|Full name||Norio Sasaki|
|Date of birth||May 24, 1958|
|Place of birth||Obanazawa, Yamagata, Japan|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|1974–1976||Teikyo High School|
|2006||Japan Women U-17|
|2007–2010||Japan Women U-20|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Biography[change | change source]
In 2006, Sasaki became the assistant coach of Japan women's national team, as well as the head coach of its U-20 team. In 2008, he was promoted to the head coach of the national team, succeeding Hiroshi Ohashi.
Sasaki was the manager of the Japan when they won the 2011 World Cup. FIFA named Sasaki 2011 "Coach of the Year". He also coached the national team to a second-place finish at the 2015 World Cup.
Sasaki announced his retirement from coaching in 2012, but was persuaded to stay on as national team coach.
Honours[change | change source]
- FIFA World Coach of the Year, 2011
Related pages[change | change source]
References[change | change source]
- FIFA is an acronym. FIFA stands for Fédération Internationale de Football Association, which is the commonly used French name of the International Federation of Association Football.
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- Baxter, Kevin. "Japanese soccer team gets upgrade ...," Los Angeles Times. August 11, 2012; retrieved 2012-8-17.
- Westlake, Adam. "Nadeshiko Japan coach Sasaki to step down after London Olympics," Archived 2013-03-18 at the Wayback Machine Japan Daily Press. August 9, 2012; retrieved 2012-8-17.
- Japan Football Association
- Meiji University, "Norio Sasaki, coach of Nadeshiko Japan and a graduate of Meiji University, receives the FIFA Women’s Football Coach of the Year prize, the first-ever such feat for an Asian national," January 11, 2012; retrieved 2012-8-17.
Other websites[change | change source]
- Norio Sasaki at Olympedia
- Norio Sasaki at FIFA
- Norio Sasaki at UEFA
- Norio Sasaki at J.League (manager) (in Japanese)
- Norio Sasaki at Soccerway.com
- Norio Sasaki at WorldFootball.net
- Japan Football Hall of Fame at Japan Football Association
- なでしこジャパン（日本女子代表チーム）新監督に佐々木 則夫氏が就任 ("Norio Sasaki appointed new coach of women's national team") at Japan Football Association (in Japanese)