2011/07/18

Japan wins Women's World Cup

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Omedetou Women's Soccer Team Japan!

10 comments:

nzm said...

Well-deserved too!

We became Japan fans after seeing them play like our favourite team, FC Barcelona.

The women showed their cool, Kaihori's penalty saves were amazing, and Sawa cleaned up the trophies.

Sasaki is a great coach. I've never seen anyone more relaxed than he was when in the middle of the huddle before the penalty shots. He was smiling and joking! So good to see that the team was just so happy to even make it that far. The win was the cherry on top for them!

Pandabonium said...

NZM - glad you enjoyed watching them. Before playing Germany Sasaki showed the team pictures of the March 11 devastation. Seems to have provided the right motivation to do their best.

nzm said...

That would do it!

One of the players, Sawa I think, either used to work at Fukushima Power Plant, or has a friend who works there.

The team was also greatly encouraged by a message from the plant, that said something along the lines of how inspired they were to work harder, because of the successes of the Nadeshiko. ;.)

nzm said...

Ah - it wasn't Sawa, it was midfielder Aya Sameshima who worked at the plant some years ago.

nzm said...

Sigh....or Karina Maruyama, depending on which news report you read! %.)

Pandabonium said...

Maruyama-san did work for TEPCO, but not at the plant. Regardless, these women are remarkable, took to heart the tragedy at home, and have given Japan a greatly needed emotional boost and sense of pride at a most difficult time.

Pandabonium said...

Aya Sameshima, left sided defernder, once worked at the Fukushima-Daiichi plant.

HappySurfer said...

Alright! That is wonderful news! Congratulations to the team and to Japan. Sorry to say I missed the game. Will have to watch a recorded version of it or on You Tube.

The Moody Minstrel said...

That was pretty amazing, wasn't it? What's kind of cool is all the Americans I saw on Facebook who said, "Well, if we had to lose to anybody, at least Japan deserved to win."

Still, here in Japan, nobody had any illusions. The US dominated the field for most of the game. When they scored that second point, everyone was pretty much sure the game was over. What happened after that could be called a miracle. Still, the women in blue held on till the end, and it paid off. What a game!

Pandabonium said...

Moody - yes it was amazing. I had a comment on Sweet Bluesette that was exactly as the one's you mention. Nice.

In any game there are possible unpredictable event from mistakes, overconfidence, or a "gambatte" spirit and sharp decisions at key points. Call it a miracle, call it luck. I call it a well deserved win. As you say, holding on to the end made the difference. wow.