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Japan's captain Aya Miyama (R) eyes the ball during a training session in Vancouver, British Columbia, on July 4, 2015, on the eve of their FIFA Women's World Cup final against the US

Women's World Cup win would 'rekindle Japan's love for football'

AFP News - 1 hour 56 minutes ago Japan captain Aya Miyama said that the 'Nadeshiko' were looking to rekindle the nation's love on the eve of their Women's World Cup title defence against the United States in Vancouver. In 2011 Japan became the first Asian team to win a world title overcoming the United States in a triumph that embodied the spirit of a nation struggling to recover from a devastati…

  • USA forward Abby Wambach celebrates after winning the semi-final football match between USA and Germany during their 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal on June 30, 2015
    Wambach ready to do what it takes for World Cup glory AFP News - 14 hours ago

    Abby Wambach insists she doesn't care if she's on the bench or on the pitch come Sunday, all she wants when the final whistle blows is that the United States have one … More »Wambach ready to do what it takes for World Cup glory

    USA forward Abby Wambach celebrates after winning the semi-final football match between USA and Germany during their 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal on June 30, 2015

    Abby Wambach insists she doesn't care if she's on the bench or on the pitch come Sunday, all she wants when the final whistle blows is that the United States have one goal more than Japan in the Women's World Cup final. The 35-year-old forward, the United States' all-time top scorer in men's or women's football, has been …

  • Argentina's forward Lionel Messi takes part in a training session in Concepcion, Chile, on July 1, 2015 during the 2015 Copa America football championship
    All eyes on Messi at Copa America climax AFP News - Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    Lionel Messi and Argentina will be chasing a first major title in 22 years Saturday when they face hosts Chile in a dream Copa America final in Santiago. The three-week … More »All eyes on Messi at Copa America climax

    Argentina's forward Lionel Messi takes part in a training session in Concepcion, Chile, on July 1, 2015 during the 2015 Copa America football championship

    Lionel Messi and Argentina will be chasing a first major title in 22 years Saturday when they face hosts Chile in a dream Copa America final in Santiago. The three-week South American football showpiece reaches its climax at the Estadio Nacional with Argentina aiming to win their first title since 1993, 12 months after …

  • Japan's Homare Sawa heads the ball during a FIFA Women's World Cup training session in Edmonton, Canada, on June 29, 2015
    Japan set for battle in Women's W.Cup title defence against USA AFP News - Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    Japan can expect USA at "full throttle" and bent on revenge on Sunday as the Asian champions bid to defend their title in the Women's World Cup final. It will be the … More »Japan set for battle in Women's W.Cup title defence against USA

    Japan's Homare Sawa heads the ball during a FIFA Women's World Cup training session in Edmonton, Canada, on June 29, 2015

    Japan can expect USA at "full throttle" and bent on revenge on Sunday as the Asian champions bid to defend their title in the Women's World Cup final. It will be the third showdown between the two sides in a major championship final. Nicknamed 'the Nadeshiko' - a pink flower symbolising grace and beauty - Japan won the …

  • US player Abby Wambach gestures after their win over China in the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup quarterfinal match at Lansdowne Stadium in Ottawa, Ontario on June 26, 2015
    Turf row spark as world players' union opens to women AFP News - Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    The row over the Women's World Cup being played on artificial turf was the "tipping point" which pushed world players' union FIFPro to open its doors to women players, … More »Turf row spark as world players' union opens to women

    US player Abby Wambach gestures after their win over China in the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup quarterfinal match at Lansdowne Stadium in Ottawa, Ontario on June 26, 2015

    The row over the Women's World Cup being played on artificial turf was the "tipping point" which pushed world players' union FIFPro to open its doors to women players, said Caroline Jonsson, head of FIFPro's new women's football committee. FIFPro on Friday announced a new global initiative for female players to gain direct …

  • Argentina's forward Sergio Aguero celebrates after scoring against Paraguay during their Copa America semifinal football match in Concepcion, Chile on June 30, 2015
    Aguero relaxed about Argentina drought AFP News - Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    Sergio Aguero insisted that Argentina do not feel under special pressure as the prospect of ending the country's 22-year wait for a major title loomed over Saturday's … More »Aguero relaxed about Argentina drought

    Argentina's forward Sergio Aguero celebrates after scoring against Paraguay during their Copa America semifinal football match in Concepcion, Chile on June 30, 2015

    Sergio Aguero insisted that Argentina do not feel under special pressure as the prospect of ending the country's 22-year wait for a major title loomed over Saturday's Copa America final against Chile. Argentina have not won a senior tournament since victory in the 1993 Copa America, suffering a two-decade tale of disappointment …

  • England's Laura Bassett weeps after scoring an own-goal in the last minutes of the game that handed Japan victory in their semi-final at the FIFA Women's World Cup on July 1, 2015
    England, Germany wipe away tears, play for pride and third place AFP News - Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    England and Germany wipe away the tears as they play for pride and third place at the Women's World Cup in Edmonton's Commonwealth Stadium on Saturday. A 92nd-minute … More »England, Germany wipe away tears, play for pride and third place

    England's Laura Bassett weeps after scoring an own-goal in the last minutes of the game that handed Japan victory in their semi-final at the FIFA Women's World Cup on July 1, 2015

    England and Germany wipe away the tears as they play for pride and third place at the Women's World Cup in Edmonton's Commonwealth Stadium on Saturday. A 92nd-minute own-goal from Notts County defender Laura Bassett ended England's fairytale run to their first semi-finals with a 2-1 loss to defending champions Japan.  …

  • Nadine Angerer of Germany allows a goal on a penalty kick during the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup quarter final match against France at Olympic Stadium in Montreal on June 26, 2015
    Germany's Angerer out to silence critics AFP News - Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    Germany's veteran goalkeeper Nadine Angerer says she wants to bow out of the women's World Cup by beating England on Sunday to finish third and silence the critics back … More »Germany's Angerer out to silence critics

    Nadine Angerer of Germany allows a goal on a penalty kick during the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup quarter final match against France at Olympic Stadium in Montreal on June 26, 2015

    Germany's veteran goalkeeper Nadine Angerer says she wants to bow out of the women's World Cup by beating England on Sunday to finish third and silence the critics back home. Silvia Neid's Germany squad were denied a place in Sunday's final after a 2-0 semi-final defeat to the USA as striker Celia Sasic failed to convert …

  • USA's midfielder and goal scorer Carli Lloyd (R) celebrates with teammates during their 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup semifinal match against Germany at Olympic Stadium in Montreal on June 30, 2015
    Lloyd, Rapinoe, Johnston among three US candidates for Golden Ball AFP News - Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    Three US players -- Carli Lloyd, Megan Rapinoe and Julie Johnston -- were named on Thursday among eight short-listed for the Golden Ball Award given to the best player … More »Lloyd, Rapinoe, Johnston among three US candidates for Golden Ball

    USA's midfielder and goal scorer Carli Lloyd (R) celebrates with teammates during their 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup semifinal match against Germany at Olympic Stadium in Montreal on June 30, 2015

    Three US players -- Carli Lloyd, Megan Rapinoe and Julie Johnston -- were named on Thursday among eight short-listed for the Golden Ball Award given to the best player at the Women's World Cup.

  • England's Jo Potter consoles teammate Laura Bassett, who scored an own goal that handed Japan victory in their FIFA Women's World Cup semifinal on July 1, 2015
    England 'heartbroken' after World Cup defeat AFP News - Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    English football rallied around defender Laura Bassett on Thursday after her own goal sealed the team's fate in a 2-1 Women's World Cup semi-final defeat against Japan. … More »England 'heartbroken' after World Cup defeat

    England's Jo Potter consoles teammate Laura Bassett, who scored an own goal that handed Japan victory in their FIFA Women's World Cup semifinal on July 1, 2015

    English football rallied around defender Laura Bassett on Thursday after her own goal sealed the team's fate in a 2-1 Women's World Cup semi-final defeat against Japan. "What a dreadful way to lose! Poor, poor Laura Bassett," tweeted football presenter Gary Lineker, one of England's best-ever strikers. "Despite the gut-wrenching …

  • Japan coach Norio Sasaki admits his side struggled to control England before a dramatic own-goal sealed a 2-1 win at the Women's World Cup and set up a title rematch with the United States
    Sasaki says Japan will do better against USA AFP News - Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Japan coach Norio Sasaki admitted his side struggled to control England before a dramatic own-goal sealed a 2-1 win at the Women's World Cup and set up a title rematch … More »Sasaki says Japan will do better against USA

    Japan coach Norio Sasaki admits his side struggled to control England before a dramatic own-goal sealed a 2-1 win at the Women's World Cup and set up a title rematch with the United States

    Japan coach Norio Sasaki admitted his side struggled to control England before a dramatic own-goal sealed a 2-1 win at the Women's World Cup and set up a title rematch with the United States. Defender Laura Bassett turned the ball into her own net deep into injury time to send a heartbroken England home from their first …

  • England's Laura Bassett weeps after scoring an own-goal in the last minutes of the game that handed Japan victory in their semi-final at the FIFA Women's World Cup on July 1, 2015
    Tears for Bassett and England as World Cup dream ends AFP News - Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    England's dream run to their first semi-finals at the Women's World Cup came to a heartbreaking conclusion on Wednesday, losing 2-1 to Japan following a dramatic 92nd-minute … More »Tears for Bassett and England as World Cup dream ends

    England's Laura Bassett weeps after scoring an own-goal in the last minutes of the game that handed Japan victory in their semi-final at the FIFA Women's World Cup on July 1, 2015

    England's dream run to their first semi-finals at the Women's World Cup came to a heartbreaking conclusion on Wednesday, losing 2-1 to Japan following a dramatic 92nd-minute Laura Bassett own-goal. The Lionesses had been causing the defending champions problems in Edmonton with Fara Williams' penalty five minutes before …

  • Frenchman Philippe Troussier's contract as head coach of Chinese Super League side Hangzhou Greentown has been terminated after only seven months
    Troussier leaves China's Hangzhou after 7 months AFP News - Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Frenchman Philippe Troussier's contract as head coach of Chinese Super League side Hangzhou Greentown has been terminated after only seven months, the club announced, … More »Troussier leaves China's Hangzhou after 7 months

    Frenchman Philippe Troussier's contract as head coach of Chinese Super League side Hangzhou Greentown has been terminated after only seven months

    Frenchman Philippe Troussier's contract as head coach of Chinese Super League side Hangzhou Greentown has been terminated after only seven months, the club announced, following a string of poor results. Troussier, who led Japan to the second round of the 2002 World Cup, has suffered a miserable second stint in China, with …

  • Australia's Kyah Simon and Japan's Azusa Iwashimizu vie for the ball  during their quarter-final football match at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup in Edmonton, Alberta on June 27, 2015
    Super sub Iwabuchi puts Japan into Women's World Cup semis AFP News - Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    A late goal from substitute Mana Iwabuchi put holders Japan into the semi-finals of the Women's World Cup with a 1-0 win over Australia. Iwabuchi, 22, got the breakthrough … More »Super sub Iwabuchi puts Japan into Women's World Cup semis

    Australia's Kyah Simon and Japan's Azusa Iwashimizu vie for the ball  during their quarter-final football match at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup in Edmonton, Alberta on June 27, 2015

    A late goal from substitute Mana Iwabuchi put holders Japan into the semi-finals of the Women's World Cup with a 1-0 win over Australia. Iwabuchi, 22, got the breakthrough after 87 minutes in a tense quarter-final dominated by Japan in sweltering temperatures of 31 degrees celsius in Edmonton on Saturday. It put the 2011 …

  • Goalkeeper Nadine Angerer of Germany jumps for the ball during their FIFA Women's World Cup quarter-final match against France, at Olympic Stadium in Montreal, Canada, on June 26, 2015
    Germany break French hearts at Women's World Cup AFP News - Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    Top-ranked Germany kept their bid for a record third title on track Friday when they won a dramatic penalty shoot-out 5-4 to break French hearts and advance to the semi-finals … More »Germany break French hearts at Women's World Cup

    Goalkeeper Nadine Angerer of Germany jumps for the ball during their FIFA Women's World Cup quarter-final match against France, at Olympic Stadium in Montreal, Canada, on June 26, 2015

    Top-ranked Germany kept their bid for a record third title on track Friday when they won a dramatic penalty shoot-out 5-4 to break French hearts and advance to the semi-finals at the Women's World Cup. Louisa Necib, dubbed the "Female Zidane" of the French women's game, could only rue a missed chance to score after just …

  • Germany's coach Silvia Neid looks on during the quarter-final football match between Germany and France during their 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal on June 26, 2015
    The coaches - Silvia Neid (GER) v Jill Ellis (USA) AFP News - Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Germany head coach Silvia Neid and her US counterpart Jill Ellis are both bidding to lead their countries to a record third title at the Women's World Cup. More »The coaches - Silvia Neid (GER) v Jill Ellis (USA)

    Germany's coach Silvia Neid looks on during the quarter-final football match between Germany and France during their 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal on June 26, 2015

    Germany head coach Silvia Neid and her US counterpart Jill Ellis are both bidding to lead their countries to a record third title at the Women's World Cup.

  • French Women national football team head coach, Philippe Bergeroo answers journalists as he arrives with the team at Paris Roissy Charles De Gaulle airport on June 29, 2015, in Roissy-en-France
    Bergeroo extends contract as French women's coach AFP News - Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Philippe Bergeroo's reward for taking the French women's football team to the World Cup quarter-finals is a two-year extension to his present contract which will see … More »Bergeroo extends contract as French women's coach

    French Women national football team head coach, Philippe Bergeroo answers journalists as he arrives with the team at Paris Roissy Charles De Gaulle airport on June 29, 2015, in Roissy-en-France

    Philippe Bergeroo's reward for taking the French women's football team to the World Cup quarter-finals is a two-year extension to his present contract which will see him in charge for next year's Olympics and Euro 2017 if they qualify. The 61-year-old -- who as a player was a member of the squad that won the Euro 1984 …

  • FIFA President Sepp Blatter, pictured on May 29, 2015, will not attend the climax of the Women's World Cup in Canada, his US lawyer confirms
    Blatter skips women's World Cup final - lawyer AFP News - Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    FIFA President Sepp Blatter will not attend the final of the Women's World Cup in Canada, his US lawyer confirmed Tuesday, the first time since his election in 1998 that … More »Blatter skips women's World Cup final - lawyer

    FIFA President Sepp Blatter, pictured on May 29, 2015, will not attend the climax of the Women's World Cup in Canada, his US lawyer confirms

    FIFA President Sepp Blatter will not attend the final of the Women's World Cup in Canada, his US lawyer confirmed Tuesday, the first time since his election in 1998 that he has missed the climax of the showpiece event. "Mr Blatter has informed the organizers that, for personal reasons, he will not attend the women’s World …

  • Portugal's forward Eder kicks the ball during the UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier, Group I football match Portugal vs Armenia at the Algarve Stadium in Faro on November 14, 2014
    Swansea sign Portugal's Eder AFP News - Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Swansea have signed Portugal striker Eder for an undisclosed fee, the English Premier League club announced Wednesday. Eder scored 10 goals in 29 appearances last season … More »Swansea sign Portugal's Eder

    Portugal's forward Eder kicks the ball during the UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier, Group I football match Portugal vs Armenia at the Algarve Stadium in Faro on November 14, 2014

    Swansea have signed Portugal striker Eder for an undisclosed fee, the English Premier League club announced Wednesday. Eder scored 10 goals in 29 appearances last season as Braga finished in the top four of the Portuguese top-flight and also played in all three of Portugal's matches at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

  • Germany's head coach Silvia Neid (L) and Germany's midfielder Simone Laudehr leave a field at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal on June 30, 2015
    Neid's luck runs out as Germany prepare third-place play-off AFP News - Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    Coach Silvia Neid had said she hoped that Germany still had some luck left after snatching a semi-final berth at the Women's World Cup by beating France on penalties. … More »Neid's luck runs out as Germany prepare third-place play-off

    Germany's head coach Silvia Neid (L) and Germany's midfielder Simone Laudehr leave a field at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal on June 30, 2015

    Coach Silvia Neid had said she hoped that Germany still had some luck left after snatching a semi-final berth at the Women's World Cup by beating France on penalties. Instead of the final Neid's world number one team are now preparing a third-place playoff to leave the tournament with their "heads held high". Germany's …