Hi, guys, and welcome to our new shiny Nadeshiko Japan football-related thread for 2017. 2017, the year waited for so long by everyone, the year when... ...when... ...when... *crickets*... nothing happens? Ok, not exactly. But we have to say that most of the exciting tournaments that we use to be waiting for are way more than a year from now. No U-17 WWC or U-20 WWC until 2018. Next editions of AFC Women's Asian Cup and of Asian Games are also in 2018. While we all know that we have to wait for 2019 for next WWC in France (at least, it's so close to my country ). And (gasp!) still three years to go for Tokyo 2020 Olympics... So we're just left with an Algarve Cup that's orphan of the likes of USA and Germany, and, at club level, with our usual Nadeshiko League competitions? Ok, Nadeshiko League is exciting, but we need more! Well, for sure we're going to get EAFF Women's East Asian Cup. And it will be held in Japan! But it will be in... December 2017!? Oh... We also get Universiade, in Chinese Taipei in August 2017: it could be worth following and I wonder if any University talents can find their way to Senior National Team. Ok, not very much, I admit. Please, correct me if I forgot anything. But if the year is so "empty" for what concerns "big tournaments", this means that it's the perfect moment to develop a team for the new cycle! This has to be a developmental year! The developmental year. We have to get a Japan's team that's stronger than ever, and that can repeat the incredible success of the 2011 generation. Takakura has a long work ahead of her. At the same time, she has all the time in the world to make all of this work count, at every level. I hope JFA will cooperate and will plan a cycle of important friendly matches accordingly: the Senior Team will need to accumulate international experience, especially if Takakura will tinker around a lot with schemes, tactics, players... It's not only a "lab" work, that can be carried on with just training camps and stages: it has to be verified step by step on the pitch, versus real opposition. So my wish for 2017 is a serious schedule of friendly international matches, that makes it possible to develop an elite team for the 2018-2020 cycle! A more delimited wish is for a player in particular: Aya Miyama. I guess there was no worse and saddest year in her career than this 2017. No qualification for Rio Olympics. Injuries. Parting ways with Okayama Yunogo Belle, who subsequently dismantled their team and got relegated in 2nd Division... We don't have many news about her these days, but I just hope that she can find new life somewhere, in a different team. Such a career can't end like this, no way! So, this has to be the year of Miyama's resurgence!