Homare Sawa

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Homare Sawa
Homare Sawa in 2011.JPG
Sawa in profile
Personal information
Full name Homare Sawa
Date of birth (1978-09-06) September 6, 1978 (age 41)
Place of birth Tokyo, Japan
Height 1.64 m (5 ft 5 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Homare Sawa
Medal record
Representing  Japan
Women's Association football
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 2012 London Team
In this Japanese name, the family name is Sawa.

Homare Sawa (澤穂希, Sawa Homare, born September 6, 1978) is a Japanese female athlete. She is best known as a women's football player[1] who competed in four Summer Olympic Games.

She was a member of the Japan women's national football team that won the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup.[2]

Career[change | change source]

As a professional athlete, she was played with the Women's United Soccer Association from 2001 to 2003.

In 2004 she was named Women's Player of the Year for the Asian Football Confederation.

In 2009 and 2010, Sawa was part of Women's Professional Soccer.[3]

International competitions[change | change source]

Sawa has played for the Japan women's national football team, including the team which won the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup.[4]

She participated in the last five FIFA Women's World Cups.[5]

Sawa was part of the women's team at the 1996, the 2004, the 2008.[6] She was a member of the team which won a silver medal in the 2012 Summer Olympics at London.[7]

She retired after the 2012 Olympics.[8] In her career, she played 186 games for the Japanese national team, and scored 81 goals. No Japanese player has played in that many games or scored that many goals for Japan.

Timeline[change | change source]

  • 1996: Summer Olympic Games[6]
  • 2004: Summer Olympic Games[6]
  • 2007: World Cup[5]
  • 2008: Summer Olympic Games[6]
  • 2008: World Cup[5]
  • 2009: World Cup[5]
  • 2010: World Cup[5]
  • 2011: World Cup[5]
  • 2012: Summer Olympic Games[1]

Honors[change | change source]

In 2012, Sawa was named the FIFA Women's World Player of the Year. In ceremonies in Switzerland, she was awarded the 2011 FIFA Ballon d'Or.[9] Japanese government officials commented that Sawa and her team-mates inspired confidence after the devastation caused by 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. [10]

Related pages[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Japan's Homare Sawa is FIFA women's player of the year," BBC. 9 January 2012; Japan Football Association, Sawa Homare; retrieved 2012-3-12.
  2. Mahr, Krista."The Swift Kicker Behind Japan's Women's Soccer Rise," Time (US). July 19, 2012; retrieved 2012-7-28.
  3. Women's Professional Soccer, "WPS Holds Initial International Draft," September 24, 2008; retrieved 2012-3-12.
  4. "Women's World Cup: Japan celebrate win on penalties," BBC. July 18, 2011; retrieved 20112.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 CBC Sports, "Team profile: Japan"; retrieved 2012-3-13.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 SportsReference.com (SR/Olympics), Homare Sawa; retrieved 2012-3-12.
  7. London2012.com, Homare Sawa; "Japan's women footballers irked by Olympic flight seating," BBC. July 18, 2012; retrieved 2012-8-10.
  8. Reuters, "Soccer-Japan's Sawa set to quit international game" Reuters, August 11, 2011; retrieved 2012-8-11
  9. FIFA.com, "Homare Sawa at the FIFA Ballon d'Or 2011 Gala," January 9, 2012; retrieved 2012-3-12.
  10. "Japan's Women on Top of the World," Highlighting Japan, October 2011; "Japan's PM hails FIFA award-winning captain, coach," Xinhua. January 10, 2012; retrieved 2012-3-23.

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