Japan U-17 Women's National Team 2014 World Champions

Japan U-17 Women’s National Team have returned home with the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2014 trophy!

On their return, the U-17 World Champions answered questions at a press conference in Tokyo.

Head Coach Asako Takakura commented that “They were so united and they expressed by their play on the pitch that they were determined to play for themselves, the team and people who had supported them.”

Japan put on an outstanding performance in Costa Rica, they often looked unstoppable and showed great displays of tactical discipline. Japan beat Spain in the final of the competition and ended as the tournament’s highest scorers.

Two of the best players at this year’s competition were from Japan. Hina Sugita won the adidas Golden Ball and Yui Hasegawa won the adidas Silver Ball. Hina Sugita also won the adidas Bronze Boot award after scoring five goals in the tournament.

Hina Sugita commented at the press conference “The strength of this team is team chemistry. The reason why we won the championship is that all 21 players and team staff fought together. I want to keep improving at the next age category without being satisfied with this win.”

Japan are now the current World Champions at senior and U-17 level.

“The fighting spirit, which is the “spirit of Nadeshiko”, has been passed from generation to generation since thirty years ago. Now they will lead the future of Nadeshiko Japan”. Commented Head Coach Asako Takakura

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