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FIFA Ranking: 8

Women's

World Cup

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Titles


THE ROAD

TO FRANCE

Japan retained their AFC Women’s Asian Cup crown – just their second continental title – in the tournament which doubled as qualifying for France 2019. The competition culminated with a 3-1 win over China PR in the semi-final before a late 1-0 victory over Australia in the decider.




THE COACH

Asako Takakura-Takemoto

The former Nadeshiko player replaced the legendary Norio Sasaki in 2016. She commanded instant credibility, with her coaching career with Japan's national youth teams marked by high-quality football and success - most notably a victory at 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. Since becoming senior coach, she has led the Japanese to the Asian title in 2018.


THE STAR

Mana Iwabuchi

Iwabuchi exploded on to the world scene in 2008, aged just 15, when she was voted player of the tournament at the inaugural FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup. From then on, the tiny forward has continued showing her magic on the big stage. Part of the squad that won the FIFA Women's World Cup in 2011, she will be returning for her third global finals at France 2019.




See you

in France 2019




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