Cup and it consists of 22 players, consisting of two goalkeepers, six defenders, seven midfielders and six "attackers."Four U.S. players made the list: Hope Solo, Shannon Boxx, Lauren Cheney and Abby Wambach.

Women’s World Cup: Bext XI and other awards

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It is always sad when a World Cup ends. No more matches at all hours of the day, no more constant media coverage, no more excitement with new heros daily emerging from obscurity. This year's 2011 Women's World Cup was as entertaining an affair as we have seen from this (or any other tournament) in quite some time.

Marry Me Hope, I’m Solo: FIFA Women’s World Cup Final Review

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Right from ancient times, when the balls were made from pig intestines and the goal had no crossbar, to a-changin' times where crystallized tears of Arsenal supporters sell like hot cakes after each game, football has always been considered a man's game. Rugged, craggy, rumble-tumble in the mud, and certainly no place for a dignified member of the fairer sex to mingle.

Marry Me Hope, I’m Solo: FIFA Women’s World Cup Final Review

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Right from ancient times, when the balls were made from pig intestines and the goal had no crossbar, to a-changin' times where crystallized tears of Arsenal supporters sell like hot cakes after each game, football has always been considered a man's game. Rugged, craggy, rumble-tumble in the mud, and certainly no place for a dignified member of the fairer sex to mingle.

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LA LIGA LUNES : Ballon D’or Winner Homare Sawa Meets Xavi, Mourinho Reads Notes & Sevilla Coach Gets The Boot

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Welcome to a slightly late edition of La Liga Lunes (La Liga Monday!) Over the weekend, the Women's FIFA Ballon d'Or winner Homare Sawa met up with Barcelona maestro Xavi at the club's training ground. Her team, INAC Kobe from the Japanese Women's league, played a friendly against Barcelona's female squad (highlights below).

FIFA: Messi tops the FIFA awards yet again in 2011

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Homare Sawa and Lionel Messi won the Women's and Men's Player of the Year awards last night

FIFA's annual awards ceremony took place in Zurich last night and there weren't too many surprises as to who would come top of the main awards of the evening.

It was obvious to all of the world and his dog that Lionel Messi would come to win the Player of the Year award in 2011 following yet another truly successful twelve months with his club FC Barcelona.

Messi wins yet another FIFA Balon d'Or

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Lionel Messi won the FIFA Balon d'OR for the second consecutive time after the inception of the award last year. With this victory he has won the FIFA World Player of Year and Balon d'Or for the third consecutive time. It was a no btainer from the time the three man shortlist was announced.

Ballon d’Or: It’s Messi’s World, No. 3

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The debate whether or not he's the greatest ever may never be resolved, but he is certainly well on his way to being the most decorated. The gentleman from Rosario won his third consecutive Ballon d'Or at the ripe old age of 24.

And he did it showing up in purple velvet.

The Rest

Sasaki revela lista para Juegos Olímpicos

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Japón ya determinó a la plantilla que en menos de un mes estará peleando por un lugar en el podio olímpico, haciendo valer su condición de actuales campeonas del mundo. Norio Sasaki, seleccionador japonés, presentó a las siguientes nadeshiko:

Porteras:

Miho Fukumoto | Okayama Yunogo Belle

Ayumi Kaihori | INAC Kobe

Defensas:

Yukari Kinga | INAC Kobe

Kyoko Yano | Urawa Reds Ladies

Azusa Iwashimizu | NTV Beleza

Aya Sameshima | TBD

Saki Kumagai | Frankfurt

Mediocampistas:

Homare Sawa|INAC Kobe

Aya Miyama| Okayama Yunogo Belle

Nahomi Kawasumi |INAC Kobe

Mizuho Sakaguchi| NTV Beleza

Asuna Tanaka | INAC Kobe

Delanteras:

Kozue Ando | Duisburg

Karina Maruyama| Speranza Takatsuki

OHNO Shinobu |INAC Kobe

Yuki Ogimi | Tribune Potsdam

Megumi Takase | INAC Kobe

Mana Iwabuchi | NTV Beleza

Jugadores reserva:

Erina Yamane | JEF United Ichihara-Chiba

Saori Ariyoshi | NTV Beleza

Megumi Kamionobe | Albirex Niigata Ladies

Ami Otaki | Olympique Lyonnais

Vía| JFA

Foto| Getty Images

Definidos los rivales del Tri Femenil para el Mundial Sub 20 Japón 2012

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A 76 días de la máxima competencia de fútbol femenil en la categoría sub 20, hoy se llevó a cabo en el hotel Conrad en la ciudad de Tokio el sorteo oficial de la fase de grupos de este Mundial Femenil Sub 20.

En el sorteo se contó con la presencia de las actuales campeonas del fútbol femenil las seleccionadas japonesas Homare Sawa, Kazue Ando, Azusa Iwashimizu y Saki Kumagai, además de los entrenadores de las 16 selecciones femeniles que pelearán por ser campeonas.

2011 US Soccer Year In Review: A Great American Story, Almost

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Homare Sawa's goal in the final three minutes of the Women's World Cup Final was perhaps the largest of a series of "almost" great moments for US Soccer in 2011.

Neil Blackmon on the year that was in US Soccer.

"There is no other sport like football. It is beautiful and it imitates life because it is a game of failure.