Homare Sawa

Homare Sawa

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Homare Sawa

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is a female football player from Japan. She currently plays for INAC Kobe Leonessa in the Nadeshiko League Division 1.


Long considered Japan's finest female footballer, she made her debut in Japan's highest domestic league at age 12. On December 6, 1993, at age 15, she made her Japanese international debut, scoring four goals in her first ever match, a win against the Philippines. She has subsequently remained a fixture for the Japanese national team, participating in the last five FIFA Women's World Cups and the 1996, 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympic Games on her way to a Japanese record 173 caps, and a Japanese female-best 80 international goals, including a hat trick in a 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup group stage match against Mexico. Sawa led the Japanese national team as captain to a World Championship victory and received the Golden Boot and Golden Ball awards as the top scorer (5 goals during the 2011 World Cup) and MVP in the tournament. After a 2-2 tie in front of a sellout crowd in Frankfurt, Germany, (with 1 goal by Sawa in the 117th minute), Japan won the penalty shootout 3-1, defeating the United States to win their first ever World Cup.

With the birth of the Women's United Soccer Association in 2001, she found herself playing in the highest-level professional women's league in the United States, for the Atlanta Beat. She scored the first goal in club history, and was a centerpiece of the Beat's three seasons in the league, helping them into the playoffs...
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