And here we are! A good Nadeshiko year to everyone! It's a tradition that we post our wishes for the new year. In 2015 it was all about WWC, and we at least got a second place that keeps us in the Great Powers of women's football. This year, it's of course all about Olympics! We have to cross fingers not only for the Games in Rio themselves, but also for the qualifier in February/March, that will be more difficult than ever. Compared to that, the famous London 2012 qualifier in September 2011 (the one where Yukari Kinga cried for giving away a goal to North Korea at the last minute, a goal that could have costed dearly to Japan, but ultimately amounted to nothing) was a cakewalk... -_-" So, most of our wishing energies have to concentrate there, this year, and it won't be difficult for it's so close, just a pair of months away! (It will be in the time of the year when we used to play Algarve Cup, that we'll obviously skip this year). But I don't forget that there are at least two other big events this year: U-17 WWC in Jordan in September-October and U-20 WWC in Papua New Guinea in November-December. Both tournament are super-important, as these are the generations that will have to bear the burden of substituting the "veterans" and of bringing us to Tokyo 2020 (and, hopefully, to Japan 2023). Nadeshiko Japan teams of respective age-classes already qualified for both tournaments. Our U-20 girls' backbone is formed by U-17 World Champions of 2014, in Costa Rica, and I am sure that, under Asako Takakura, they will be strong as ever and they'll be the team to beat in New Guinea. U-17 have to defend the title their "older sisters" won in 2014: a big responsability, but I am sure they're prepared and up to the task. So, these are my main Nadeshiko-related wishes for 2016: - Senior Team qualification for Rio; - subsequently, a medal in Rio (ok, can i wish for Gold? Wishing doesn't cost anything, and this is the only big international title that we miss... ); - U-20 WWC title (it's the only logical follow-up to our U-17 title! ); - a good result at U-17 WWC (ok, I'd want a title here too, but if I have to choose, I prefer U-20 to win, because I grew fond of the Costa Rica champions, one of the best and best-directed groups I've ever seen in football, men's and women's alike). That's it. Did I forget any important appointment of 2016? I am sure I did, so someone else will correct me, integrate me and help me there. Also, I didn't express any particular wish about club football. Here, everyone will have his favourite clubs (mine will be INAC this year too; Shark oblige ). I just hope that Nadeshiko League will be as fought-up and interesting as it's been this year. Oh, a last line for individual awards and careers. We have Miyama fighting for FIFA POTY in a few days, at the Gala in Zürich (the ceremony will take place on 11th of January): honestly, I guess that she can maybe overcome Celia Sasic, but the fight against Carli Lloyd is uphill, as the US player was the lead actor of WWC 2016, final match included. But we anyway root for our captain. I want to end this first post of 2016 with a special wish for Homare Sawa. She simply "was" women's football to me, and, while I was compiling the final statistics for 2015, I couldn't believe that this was the last time her name was written on a score-sheet. Maybe it's not the last time her name is written on a match report at all (I could envision a coach career for her, despite the fact that she's not sure about that). Anyway, I want to wish Homare all the best for "the second part of her life", whatever she wants to make of it.