Official 2014 Nadeshiko Japan Thread [R] - なでしこジャパン(英語スレッド)

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  1. TabascoT

    TabascoT Member

    Dec 1, 2011
    Austin, Texas
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Yes, it is Nicole!!!!:thumbsup:
    Not so hard after all!!

    I think it is a great picture of her!
     
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  2. blesstherebel

    blesstherebel Member+

    Jan 3, 2013
    New York
    Woohoo! I'm so getting better at this. :laugh: High-five, 'Basco! :D

    I agree, great photo, she looks super cute there! I would glomp her, then again I want to glomp her already, so... :x3:
     
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  3. frideswide

    frideswide Member+

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    Feb 27, 2014
    København
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    Brøndby IF
    Time for the inevitable year-end lists in the football media.

    Each year the Scandinavian football magazine Fotbollskanalen (associated with Sweden's TV4) publishes its annual rankings. These include the world's 100 best male footballers and the world's 20 best women footballers.

    This year the jury consisted of Alva Nilsson (sportswriter at Expressen), John Ryden (sports reporter for Boras News), David Larsson (reporter for Fotbollskanalen), and TV4's football experts Olof Lundh, Hanna Marklund and Daniel Kristiansson.

    The results were (ranking, age, club, country) :

    1. Nadine Keßler (26), Wolfsburg / Germany
    2. Verónica Boquete (27), Frankfurt / Spain
    3. Marta (29), FC Rosengård / Brasil
    4. Kim Little (24), Seattle / Scotland
    5. Louisa Nécib (27), Lyon / France
    6. Nilla Fischer (30), Wolfsburg / Sweden
    7. Abby Wambach (34), Western New York / USA
    8. Lotta Schelin (30), Lyon / Sweden
    9. Ramona Bachmann (24), FC Rosengård / Switzerland
    10. Gaëtane Thiney (29), Juvisy / France
    11. Célia Šašić (26), Frankfurt / Germany
    12. Anja Mittag (29), FC Rosengård / Germany
    13. Nadine Angerer (36), Portland / Germany
    14. Lena Gössling (28), Wolfsburg / Germany
    15. Ada Hegerberg (19), Lyon / Norway
    16. Nahomi Kawasumi (29), INAC Kobe / Japan
    17. Christen Press (25), Chicago / USA
    18. Eugénie Le Sommer (25), Lyon / France
    19. Caroline Seger (29), Paris Saint-Germain / Sweden
    20. Lauren Holiday (27), FC Kansas City / USA

    They give commentary on their choices (in Swedish) here: http://www.fotbollskanalen.se/dam/

    Well, the list is a bit light on asian players. Personally, I might have included Ji So-Yun or North Korea's Ra Un-Sim, but then I'm not a professional sports journalist...
     
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  4. blissett

    blissett Member+

    Aug 20, 2011
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    You could add that you're not an European professional sports journalist, because in general this list looks quite euro-centric to me: few players from other continents, and especially few players that don't play (or have played) with an European club... :sneaky:

    Oh, well, I suppose that in this case Japan will be allowed to play the underdog again at next year's WWC, despite being reigning World Champions, right? :p Right? :whistling:
     
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  5. blissett

    blissett Member+

    Aug 20, 2011
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    In fact, now that I look better at the pic, it was so obvious that I wonder how I didn't recognize her right away! o_O

    I always find quite impressive how much the fundamental traits of people's faces are already quite distinctly recognizable since a very young age...
     
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  6. KAPIJXM

    KAPIJXM Member+

    Nov 18, 2011
    Illa de Arousa,Spain
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    Celta de Vigo
    Nat'l Team:
    Japan
    I think the same, are they still thinking that all of succes of Nadeshiko after WWC (London 2012 silver medal, Asian Cup 2014, rank #4) is only because of lucky or something like that?

    I don't understand that and makes me angry:mad:
     
  7. blesstherebel

    blesstherebel Member+

    Jan 3, 2013
    New York
    Urawa Reds 2:0 Vegalta Sendai - 30' Hasegawa Yui, 79' Own Goal

    A sad day for Ms. Jaws :(

    In Beleza news though, I just now noticed that Ms. Yamaguchi plays for them. That must've happened while I was sleeping.
     
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  8. blesstherebel

    blesstherebel Member+

    Jan 3, 2013
    New York
    Fixed, because I'm an idiot who hasn't slept in a while. Sorry about that. Good for a laugh, though... :ROFLMAO:
     
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  9. blesstherebel

    blesstherebel Member+

    Jan 3, 2013
    New York
    Urawa Reds 3:1 JEF United - 64' Dozono Ayano, 73' Seike Kiko, 79' Seike Kiko, 90+3' Fukasawa Risa

    :D:cool::D:x3::D:cool::D:x3:

    ... and now we sit, because we know. :coffee:
     
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  10. blissett

    blissett Member+

    Aug 20, 2011
    Italy
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    Mmm, so the final will be Beleza-Urawa... my dream of the Shark came to an end. :(

    I honestly don't know who to root for in the final, maybe for Beleza, who had a quite good season with no recognition so far? (Fighting until the end in both Regular Season and Exciting Series, finishing level with the eventual champions in points and not even grabbing a qualification for IWCC...)
    It could be a way to share the titles between the clubs who "made" this season in Nadeshiko League: Okayama Yunogo Belle with Regular Season title, Urawa Reds Ladies with Exciting Series/Nadeshiko League overall title and NTV-Beleza with Empress' Cup...

    But mostly I think I'll wish for a good, interesting match and I don't care very much about who's going to win as soon as they'll show good football.
     
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  11. blissett

    blissett Member+

    Aug 20, 2011
    Italy
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    Christmas' videos from Ange Violet Hiroshima! :) (actually found out by Virany :giggle:)

    Since these videos were uploaded respectively on 23th of December and on 27 of December, and they only get to sebango 10 (#10), I totally expect part 3 on the last day of the year! :)

    Favourite player so far: #10 Fumina Katsurama, with her pink hat! :p :inlove: (end of second video)



     
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  12. TabascoT

    TabascoT Member

    Dec 1, 2011
    Austin, Texas
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    From Yayoi's blog, her retirement brought some friends out!!:thumbsup:
    Yayoi Friends.jpg
    Yayoi Rumi.jpg
     
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  13. blissett

    blissett Member+

    Aug 20, 2011
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    #11413 blissett, Dec 28, 2014
    Last edited: Dec 28, 2014
    Utsugi is always charming. :inlove:

    So I suppose French League is in Christmas' break: we will see Saki too back in Japan, these days? :)

    Edit: in the third pic we can clearly see Natsuko Hara, Rumi Utsugi, Yayoi herself and Nanase Kiryu. What about the other two pics? I can clearly recognize (apart from Natsuko Hara in the second one) Eriko Arakawa, Nozomi Yamago and Kanako Ito. Who the other two are? One is Yanagita?
     
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  14. zaku_II

    zaku_II Member+

    Jan 29, 2012
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    CD Colo Colo
    The world stopped with too much kawaii-ness

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  15. TabascoT

    TabascoT Member

    Dec 1, 2011
    Austin, Texas
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    United States
    Yes, Yanagita and the other is Mai Nakachi
     
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  16. dakota701

    dakota701 Member

    Nov 22, 2012
    I just read Full Bloom's summaries of the two semi-finals. Both games sounded exciting and hopefully we'll be seeing highlights soon. I am a little confused by Beleza's second goal though. It seemed to be Mami Yamaguchi's but it was declared an own goal. Did it bounce off of someone? Both games got good crowds, 3,361 for NTV/Sendai (mostly Vegalta fans I'm guessing) and and 4,315 for Urawa/Chiba.

    Also, found this nice photo of Sameshima and Risa Shimizu fighting for the ball. It may just be the hair but Shimizu appears to have lost a lot of weight. Hope she's okay.
    same&shimizu.jpg
     
  17. dakota701

    dakota701 Member

    Nov 22, 2012
    That is a great photo. Were both matches held at the same place? It seems odd that Iwabuchi would be at the Urawa/Chibi game instead of cheering for her old teammates on Beleza.
     
  18. TabascoT

    TabascoT Member

    Dec 1, 2011
    Austin, Texas
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    From the Urawa-Jef Match.
    Yamanae asking for some help!
    Yamanae Help.jpg
    Fukasawa's goal. Strange one.
    Fukasawa Goal.jpg
     
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  19. mumf

    mumf Member+

    Nov 7, 2008
    The first goal of both of these matches was against the run of play. In the end though, Beleza deserved to win as Vegalta struggled in the 2nd half, and substitutions came too late. Of course this was their first tough game in a very long time. Just to mention that Haruka Hamada is a terrific FW, a good target player, plenty of skills, not to mention aerial power..... but Vegalta were well beaten in MF in the end, and she got little supply in the 2nd half.

    But JEF should have wrapped up their win by HT only to miss chance after chance. By game's end they still probably out-shot Urawa. Sugasawa was terrific in the air, but others have regrets. Some photos:
    Great battle between two technically superb players, Wada and Anzai: 0041.png
    Tremendous power header goal by Dozono: 0042.png
    Naomoto (who will be missed in the Final) with Urawa friend Sayaka (whose autograph I asked her to repeat in English letters because I had no idea who she was) - 0043.png
    Sugasawa power header, leading to the consolation goal: 0045.png
     
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  20. mumf

    mumf Member+

    Nov 7, 2008
    #11420 mumf, Dec 28, 2014
    Last edited: Dec 29, 2014
    Yes, in fact the same Tokyo stadium that the SFs and Final of IWCC2014 was held. Its modern and clean, but very simple in design, not great for atmosphere as it feels too open. Probably cold too from what I remember!
    I dont think Shimizu was ever more than a match or at most a candle?!?
    That was an OG for sure. Even if Yamaguchi brushed it, she wont get it..... GK Cameron should not have been off her line.... and a few hours later, Gk Yamane hadnt learned that lesson either.

    By the way, Yayoi K actually came on as a sub for about 10 minutes today. So she may play in the Final.

    Big news from FullBloom - and fair-play to a good player, quite a journey to make:
    Watanabe Ayaka has moved from INAC Kobe Leonessa to Albirex Niigata Ladies.
    She was with someone else before? I think AS Sayama.

    Edit - more news from same source:
    Matsuda Takeo has been appointed as the new INAC Kobe manager. He won numerous titles with Beleza and more recently managed Saitama.
    By the way, the recent INAC manager, former manager of Myanmar was it? Obviously he follows Maeda out the door.

    There will be other moves - and I wonder if Yuri Kawamura is making a big leap? 0046.png
    Huge tears after losing today, as if its goodbye to Vegalta forever.... or maybe it just the Empress Cup she wanted.
     
  21. TabascoT

    TabascoT Member

    Dec 1, 2011
    Austin, Texas
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Another fun banner!:whistling:
    Dream Ear Banner.jpg
     
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  22. mumf

    mumf Member+

    Nov 7, 2008
    One more to leave INAC? I learned no real secrets in Japan, but I did hear that a certain young DF whose initials are SM is likely to play near me next year. Once the USWNT convene its big camp (early May) there would be an opening to give her NWSL playing time.
    i think she was outstanding yesterday. Can Shibata and Kishikawa silence her and Hara (who might have received a RC for retaliation against Kawamura)? I doubt it!
     
  23. blissett

    blissett Member+

    Aug 20, 2011
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    I do remember Miyuki Yanagita from her old Urawa days, but who exactly Mai Nakachi is? :cautious:
     
  24. blissett

    blissett Member+

    Aug 20, 2011
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    Nice picture. As Mumf already noticed, Risa Shimizu has always been a light-weight (she's a fighter anyway :sneaky:).

    Since the Shark operates on Vega's left-side and Shimizu is Beleza's Right-Back (a Full Back à la Kinga, though, with license of coming forward to cross in the box), I wonder if, in this picture, it was Sameshima defending from Shimizu's attack or the opposite. :giggle:
     
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  25. blissett

    blissett Member+

    Aug 20, 2011
    Italy
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    Yes, and Mumf gave the name of the stadium. In fact Norio Sasaki was spotted on the standings watching both games. :)
     

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