Japanese dreaming after Wembley draw

Japan dream of adding Olympic gold to their FIFA Women's World Cup title on the fabled turf of Wembley after being handed a favourable draw for London 2012.

Coach Norio Sasaki said Group F opponents Canada, Sweden and South Africa were all "wonderful teams". But he added: "Of course we aim for the gold medal."

"We want to realise the dream of playing on this pitch [Wembley], a sacred place for football in England," said Sasaki.

Of course we aim for the gold medal.
Norio Sasaki, Japan coach

Japan, one of the favourites, avoided beaten FIFA Women's World Cup finalists USA in the draw, as well as Brazil, Great Britain and Korea DPR, while Germany did not qualify.

The Nadeshiko will open their campaign against Canada in Coventry on 25 July. One semi-final and the final will be played at London's famous Wembley stadium.

"The first match is always important in any tournament, so I hope we can play well, win and pick up momentum," said FIFA Women's World Player of the Year Homare Sawa, according to Kyodo News Agency.